Volunteer abroad on our environmental conservation and community empowerment project in Malaysian Borneo and support an eco-camp that provides income and livelihoods to a local community cooperative. This project is a unique initiative that is run for the community by the community. It employs 49 permanent and up to 120 seasonal staff from 4 local villages. It was set up to protect the forest habitat, wildlife and biodiversity of the local area while preserving the livelihoods of the local population by running tours and boat trips. The eco-project funds the conservation work as well as generates employment and educates tourists through its zero-waste, zero-chemicals and zero-energy. Local school participation and environmental education is also one of the project’s objective.
After two fires, it was discovered that almost zero natural regeneration occurred. To date, over 332,000 indigenous trees have been planted. In addition, the nearby lake that is a vital source of fish for the locals, also suffered in recent years through the presence of a toxic water weed, which, if left unchecked, will choke critical wetland habitats. The project runs monthly water quality monitoring activities. Join the project and help the eco-camp with its activities incentivising the sustainable protection of the forest and supporting income-generating activities in the local area.
Why choose this project?
- Participate in reforestation work and develop the environmental conservation programme for local schools.
- Benefit from this placement by experiencing first-hand eco approaches being used for water, chemical and waste management.
- Add something different to your CV/Resume as well as live a true “get-away-from-it-all” experience.
Role of the volunteer
Volunteers may work with forest workers, trained guides and camp workers on a range of tasks:
- Reforestation and conservation activities
- Lake restoration work, mainly removing water-weed
- Building and construction of walkways, tree hides, eco-camp
- Support eco-tourism operations
- Introduce and develop environmental conservation workshops to local schools
- Monitoring water quality and logging data
The time spent on each activity will be determined by the project needs at the time of your placement.
This fantastic project requires volunteers to be reasonably fit as the work is quite physical. Those with a background in environmental research are highly valued. Also, anyone with skills in carpentry or web design can join the project to assist the local professionals and provide a fresh perspective. Volunteers are asked to be flexible, willing to chip in and get to know the local people. Volunteers will be asked to submit a CV/resume to match the project needs to your background.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To live at the heart of a Bornean community
To learn about the challenges of running an eco tourism business
To be a true responsible traveler
The project is situated in a small village, located on the banks of the beautiful Kinabatangan River. This massive river flows swiftly for an impressive 560km out of the rugged mountainous interior of Borneo to the north-east coast in the Malaysian State of Sabah. You can take in some bird-watching as there are over 200 species of birds, 10 types of primates, crocodiles, go on a boat trip to look for the proboscis monkey, cave visit, or explore forest trails. This truly is an opportunity for immersion in local habitats and wildlife. Bring a camera and capture some amazing scenery. Why not explore further afield after your placement and visit Kota Kinabalu, climb the challenging mountain or find out about the history of Sandakan.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: £665 / $1164 for 2 weeks
£125 / $219 for each extra week
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Mengaris Village, Malaysian Borneo
- Working hours: 08:00 – 17:00 Tuesday to Sunday, 5 – 6 hours max per day.
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: single-sex dormitory style accommodation at the eco camp with shared bathroom, communal areas on 3 decks with dining hall on top deck. Local homestay accommodation is available for an additional £50 / $88 per week.
- Meals: 3 meals per day
- Airport pickup and drop off from Sandakan Airport
- Daily Transport to and from project
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Excursion Planning: Staff can help you to plan your weekend activities
What is not included
- Police background check: US and UK citizens processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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