Outdoor education, jungle wildlife, environment, cultural immersion

From soaring cloud-tipped mountains to lush equatorial rainforests, a school trip to Borneo means learning in an ecological adventure playground.

Along the way, there’ll be life-changing challenges. You’ll summon the self-confidence to climb Mount Kinabalu, Asia’s highest peak. You’ll call on courage as you come face-to-face with wild animals in Borneo’s remote jungles and meet new people who don’t speak your language. And you’ll impart empathy while walking along World War II’s notorious ‘death march’ trail.

Borneo, in Malaysia’s east, is the perfect place to engage maturing young minds in today’s most important environmental and cultural issues. Start your tour in Malaysia’s mainland capital, Kuala Lumpur, with an Amazing Race-style dash around the city. As you navigate, you’ll solve a quiz about Malaysia’s history and multicultural make-up – excellent background for your onward travels through Borneo.

We’ve travelled to Borneo with Student Educational Adventures on three occasions. Their organisation is of the highest standard and their programs are flexible. I can’t speak highly enough of the tour guides. They’ve solved local problems and interacted with the students and staff so much that we see them as friends. We’ve successfully built houses in Borneo and our students return with a feeling of accomplishment, as well as feeling they’ve made a difference to families, and with a better understanding of the culture of Sabah and Sarawak.

Elizabeth SullivanJunior School Coordinator, Utahloy International College

Design your own unique curriculum

Every trip we run is customised to your school’s curriculum, budget, student needs and educational goals. Here are just some of the exciting ways your students can learn in Borneo:

Ignite your inner environmentalist in Borneo’s fragile rainforests

Visit a palm oil plantation to learn how the industry is destroying Borneo’s carbon-rich forests. Ponder the plight of native orang-utans at Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre. Awake to the calls of hornbills and macaques, cruise past crocodiles and – if you’re lucky – spot a rare Sumatran rhino.

Thrive in the wild with adrenaline-packed jungle adventures

Explore deep canyons and bat-filled crevices in one of the world’s largest caves. Bare your bravest self by abseiling, zip-lining and white-water rafting through an unforgettable jungle camp. Hone your survival skills with bamboo craft and natural food and medicine lessons from local tribes.

Immerse yourself in local life with Malaysian indigenous cultures

Experience village life firsthand through a homestay with a Malay family. Practise Malaysian language, learn to plant rice, collect rubber from trees and cook delicious Malay fare. Collaborate on a community service project – like tree planting or trail restoration – and sleep in a traditional longhouse.

Add extra insight with student-led learning

By letting your students co-design their Laos tour, you’ll give them ownership over their activities and agenda. You’ll also make sure your school trip meets their specific strengths, interests and knowledge gaps.

In Laos, your students can choose from a range of fun local activities like:

Hawker-style food excursions

Water activities, like snorkelling and scuba

Day trip to Brunei

Tea plantation tours

World War II History

Sample Itineraries

Whatever your students want to learn, we’ll help you create the perfect program. Check out our sample itineraries to get a taste of your school’s next adventure.

Note: Remember, these sample itineraries can be modified to suit your learning objectives and budget. The prices are guides only and subject to change.

A Week Without Walls


7 Days

Cost Per Student

Sabah & Sarawak Exploration


10 Days

Cost Per Student

Borneo – It’s a jungle out there


10 Days

Cost Per Student

Custom itinerary

Our sample itineraries are an example of what’s possible, based on trips we’ve previously run. For a custom itinerary that caters to your school’s unique needs, please get in touch by completing the form below.

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