Volunteer in Malaysia

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  • About

    Malaysia is almost two different nations, separated by the South China Sea. On one end is the multicultural, moderately developed mainland, and the other is Borneo, essentially a wild jungle. Parts of the nation are extremely developed, in particular, the capital city Kuala Lumpur, which was once home to the tallest buildings in the world.

    However, for travelers who want to experience Malay culture in more depth and contribute to its overall development, volunteer projects in Malaysia offer the opportunity to do so. From volunteering with Orangutans on Borneo to working with providing safe drinking water to rural villages outside of Kuala Lumpur, experiencing Malaysia through the eyes of a volunteer will a perspective few get.

    Photo Credit: Richelle Gamlam
  • Project Types
    Teach English

    There are many areas in Malaysia which are impoverished and where education is of low quality. There is thus a tremendous need of English teachers in the nation. As a teacher you will teach English along with other subjects to Malaysian children and youth in schools.

    Community Development

    Many areas of Malaysia are underdeveloped and thus have a need for volunteers. As a volunteer, there are many opportunities for you to help the Malay, whether it be in construction projects or projects that help villages get running water.

    Conservation

    The Island of Borneo (which Malaysia shares with Indonesia and Brunei) has abundant wildlife. The island has rich rainforests and there is a need for volunteers to help in conservation. As a volunteer, you will work with the local community and work on protecting the rainforest and its wildlife. Borneo is home to many unique animal species, particularly among animals and amphibians.

  • Health & Safety

    As a volunteer in Malaysia, you are recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid. If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, get vaccinated for Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis. For more information visit MD Travel Health.

    There is a general threat in Malaysia with regards to terrorism, but it isn't too serious and it certainly shouldn't being a deterrent in visiting the nation. Bag snatching is the most common crime that tourists experience so stay vigilant in crowded areas.

  • Popular Destinations

    Where are the best places to volunteer in Malaysia? Well, that depends on what you want to do. Kuala Lumpur is best for volunteer English teachers, whereas Borneo holds the bulk of the environmental and conservation projects.

    Johor Bahru is another large city in Southern Malaysia, one of the biggest industrial centers in the nation.

    By and large though, you'll likely be volunteering in a smaller village outside of a major city -- which will also, obviously, give you a totally different experience than what you would have gotten in KL or Johor Bahru!

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  • Awareness booth in Perhentian Islands
    Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures
    Reviewer Verified
    The Ecoteer House Project is unique in Malaysia. The aim of the project is to spread environmental awareness among the...
    10 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Staff Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Care for wildlife in Malaysia
    Travellers Worldwide
    Orang-Utans are astonishingly gentle, highly intelligent and they gaze at you with almost disconcerting frankness! At...
    13 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
  • Artificial crate reef created by TRACC volunteers to grow coral and attract fish
    TRACC BORNEO
    We live on a beautiful island with white sand beaches and azure blue warm tropical seas. Turtles abound in the ocean &...
    11 reviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Raleigh
    Would you like the chance to live in the Malaysian cloudforest? On a Raleigh expedition, you'll travel to remote, untouched...
    1 reviews
  • Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures
    Reviewer Verified
    There are only 250 Malayan Tigers left in the wild - join us and the fight for their survival! At this project you will...
    11 reviews
    Staff Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • A GapForce Volunteer with an Orangutan in Borneo
    GapForce
    Reviewer Verified
    Join Gapforce Borneo as we enter one of the world's last wildernesses. Divided between Malaysia and Indonesia the Trekforce...
    1 reviews
    Staff Interviews
  • SOLS-BMF 1 Petaling Community Centre
    Science of Life Studies 24-7
    Made possible through a partnership between SOLS 24/7 Malaysia and the Better Malaysia Foundation, Project 100 aims to bring...
    15 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
  • Volunteers cleaning up in Malaysia
    Volunteers for Peace
    Reviewer Verified
    Volunteers For Peace is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982, that offers placement in over 3000 voluntary service...
  • Sunset and sea turtles
    Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures
    Reviewer Verified
    We are excited to announce we have created the last step in helping the turtles of Malaysia's Perhentian Islands! You will...
    8 reviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • The Great Projects
    Situated in the stunning island paradise of Pulau Kecil in the Perhentians, just off the East coast of peninsular Malaysia,...
  • Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures
    Reviewer Verified
    Love to trek in the world's oldest rainforest, but also want to help conserve it and meet the local communities? Then the...
    5 reviews
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Frontier: Community Development Project - Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
    Frontier
    Reviewer Verified
    This project aims to help support and develop the livelihoods of people within some of Malaysia's impoverished communities....
  • Volunteer on the beach in Malaysia
    Travellers Worldwide
    Your teaching placement takes place in Sabah on the Malaysian island of Borneo. You'll teach in a rural primary or...
  • Travellers Worldwide
    Lok Kawi Wildlife Park will offer you the amazing opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with Borneo's native wildlife....
  • Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures
    Reviewer Verified
    Help us to provide basic education to the Batek people, a semi nomadic tribe who live in and around the borders of Taman...