12 weeks living and working alongside communities on the beautiful island of Borneo and magical Cambodia.
About the Program
From the tropical shores of Mantanani Island to the mystical temples of Angkor Wat, become part of Southeast Asia’s vibrant culture on this action packed 3 month volunteer program. You’ll find the warmest people in Southeast Asia, their generosity and kindness is inspiring. Learning about the region’s recent history will fill you with even more respect for the communities that you will live and work alongside. Each of the 6 camps you will call home are located alongside a local community. We listen to the needs of each community, so that you can work on projects that make a tangible and lasting difference to them.
Head out into the dense jungle for a night trek with our knowledgeable local guides before jumping into your hammock for a night in the jungle. Enjoy beach BBQs and explore the vibrant town of Kota Kinabalu at the weekends. Of course a trip to Borneo wouldn’t be complete without getting to observe the island’s most famous primate, the orangutan. We’ll take you to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you can get up close to these amazing creatures and support the vital work of the sanctuary.
In Cambodia meander around the world famous and simply mind blowing temples of Angkor Wat. Soak up the culture at the local circus (no animals involved) and test out your bartering skills in the bustling night markets. Relax and unwind on Siem Reap’s famous ‘pub street’. Sample delicious local delicacies and even try some fried tarantula if you’re brave enough!
Become a true global citizen, immerse yourself in new cultures and make a measurable impact in the process.
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 have an arrival briefing before your welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Welcome to Camp Tinangol
After a much needed sleep and a good breakfast, we will transfer you to Camp Tinangol. Our Camp Manager will show you around and give you an overview of what your time here will involve. Then it’s time to choose your bed in your new traditional longhouse home!
Day 3-4 - R & R Weekend
R&R weekends are the perfect time to relax and experience some of the beautiful sights that Sabah has to offer. You will also have the chance to spend some time at the beach – BBQ included!
Day 5-9 - Project work / Activities at Camp Tinangol
You will spend around 10 days volunteering alongside the local community on projects such as creating a water feed system for the village, helping with the building of the market place for the locals, teaching basic English to primary age children, working at our permaculture garden and running fun activities and sports sessions with the local children.
Day 10-11 - R & R Weekend
Day 12-16 - Project work / Activities at Camp Tinangol
Day 17 - Welcome to Kota Kinabalu city
Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu city for an overnight stay and some free time around KK.
Day 18 - Free Day in Kota Kinabalu
A day to chill out in Kota Kinabalu and explore, shop, eat and drink at your leisure!
Day 19 - Welcome back to Camp Tinangol Transfer back to Camp.
Day 20-22 - Project works/ Activities at Camp Tinangol
You will spend another 3 days working on the community projects before saying your final goodbyes to the locals.
Day 23 - Welcome to Batu Puteh
You will be transferred to our incredible jungle camp at Batu Puteh.
Day 24 - Jungle Exploration
You will be taken for an early morning river safari along the Kinabatangan River where you will see the incredible wildlife.
You will participate in a vital environmental project, helping to reforest areas where the jungle has been destroyed.
Day 25 - Nursery Propagation Programme
You will be collecting the seed from the mother trees in the jungle and taking them back to the nursery.
After dinner, a member of our team will take you for a night walk, followed by a night in our jungle camp in a hammock.
Day 26 - Forest Restoration Programme
Planting trees to continue the wildlife corridor conservation project.
Day 27 - Sandakan & Orangutan Tour Day
You will visit the Orangutan Sanctuary at Sepilok where you have the chance to explore the rainforest and see the orangutan up close.
After lunch you will visit the P.O.W (War Memorial Park) at Sandakan.
Day 28 - Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu
You’ll be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay before we head onto to island phase of your adventure.
Day 29 - 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 30-38 - 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 programme and running fun activities and sports sessions with the local children.
Day 39 & 40 - 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 41 & 44 - Project work / Activities at Camp Mantanani
Day 45 - Welcome to Kota Kinabalu city
We’ll transfer you back to Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay.
Day 46 - 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 47-48 - 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 49-52 - 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 53-54 - R&R weekend in Bongkhud
55-57 - Project works/ Activities at Camp Bongkud
Day 58 - 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 59 - 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.
Day 60 - 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 61 - 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 62-66 - 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 67 - 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 68-73 - 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 74 - 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 75 - 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 76 - 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 77 - 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 78 - Welcome back to Camp Beng Mealea
You will be transferred back to our first camp – Camp Beng Mealea.
Day 79-83 - Project work
You will spend another 4 days working on the community projects before saying your final goodbyes to the locals.
Day 84 - Transfer to Siem Reap city
Day 85 - Free day in Siem Reap
A final day to chill out in Siem Reap and explore, shop, eat and drink.
Day 86 - Trip ends in Siem Reap and Departure Day
We will say our goodbyes and transfer you to Siem Airport 2 hours before your scheduled flight time.
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 add-ons from jungle trekking to PADI scuba qualifications or fun dives.
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.