Fuze Ecoteer: Connecting People With Nature

Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures

About

Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures is a travel company with a bite. Let us connect you to nature!

Our team members are all experienced & passionate people who love adventure and sharing their knowledge. Our business model utilizes revenue generated from voluntourism to establish self-sustaining conservation & community projects. The projects contribute to the local economy through services rendered. We are working with the marine parks in Perhentian to co-manage the islands in terms of its waste management, the conservation of its marine lives, the education of its future Eco-leaders & to set up a fully equipped research station via our 3 sister projects that are based on the Perhentian Islands.

We manage over 40 school and university expeditions and service trips each year for universities, grammar schools and international school students throughout Malaysia and Indonesia. Our aim is to make education and conservation fun, insightful while also connecting our participants to nature!

Founded
2008
Headquarters

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

Reviews

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Peter
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Really interesting and changes one's thinking. However the length of the program is not enough to do a lot (one needs to train for some of the activities) but it gives an insight on the required activities for conservation of coral reefs and related nature. And during this it provides useful experience, interesting connections to the local people, and lots of fun which we still talk about almost a year later. We actually want to go back to do something even more (less training and more action). Recommended for people who try to do something and want to be involved!

What would you improve about this program?
Definitely more activities as time easily passes by and we were there to help.
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Lauren
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

To breathe underwater is a magical thing, and this is a great place to do it for the first time! If you’re already a diver, you will also learn a lot as you will be trained in improving your dive skills and being ecologically minded while diving, learn about specific marine life and the challenges they face, and get an intro to scientific diving. Use these skills to support monitoring, clean ups, and maintenance of an artificial reef. For you, you’ll learn a set of skills that you can take anywhere to work to protect the ocean. For the project, the data collected helps to make informed decisions to better protect the marine park. Unique to many conservation projects, you will stay in the village, which is an amazing opportunity to learn about another culture and get to know the local people. I had fun interning with this project and meeting divers from all over the world!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you can, get any materials ahead of time to study (especially marine organism id). You’ll have trainings there, but it could be fun to have a head start.
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Dan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was a volunteer coordinator for the project from June - November 2017 and it was an incredible experience. I learned so much about turtle conservation and met so many great people during my time there. The work that is done has a real impact on the turtles within the area, we carried out worthwhile research and did our part to protect the local environment. The perhentian islands are a beautiful place to work and the local people are extremely kind, I had an amazing time and would recommend to anyone!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Diving at temple of the sea and seeing many sharks!
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Jacob
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Dedication. The tea at the Perhentian turtle Project are dedicated to their cause, and do it all the while with a positive attitude. Everyone on that team loved what they were doing and to be able to experience something so special... Recording nesting or feeding turtles... Releasing hatchlings back into the ocean... Was something no one could soon forget. I hope this project flourishes and progresses far into the future. Projects like these will save our marine turtles and keep them among us in years to come.

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Adriana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was a very unique experience for me. I haven't been to the rainforest before, so it was challenging for me at the beginning, but I am glad I could meet the indigenous Batek tribe. We did a lot of jungle trekking, they thought us how to cook in bamboo, make a shelter (hayak), we have learned a lot about their culture and traditions (I wrote the whole article about Batek).

There is no other way to experience than through the project, so I think it's 100 % worth it!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Actually there were more things which were surprising, like cooking a bamboo, meeting the Batek Tribe, making the hayak, caving,...
Nearly every day there was some surprise!

Programs

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Volunteer Conservation Projects in Malaysia
Malaysia
9.44 •79 reviews

Fuze Ecoteer run volunteer conservation projects in Malaysia which are...

Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures
Wildlife Rescue Centre, Indonesia
Indonesia
9.54 •24 reviews

Volunteer with Orangutans, gibbons, a baby Sun Bear, Crocodiles and...

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.