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Matt Alexander – Jetting off to Borneo

posted 30 Jul 2013, 02:00 by Google Google   [ updated 30 Jul 2013, 02:00 ]
Matt Alexander, head boy at Millbrook Academy is jetting off to Borneo as part of the World Challenge initiative. He will be working with orang-utans to help in their rehabilitation and eventually their release back into their natural environment. Matt has had to raise money to fund his trip through Camps International, but his is not the first trip Matt has done. In 2010 he went to Kenya for a month. When he was out there he took part in different projects run by Camps International. This involved him helping to build a library for a local school, giving him the chance to work with local tradesmen. Matt said; “It was tough with the language barrier but it made me think on my feet and took me out of my comfort zone. I also built a local woman's house from scratch and it felt good giving back, during the trip I also got my PADI Scuba Diving award.”

Camps International run educational school trips offering an opportunity of a lifetime for students and teachers and the chance to make a profound and lasting impact on disadvantaged communities.

He said: “When I go to Borneo it will be with the same company, Camps International and for the same length of time. I have to raise £3300 for the expedition as well. I will be doing the same sort of thing a Kenya, working in projects, this will involve working with orang-utans in a centre to help get them fit to go back into the wild. I will be working closely with the local school out there building classrooms and other buildings, but the most amazing thing will teaching the local school kids English, as a result of this I will have to learn basic Malaysian which will give a good life skill. I will also have the chance to further my PADI scuba diving qualification.”

As Matt has had to save hard for this trip he has been unable to afford driving lessons. To soften the blow, his driving instructor Andy Watson offered him 10 free lessons as a reward for his efforts.