Raiforest & Turtle Conservation

Location
Malaysia
Length
3 to weeks
Housing
Hostel
Age
Min. 16 years
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About This Program

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.

Highlights

  • 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

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

What's Included
Accommodation
Meals
Transportation
What's Included (Extra)

cooking facilities, all volunteer activities, all transportation costs within projects including return ferry to Perhentian Islands from Kuala Besut.

What's Not Included
Airfare
Visa
What's Not Included (Extra)

Insurance

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.

Hosted by Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventures

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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...

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Availability

Three Weeks
$1206 USD

Reviews

95%
based on 2 reviews
  • Impact 8
  • Support 8.5
  • Fun 10
  • Value 10
  • Safety 9.5
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Kristina
10/10

Best trip !!!!

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!

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program
Alenya
9/10

Tigers and Turtles - A winning combo

I spent a fantastic three weeks with the Merapoh and Perhentian Island teams. It was towards the end of my 7 month backpacking journey and it was a great break from the constant travelling I'd been doing.
The projects were a good mix of work, fun and relaxation; with the heat and after some of the strenuous surveys and trekking, the empty hours in the afternoon were a welcome reprieve.
The staff and interns were all fantastic people; all knowledgeable and passionate about the work that they are doing, and keen for you too enjoy it as much as they are. They are always helpful and open to any question you might have. The projects are very social environments, inclusive of everyone present; especially on the Perhentian Island where you will no doubt get to know the people from the other projects too.
The experience has inspired to get more involved in conservation and hopefully participate as an intern/staff one day myself.

How can this program be improved?
I would have appreciated a little more information regarding daily schedule before I arrived and a little more detail about the activities we were performing. Although, everything was pretty well explained by the staff and interns when we arrived.
Yes, I recommend this program

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