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MALAYSIA ... Welcome to the Island of Borneo!

Volunteering Projects in Malaysia with Children in Care & Teaching, Orang-Utan Conservation,
plus Work Experience Internships

The Island of Borneo is colourful, exotic, flamboyant, warm, exciting, vibrant ... you've got to see it!

You can help the community in a wide variety of projects, from Conservation with the much-loved orang-utan at Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre, to Care for disabled and abused women and children. You can teach or coach sports to children or gain valuable work experience on an internship on 'Survivor Island'

Please see our list of brief descriptions below, then click on the link to read all about the project. CAN'T CHOOSE? Call our Malaysia Project Consultant, Kath Mortimore, for free advice on which Project would be best for you. +44 (0)1903 502595

Care and Conservation of Orang Utans at the Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo
Work with orphaned and rescued Orang-Utans at the famous Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo. Orang-Utans are astonishingly gentle and highly intelligent. This project is an unforgettable experience! During your placement you'll:

  • Learn about managing juvenile Orang-Utans by working at the Outdoor Nursery
  • Learn about managing baby Orang-Utans by working at the Indoor Nursery
  • Conduct a Field Survey on the Orang-Utan population and small mammals within Sepilok reserve
  • And much more!

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Care for Animals at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Borneo, Malaysia
Up close and personal with Borneo's wildlife. Work with a vast array of different animals as well as be involved in many, many different areas within the Wildlife Park.
Some of the native species at the Wildlife Park include Orang-utans, Proboscis Monkeys, Pygmy Elephants (including, at time of writing, two very charming baby Elephants) and a Pygmy Rhino. Also Tigers, a Clouded Leopard, Gibbons, Otters, Sun Bears, Giant Tortoise, Mouse Deer, Ostrich, Civets and a fantastic Aviary complete with talking birds.

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Scuba Diving and Dive Resort Management Internship on Pulau Tiga Island in Malaysia
Assist in running a dive centre on the paradise island of Pulau Tiga, the location of TV's "Survivor" Game Show. You'll experience running a water sports centre and if you stay for 3 months, you can do a total of 60 dives as a prerequisite to the Dive Master Course.
You'll assist the Dive Master in taking care of the dive centre, guiding and assisting new learners, handling customers enquiries, customer service and reporting to the Dive Instructor.

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Care and Physiotherapy for Disabled and Abused Women and Children in Borneo
Assist in this very worthwhile live-in residential care project to help children with mental, physical and emotional disabilities as well as some young adults and abused women/children. The Home is a shelter for abused women and children, victims of rape and children with mental and physical disabilities.
Physiotherapy work is available to those who are qualified.

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Teach Children in Schools on the Island of Borneo
Teach in a rural(ish) village on the island of Borneo in the South China Sea. You'll teach in a primary and secondary school in Tamparuli, about an hour from Kota Kinabalu.
English is taught in all schools, but in rural areas the children have no opportunity to speak the language outside the classroom, so they get very little practice in pronunciation and speech. Their exposure to you is very beneficial to them and helps them raise their grades, which is a big plus given that in the rural areas, the passing rate of English is only 60%.

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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WHILE ON YOUR PROGRAMME IN MALAYSIA
Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

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I honestly cannot praise this placement enough so anything else I can do for you, please just yell. Thank you so much for letting me do this, I have loved every second of it. Katie Walley

Life is wonderful and job satisfaction immense!! My first 9 day rotation is in the outdoor nursery, looking after the 3-7yr olds, equivalent to truculent teenagers - full of hormones, who really don't want to do as they are told. These teenagers are being prepared for release, and so it's rather 'tough love', we are discouraged from contact and are actively encouraging independence.

We took them to the jungle gym today. It was incredible to see them climbing to great heights with not a backward glance or trace of fear. It's all the more amazing as these youngsters have been orphaned at ages of no more than a few months and have not benefited from their mother's tuition. Debbie Mayne on her placement at Sepilok orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre

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