8 weeks living and working within the beautiful jungles of Borneo and alongside traditional rural communities in Cambodia.
About the Program
The steamy jungles of Borneo and the mystical temples of Cambodia await you. Why choose one country to visit? Immerse yourself in the culture of both of these awe inspiring countries. By listening to the needs of each community, we ensure that the projects you work on are the projects that they believe are needed. Get stuck in to improving the local kindergartens and schools, increasing fresh water supply or building a new home for an in need family. South East Asia’s fragile forests are under threat from de-forestation, threatening the lives of the wildlife, including the endangered orangutang. You’ll work on our tree planting projects and get to observe these awesome primates up close at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.
Explore the vibrant towns of Siam Reap and Kota Kinabalu, sample local delicacies, discover the famous ‘pub street’ and pick up a bargain at the bustling night markets. Soak up the rich culture of the region visiting the amazing Angkor Wat temples, tea plantations, S21 prison and the shocking killing fields. The optimism and generosity of communities that have been through so much and have so little is overwhelming.
You will make a measurable impact on the communities that you’ll live and work alongside and they in return will have a place in your heart long after you leave Asia.
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 also participate in a vital environmental project, helping to reforest areas where the jungle has been destroyed.
Day 25 - Nursery Propagation Program
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 last night for a farewell dinner with your Camp Borneo team.
Day 29 - Trip 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 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 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 49-43 - 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.
You can top up your trip with a guided 5-day jungle trek, learn survival skills and sleep in a hammock!
You will also have the chance to visit some great towns during your days off, including Siem Reap and Kota Kinabalu. There will be some great opportunities for sightseeing, shopping and taking advantage of the great nightlife!
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.