Following Friday’s earthquake in Borneo which struck the Mount Kinabalu area, World Challenge is currently looking at alternative activities for those teams affected.
No school teams are due to arrive on the island until 11 June but with Borneo’s Minister for Tourism having announced that Mount Kinabalu will be closed to climbers for at least three weeks, contingency planning is underway.
Schools affected will be notified of these changes to itineraries, which may include additional trekking, or other activities such as zip-wiring, snorkelling and white water rafting, once local providers have been contacted and options been confirmed.
There are currently no plans, however, to divert teams away from Borneo altogether, and we are confident that other aspects of schools’ itineraries will remain unaffected.
We utilise a number of government and security agencies as well as our own knowledgeable in-country agent network to keep us abreast of developments and we continue to monitor the situation.
World Challenge’s highest priority is the safety of our participants. Over the last 27 years we’ve worked hard to develop an excellent reputation for our approach to safety and how we operate in over 40 destinations around the world.