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World Challenge presents the John Monash Science School expedition to Malaysia & Borneo in 2020

John Monash Science School are delighted to announce that we are supporting a very exciting program which offers students the opportunity to plan, fund and ultimately lead their own month long expedition each year in November and December. In 2015 and 2016 students went to Borneo, and have travelled to Cambodia and Laos in previous years.

The program is managed by World Challenge, a pioneering educational organisation with 27 years of experience in delivering personal development expeditions for students, delivering a fun, rewarding, and safe experience. The expedition to Borneo is preceded by a training and preparation program, during which students play a major role in planning their itinerary, which will include project work in a local community and a challenging trek. Students are also supported in setting and achieving individual and team fundraising goals to help cover the cost of the expedition program, where on average, students raise over half of the total program cost.

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Expedition to Malaysia & Borneo

This World Challenge program will be an exciting opportunity for a team of students to research, fund and lead their own 28 day expedition to the fascinating island of Borneo.

The Expedition will be preceded by 18 months of training and preparation.  During this time, team members will learn a great deal about their destination and research the itinerary options with the support of their Program Facilitator and School Support Co-ordinator from World Challenge.

This team involvement will continue during the expedition itself when they will take on responsibility for leading the team, managing the budget, liaising with local guides and successfully achieving their objectives with the guidance of a World Challenge Leader.  The whole program will teach and develop essential transferable life skills including financial management, leadership, teamwork, communication, organisation and decision making.

Borneo will offer the team a huge variety of objectives and challenges. Teams may go trekking in both Sabah and Sarawak.  Sabah is home to the highest mountain in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu, as well as the challenging and beautiful Mount Trus Madi. Treks in Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia, are in the Kelabit Highlands, known as the heart of the Borneo jungle, or one of the many National Parks.  Here you will also find the world’s oldest limestone caves as well as a wide variety of fascinating flora and fauna.  The team may well find themselves trekking through villages where they will see local people and traditional longhouses.

A community phase is a key part in gaining a greater understanding of the culture of the people of this beautiful country. The majority of projects are based within small communities where Challengers live and work alongside the local people. At the end of the expedition the beautiful coastline of Borneo offers a welcoming environment to unwind or the team could visit one of the Orangutan Sanctuaries!