Taman Negara Jungles & Perhentian Island Volunteer Programme ~ Malaysia
Malaysia is blessed with a high biodiversity of wildlife above and below the surface. The most famous and charismatic animals in Malaysia being the Tiger above the surface and below it’s the Sea Turtle. Unfortunately both of these animals are under severe threat – did you know that only 250-340 Malayan Tigers are left in the wild! and that 2 out of 4 sea turtle species are effectively locally extinct in Malaysia (the Leatherback and the Olive Ridley Turtle). This is why you should join this programme 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.
Week 1 – Volunteer with Tigers week
You will join the Fuze Ecoteer team on the border of Taman Negara with the aim to reduce human impacts in the wildlife corridor between the Taman Negara National Park and the main mountain range in West Malaysia (this is where poaching is at its most dense). The corridor is the last rainforest connection between Taman Negara and the main mountain range and is currently used by wild animals like a highway. Without the wildlife corridor connection the populations of Tigers, Elephants, Sun Bear’s and Leopards would be doomed. By jungle trekking in this area of lush tropical rainforest your presence will act as a deterrent to poachers whilst collecting vital data on animal tracks and signs.
Please note – the rainforest is very dense, tigers are well camouflaged and with a keen sense of smell, so you have almost zero percent chance of seeing a tiger, however we know they are they watching us.
As well as the jungle trekking during this week you will visit the local limestone caves with the SGI Outdoor Team and a local indigenous tribal village, the Batek, where you will learn about their lifestyle. The inclusion of the local people is vital to the conservation of these wildlife corridors as the local people are the eyes and ears of the forest. The programme tries to not only benefit the local tribe via the Batek Education Project but also financially. In June 2015 with the support of Ecoteer the batek tribe built their own bamboo hall to act as a school. You will join the Batek on foraging walks with the ladies and also camping overnight in the their home, the rainforest.
Week 2&3 Volunteer with Turtles
Your adventure now slows down a pace and heads to the paradise islands of the Perhentian Islands where you will volunteer with turtles. A very popular tourist destination, the Perhentian Islands are also home to a significant population of Green Sea Turtles. During this volunteer with turtles week you will get involved in vital sea turtle photo identification research as well as guarding turtle nesting beaches at night. Believe it or not, there has been very little population studies on green sea Turtles in the islands. You will join our efforts to be the first to develop a population consensus of sea turtles in the islands – males, females and juveniles. You will first learn about and then conduct photo Identification of green turtles around the islands. You will also help to train local snorkel guides and tourists as well. So basically you will be swimming in turquoise waters taking photos of sea turtles, what could be better. Plus at night, on rota, you will visit turtle nesting beaches in the islands and help inform the Fisheries staff when a turtle nests on the beach, preventing poachers from stealing the eggs.
If you are visiting Malaysia you will most likely have the Perhentian Islands and Taman Negara at the top of your MUST Do list. If you join this volunteer with Tigers and Turtles programme you will not only experience the best parts of these destinations but most importantly learn about and help the animals and people that make these places so special.
This is a must do programme for any nature lover visiting West Malaysia.
If you would like to extend your stay in the Perhentian islands you can combine this a visit to the Ecoteer House on Perhentian Kecil.
Taman Negara Jungles & Perhentian Island Volunteer Programme Fee
RM4,600 for 3 week(s)
You can stay for extra weeks at both project sites, if you wish to extend at either site please let us know –
From Sunday 25th March then every Sunday after until Sunday 14th October
3 meals per day
For more information, call Dan Quilter at
Mixed dormitory with shared bathroom in our staff house
Tribal Guide and English speaker guide
Tribal village visit
Half day limestone caving.
Donation of Rm200 for 2 additional poacher surveillance trekking days
Week 2 & 3
Travel from Taman Negara, Merapoh to Kuala Besut
Mixed sex dormitory with shared bathroom
Snorkel Tour & snorkle gear
All activities as per itinerary
Transport to Merapoh
Transport from Kuala Besut
– Spending money for personal purchases, evening socializing, and pre and post project travel
– Expenses of a personal nature (soap, laundry, snacks etc)
Shared same sex volunteers accommodation.-
1st week: Single sexed 10 bed dormitory with ensuite-bathroom
2nd week: Mixed sex dorm rooms with shared bathrooms whilst in the village, beach shack, hammocks and the sand whilst on Turtle beach.
1. What are the requirements to join this volunteering project?
Volunteers will need to be able to speak English to be able to communicate with the facilitator. Minimum age requirement is 18 years old.
2. How many hours do volunteer work per day?
1st week: Day starts at 7am and ends by 5 pm or 6pm with lunch break in between. Some activities may be delayed due to rain, so volunteers may end their day later.
2nd & 3rd week: Volunteers works in shifts for the night patrol from 8PM – 6AM. Depending on your shift the night before, the time your day starts will vary. In between the day, volunteers will have breaks between the activities.
3. How do I go to the project site?
From your country of origin (except Malaysia), take a plane to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
To first project site in Merapoh: Go to Hentian Putra Bus Station in Kuala Lumpur and take a 4 hour bus journey to Merapoh. There is a night and a morning bus for this. You will be pick up by our staff at Merapoh.
To second project site at Perhentian Island: From Merapoh, transfers will be provided by Ecoteer to Perhentian Island.
4. Do they have internet access & telephone signal at the project site?
No internet access and limited telephone reception at the Merapoh. Limited internet access and telephone reception at Perhentian Island.
5. Do I need to apply for visa to join?
Tourist from the following countries will receive a 90 day free tourist visa upon arrival:
Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kirgystan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Lienchestien, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherland, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Romania, St Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Yemen.
6.What vaccinations do I need for this volunteering project?
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, typhoid, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus-diphtheria & malaria.
7. Is this program suitable for families with children?
Families with children (above age 15) can participate. Take note that the jungle walks for the first week may be tough as the path could be muddy & slippery during rainy season as well as hot and humid all year round.
8.I’m not keen to join the diving activities. Is it possible to participate in the turtle and coral conservation program only?
Yes it is possible. If you do not want to do the Discover Scuba Dive, the fee will be reduce by MYR150.
9.When is the best time to visit the island?
During month of May, June, July and August when the turtle goes to the beach to nest. From July to September it will be the turtle hatchling season. During other months, turtles can also be spotted at several snorkeling spots around the island.
Please allow a minimum of 4 weeks for us to process your application and payment.
Please make an initial inquiry by telling us about yourself and what project you would like to join. Contact us here
To make a booking, please contact us here. We will then email you back with more information and the application form. Please complete the form and send back to us so we can confirm your reservation and inform you how to make the deposit payment. If the deposit is not received within 2 weeks from the date your reservation is placed, your reservation will be cancelled automatically. Full payment is required no later than 1 month before departure. You may pay online by credit card or a direct transfer to our account. Once a deposit has been paid we will email you our Know Before You Go guide, which will give you useful information to help you prepare to volunteer.
a. Cancellation of reservation must be made in writing to avoid any misunderstanding. If the company receives notice to cancel 30 days or more before the date of departure, a minimum administrative fee of RM100.00 or 10% of the tour deposit (whichever is lower) per person will be levied.
b. If notice of the cancellation is received 29 days or less before the date of departure the following charges will apply:
c. 15 – 29 working days before the date of departure = 50% of deposit
8 – 14 working days before the date of departure = 20% of FULL COST
3 – 7 working days before the date of departure = 40% of FULL COST
2 working days or less before the date of departure = 100% of FULL COST