Currently only 30% of young people have access to secondary education in Borneo.

A group from Bodmin College have a mission to Borneo firmly in their sights to change this and build schools to improve access.

Thanks to local businesses

Sponsored by Specsavers Bodmin, the group of nine students and two teaching staff are undertaking a month-long expedition in partnership with Camp International to help improve this and participate in other projects.

Each member of the team must raise £4,080 split as follows; 42% which is invested in the communities they visit; 40% on trip costs; 15% on support costs and 3% to Camp International to help grow their venture.

One-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Bodmin College student and Specsavers Bodmin staff member, Rebecca Coleman, said: ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us and we cannot thank everyone enough for their generous donations to date, especially Jo and the team at Specsavers Bodmin.

‘We’re taking part in the expedition to help more young people benefit from a secondary school education, something we definitely take for granted.

'We’ll also help the Camp International team continue their mission to tackle deforestation in the country and add to the one million trees already replanted.’

A word from the director

On completion of the expedition in June the student volunteers can use their experience to achieve 16 UCAS points towards their entry to university and higher education.

Jo McLean, store director of Bodmin Specsavers, said: ‘We are delighted to support Rebecca and the Bodmin to Borneo team. If we can help the students get one step closer to further their education through sponsorship then that’s great.’

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