8 weeks living and working alongside a remote community on the stunning island of Mantanani and within a charming rural village in Cambodia.
About the Program
Can’t decide between visiting Borneo and Cambodia? You don’t have to. Experience both of these gems of Southeast Asia on our two month programme. You’ll make a measurable impact in both countries and be immersed in their vibrant cultures. The fours camps that you’ll call home are all located alongside rural communities that face daily challenges.
Your project work will benefit each community that you will live alongside. Work on improving schools and kindergartens, combat poor waste management and unsustainable fishing methods. Southeast Asia’s forests are being cut down at an alarming rate, destroying the habitats of an abundance of wildlife. Plant trees on our reforestation projects and be part of the solution, helping to protect the future of endangered animals including the endangered orangutan. See these amazing great apes up close at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.
Soak up the abundant and vibrant culture as you take in the awe inspiring Angkor Wat Temples and see where your cup of tea starts life at Sabah Tea Plantation. You’ll learn about the recent history of the region under the Khmer Rouge regime by visiting S21 prison and the killing fields. The buzzing towns of Siem Reap and Kota Kinabalu are yours to explore, check out the famous ‘pub street’ and bag yourself a bargain at the bustling night markets. There’s plenty of time for just relaxing and taking in your unbelievable surroundings, grab a kayak, a snorkel or just enjoy a chilled beach bbq with friends.
Day 1: Welcome to Borneo!
Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, where you will be met at the airport by a member of our Camp Borneo team and transferred to your accommodation in the city. Here you will meet our Country Manager who will run an arrival briefing for you and your group before your welcome dinner.
Day 2: Welcome to Camp Mantanani
After a much needed sleep and a good breakfast, you will be transferred to Camp Mantanani. You will take a boat over to the paradise that is Mantanani!
The Camp Manager will give you a tour of the island. You will also have an overview of what your time here will involve. Then it’s time to choose your bed in your new beach style longhouse home!
Day 3-8: Project work / Activities at Camp Mantanani
You will spend 10 days volunteering alongside the island communities. This is your chance to get stuck in to some valuable initiatives such as helping to build community toilets, teaching basic English to primary age children, working on our marine conservation & awareness programm and running fun activities and sports sessions with the local children.
Day 9 & 10: R & R Weekend on Mantanani Island
This time is yours and you can spend it relaxing on the long white sandy beach which is just in front of our camp. You can kayak as well as swim and we highly recommend watching the sunrise or sunset at the tip of the island.
Day 11 & 14: Project work / Activities at Camp Mantanani
Day 15: Welcome to Kota Kinabalu city
We’ll transfer you back to Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay.
Day 16: Welcome to Camp Bongkud
Upon arrival you will meet our Camp Bongkud staff, including your Camp Manager who will show you around. You will also be given an overview of what your time here will involve.
Day 17-18: R&R Weekend in Bongkud
A well deserved weekend off and a perfect time to enjoy the hot spring pools at Poring Hot Springs. You will also be taken on a tour of Ranau and Kundasang.
Day 19-22: Project
works/ Activities at Camp Bongkud
You will spend 7 days working on community projects which include the building of a kindergarten. Then it’s time to say your final goodbyes to the locals (be warned that this is never an easy part of your experience!)
Day 23-24: R&R weekend in Bongkhud
Day 25-27: Project works/ Activities at Camp Bongkud
Day 28: Transfer to Kota Kinabalu
You will be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu for last night stay in the city for a farewell dinner with your Camp Borneo team.
Day 29: Trips Ends in Kota Kinabalu and Departure Day
We will say our goodbyes and transfer you to KK airport 2 hours before your scheduled flight time to Cambodia!
Day 30: Welcome to Cambodia!
Arrive in Siem Reap, where you will be met at the airport by a member of our Camp Cambodia team and transferred to your accommodation in the city. Here you will meet our Country Manager who will run an arrival briefing for you and your group before your welcome dinner.
Day 31: Welcome to Camp Beng Mealea
You’ll be transferred to beautiful Beng Mealea where you will meet the team for an overview of what your time here will involve. Then it’s time to choose your bed in your new traditional longhouse home!
Day 32-36: Project work / Activities at Camp Beng Mealea
You will spend 5 days volunteering alongside the local community. The village primary school is within walking distance of the camp and is in great need of our support.
Day 37: Welcome to Camp Beng Pae
You will be transferred to your next camp, the charming Beng Pae, stopping at lake side restaurant for lunch on the way. The camp staff who will give you a tour of the camp and an overview of what your time here will involve.
Day 38-43: Project work / Activities at Camp Beng Pae
You will spend 6 days volunteering alongside the local community on local house repairs, building a water dam and working at our tree nursery. You will also have plenty of time to spend with the local children and community.
Day 44: Welcome to Phnom Penh
You will be transferred to the bustling capital Phnom Penh. This is a 5-6 hour journey and our team will take you all to dinner before you check into your accommodation.
Day 45: Tour Day in Phnom Penh
An action packed day exploring Phnom Penh. We will take you to visit the Royal Palace in the heart of the city. You will then visit the S21 museum and Killing Fields, Choeung Ek, an opportunity to learn about the Khymer Rouge regime – a significant legacy from Cambodia’s tragic past.
Day 46: Welcome to Siem Reap
You will be transferred back to Siem Reap.
You will then visit the nearby floating village on the Ton Le Sap Lake.
There’s dinner in the city before the Cambodia Circus Show that evening.
Day 47: Tour Day in Siem Reap
Visit Angkor Wat Temple and Ta Prohm where the Tomb Raider film was filmed!
Ending the day with a buffet dinner and a local show.
Day 48: Welcome back to Camp Beng Mealea
You will be transferred back to our first camp – Camp Beng Mealea.
Day 49-53: Project work
You will spend another 4 days working on the community projects before saying your final goodbyes to the locals.
Day 54: Transfer to Siem Reap city
Day 55: Free day in Siem Reap
A final day to chill out in Siem Reap and explore, shop, eat and drink.
Usual working days are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include the following activities.
Top up your trip with a variety of water sport activities, including PADI scuba qualifications or fun dives. You will also have the opportunity to spend time in some of Borneo and Cambodia's towns, including Siem Reap and Kota Kinabalu.
All of your in-country transfers are scheduled by us, including your airport pick up. We employ our own drivers and they will be there to greet you at the airport, holding a Camps International board so you can't miss them!
Our permanent and fully staffed camps are co-located with the communities with whom we work. Accommodation ranges from traditional thatched buildings to tents. All camps have clean toilets and private washing facilities (not all camps have hot water, but it is refreshing!), and all camps are designed to feel like your second home. There's nothing like chilling out at the end of the day around the camp fire, under the stars.
Our locally employed kitchen teams will provide you with three delicious meals a day. There's unlimited fresh drinking water and a real mix of local cuisine with some western classics to fill you up after a day of project work. Our kitchens always act as the heart of any camp and our staff work extremely hard to consistently create a great standard of food for most dietary requirements.