Mansfield student tackles Borneo expedition

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A MANSFIELD student tackled a 13,500ft mountain, a five-day trek in the jungle and charity work at a children’s orphanage on an expedition to Borneo.

Rohan Desai (16), from Trent College in Nottingham, had to wade through waist high water and pace along precarious passes while dealing with the harsh humidity and heat of the Bornean jungle.

He was one of 14 Trent College sixth-form students who travelled to the south east Asian island.

“My highlight was in the jungle,” Rohan said. “We were doing some big river crossings, it was chucking it down with rain, the water level was coming up to my waist and the current of the river was so strong you felt like you were nearly being dragged away, but it was so much fun.

“It was the thrill that made it so much fun.”

Borneo is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and is home to the planet’s oldest rainforest.

Rohan and his friends climbed Mount Kinabalu, the third highest mountain in south east Asia, and another highlight was helping out at the orphanage.

“I really enjoyed the orphanage project, the reaction from the kids when we were helping them out painting the building and playing with them was incredible,” Rohan added.

It is one of many trips put on by the college, other locations include Mongolia and Greenland. For information visit www.trentcollege.net.