Fuze Ecoteer: Connecting People With Nature

Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures

About

Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures is a travel company with a bite!

Our team are all experienced and passionate, with two of our project staff currently studying for their PhD and a third planning to. Our business model utilizes revenue generated from voluntourism to establish self-sustaining conservation and community projects. The projects contribute to the local economy through services rendered. The Perhentian project in 2016 led 7 hours of school clubs per week each week, converted 3t of organic waste into compost and contributed 30% of volunteer fees which was RM95,678 directly into the Perhentian village economy, while another 40% was used for other project expenses. We are working with the marine parks in Perhentian to co-manage the islands and set up a fully equipped research station.

We manage over 25 school and university expeditions and service trips each year for universities, grammar schools and international school students throughout Malaysia and Indonesia.

Website
ecoteer.com
Founded
2008
Headquarters

22 Jalan Setia Impian U13/4F
Setia Alam
40170 Shah Alam
Selangor
Malaysia

Reviews

Raye
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was one of the school expedition Team Leader's who traveled with a team of students from Rhyl High School to Merapoh.

Our project was to help start the refurbishment of one of the houses, so that it can be used as a school house. It was great to have the Batek children getting involved and learning how to dispose of rubbish in the recycling bins we made.

We spent a morning with the Batek people in the Jungle, learning to wild fish and make bamboo tea. We also experienced how to track animals.

It was an absolutely amazing experience for everyone.

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Pei Yan
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks at this beautiful island. As a Malaysian, it was extremely rewarding for me to be able to do something meaningful in my country, which also happens to be a tropical paradise! The organisation is relatively small, which is perfect because you get the chance to bond with the amazing interns volunteering there. The whole group is made of people from different countries, which I loved; however, it was also a little disappointing to see so few Malaysians being interested in conservation projects like this. If you're Malaysian and you're reading this, good on you because you're halfway there! (now go click the sign up button will ya?)
Enough talking about the people, the turtle experience is truly one of a kind. I saw turtles for the first time at my very first snorkel survey. It was such a wonderful experience watching it swim around and feeding off sea grass, we then took pictures of the turtle, for photo identification later in the day. Throughout the past 2 weeks, I saw so many turtles, from our snorkel surveys and snorkel tours. It's amazing watching these wonderful creatures swimming about in the waters.
I think the best experience for me though, was when I encountered my very first nesting turtle. I was so amazed by mama turtle, looking for different spots for the perfect nest, laying hundreds of eggs, one by one, and slowly making her way back towards the sea. I was truly mesmerised by this whole process, of mama turtle, of mother nature. Imagine having a 170kg of weight at your back and you've only got flippers to drag you across the sand??!! I don't know about you, but I'm sure I can't! Hats off to you turtles!

What would you improve about this program?
- better hut at nesting beach Tiga Ruang, had a storm the first night i was there and the roof was leaking water and windows can't be closed properly. (on other nights when there are no rains the hammocks are a great place to sleep though!)
- more activities in the afternoon (after lunch?) could perhaps create more activities in public awareness / integrating with the local villagers.
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Kristina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I applied for this project because it sounded like a great mix of conservational activities, and it was! I learnt a lot in the jungle about identifying animal tracks, and how this is useful in terms of conservation. The project manager Izereen was really knowledgeable about different animal species and made the project very interesting.
It was great to meet so many people from different backgrounds all interested in conservation, and to share the experience with them. The staff and interns were all really fun and welcoming, and made it so easy to immerse yourself in the projects.
The turtle project was so amazing and I think releasing baby turtles is always going to be one of the highlights of my life. It was so cool to see the turtles up close, and learn about identifying turtles, and analysing data so that we were actually having a positive conservational impact, not just a holiday.
Both projects were involved with the local communities, buying local produce and for example helping teach the Batek children one morning, and going camping with a few of the Batek villagers.
Other highlights were caving in the jungle, sleeping in hammocks on the beach, and eating Wid's delicious food :D
Would recommend the project to anyone who likes animals and travelling!

What would you improve about this program?
Two weeks in the jungle rather than one! Also the timetabling of activities could be better in the jungle - some days were jam packed but others we had hours off in the afternoon / evening.
Joanna LaFrancesca
Joanna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I volunteered with Fuze Ecoteer on the conservation program in Merapoh Malaysia, and it was absolutely amazing. Going into it, I wasn't sure what to expect. I've never been to Malaysia, nor had much experience with conservation work. I was interested in learning more and experiencing a new part of the world.

The Fuze Ecoteer staff were very helpful and supportive throughout the whole experience. The interns and volunteer coordinators at the project site were really knowledgable and passionate about conservation. It was as treat to experience the jungle through their eyes. Even though myself and another volunteer were there just for the week, we felt very welcomed by the staff and like we had been friends for much longer.

Some of my personal favorites from the week:

- Camping with the Batek! These women are incredible, we got to witness them building their shelter from the forest. Something I'll remember forever.
- The Malay dinner and night markets! I love Malay food (and the evening actives that involved food :) ) and interacting with the locals.
- Trekking in the forest with the group and being totally overwhelmed (in an awesome way) by the sounds, smells, sights of the jungle.
- Lastly, just taking in the views of the massive limestone rocks and caves from the back of the truck.

Merapoh is a magical spot, and Fuze does a really fantastic (and community-centric) job of showing it off. Highly recommend, feel free to email me with any questions!

Note: I am a Go Overseas employee, but the above review is an honest personal reflection of my recent volunteer trip with Fuze.

Karol
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Me and my friends were in Merapoh for few days but in the end we felt like we were there for a month. So much to see and Explore.

Thanks to ecoteer we had an amazing Opportunity to meet indigenous tribe - Batek, see a cave snake, Scorpions, take an offroad 4x4 ride, treeclimbing, and camping in a middle of a jungle. That was a big inapiration and that gaves us great memorys. Highly recommended! Amazing place, amazing crew, amazing views and storys about Batek like this when one lady from Batek community met a Tiger and she scuttled him by kicking a rock. Must to see and hear!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Sarah OBrien

Sarah is from rural Victoria in Australia. She has completed a Science Degree as well as a Graduate Diploma in Education. She has worked at a very small country town high school for the last 15 years teaching science to 12-18 year olds.

Why did you pick this program?

I choose this program as I have always been interested in animals, really wanted to give back to the environment, and to feel needed and useful. I wanted to get back to basics and put animals first. All the animals at the Wildlife Rescue Centre have been confiscated from the illegal trade, which allowed me to work in a place where the priority is care of the animals, rather than making a profit from them. There is still so much education to be done in Indonesia regarding animal welfare. Within this program they also offer Community English Classes (for free) and run a Kid's Club (for free) at the local school about conservation and sustainability.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

Just do it! It was an amazing experience that I think everyone should take. To be abroad and accept different cultures and learn new languages makes you realize how good we have it back home.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Make sure you pack long sleeve shirts and long pants, preferably cotton. Knee-length socks are great too, as you wear gumboots. Respect the culture and be open to everything and anything. You won't need to pack DEET insect repellent as they give you the preferred repellent to wear around the animals.

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

Wow, how to choose one favorite story?

Here is one that I tell most: While I was at the Wildlife Rescue Centre there was a baby sun bear (3.5kg). She had been confiscated from the illegal trade along with 13 other species. She was still being bottle feed formula when I arrived. While there, I was lucky enough to help work on her large indoor enclosure from start to finish. I also got to see her transition into the new, bigger enclosure with not just one but two hammocks. My favorite moment was seeing her investigate her new surroundings. Another favorite moment was when she needed to be exercised - I had to run around with this beautiful little sun bear chasing after me.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Nur Nabilah Bt Shuib

Job Title
Project Manager

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory will be when I traveled to Cambodia to do an internship with the Wildlife Alliance where they provide direct protection to the forest. I stayed there for one year and there was so much to learn when I was there.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working with Fuze Ecoteer has taught me how to be patient and how to work as a team.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would love to participate in a Fuze Ecoteer program at a wildlife sanctuary in Indonesia. Through this project, so many great things are done, and so much effort is put forth, to help animals that really need it.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Fuze Ecoteer is different from other companies because of its focus on conservation and community development, rather than solely on growing its business. As a company, it really pushes people to take action and contribute as much as possible to assist with conservation efforts.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The biggest factor in being a successful company is teamwork amongst the team members, and also strong communication between staff. We are always trying to do the very best work we can to protect the environment and to educate people about the importance of environment and wildlife.

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