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Gloucester Academy

​​​​​​​Borneo Expedition– July 2023

Volunteering and Jungle Living

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to introduce you to a proposed 16-day Borneo expedition in July 2023 that we are offering to our current Year 9 and 10 students. This expedition run by STC expeditions will provides students with a thrilling journey into the depths of the rainforest of Borneo. It is a brilliant adventure offering a perfect balance of physical challenges, rainforest experience, wildlife spotting and beach relaxation. On this wonderful journey we will hike deep into the rainforest and spend the night under the stars in hammocks. We’ll spend time exploring the Kinabatangan River and have the chance to meet the famous orangutans at Sepilok.

Costs

We expect the cost of the trip to be around £2800 with the exact cost being confirmed once the international flights and group size have been secured. This includes all travel, accommodation, meals and guides for throughout the trip. There are limited places on the expedition, and these will be issued through an application process if applicants exceed places.

The initial deposit is £400 which will be due in February with subsequent payments being made in the 18 months running up to departure. This equates to about £150 a month. The full payment schedule will be sent at a further date.

Fundraising

We appreciate that the expense of this expedition is a big consideration. With this in mind we will endeavour to support students in bringing down the personal contribution as much as possible.  The lead teacher will support the students in thinking/planning fundraising events, help them with small business idea, provide information on local grants and organisations that may help towards the costs. This will bring the cost down, but how much will depend on your child's success in fundraising. With ambition and determination, students might even be able to cover the entire cost!

Next Steps

At this moment we are looking for an ‘expression of interest’ in the expedition. If you think your students would like to take part, please complete the google form. https://forms.gle/Ww9gVAD2n92EMCWJA

Further information and a parent information evening will follow in the New Year.

If you have any questions or queries at this early stage, please contact me by email.

Miss L Blick
[email protected]