Newton Abbot College students are hard at work fundraising for their ground breaking trip to Borneo in the Summer of 2016. In the College’s first ever organised intercontinental trip, 14 students and 3 members of staff will be travelling to the Asian island for four weeks to live within the local communities and undertake projects such as building foundations for primary schools and nurseries, as well as journeying into the jungle to perform rainforest and conservation work, planting new trees, observing wildlife and visiting an orangutan sanctuary. Organised by Camps International, students are required to raise an individual target of £4,100 through sponsored events, employment and jobs around the home. Students are meeting weekly to share fundraising ideas with events such as pig racing nights, Rotary Club presentations, music nights and a Boxing Day swim in the pipeline.
Geography Teacher and Borneo Trip Organiser, Sam Groves, said ‘The Borneo expedition will be a once in a lifetime experience for all. To have the opportunity to be involved in conservation and community projects in such a culturally diverse setting will provide students with invaluable lifelong skills. The natural surroundings and the level of development within Borneo will be eye opening and, as a result, students will further develop their appreciation of other countries and their home surroundings.’