Join the Fuze Ecoteer team and volunteer to help Tigers and Turtles whilst visiting the two most popular destinations in Malaysia – Taman Negara and Perhentian Islands. This project allows you to go into the oldest rainforest and the most beautiful beach in Malaysia and protect animals by acting as a deterrent to poachers all while collecting data on the animals and their movement in the jungle, the island and the sea.
This combination trip is 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 Malaysians but also the Sea Turtles and Tigers.
- Visit the Batek tribe & learn about their lifestyle by camping and foraging with them.
- Help conserve caves by exploring limestone caves.
- Join anti-poaching patrols between Taman Negara National Park and West Malaysia.
- Kayak and snorkel to collect non invasive photos of the incredible sea turtles.
- 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.
What to Expect
Week 1: Merapoh Rainforest Station
Explore the jungle by trekking to remove animal traps and deter poachers
Collect vital data on animal tracks and signs
Explore renown 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
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
Learn from our passionate and knowledgeable team about marine life and conservation issues
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.
Insurance, food/activities not related to the project
Housing & Meals
Week 1: Merapoh Rainforest Station
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 stay in mixed sex accommodation at our shared Fuze Ecoteer flat that has 3 bedrooms, a kitchen and a great roof top view for watching the stars!
Weeks 2 & 3: Perhentian Turtle project
The Perhentian islands are 17km off the coast of East Malaysia and are made up of Perhentian Kecil and Perhentian Besar. Volunteers will live in mixed sex 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.
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 see what takes your fancy. 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 all eat together. In both locations you will experience a traditional cooked Malay dinner in the home of a local.
The Merapoh Rainforest Station team has trekked a whooping 1000km and due to the team’s efforts considerably fewer snares have been discovered since 2014!
The Turtle Conservation team have contributed 882 hours to turtle ID snorkel surveys, and have helped save 142 nests!
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.
The Perhentian Islands are a group of islands off of the coast of Malaysia that are surrounded by coral reefs. The 2 islands have different vibes with the Big island catering more towards families and cheaper travels. The island activities typically center around the water and coral reef conservation and research.