By Dian Hasan | September 20, 2009
Departing from the adage “teach them young and they shall remember”, one Singapore-based organization – Eco Field Trips (EFT) – brings school kids closer top nature for a most rewarding “out-of-classroom” learning experience. Their programs span the Asia Pacific region, ranging from Turtle Conservation to understanding Agricultural Societies and their Organic way of life. Here’s a look at their program in Sarawak, East Malaysia.
SARAWAK, EAST MALAYSIA
Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia. Situated in the north-west corner of the island of Borneo, the region offers some of Malaysia’s largest unspoilt areas of lowland and highland rainforest as well as some of the largest cave systems in the world. There are over thirty ethnic groups in Sarawak. Among them are the Orang Iban, traditionally headhunting tribes, many Iban still maintain some of their traditional beliefs and lifestyles. Although headhunting is no longer practised, tribal communities often live in stilted longhouses and produce traditional wood and bead craftwork. As well as fantastic cultural experiences, Sarawak also boasts a wide range of exceptional flora and fauna such as the proboscis monkey and rafflesia which can be viewed in one of its many national parks.
Eco Field Trips promotes EDUCATIONAL OUTDOOR ADVENTURE, for students ages 11 and 18 with a choice of different programs:
- In-depth GCSE Biology and Geography fieldwork
- Focus on Environmental Education, Conservation, Biology & Marine Ecology
- A Level coursework
- International Baccalaureate standard trips
- Undergraduate research programmes
- SCUBA Diving courses
- Marine Biology for divers
- GAP Year placements
Source: Eco Field Trips