We experienced many adventures whilst enduring extreme humid temperatures and vast cultural differences on our World Challenge expedition to Borneo in April 2014.
During the project phase, we learnt new skills – digging 23 holes, mixing cement, planting metal poles and erecting a wire fence. This was for a local village school, helping to make it a safer place as the surrounding farmers were encroaching on the playground. We also had the opportunity to play with the school children and on the last day we hosted a sports day on the beach for them, while having a lot of fun ourselves.
The trek up Mt Kinabalu (4095m) was long and excruciatingly difficult, but in the end, completely self-fulfilling and worth the pain. We hiked to the summit and back over two days and arrived back at the Kota Kinabalu National Park headquarters with wobbly legs and awe at what one can achieve if you put your mind to it.
We also enjoyed crazy adventures like river rafting down the Kiulu river, zip-lining over the river and into the jungle, snorkelling at a beautiful island off Kota Kinabalu; and no trip to Borneo would be complete without a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
By the end of the excursion, we had all formed a special bond – we had seen each other at our best and at our worst and were still friends, but more importantly, we challenged ourselves as never before. It was an experience that shaped us and that we will never forget.
Brittany, Challenger, Borneo, Marist Brothers Linmeyer Marian College