Altwood students travel to Borneo


Grace Witherden

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Teenage students are reflecting on a Borneo expedition which saw them take part in community projects.

A group of 17 students from Altwood CE School travelled to the island in Asia in August to renovate church steps, teach in schools and work on wildlife conservation programmes.

Molly Balsom, 17, said a highlight was seeing orangutans in the jungle.

Nosheen Yousaf, one of the teachers running the month-long expedition, said: "The students worked incredibly hard; this trip certainly wasn’t a holiday! But, between the hard work, we found some time to have fun too. The students enjoyed learning local handicraft techniques as well as learning Malay and joining in with local music and dance recitals."

The group also had the chance to get a qualification in scuba diving on Gaya Island.

Each student had to raise almost £4,000 to go on the trip which was done through cake sales, raffles and sponsored runs.


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