Volunteer in Borneo, Asia’s largest island, home to astonishingly diverse and ancient rainforests give way to stunning sandy beaches and tropical waters. It’s wealth of natural beauty combined with its welcoming communities make it a fantastic place to volunteer.

Volunteer in Borneo

Our volunteer projects are based in Malaysian Borneo, where both the communities and the environment require the support of volunteers. The Island Coral Reef Conservation and Diving Project aims to repair damage done to the reef so that the population of marine life that use it as a habitat can be increased. Whatever your skills or interests, you’ll be able to get involved and make a positive and sustainable impact in Borneo.

For those of you participating in a marine programme, relax and refuel in the evenings and sample some of Sabah’s traditional food. Dishes like Bambangan and Pinasakan combine locally sourced ingredients like fish and fruit with the popular tangy and spicy flavours of the region.

At a height of 4,095m, Mount Kinabalu is Borneo’s most prominent mountain and a defining feature of the Sabah landscape. Use a weekend or add time after your volunteering placement to venture to its summit, you’ll be struck by the beautiful variety of plant life on the trail and the astonishing views from its peak. No trip to to Borneo would be complete without visiting the world famous Sepilok Orang-utan Centre. The centre boasts a 10,000 hectare lowland rainforest sanctuary where the charming primates are free to roam and mate freely.

Join Kaya on our intern or volunteer in Borneo projects where you have the chance to enjoy the country’s wildlife and environment, whilst at the same time ensuring that it remains unharmed and protected for years to come.


Here are some important facts about Borneo:

  • Population -18,590,000 (2009 estimate)
  • Language – English, Malay and Indonesian and over 65 dialects
  • Religion – Muslim, Christian
  • Currency Malaysian Ringit (RM)
  • Climate – generally hot and rainy and monsoon season is between October and March

Source: www.newworldencyclopedia.org

Island Coral Reef Conservation and Diving in Borneo

Volunteer in Borneo with Kaya and work on an island coral conservation and diving project.

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Easy 4-step application process


Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.


Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.


Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.


When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.