World Challenge

2015 World Challenge Expedition to Borneo


On Monday the 28th of September, 10 challengers from Staughton College and Namadgi School travelled to Borneo for a 21 day expedition along with 4 other teachers and 1 expedition leader. Madi Whearem, Dana Whatley, Shase Rogers, Emily Steward, Grace Hawke and Alex Gawly had been preparing for this adventure for the past 11 months.  We had attended numerous meetings and completed a training expedition in the months leading up to the expedition. During our time in Borneo we completed four phases; acclimatisation, trek, project and rest and relaxation.


We arrived in Kuching early Tuesday morning. We explored the city in the hot and muggy conditions. After staying in Kuching for 2 nights we travelled to Kubah National Park where we completed our 2 acclimatisation treks through jungle. It was a challenging experience for most of us being our first time in the jungle, but it was very enjoyable.


We completed a two day trek through the Head Hunters Trail. On our first day we travelled 9 km through the jungle carrying our large ruck sacks, and stopped at Camp Five which was our accommodation and kitchen facilities for the night. There was a river running along the camp, where some of us were given a lesson on how to swim across the rapids in the river by our expedition leader. The next day we completed our trek, travelling another 11 km’s. At the end of the trek we got to relax on a trip back to our accommodation on long boats.


We travelled to the tip of Borneo to complete our project phase Tampat Do Aman which involved renovating an education centre and building church steps.  We spilt ourselves into two groups, where one group focuses their time and effort in the education centre and the other building the church steps. During our time at the project we faced many challenges preventing us from completing our tasks, but never gave no matter the difficulties.


We were lucky enough to experience the amazing culture and surroundings of Borneo. We had 2 days allocated for our rest and relaxation time. On the first day we travelled to Zip Borneo where we got to partake in zip lining and a high ropes course. On the second day we went white water rafting while the other school went to a gaming complex in a shopping centre. White water rafting was definitely most of the Staughton student’s highlight of the trip. We also got to visit 2 orang-utan rehabilitation centres; the Matang Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the Semmengoh Wildlife Reserve.  We got to visit the local markets, where we brought plenty of souvenirs and local cuisine. We arranged everything ourselves, form transport to accommodation to our rest and relaxation activities. It was an amazing experience that will stay for us forever, we will miss everyone dearly.


“This experience has changed my perception of the world.” – Madi Whearem


Written by Shase Rogers, Emily Steward, Madi Whearem, and Dana Whatley.

World Challenge 2015

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