Borneo 2017



"Nine go to Borneo"

Students in Borneo 2017

This summer nine students from Eckington School have taken part in a trip of a lifetime. Our students joined others from Dartmouth to become a team carrying out project work in the Sabah region of Borneo. This included tasks as diverse as digging footings and laying foundations, painting murals on the side of a village school and even building a toilet block out of recycled plastic bottles!

Other environmental projects included beach cleaning and one that we are particularly proud of was helping to plant 55 trees that will help to reestablish an area of rain forest. The students stayed in amongst local communities getting involved in their day to day lives. This allowed them to learn a little Malay, help prepare and sample local food, take part in teaching English to the women and children, learn traditional dances, have a go at local crafts and compete in sports days, including having to battle in the national sport of tug of war!

Five days were spent on the beautiful Gaya island where the students had the opportunity to learn to scuba dive and take their PADI open water qualification. The group have stayed in a range of accommodation from traditional Malaysian long houses to hammocks suspended above the mud in the rain forest. They have experienced beautiful beach side camps sites and rain of biblical proportions, but one thing is for sure they will never forget their month in Borneo.

Eckington will be once again be working with Camps International to provide students with the opportunity to take part in an expedition in 2019.

Camps International Expedition to Borneo July/August 2017


Ten Eckington School students have signed up to a trip of a life time which will take them to the tropical paradise of Borneo in the summer of 2017.

Unfortunately, if you take a closer look you will find that Borneo is far from a paradise. For example, it suffers from large areas of deforestation due to palm oil production, so our students will be involved in a massive replanting programme.

A large proportion of the population live in poverty and do not have the benefit of an education. Our students will be helping here too, whether it be constructing buildings to house the schools or helping in the classrooms that have so far been built.

It will not be all hard work however, as they get a weeks break from their toil to take part in an open water scuba diving training programme.

The month long expedition with Camps International does not come cheap and the students have a taken on a massive fund raising commitment to finance their expedition. So watch this space for ways you can help out not only our students but also the communities in Borneo that the expedition will be working with.

Borneo Fundraiser: Pickles Family Walk 28 miles

Pickles family walk 28 miles for charity

On Saturday 28 May, Mika and her family successfully walked 28 miles to fundraise for her Borneo trip in 2017.

Mika is one of ten Eckington School students who have signed up to the trip of a life time which will take them to the tropical paradise of Borneo in the summer of 2017.

Our students will be helping to construct buildings to house the schools and help in the classrooms that are already built.

Together the family raised over £1,200 and Mika would like to thank everyone who sponsored her.

Well Done Mika!

Pickles Family's 28-mile Orangutan Walk


Fundraiser: Pickles Family Walk

In May 2016 the Pickles family are embarking on a 28-mile walk. Their epic walk aims to raise funds for Mika, to join a month-long volunteering project in Borneo, Indonesia.

Mika was driven to sign-up with Camps International, who run the project, after learning about the impact deforestation is having on animals and humans in the region. The 28 miles represents a mile for each day Mika will be volunteering on Mantanani Island in Northern Borneo.

Much of the tragic Indonesian deforestation is a direct result of the trade in palm oil which is found in approximately 40-50% of household products in the Western hemisphere. Currently a third of all mammal species are considered to be critically endangered in Indonesia as a consequence of deforestation.

Over 90% of orangutan habitat has been destroyed in the last 20 years.

Mika is hoping in some small way to make a difference. Please support them by sponsoring them for their mammoth walk in May via Paypal:

Sponsored Walk

Ten Eckington School students have signed up to a trip of a life time which will take them to the tropical paradise of Borneo in the summer of 2017.

Students taking part in the Camps International Borneo trip are fundraising with a 15 mile sponsored walk on Sunday 21st February 2016.

The walk will start at Rother Valley Country Park at 10am, walking along the old railway lines to Staveley, picking up the Chesterfield Canal and walking along to the Hollingwood Hub where they will be met by the 'Madeline', Eckington School's narrow boat.

Students will stop here for a rest, have lunch and a hot drink before returning along the same route to Rothervalley Country Park for approximately 4pm.

Please help support our students by sponsoring them - please contact Mrs Fenn or Mrs Dixon on 01246 432849 for more information.

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