Borneo beckons for Vale Academy student Robbie Almond from Cadney and his fellow Vale colleagues for the trip of a lifetime.
Along with five fellow students, 16-year-old Robbie will be jetting out in July to take part in a conservation project in Borneo as part of a volunteer work group.
The party leaves on July 23 for the Sabah region of the country in the far South Pacific.
The students - Jamie Rimmington, Joe Callis Gash, Ellie Patrick, Beth McVeigh, Matilda Davies and Robbie - have been preparing for nearly two years and have raised much needed funds both to fund their visit and for the people there.
“I will be living for a month in a small community on the coast working on environmental projects,” he said.
“Each of us has to raise £4,500 to part fund the trip.”
Whilst in Borneo, they will be working hard on a variety of projects, including rainforest conservation, teaching English, building platforms for water feeds, building community centres and kindergartens.
They will live among the villages in camps provided by Camps International and staffed by the Sabahan people.
The whole expedition lasts for four weeks and they will not only learn a great deal about the culture, but also find working alongside the villagers rewarding and life changing.
“It’s a really exciting time for the students,” said Sandy King, who will be leading the Vale Academy group.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for them to make a real ‘hands on’ difference to the lives of many people.
“They will work hard but also learn the local dances, songs and traditions. It’s great fun too.
“A big bonus for them is that they will also learn to scuba dive and obtain their Open Water Padi which is absolutely fantastic.”
Camps International provide permanent camps worldwide and employ local people on site, meaning its projects are guaranteed to benefit the communities that students such as those from The Vale Academy go to live and work in.