The Borneo Adventure
Heart program involves adventure tourism as well a tourism aspects.
The initial tour and adventure based
itinerary will involve visits to the key tourism sights in the State, from Mount Kinabalu
to the Islands, to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation
Sanctuary, Kota Kinabatangan, Kudat, Ulu Kimanis, Tenom and Keningau, among
others. The participants get a taste of the real life experiences of the locals
as they travel mainly using local public transportation and also stay at local
non luxury accommodation to assimilate local culture.
The Volunteerism aspect of program
involves participants being assigned to teach English at 4-6 different primary schools
in the state, while at the same time learning the local dialects themselves. It
was during this time that they have close interaction with the locals they live
with, i.e. their host families and the surrounding community, who have expose
them to local culture and traditions.
The program is geared to expose the
participants to character building experiences to
break personal boundaries, develop themselves and their world view. It allows them to
explore new areas outside their normal environment and learn about other
cultures and traditions while at the same time contributing to the communities
in which they find themselves.
During the entire program
participants had a first hand experience of the local culture and norms as they
interacted closely with locals, traveling by local public transportation modes
to get to their destinations and live in local budget accommodation. Offshoots
of the entire program are the economic and myriad other benefits it brings to
the local communities through the use of local amenities and facilities and the
services rendered on both sides. The activities of the groups including the
volunteer services provided by the groups benefit the community in different
ways i.e. expansion of knowledge and exposure to a foreign culture among
others. The rave reviews of past participants posted online are well received while
the participants themselves are ambassadors who promote the delights of Borneo
All in all the Adventure
Travel program is a satisfying and rewarding experience for all involved.