The final stage
of my Borneo trip...
Toward the end of the afternoon, some members of my group and I helped to clear out the local Rungus Museum, which was there to preserve the Rungus culture and traditions. The Rungus are an ancient tribe who are based in Kudat. The museum building had decided to fall apart and as a result they are developing a new, secure building.
"My team-work and leadership skills have improved as a result of this expedition."
On the last day of our project, we had Sports day. This event was given to my group which we had to organize ourselves. It included having to entertain sports activities for fifty non-English speaking children; age range of 5-13 years old, for two and a half hours. So we had a group meeting and assigned members of the team to specific activities. I was in a group of three and our activity was football.
An hour before the children were due to arrive, we had to set up our different activities on the beach.
Overall, I consider this project to be very successful, as were the other projects as we managed to finish everything off within our given time allocation.
A day later, we arrived at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary.
As a result of all the palm oil plantations in Borneo, orangutans are hastily losing their natural habitat. Before we arrived in Borneo, we had set up many different occasions in which to raise money, such as quiz nights, which we would use the money to put toward a charity of our choice based in Borneo.
Post our visit to the orangutan sanctuary, we decided to donate one thousand Ringets (the currency in Borneo), which would go towards food, care and medicines for the orangutans. The group also decided to use the remaining money to adopt an orphan, baby orangutan, therefore its needs are ensured and so on.
Overall, this expedition has made me much more insightful of the world as well as my own personality.
I have learned that through experiencing hardship and physical difficulty, we learn the most, and if nothing else I have developed a great amount of resilience which will forever help me to overcome seemingly impossible challenges.
Thus I feel I have grown as a person. Despite the hard times I found it very fulfilling and enjoyable, through making new friends and experiencing different habitats and wildlife.
My team-work and leadership skills have also improved as a result of this expedition, whereas before I had not been such a strong leader. To be pushed out of your comfort zone is highly important and affects people in the long run, which is why this expedition has been so valuable to me.
Registered charity numbers: Advancement in Life 278477. Relief in Need 205038. Almshouses 205037.