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Malaysia is home to an array of sights and sounds. Made up of buzzing cities, idyllic islands and exotic, lush forests – it truly is a magical place. You can spend your days admiring mosques and temples, visiting remote villages or cosmopolitan skyscrapers.
Volunteers on this project will get to spend one week exploring Merapoh, the gateway to Taman Negara National Park, home to the oldest rainforest and limestone caves on earth. The second week will see a complete change in scenery with a move from lush greenery to idyllic white sands and crystal clear water on the Perhentian Islands, two little gems with a typical island vibe.
Malaysia is home to an array of different animals, including the elusive tiger on land and the striking sea turtle beneath the water. With approximately only 340 Malayan Tigers left in the wild and two out of four local sea turtle species virtually extinct, in Malaysia conservation efforts are in huge demand.
As a volunteer on this dynamic project you will help with conservation efforts of these two endangered animals. You will be involved in exciting conservation and research activities, including trekking through the lush forests of Merapoh and snorkeling in the waters of the Perehentian Islands. You will also be engaging with and providing aid to the indigenous Batek tribe through community projects and guarding turtle nesting beaches at night.
Volunteer tasks may include:
Volunteers may extend their stay on the Perhentian Islands in order to continue the turtle conservation and research tasks. They can do this for up to 8 weeks.
Sea Turtle Seasons: Sea turtles often nest May – August and hatch June – September.
Internet: There is no Internet access but good telephone reception in Merapoh village. There is limited Internet access and good telephone reception on the Perhentian Islands.
Laundry: Laundry service is available at an additional fee at both locations.
Accommodations: Week 1: During the first week you will be staying at the volunteer house, in mixed gender dormitories with up to 5 other volunteers. Pillows and linen are provided. The accommodation has air-conditioning and a shared bathroom that has cold water showers and squat toilets. Weeks 2 and 3: During the second week you will be staying in mixed gender, dormitory style rooms with shared bathrooms.
Food: Three meals a day are provided during the course of the project. Meals can include a collection of Western and Malaysian fare. You will also have the opportunity to try some local cuisine at nearby food stalls and/or night markets. The project can cater to vegetarians and vegans. *Please note that pork and alcohol are not permitted in the local villages.
Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements: