Help with the care and rehabilitation of rescued and abused Orang-Utans at a Sanctuary near Taiping. During your programme you’ll get stuck into enrichment, husbandry, organic planting, as well as construction and maintenance of the sanctuary, to help provide the Orang-Utans with a healthy and happy future.

Orang- Utans roam freely in the sanctuary – but humans do not. The Sanctuary does vital work with the public in order to increase their awareness and engagement in Orang-Utan Conservation. The sanctuary has a fantastic foundation of knowledge which it has built on, having worked with numerous universities over the years. It is a recognised ex-situ conservation facility and referral centre for the endangered Bornean Orang-Utan.

This Project runs all year round, but it's popular! So please enquire about availability on your preferred dates.


Hi, I'm Katie, Project Coordinator for this amazing project and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
Price: £880 (approx. US$1,150) for 1 week
£500 (US$635) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: 1 week, but can be extended.
Start Dates and Availability: Due to the popularity of this Project, please enquire about availability on your preferred dates. Programmes start all year round, on Mondays, with arrivals on Sundays and departures on Saturdays.
Requirements: Minimum age 16 if unaccompanied.
Minimum age 8 if accompanied by a parent.
No qualifications needed, just lots of enthusiasm.
You should be physically fit and able to work in humid conditions.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at Penang International Airport
Transfer to your project site
Food: Monday-Friday breakfast & lunch, Saturday & Sunday breakfast only (12 meals per week)
Daily transport to and from your Project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to the airport at the end of your programme.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
FAMILIES with children from 8 years old upwards
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in animal welfare, conservation
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.


  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping injured, orphaned and displaced animals to return them to their natural environment, plus an in-depth understanding of wildlife rehabilitation and the important contribution it is making to wildlife conservation and protection.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


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Some young Orang Utans playing on a platform set into the river on the Orang Utan Conservation Project in Malaysia
Some young Orang Utans playing on a platform set into the river.



The project site is located on a 35-acre island nestled within a 7000-acre freshwater lakeside. The Sanctuary started with only 3 rescued Orang-Utans, and is now currently home to 24 Orang-Utans.

They don’t often bring in new Orang- Utans to the sanctuary, only if the authorities rescue any Orang-Utans kept illegally in Peninsular Malaysia or if there is a need from the Sarawak Forestry Department.

The Orang-Utans are also not often released. The babies stay with their mothers for the first 4-5 years and then they need a few more years to learn how to find food for themselves. The sanctuary only releases an Orang-Utan when it's ready to survive in the wild. Volunteers are not really involved with releases, but you may witness the transfer or receipt of an Orang-Utan.


You'll be treated as a temporary staff member when with us and you should be prepared to participate in any and all jobs that are required for the Sanctuary’s maintenance and development. You may also get to witness events that are only the privilege of full-time members of staff. No special skills or experience is required and the majority of our volunteers don't have prior skills. However, if you do have any skills in the following, you'll be even more warmly welcomed and appreciated! Veterinary physician / builders / carpenters / welders / mechanics, etc.

Some of the work is physically demanding and takes place outdoors. The example shown below may differ slightly at different times and work is assigned depending on what's needed at the time you're there:

You'll be involved in the process of producing enrichment materials for the Orang-Utans. This promotes natural behaviours and will enhance their wellbeing. Doing these enrichment exercises also provides you with the opportunity to observe them from a safe distance and learning how they adapt and use the materials - a very rewarding exercise!

You’ll have the opportunity to help feed and interact with the Orang-utans several times a day with the support and assistance of the sanctuary staff. This will include preparing the food for the Orang-Utans, taking care to ensure that those on a special diet receive the type of food that has been specified for them. Both feeding and cleaning are done to specific schedules.

Husbandry simply means cleaning, feeding and caring for captive animals. Everyday you will have to follow all of the rules and schedules for feeding and cleaning, and also give valuable assistance in farming and planting in order to ensure the Orang-Utans have the quality foods they need. You'll also help to care for the Orang-Utan exhibition area.


  • Helping to build and erect climbing structures for the Orang-Utans. These are very necessary for them to build up their skills.
  • Helping to building boardwalks for easier tourist and keeper access around the centre.

The rainforest is a harsh environment for the longevity of any man-made structures. Therefore, anything that we build needs regular maintenance to ensure that it doesn't rust/rot/get eaten by termites within a couple of years. This work usually involves a lot of cleaning, painting and repairing.

These are the main tasks, construction and maintenance however, only occur when there is a need. The Sanctuary is maintained as natural as possible, therefore all man-made objects will be kept to minimal.

Your role is dedicated to helping prepare and train the Orang-utans to hone their survival skills, as they’ll hopefully be released into the wild one day.


Start Dates:

Start dates every week throughout the year.

Work on projects starts every Monday, but you should arrive on a Sunday. Departures will be on Saturdays.


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Mother and baby Orang utan on the care and rehabilitation project in Malaysia
Mother and baby Orang utan. Their names are Fattz and Mannu :-)
Volunteers preparing food for the Orang Utans on the care and rehabilitation conservation project in Malaysia
Volunteers preparing food for the Orang Utans.
An Orang Utan swinging on some of the equipment at the project.
Three young Orang Utans utilising the play equipment on the Conservation, Care and Rehabilitation Project in Malaysia
Three young Orang Utans utilising the play equipment. This type of equipment helps them to swing confidently from trees out in the wild.
Two baby Orang Utans being cared for in a cot on the project in Malaysia
Two baby Orang Utans being cared for in a cot.
Volunteers doing repairs on the Conservation, Care and Rehabilitation of Orang Utans project in Malaysia
Volunteers doing some valuable repairs to the enclosures and equipment on the Project.


You’ll be staying in the bustling town of Taiping, Perak which is one of the oldest towns in Malaysia. A short drive & boat ride from the project, it’s conveniently located for you to experience the sights and sounds of Malaysian day to day life.

Your accommodation is at a local homestay, like a volunteer house, which is a really social spot as you’ll share it with other volunteers! It has a great communal space, where you can eat, relax and socialise in the evenings! A good way to end a busy working day at the sanctuary.

You’ll share a dorm style room with other volunteers, which is a great opportunity to really get to know each and make new friends from different countries. Each room has a fan to help keep you cool and there are Western bathroom and toilets and hot water for you to take advantage of! Twin or private rooms are available at an extra cost.

Wi-Fi / Internet: Wi-Fi / Internet: Free Wi fi is available at the accommodation and the project office, so you can easily stay in touch with your friends and family.

Food is provided on this project. Monday to Friday you will have breakfast & lunch prepared for you. On Saturday & Sunday you will receive breakfast only, leaving you free to explore further afield on your time off. We found that most volunteers like the freedom of choosing their evening meal if they want to go out, or you can use the homestay kitchen to create a lovely home cooked meal. Most dietary requirements can be catered for.


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Accommodation on the Orang Utan project in Malaysia
Your accommodation is in Taiping, where there's lots to explore both inside and outside the town


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Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!


Malaysia is divided into two main parts, the Peninsula which is south of Thailand, and the two states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo. The Malaysia Peninsular, often referred to as the heart of the Malay culture, is a long, narrow appendix of the mainland and covers an area of 130,598 square kilometres.

The project is located at Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island, within the idyllic setting of Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, an eco-friendly 7000-acre freshwater lakeside vacation getaway in the state of Perak. Perak is officially known as Perak Darul Ridzun, The land of Grace. In Malay, the name Perak means silver and it is believed that it was given this name due to the silvery colour associated with tin and its capital city Ipoh historical reputation for tin-mining.

The capital city of Ipoh is best known for its excellent restaurants and historical tourist attractions such as The Birch Memorial Clocktower, The Ipoh Railway station and the Muzium Darul Ridzuan museum. Ipoh is approx. an hour away from Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island, however the second largest city in Perek is found only 30 minutes away from the Island.

Taiping is one of the oldest towns in the state of the Perak, a quiet paradise characterized by its century old trees gracefully lining its streets and its beautiful Lake Gardens. This pioneering city is known for its many first such as the 1st hospital, magistrate court, hill resort, golf club, aerodrome and the first jail in Malaysia.

Taiping is surrounded by many limestone hills as old as 400 million years old. But more than that, as it is the wettest state, the surrounding greenery, lakes and forests are awesome!

Taiping is also known as "Street Food City"! It's right up there with Penang and Ipoh with the popularity of its street-food culture. And remember, too, that Malaysian food is delicious and an exploration for the taste buds!

The project is located at Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island, within the idyllic setting of Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, an eco-friendly 7000-acre freshwater lakeside vacation getaway in Semanggol, Perak. The Laketown Resort is a 15 minute taxi ride from Taiping, and Taiping is located roughly 3-4 hour drive north of Kuala Lumpur (roughly 300Km).

Bucket list items to do in Perak:

• Drink tea at the Boh Sungei Palas Tea Estate
• Visit the royal town of Kuala Kangsar where the wooden Royal Museum was built without any nails
• Explore the kilometre long Gua Tempurung limestone cave
• Tour Sam Poh Tong, Perak Tong and KeK Lok Tong Cave Temples
• Pay your respects to World War ll veterans at the Taiping War Cemetery/Memorial
• Eat at Port Weld / Kuala Sepetang – Seafood Restaurant
• Relax in the Taiping Lake Gardens
• Take a boat tour into Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve
• Get some sun on Coral Beach

Penang comprises of two parts, the picturesque island of Penang and Seberang Perai on the Peninsula. Penang is one of the most developed and economically important states in the country.

Bucket list items to do in Penang:

• Take a ride in a Trishaws and visit Clan Jetties Floating Village
• Experience the Goddess of Mercy Temple
• Ride the funicular up Penang Hill where you will find a spectacular view of the island and the mainland.
• Immerse yourself in the tastes and smells of a Tropical Spice Garden
• Explore the Blue Mansion
• Visit a Tropical Fruit Farm


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Mother and baby orang-utan on the Orang-Utan Care, Rehabilitation and Release programme in Malaysia
Mother Orang-Utan carrying her baby on her back.
Young Orang Utan eating palm fronds on the Orang-Utan Care, Rehabilitation and Release programme in Malaysia
Young Orang Utan eating palm fronds - who can help loving a face like that?!


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! :-)

Please note that all optional activities in Malaysia depart from Kota Kinabalu in Borneo. If you are doing the Sepilok Orang-utan Conservation project, this is only a 40-minute flight away. If you're doing a project on the Peninsula, it is a 2.5-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Kinabalu Park is Borneo's botanical paradise and home to the majestic Mount Kinabalu (4095.2 metres), the highest peak in South East Asia. On this three-day excursion you'll trek for about 6-8 hours over 2 days and will experience sunrise from the summit of Mount Kinabalu.

LEVEL: Moderate Trekking. No experience needed but see medical notes below
LOCATION: Departs from Kota Kinabalu
DURATION: 3 days and 2 nights
MINIMUM AGE: Climbers below 16 years old are considered Child and will be accompanied by a separate mountain guide. An extra guide currently costs an additional £55 GBP.
INCLUDED: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners & 1 Supper, 2 Nights Accommodation, Entrance Fee, Return Airport/Hotel Transfer (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Return Transfer (Park HQ - Timpohon Gate - Park HQ), Mountain Guide, Climbing Insurance, Climbing Permit, Mount Kinabalu Certificate and Certificate Holder, and English Speaking Support Team.
PRICE: £599. PRICE: £499.

This excursion must be booked and paid for at least 3 months in advance in order to secure the necessary permits. A super peak season surcharge (approx 150RM (£30 or US$45) per night) is also sometimes applied to bookings between June and September. You'll need to pay this locally.

Day 1: You’ll be picked up from Kota Kinabalu and make a scenic drive to Kinabalu Park, arriving late afternoon. You’ll meet up with our representative and then proceed to Sabah Park’s HQ, at 1,563 meters, where you’ll register for the climb, check into your hostel and have some free time to explore the park at your leisure Then dinner and return to the hostel for a much-needed early night!

Day 2: The hard work starts today! After a wake- up call at 7am, you’ll ‘gear-up’ and have breakfast. You’ll meet with your assigned Mountain Guide and proceed to Timpohon Gate for the start of the climb. You'll have a packed lunch and plenty of rest stops! You'll climb for 5-6 hours before reaching Laban Rata. You'll have the afternoon free to relax and recuperate. Dinner will be at the Rest House restaurant and you'll stay in the mountain hut (which has dormitory bunk beds).

Day 3: Very very early wake up call - at 1am! It will be worth it though. You’ll trek for 3-4 hours to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu to witness the glorious sunrise. You'll then trek down to Laban Rata for breakfast, after which you'll trek down to the Timpohon Gate, then transferred back to the Kinabalu Park HQ to pick up your Certificate of Achievement!

MEDICAL NOTES: A high level of fitness is required and we strongly advise that you have a medical check before attempting the climb. If you suffer from any of the following, you are advised not to do this climb: hypertension, diabetes, palpitations, arthritis, heart disease, severe anaemia, peptic ulcers, epilepsy, obesity (overweight), chronic asthma, muscular cramps, hepatitis (jaundice) or any other condition/disease which may impact on your ability to complete the climb comfortably. If in any doubt, please consult your doctor. If you are an inexperienced climber you should seek further advice before participating.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Although the majority of routes leading to the summit of Kinabalu require no technical climbing skills, some kind of training beforehand is important. It is important to remember that you will be hiking on surfaces with varying angles which may put lots of stress on your ankles and knees. It is also worth remembering that most of the injuries which occur on Mount Kinabalu happen on the way down. When climbing Mount Kinabalu, take a slow pace to allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude, as at 3000 meters, you only have 70% of the oxygen you would normally have at sea-level.

To climb Mount Kinabalu
You need to be in decent physical condition.
you must not have heart or lung problems.
You need healthy knees and ankles.
Take your time and know your physical limitations.
Consult your personal physician if you are taking any kind of medication or if you have any other health problems.

If you plan to take any medication during your climb, you must consult your doctor prior to departure. The effects of medications may vary with altitude and stress. All climbers should consult their doctor or a specialised travel clinic well in advance of their trip.

How Physically Fit I Should Be To Do The Climb? It takes a minimum of 2 Days and 1 Night to scale Mount Kinabalu. Day 1 kicks off bright and early via Timpohon Gate, a 5 to 7 hour brings you up to 11’000 feet above sea level for an overnight stay. The second day is slightly more to the technical side – there are parts where you will need to hold onto ropes at an angle of about 15 – 20 degrees inclination. If you are able to climb a flight of 12 story staircase up and down few times in a day with not much difficulties, that’s good enough to prepare you for Mount Kinabalu.

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Spectacular scenery and thrilling rafting experience, exploring the wild and untamed Padas River, with 7 exciting and challenging rapids.

LEVEL: Moderate. No experience needed.
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu. Located on the Padas River, near Tenom, Sabah
MINIMUM AGE: 12 years old.
INCLUDED: Lunch, Hotel Pickup & Drop off for hotels in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups) Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), English Speaking Guide, Rafting Equipment, Life Jacket, Certified River Guide, Certificate and Insurance. PRICE: £99.

The Padas River is situated in the interior of the south-western part of Kota Kinabalu. You’ll journey by bus for approximately 3½ hours through the countryside to Beaufort Town, where you’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. The rafting start point is only accessible by train, so included in the price is a unique journey in an antique train on the North Borneo Railway. You'll journey through the heart of Borneo to the start of your rafting adventure - a brilliant chance to see the spectacular, untouched scenery of this beautiful country and glimpse the local villages. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a full safety briefing before starting your 9km rafting adventure.

The river holds seven thrilling rapids to negotiate - you’ll work as a team and will have an experienced guide with you. The journey will undoubtedly be an awesome adrenalin rush, as you experience the ultimate white water class III and IV rapids. The route takes about 1.5 hours to complete. You’ll then have the chance to change out of your wet clothes and enjoy some light refreshment at the station, ready for your return train journey to Beaufort Town and bus trip back to Kota Kinabalu.

This excursion includes transfers to and from your accommodation in Kota Kinabalu, full safety briefing and equipment. Please note, this is a full day’s excursion and you won’t return to your hotel until at least 6.00 pm.

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Scuba Diving at Tunku Rahman Park in Borneo

A chance to scuba dive and observe the beautiful coral life. The perfect package for those who have never dived before. You'll be given a step-by-step guide to scuba diving, from learning how to suit up, to how to use your diving equipment properly.

LEVEL: Beginner. No experience needed.
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu.
MINIMUM AGE: 12 yeaers old. DURATION: Full day.
INCLUDED: Pick-up & Drop-off from hotel in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Lunch, Drinking water, Tea & Coffee & snacks, Park Entry Fee, Two Dives, Return Boat Transfer, Equipment Rental and Dive Master/Instructor. PRICE: £125 (Based on a minimum of 2 people)

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a stunning marine park, that comprises of a cluster of islands including Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. All of the islands have gorgeous white sandy beaches, shallow waters and fantastic coral gardens - and they are all only a 10 - 20 minute boat ride from the city of Kota Kinabalu!

The Discover Scuba Diving program introduces scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner, giving you just a little taste of the fascinating and thrilling world of Scuba Diving. The Discover Scuba package, conducted by PADI certified instructors at the nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park’s Island, allows you to discover excitement, adventure, freedom and serenity. The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is ideally suited to beginner divers providing shallow, sandy confined water environments which slope to slightly deeper coral reef habitats.

Learn basic safety concepts, put on equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment under the guidance of PADI certified instructors today!

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An opportunity to experience the fantastic culture of rural Malaysia.

LEVEL: Gentle
LOCATION: Depart from Kota Kinabalu, 3 hours journey to northern Sabah.
DURATION: Full day
MINIMUM AGE: N/A (Infants under 3 years old are free of charge)
INCLUDED: Pick-up & Drop-off from hotel in Kota Kinabalu (Additional charges of USD 7 per person are chargeable for outskirt hotel pick-ups), Lunch, Entrance Fees, Land Transportation (Seat-In-Coach), and English Speaking Guide.
PRICE: £115 (Based on a minimum of 2 people)

ITINERARY: You'll journey through scenic countryside to the north of Kudat. You'll pass some spectacular scenery including paddy fields, traditional villages, plantations and local stalls selling handicraft and food items. On arrival at Bavanggazo village (where the Rungus community live) you'll have a traditional lunch, before visiting the community and their cottage industries - Seeing the Rungus Tribe still living in their longhouses is a fantastic once in a lifetime experience! The community is very enterprising - the main economic activities include producing honey and making gongs.

Before returning to Kota Kinabalu, you'll visit Simpang Mengayau, the northern most tip of Borneo, where the Sulu and South China Seas meet. On a clear day, you'll be able to see the outlying islands of the Philippines from this point! Spectacular!

If you take this tour on a Sunday, you may get the chance to visit the Tamu Besar (a bustling open air market in Kota Belud)

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The beach at Pulau Tiga Island at sunset.
View of the tranquil river.
Volunteer having a heart-to-heart debate with an Orang-Utan. The Orang Utan is probably winning!

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I would like to confirm I had an amazing time. Firstly, before going I studied the information sheets you sent. They were very informative and helpful. Other volunteers hadn't and weren't prepared for the 'suprises' instore ...

Each morning we were picked up by a car around 8am to transfer to the island via boat (with engine). Possibly the best commute to work I will ever know.

First job was mucking out (this involves pee + poo) again, a surprise to some. Then hosing down and disinfecting sleeping areas. Then a break followed by food prep.

An hour for lunch then feeding time and odd jobs. Around 3.30 boat and car journey back to base.

The staff were brilliant. The more of yourself you give to them, the more kindness they return. The centre had a fire just before Christmas and lost a lot of equipment. It would be helpful if anyone flying directly could take a few small items that would make a massive difference (hand tools, string, wire, food grater, can opener). Perhaps communicate with the Sanctuary on this.

Being very spiritual people, they believed I was a re-incarnation of the recently deceased alpha male also called Mike.

Spare time was easily filled with cinema, zoo, park, shopping malls and a fab food experience. The local people were incredibly friendly towards me, it was a revelation for strangers to start up a conversation, a lost art in the country.

Paul, the homestay host, was a legend. Went out of his way to keep us all happy and a wealth of knowledge.

I would go back tomorrow if I could- I do intend to repeat the experience and have recommended it to anyone that asks.

Care, Rehabilitation and Release of Orang-Utans on the Malaysia Peninsula

My Most Memorable Moment: We are able to hold hands with the orangutans as we support them to walk into the compounds each day.

My Positive Impact to the Project: Our presence benefits the Orang-utans due to the lack of staff and resources, due to Malasyia being a poor country.

A Typical Day: We start work at 8:15AM when we arrive at the project. A typical day involves feeding the Orang-utans a milk drink when we arrive. We then support some of the orangutans to walk from their cages into the compounds. We then clean their cages.

Following a morning break we are assigned various tasks, e.g. raking leaves, painting cages, making sacks for the orangutans. We then assist with fruit preparation. We then have a lunch break at 12:00 PM ish for an hour.

After lunch we prepare the watermelon juice and assist with making rice. We then feed the orangutans watermelon juice and fruit followed by making rice balls. On one occasion we were able to become involved with observing an orangutan having minor surgery on his ear and helped to carry him on the stretcher from his cage to the clinic room whilst he was under sedation, which was very interesting.

We usually finish work about 2:30 PM when we catch the boat back to the mainland and then we are driven back to our accommodation.

Care, Rehabilitation and Release of Orang-Utans on the Malaysia Peninsula

It was a great and unique experience and everything was very well organised. The coordinators were very helpful and the experience with the Orang Utans was fantastic. We were able to feed them, prepare the food for them, and it was over my expectations.

This kind of experience allows you to get deeper into the local culture and even if I knew Malaysia (it was my 6th time there) I still discovered many things and learned more about that beautiful country and the people.

The hostel was good and clean, and the owners very nice.

Taiping is a small city but enough to discover during the free time, and local food is amazing.

Care, Rehabilitation and Release of Orang-Utans on the Malaysia Peninsula

What experience do you feel you are gaining? How to work with wild animals, the rehabilitation of wild animals, understanding of the Malaysian Muslim culture.

What is the best thing about your placement so far? Making an impact to the daily lives of the Orangutans.

Would you recommend this placement to anyone else? Yes. I have already recommended it to many, many people. [It would suit] so many people. Anyone who has an interest in animals and looking for somewhere to volunteer. Everything is in place and well organized.

Case Study in Brief, A Typical Day: We leave the hostel at 7.15am every morning for a 20-minute drive to the island. We then get a small boat another 15 minutes across a gorgeous lake to Orangutan island.

On arrival we prepare and feed the Orangutans their morning milk. Their cages are then cleaned thoroughly for over an hour. We then get allocated jobs / tasks. Ours is to replace the electric fencing in the sea.

After this at midday we take one hour lunch and sit to eat the ready prepared meal we bring from the hostel and watch the Orangutans whilst we eat. The afternoon we prepare the watermelon juices and distribute them to all the Orangutans on the island. Then we prepare the rice balls and by then it's 3pm and it's home time.

It's an amazing day.


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Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You'll take up where others before you left off and thus helping to continue making this project sustainable.

We are passionate about mutually beneficial interaction with the local community. The team members are locals and very community-minded. We work closely with the local community to achieve maximum benefits and emphasis is always placed on doing what is best for the local environment.

To this end, information on how to leave minimal negative impact on the environment is given to you prior to your departure as part of your documentation from Travellers Worldwide. This is also highlighted in your induction on arrival.


We have local staff in each destination where we have Programmes and where we work with local partners, again the staff employed are locals. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. You'll also be directly influencing the local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. So, by living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange!

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect


We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.


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Volunteers swimming in the ocean on Turtle Island.
The famous Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
Volunteers on one of the Orang-Utan enclosures on the Conservation Project.
Volunteers mucking out one of the Orang-Utan enclosures.