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: Ah Wei (Lung Wei)

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.


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.

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.

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!

Volunteer Programs in Malaysia

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Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures
Perhentian Eco Education Project
9.61 •18 reviews

The Perhentian Eco-Education Project is a unique project based on...

Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures
Perhentian Island Turtle Project
9.3 •20 reviews

Volunteer for sea turtles on Malaysia’s Perhentian islands. Help us...

Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures
Perhentian Marine Research Station - Conservation in Action
9.56 •9 reviews

Taken over from Blue Temple Conservation, the Perhentian Marine...

Scuba Diving to Repair Coral Reefs in Borneo
9.87 •15 reviews

We live on a beautiful island with white sand beaches and azure blue...

Chef Samuel Cooking Class
Film Malaysian Cooking in Penang Island
10 •1 review

Penang is Asia's food paradise. Participate in shooting videos for...

Yellow House KL
Yellow House KL - Blue Package (Teaching)
9.6 •5 reviews

Volunteers will be involved in a variety of teaching activities with...

Involve Travel
Teaching English to Refugee Children Volunteer Program in Malaysia
10 •2 reviews

Giving a helping hand to the refugee kids by teaching English in a fun...

Lang Tengah Turtle Watch
Volunteer Research Project with Sea Turtles in Malaysia
9.67 •15 reviews

Lang Tengah Turtle Watch is a small-scale conservation organisation...

AIESEC Australia
Volunteer with AIESEC Australia in Malaysia
10 •1 review

Our two main projects in Malaysia are the 'Language Literacy' and...

Just Volunteers
Volunteering in Malaysia with Just Volunteers
10 •1 review

A programme to help improve literacy, spoken English and self...

Involve Travel
Orangutan Volunteer with Malaysia Culture Program
10 •1 review

An unforgettable journey joining the Orangutan Conservation Project to...

Tru Experience Travel
TRU Experience Travel: Volunteer Projects in Multiple Locations
Multiple Countries
9.8 •5 reviews

Tru Experience Travel have some of the most amazing volunteer...

Yellow House KL
Yellow House KL - Red Package (Mangrove)
9 •1 review

Volunteers to this program will experience the biodiversity of the...

Involve Travel
Orangutan Conservation Volunteer Program in Malaysia
9 •1 review

Orangutans on the IUCN Red List is classified as Critically Endangered...

The Great Projects
Perhentian Islands Marine Project
10 •1 review

Situated in the stunning island paradise of Pulau Kecil in the...

What People Are Saying

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...

Hand reaching out for coral

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...

Updating dive map mural in the project house

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...

Turtle Survey!

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