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2/21/18 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
022118 - Borneo 2018
Whoa! We leave in 10 days!

We just wrapped up our last morning meeting! Here's what we covered:

1) Everyone needs to be in the Dodge Room in Reed with all of their gear on Sunday, March 4th at 11:30am! We will go through a final check of important items and then take off! Here are the super important items that will be checked:

$50 [Sealed envelope]
$400
Book: Hard copy
Insurance card
Journal, pens
Passport
Passport copies
Trousers (Convertible)
Weight: Carry on
Weight: Main bag
Trip long sleeve shirt
Trip short sleeve shirt

2) The group averaged a 100% on the names quiz and higher than ever on both Malaysia info quizzes! Awesome work!

3) Everyhone was reminded to pack all fragile and very hard to replace items in their carry on bags. This should include items like all medications and cameras.

4) If you'd like to compare prices between the US and Malaysia, check out this page.

5) Items that need to be inside the belt document pouch are now tagged as "Documents: Pouch" on the packing list.

6) We recorded a video talking about what we're excited about and other topics!



6) Photo time!

Borneo morning meeting!

2/8/18 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Thursday, 08 February 2018
020818 - Borneo 2018 Update
Here are a few updates, tips, and requests:

1) Please bring me a copy of your birth certificate.

2) I've recently become a fan of this amazing travel pillow. If you don't have already have one, I'd consider getting this one.

3) I strongly recommend everyone coat their clothes with permethrin before we leave for Malaysia. This adds a huge layer of protection from insects.

4) While we travel I will be emailing out, and posting on this website, trip updates that will include text, photos, and videos. Please send me any additional email addresses that you'd like me to add to the trip email group.

5) Please fill out the roomate preferences survey by this coming Monday, 2/12.

See you all at the packing meeting this Sunday!

2/7/18 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018
020718 - Borneo 2018 Blog Post
Whoa. We take off in 24 days!

We had one of our last mornings meetings today! Here's what we covered plus some extra info:

1) Our packing meeting is coming up this Sunday, 2/11 from 5-7pm in the Dodge Room in Reed. Everyone must show up fully packed! Please make sure you are in the Dodge Room with all of your gear by 5pm.

2) On departure day (Sunday, March 4th), everyone needs to be in the Dodge Room in Reed by 11:30am. After a last round of checks, we'll take off on the first leg of our journey!

3) Everyone did quite well on the names quiz, although Josh, Aidan, Izzy, Mike, and Kassandra did not earn a 100%. Let's all get to 100% on the next round! The Malaysia quiz scores are also all generally increasing. Great work!

4) We recorded a video talking about our favorite item on the packing list, with a few extra comments mixed in :)



5) We took a group photo!

Borneo 2018

1/6/18 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Saturday, 06 January 2018
010618 - Borneo 2018
We're only 56 days away from taking off!

On SUPER frigid days like this, I like to focus on the awesomeness of Malaysian Borneo AND the fact that it's going to be 80 degrees while we're there :)

Our meeting on Wednesday morning was again awesome. Here's what we covered:

1) The big upcoming event is the packing meeting which will be held on Sunday, 2/11 from 5-7pm in the Dodge Room in Reed. Everyone needs to show up to this meeting fully packed! Parents and friends are encouraged to attend the first hour of the meeting if they'd like.

2) Everyone was given the homework of bringing 3 cool facts about Malaysian Borneo to our next trip meeting which is taking place on Wednesday, 1/24 starting at 7:30am in the Cox Room in the Dining Hall.

3) We took another round of the names quiz as well as the two Malaysia info quizzes and our averages increased again!

Name (Names Quiz, Quiz1, Quiz2)
Michael (82%, 739, 718)
Elizabeth (100%, 865, 914)
Izzy (100%, 831, 607)
Joshua (Absent, Absent, Absent)
Ella (100%, 548, 854)
Aidan (100%, 650, 763)
Kassandra (82%, 745, 918)
Nina (100%, 591, 714)

4) We talked about ways we can make the trip smoother and safer. Here's what we came up with:

Always take the stairs
Ask people how they are doing
Don't drink tap water
Have a positive attitude
Brings your meds
Don't complain
Pay attention
Follow the packing list
Know the itinerary
Follow directions
Stay organized
Group comes first
Don't bring crazy items
Be open minded
Double check when you leave places
Stay aware of yourself, be in touch of your own needs
Don't eat super weird food
Be conscious of your surroundings
Be giving to other people
Students can look out for each other
Stay out dangerous situation
Keep track of important documents

5) We recorded a video answering the question "How's packing going?"



6) We took a group photo!

Borneo 2018

12/13/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
121317 - Borneo 2018
We depart in 80 days! Wow!

Here's what we just covered at our last morning meeting of the year:

0) Everyone was reminded that our next trip meeting will be on Wednesday, 1/3/18 at 7:15am in the Cox Room int he dining hall.

1) We celebrated completing all of our paperwork! I also reminded the kids that it's quite likely a few more paperwork items are liable to pop up in the coming weeks :)

2) We heard three great presentations from Izzy, (Sun Bears), Josh (Kuching), and Michael (Snakes). All student presentations are online here.

3) Our names quiz group average rose to 92% Let's get it to 100% We also took the two Malaysia quizzes. Here are our scores:
Name (Names Quiz, Malaysia Quiz 1, Malaysia Quiz 2)
Michael (0.5, 576, 633)
Elizabeth (0.91, 899, 769)
Izzy (1, 656, 690)
Joshua (0.95, 636, 936)
Ella (1, 421, 819)
Aidan (1, 650, 799)
Nina (1, 656, 762)
Sara (1, 712, 754)

4) Everyone was reminded to start packing over break as well as to make surd they have taken care of all of their medical prep: vaccintations and malaria meds!

5) We answered the question, "What was the best part of the day trip?"



6) We took a group photo!

Borneo 2018

11/30/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Thursday, 30 November 2017
113017 - Borneo Update
We depart in 93 days! But, who's counting? :)

Here's what happened at yesterday's morning meeting:

1) We discussed the upcoming day trip around Western, MA coming up on Sunday, 12/10. We are leaving at 8am from the parking lot behind the chapel and we'll be back on campus by around 8:30pm. Everyone needs to bring money to cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner (~$50) as well as wear comfortable clothing they can move around in outside!

2) We talked about how our next morning meeting will take place on Wendesday, 12/13 starting at 7:15am in the Cox Room in the dining hall. I look forward to seeing presentation from Josh, (Kuching City Tour), Izzy (Sun Bears), and Michael (Topic = ???).

3) We completed the latest round of the names and two Malaysia quizzes. Scores are going up but they need to get higher!

Name (Names Quiz / Malaysia Quiz 1 / Malaysia Quiz 2)
Michael (0.73 / 500 / 613)
Elizabeth (0.95 / 936 / 794)
Izzy (0.64 / 532 / 677)
Joshua (0.91 / 764 / 707)
Ella (0.86 / 578 / 631)
Aidan (0.82 / 511 / 626)
Kassandra (0.91 / 921 / 697)
Nina (0.91 / 673 / 761)
Sara (0.91 / 883 / 580)

4) We heard some awesome presentations from Ella and Kassandra!

5) We spent some time looking over the packing list.

6) Everyone was reminded to make sure they are on top of all of their necessary vaccinations and meds, Malaria meds in particular.

7) We recorded our answers to the question: "How are you feeling about the trip?"



8) We took a group photo!

Borneo 2018!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 November 2017 )
10/11/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
101117 - Borneo 2018
Time is flying by! We depart for Borneo in 143 days!

Here's what we covered at this morning's meeting:

0) We went over some important upcoming deadlines:

Tuesday, 10/17/17: Trip payment #2 ($1,884) is due in the business office.

Wednesday, 11/1/17: Our next morning meeting

1) We patched up some of the last bits of missing paperwork. The status of everyone's paperwork can always be checked right here:




2)  We took another round of the names quiz and upped our group average to 80%. Good work! We need to get that to 100%

Mike = 71%
Lizzie = 92%
Tad = 63%
Izzy = 50%
Josh = 83%
Ella = 92%
Kassandra = 88%
Nina = 88%
Sara = 92%

3) We took another round of the Malaysian info quizzes (#1, #2) and upped our group averages to 569 and 668!

4) We heard a fantastic presentation from Nina on coral and Coral Island! Here's the presentation schedule:

10/11: Nina
11/1: Lizzie, Sara, Aidan
11/29: Kassandra, Ella
12/10: Izzy, Michael
12/13: Josh, Tad

Topics:
Josh - Kuching city tour
Kassandra - Swimming in rivers (Water systems)
Lizzie - Jungles
Sara - Sepilok Orangutans
Aidan - The Coral Island
Nina - Coral reefs
Ella: Lang Caves
Izzy: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.
Michael: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.
Thomas: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.

5) We discussed the upcoming Day Trip around Western, MA (12/10) and the Packing Meeting (2/11).

6) We paired up and interviewed each other about what's going well, a challenge we're facing, and how we're facing that challenge.

7) We answered the question on video, "How can you help someone else be more prepared for the trip?"



8) We took a group photo!

Borneo 2018

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 October 2017 )
9/20/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
092017 - Borneo 2018
164 days until we leave!

We had another excellent meeting this morning. Here's what we covered:

0) We read through carefully and discussed the Safety, Rules, and Health Agreement form that everyone need to sign and return to Mr. Seamon by 10/11/17.

1) We talked a bit about the new round of 6 forms that are due by 10/11/17. The forms are not hard to complete, but some do take some effort such as the Affidavit of Parental Support which must be notarized.

2) We complete another names quiz, earning a group average of 72%. Not bad! Let's get it to 100%
Lizzie: 92%
Sara: 88%
Ella: 69%
Aidan: 65%
Izzy: 31%
Nina: 81%
Mike: 65%
Kassandra: 81%
Marielle: Absent
Tad: Absent
Josh: Absent

3) Everyone took two quizzes covering information on Malaysia: Quiz1, Quiz2

4) We assigned dates for people's presentations. Each presentation needs to be 3-5 minutes long. You must email Mr. Seamon your slides by 8pm the night before your presenation.
10/11: Aidan, Nina
11/1: Lizzie, Sara
11/29: Kassandra, Ella
12/10: Izzy, Michael
12/13: Josh, Tad

Topics:
Josh - Kuching city tour
Kassandra - Swimming in rivers (Water systems)
Lizzie - Jungles
Sara - Sepilok Orangutans
Aidan - The Coral Island
Nina - Coral reefs
Ella: Lang Caves
Izzy: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.
Michael: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.
Thomas: Pick a topic and email your choice to me.

5) Everyone was reminded of our two big group events: The all day trip around Western, MA on Sunday, 12/10/17 and our packing meeting on Sunday, 2/11/18.

6) We chatted about the preliminary details of what it'll take for us to become PADI certified. Details will be sent out soon.

7) We took a group video answering the question, "What have you learned recently about Malaysia?"



8) We took a group photo!

Borneo 2018

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 September 2017 )
9/19/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
091917 - Borneo 2018
165 days until depature!

A few important updates:

1) The next round of paperwork is due on 10/11/17. The six pieces of paperwork that are due that day are:

Trip Financials Update (PDF)
Parental Contact Info (PDF)
Affidavit of Parental Consent (PDF, must be notarized!)
Medical Information Info (PDF)
Safety, Health, and Rules Agreement (Online doc)
Addendum to Parental Permission Agreement (PDF)

As always, a complete list of all all trip paperwork can be found on the Important Documents page.

2) The day trip around Western, MA will take place on Sunday, 12/10. We will leave from campus at 8am and get back around 8pm. The trip, like all group meetings, is required for all trip participants. Remember that all meetings and event dates can be found on the Important Dates page.

3) The packing meeting will take place on Sunday, 2/11/18 from 5-7pm in the Dodge Room in Reed. Everyone must show up fully packed.

4) A page outlining Medical Information is now online which covers information about vaccination and antimalarial requirements.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 September 2017 )
9/13/17 Update
Written by Josh Seamon   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
091317 - Borneo 2018
171 days until we leave for Borneo!

If you'd like to join the trip, please let Mr. Seamon ( ) by Monday, 9/18.

We had a great meeting this morning! Here's what we covered:

1) We covered a few trip updates: Ms. Ditkovski is the new second chaperone and there were some small tweaks to our itinerary. We also chatted about our projected flight path.

2) Everyone was given a heads up that more paperwork is coming soon!

3) Everyone took the Names Quiz. Let's get those percentages to 100% ASAP!
Nina - 88%
Sara - 83%
Lizzie - 79%
Kassandra - 79%
Josh - 75%
Aidan - 54%
Marielle - 50%
Ella - 46%
Michael - Absent
Tad - Absent

4) Everyone took two quizzes covering information on Malaysia: Quiz1, Quiz2

5) We chatted about topic assignments for upcoming morning meetings. Here's what everyone has chosen:
Josh - Kuching city tour
Kassandra - Swimming in rivers (Water systems)
Lizzie - Jungles
Sara - Sepilok Orangutans
Aidan - Coral Island
Nina - Coral reefs
Michael: ???
Thomas: ???
Ella: Lang caves
Marielle: Let me know

6) We chatted about the general interest in spending a day scuba diving during the trip. Everyone was interested! In order for this to happen, we'll all need to get PADI certified. So, we're going to find a way to all get certified together!

7) We took a video of us answering the question: "What can you do to help create success for the trip in the coming months?"



8) And of course, a group photo was taken!

Borneo 2018

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 September 2017 )
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