Join the Fuze Ecoteer and volunteer with Tigers and Turtles, helping both of these amazing creatures whilst visiting the two most popular destinations in Malaysia – Taman Negara and Perhentian Islands. This project allows you to go into the jungle and protect animals by acting as a deterrent to poachers all while collected data on the animals and there movement through the jungle.
This combination trip was one of our most highly requested additions, as the turtle program and tiger program are individually our most popular! Similarly to our turtle project, you will be leading our sea turtle photo ID project. These two programs will allow you to learn about the lifestyle and culture of not only Malaysia but also the Sea Turtles and Tigers.
- Visit the Batek tribe & learn about their lifestyle
- Help conserve caves by exploring limestone caves
- Reduce poaching between Taman Negara National Park and West Malaysia
What to Expect
Week 1: Merapoh Rainforest Station
For the first week of your trip here, you will be doing the following activities.
- Explore the jungle by trekking to remove animal traps and deter poachers
- Collect vital data on animal tracks and signs
- Explore renowned ancient limestone caves
- Eat, breathe and sleep with the Batek community; the original forest tribe of Merapoh
- Create delicious local cuisine by learning how to cook in bamboo
- Learn fascinating bushcraft skills such as designing and building natural shelters in the jungle, and mastering the blowpipe technique
- Teach English to enthusiastic local village children; a useful skill only you can provide
- For a more detailed account of jungle volunteering activities, see here.
Weeks 2 & 3: Turtle Conservation Project
- Kayak and snorkel to collect non invasive photos of the incredible sea turtles
- Collect data to help researchers identify turtle nesting patterns
- Use software developed by Cambridge University to ID turtles; building up the database
- Protect turtle beaches, nests and turtles from poachers by patrolling beaches at night, with even a good possibility of witnessing and assisting a mother turtle lay her clutch!
- Help make the island a more beautiful place through regular beach cleans
cooking facilities, all volunteer activities, all transportation costs within projects including return ferry to Perhentian Islands from Kuala Besut.
Housing & Meals
Housing in Merapoh for Jungle Trekking
You will be based in Merapoh village, which is on the border of Taman Negara National Park; the world’s oldest rainforest dating 130 million years! Volunteers are provided with accommodation at our shared Fuze Ecoteer flat that has 3 bedrooms, a kitchen and a great roof top view for watching the stars!
Housing on Perhentian Islands for Turtle program
The Perhentian islands are 17km off the coast of East Malaysia and are made up of Perhentian Kecil and Perhendian Besar. Volunteers will be provided with accommodation in turtle house in the local village Kampung Pasir Hantu (southeastern side of Perhentian Kecil) and in mixed accommodation on turtle beach in shifts.
Food is an essential part of Malay culture.
Breakfast tends to be simple; for instance bread, banana cake, coffee, tea, peanut butter, jam. For those feeling like they want to experience a more traditional Malay breakfast, you are more than welcome to venture into the village at your own cost, and immerse your self in typical Malay food culture. Paratha bread with curry and coconut rice is highly recommended!
Lunch is usually had at the house. Use our weekly shopping supplies to create a tasty meal for yourself. Or if we are going trekking, a yummy packed lunch is prepared by a local restaurant. Generally rice or noodles served with chicken, beef, fish, squid, or a vegetarian option.
Volunteers take turns to prepare dinner once a week and all pitch in to clear up afterwards. Our volunteers come from around the world, so this is a great opportunity to sample cuisine from different countries and eat all together. In both locations you will experience a traditional cooked Malay dinner in the home of a local.
Your kind contribution to our eco cause helps pay for the continuation of these incredible programs and thus the protection and conservation of the amazing Malaysian wildlife and environments. It also provides an array of benefits to the local communities.