Thursday, 23 June 2016

World Challenge 2016 - Adventures in Borneo

It's nearly time to go........

On Monday 27 June, these 8 TWC girls and the accompanying two staff members will embark on the TWC 2016 World Challenge expedition to Borneo. The girls will be adventuring the whole July holiday in Borneo and return to South Africa on Sunday 17 July. And what an exciting itinerary is planned!

On arrival in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’s capital, the girls will follow an orientation programme. They will also have the opportunity to wander down the streets to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the wide variety of cuisine on offer (Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Western cuisine).

The next two days (and nights) will be spent trekking in the Kawang Forest Reserve. This reserve is a little more than 1500 hectares in extent and is made up of lowland forests.

Following a rest day, the girls will take 5 days to trek through the mountainous Crocker Range, which dominates the skyline, from Sipitang to Kota Kinabalu. They will carry their own kit, trekking through forests, hilly terrain and crossing some rivers - and sleeping in hammocks!

The girls will then have two days free for admin (restocking supplies) and rest and relaxation before departing on their community engagement phase of the expedition.

The girls will immerse themselves in a community project which will give them a unique opportunity to gain insight into a rich, unfamiliar culture. The language, daily routine, activities, facilities and cultural sensitivities will all be new to them. Joining the community of Kampung Kiau (about 70km from Kota Kinabalu), the girls will be near to Mount Kinabalu (Malaysia’s most famous World Heritage Site). The area has plenty of natural and historical treasures. There are approximately 2000 people living in the community, mostly from the Dusun tribe, and most of the residents are Christian. Following the earthquake in June 2015, the community is in need of assistance with rebuilding and repair of buildings and the TWC girls will be assisting in renovation of the veranda of the village church which is an important meeting place within the community.

Another rest and relaxation day awaits the girls before they head home again – with many stories to tell and even more pictures to share.

There are a number of activities that the girls will be able to choose from on these days, including these below. Time and cost will, however, be a limiting factor and they will not be able to experience all of these activities.
·         Zip Borneo – 320m zip-line across the Kiulu River straight into the jungle
·         High Ropes – 6 courses of high ropes across which you wobble and balance – 16m above the ground
·         White-water rafting with Riverbug (Sabah)
·         Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre -  founded in 1964, the SORC covers 40km2 of the Kabili-Sepilok rainforest in Northern Sabah
·         Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre - observe, from viewing platforms, rescued sun bears on their road to rehabilitation as well as local flora and fauna such as orang-utans, macaques, squirrels and diverse tropical tree species.
·         Mari Mari Cultural Village – learn about the five different ethnic tribes of Borneo and learn more about their spiritual and ancestral history
·         Kundasang War Memorial – a commemoration of the lives and sacrifice of the Prisoners of War who died on the infamous Sandakan Death Marches during World War II
·         Snorkelling – guided snorkelling programme leaving from Jesselton Point to a marine park and then some beach time on one of the other nearby islands or more snorkelling

World Challenge is the largest school expedition company in the world.  With offices in Australia, Boston, Dubai, South Africa and New Zealand, they send over 9000 students on expedition every year. Started in 1987 to organise expeditions for young people through their schools, World Challenge has grown from strength to strength and in 2015 sent 714 teams from around 500 schools around the world with over 1100 teachers. Click here to go to the World Challenge website to find out more

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