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MALAYSIA ... Welcome to the Country of two halves:
The Peninsula and the Island of Borneo!


The Island of Borneo is colourful, exotic, flamboyant, warm, exciting, vibrant ... you've got to see it! But you also can't miss the fragrant and exotic Peninsula - a hard choice!

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 also 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, Liz Tratt, 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 and Rehabilitation of Orang-Utans on an Island on the Malaysia Peninsula
The Sanctuary where you'll assist is a recognised ex-situ conservation facility and referral centre for the endangered Bornean Orang-Utan. Here you'll help in the care and rehabilitation of rescued and abused orang-utans.

This Sanctuary was initially set up for educational and research purposes in collaboration with University of Cambridge, University of Victoria, Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University Japan, University of Eastern Philippines and 7 local universities. The Sanctuary was later open to public to increase awareness of Orang-Utan conservation.

Orang-utans roam freely in the sanctuary - people don't!.

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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 Delightful Children in Borneo, Malaysia
Teach conversational English and/or Music, Drama, French, German, Arts and Crafts or Sports, in nursery, primary and secondary schools, with delightful children who are very keen to learn. This project is totally flexible.
You'll assist a teacher for up to a week and once you gain confidence and feel comfortable in the classroom, you'll be able to become involved in lesson planning and take classes on your own.

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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!! Debbie Mayne on her placement at Sepilok orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre