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Kg. Buayan, Sabah, Malaysia | June 30-July 6, 2019

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Travel Itinerary for June 29-30

Saturday, June 29


  • ​Everyone arrives in Kota Kinabalu. We will be providing accommodation for this evening at Homy Seafront Hostel located at Warisan Square. You'll be responsible for getting to Homy yourself, just let the front desk know that you're part of the group from Energy Action Partners. Check-in starts at 2pm but if you arrive earlier you can leave your luggage at the hostel (there are a few options for transportation from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to Homy. A taxi will cost you around RM30 and you'll be able to get a taxi coupon at the airport. There is also an airport bus transfer for RM5/person that drops you off at Centrepoint, not very far from Warisan Square. Alternatively, GrabCar works in Kota Kinabalu and can be a cost-effective and convenient option).

















  • Contact persons: Michelle Rock, DSESCD Teaching Assistant (+1 216 644 8208, WhatsApp-enabled) and Lara Powell, Energy Action Partners Program Associate (+60 11 1688 4586).

  • You will not have to report to anyone after arrival. However, Michelle and Lara will be at Homy after 6pm, and will be staying at Homy with participants. 

  • Dinner at Homy will be provided that evening at 7:30pm, but is optional. If you would prefer to dine out on your own, please let Lara ( know by June 21.

  • Please make sure that any last-minute shopping is done on this evening.


Sunday, June 30

  • Michelle will be at Homy's reception area at 6:30am to help direct everyone to the pickup point. 

  • Transportation (vans) will leave at 7am from Warisan Square just downstairs from Homy. Please make sure to be at the pickup point by 6:45am.

  • It will take about 20-30 minutes to travel to the town of Donggongon, where we will take four-wheel drives into Kampung Buayan. 

  • The journey between Donggongon and Kampung Buayan will take approximately 2 hours.

  • We will most likely arrive in Buayan at around 10-11am so please eat breakfast before leaving Kota Kinabalu.

Travel Itinerary for July 6-7

Saturday, July 6


  • We will depart from Kampung Buayan in the morning and hold our closing day activities at CREATE in Penampang. 

  • After our program ends, we will travel from Donggongon to Kota Kinabalu (approximately 30 minutes).

  • Accommodation for the evening will be provided at Homy Seafront Hostel located at Warisan Square.

Sunday, July 7


  • Check-out from Homy ends at noon. Everyone departs Kota Kinabalu. Please take note that airport shuttles will not be provided.

Packing List


  • Sturdy hiking shoes (which may get a little wet)

  • Raincoat/rain poncho

  • Backpack (no suitcases or rolling bags, please)

  • Mosquito repellant and bite cream (eg hydrocortisone)

  • Sunblock

  • Flashlight/headlamp

  • Hat

  • Easy dry clothes for outdoor activities (long sleeves/pants are better to avoid insect bites)

  • Towel

  • Soap/shampoo (environmentally friendly or biodegradable)

  • Shower flip flops/slippers

  • Refillable (drinking water) bottle


  • Plastic bags for devices in case it rains

  • Sleeping pad/bag (thin mattresses will be provided but in case you need additional padding)

  • Band-aids

  • Leech socks (or tightly-knit long football socks)

  • Personal medication

  • Snacks

  • Swimming attire

  • Sunglasses


Other notes

  • Electrical outlets in Malaysia usually supply AC power at 220-240V, 50Hz. Please bring along the appropriate adapters for your devices.

  • However, Kampung Buayan is an off-grid location with limited power supply. Therefore, we ask that while in Kampung Buayan, you only use your personal computer charger and mobile phone charger (if needed), and we will be taking turns charging in order to ensure that there's sufficient power for everyone. Please refrain from using any other personal electrical appliances and electrical appliances with heating elements (eg hairdryers, hair straightener) are strictly prohibited. 

  • ATMs are available in Kota Kinabalu for withdrawing local currency. 


You will need a personal computer/laptop for this program (please get in touch with us at if you do not have one). 

We will be using HOMER Pro, a microgrid design and optimization software, during this program. To prepare for using HOMER, we ask that you:
1. Download the trial version of the software, HOMER onto your computers. You will be required to create an account and login before downloading. HOMER Pro requires Windows Vista or above and will not work on Mac OS or Linux. If you do not have Windows Vista or above, please let us know at  
2. Please go through the HOMER "Tour"/Tutorial before June 29 (ie before the program). To access the "Tour", open the HOMER Pro license installed on your computer and go to Help-->Take Tour. 
3. Download this file to use during the program. 



**Please note that this schedule is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the program**

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Dr. Scott Kennedy (Energy Action Partners)
Dr. Rusaslina Idrus (Universiti Malaya) 
YB Adrian Banie Lasimbang (TONIBUNG)

David Gibbs (Brick by Brick)
Ayu Abdullah (Energy Action Partners)

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