Technologically and linguistically adventurous EFL teacher, trainer, writer and manager

Returning from Borneo

Seven years ago today I landed at Heathrow airport after four and a half months in the Malaysian part of Borneo.

It was the first time I had left Europe (and in fact I had only previously visited France and Germany), so it was a huge experience in my life. When I got back I wrote an article for called ‘Life in the Jungle’, which you can read here. I also created my first website (using angelfire – that takes me back!), which my mum updated with my letters from the jungle. It still exists and tells me that it has been 2556 days since I got back from Borneo! Unfortunately, the photo links don’t work any more, so I’ve shared a selection of them below.

Since I returned from my Trekforce expedition I have become much better travelled and have lived in France (twice), Paraguay and the Czech Republic for anywhere from two months to three years. I’ve also become a full-time EFL teacher, with Malaysia being my tester. The expedition gave me the confidence to live in unusual circumstances, and comes in very useful in job interviews (I directly attribute my job in Paraguay to my time in Borneo). It was an amazing experience, and one which will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Comments on: "Returning from Borneo" (6)

  1. As a Dr. Seuss fan I must say:
    OOOh the places you’ve been!
    May you continue to enjoy traveling and teaching (and blogging too!).


  2. […] independent  than our fellow assistants in other countries. During my interview, I spoke about my experiences in Malaysia, and I’m pretty sure this is what got me sent to Paraguay rather than Peru. I really […]


  3. […] lived in the jungle for four months during my gap year. It was my first big adventure, and it definitely gave me the […]


  4. […] English, and I fell in love with it. I shared links and photos from my trip a few years ago in my Returning from Borneo post. The picture at the bottom of the post shows a tree with an observation platform to look […]


  5. Len Holder said:

    Borneo makes you feel like an explorer – there are too few undiscovered places in the world today. Your Uncle Nick is finding new things through his micro photography – another way to explore.


  6. […] language school in Asunción, Paraguay. Although I’d already volunteered as a teacher in Borneo, I considered this my first day of real teaching, hence the […]


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