Orangutan Education and Conservation Assistant

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Coordinator | Ivy
Coordinator | Ivy


Gain an unforgettable experience with beautiful orangutans.
Observe orangutans in a close yet safe distance.
Have the privilege of working with the sanctuary's staff members and understanding orangutan behavior.
Assist with any preparations for the release of orangutans deemed fit to be in the wild.
Endless travel options on weekend exploring UNESCO Heritage Sites in Penang, beautiful island such as Langkawi and Pangkor Islands or explore further to Sabah Mt. Kinabalu for a hike
Give a helping hand to conservation of the beautiful orangutans with love and passion. At the same time get an exciting opportunity to learn about their behavior. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 14+

Orangutans on the IUCN Red List, classified as Critically Endangered may be more closely related to humans than scientists previously thought. A new genetic study and the first blueprint of the orangutan genetic code has confirmed that they share 97 per cent of their DNA with people.

The Orangutan Education and Conservation Project aims to spread awareness of these beautiful creatures, conserve their habitat and prevent them from going extinct. At the same time, it offers volunteers the opportunity to study the importance of orangutans in the ecosystem and food chain. The project helps preserving orangutans for future generations,  and supports injured and/or rescued orangutans (if there is any) confiscated by authority.

You are invited to participate and provide a helping hand in the Orangutan Conservation program. This project has been designed to protect and preserve orangutans. Help with various conservation activities and initiatives to protect, care for and save these intelligent gentle creatures.

Activities in the sanctuary involves husbandry, enrichment, maintenance and construction. Volunteers are expected to follow guidelines when working around the animals in order to ensure their safety and those of the orangutans.

Typical day

Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, some day you may start earlier
Your day will begin on the project wherein you get involved deep into various activities of the project. Some work on this project is physical, you will be carrying out a variety of tasks including husbandry, construction work, enrichment and maintenance. 

Free-time activities

During the weekends, volunteers have free time to relax and explore the local area or other parts of Malaysia. There are plenty of things to do and see, including palaces and museums, trekking through national parks and caves, and relaxing in the city garden. For those volunteers interested in traveling further afield, there are many great destinations to choose from, including Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and beach destinations, such as Pangkor Island and Langkawi Island.


In order to join the program you need to be at least 14 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Not required
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:30

What's Included

Services by INVOLVE Travel
  1. Airport pick-up
  2. Project Placement
  3. Accommodation for the whole duration
  4. Meals (12 meals a week)
  5. Daily transportation to project if it is more than 30 min walk
  6. Materials
  7. Donation

Airport Pickup at Penang International Airport

It is advisable to arrive on the Sunday prior to start date. The arrival airport is Penang International Airport with the following detail:

  • Airport - Penang International Airport
  • Meeting point: International Arrival Hall
  • Meeting time frame: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
It is possible for pick-up outside the time frame with additional fee, price on request.

Volunteers will stay in shared rooms in a typical house, homestay or guesthouse depends on the project sites. The rooms accommodate 4-8 people, with a shared western-style toilet and showers.
Food & Beverages

The following is provided with no additional cost at the accommodation

  1. Drinking water
  2. Coffee & Tea
Generally the meal is Asian typical rice and noodle being staple food. Option of vegan, vegetarian or gluten free
Meals, Monday - Friday breakfast and lunch only; Saturday - Sunday breakfast only total 12 meals per week.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Penang International Airport (PEN) in Penang. We assist you to find cheap flights to Malaysia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Malaysia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Malaysia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malaysia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The project is available all year round with the start date on every Monday. Arrival on Sunday prior to the start date. 

Pick-up from Penang International Airport 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 550
2 weeks
$ 990
3 weeks
$ 1,400
4 weeks
$ 1,825
5 weeks
$ 2,280
6 weeks
$ 2,735
7 weeks
$ 3,100
8 weeks
$ 3,550
9 weeks
$ 3,880
10 weeks
$ 4,300
11 weeks
$ 4,600
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,900
Average fees
$ 479 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. INVOLVE Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with INVOLVE Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Orangutan Education and Conservation Assistant

Give a helping hand to conservation of the beautiful orangutans with love and passion. At the same time get an exciting opportunity to learn about their behavior.


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