Orangutan Education and Conservation Assistant

Taiping, Perak, Malaysia show on map

Agency | INVOLVE Travel

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:

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 and supports rescued and injured orangutans, preserving them for future generations.

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.

Program Highlights

  • Gain an unforgettable experience with beautiful orangutans.

  • Observe orangutans in a close yet safe distance.

  • Assist with any preparations for the release of orangutans deemed fit to be in the wild.

  • Have the privilege of working with the sanctuary's staff members and understanding orangutan conservation.

  • Witness the historical moment of orangutans being released on early September 2018.

Typical day

Monday to Friday
Your day will begin on the project wherein you get involved deep into various activities of the project. The work on this project is physical, and the heat and humidity add an extra challenging layer to this. You will be carrying out a variety of tasks including husbandry, construction work, enrichment and maintenance. The “best” jobs are not saved for the participants - you will be treated as pseudo staff members during the duration of your program. You will be required for assistance wherever the need may arise at the sanctuary.

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.

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 near Taiping, including palaces and museums, trekking through national parks and caves, and relaxing in the city garden of Taiping. 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.

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
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

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by INVOLVE Travel

The fee include the following:

  1. Airport pick-up
  2. Accommodation for the whole duration
  3. Meals (12 meals a week)
  4. Daily transportation to project
  5. Materials
  6. Donation
  7. Operation expenditure include utilities, rent, salary, licensing fee, and other normal necessity

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: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
It is possible for pick-up outside the time frame with additional fee, price on request.

The property is a typical house in Malaysia with 5 bedrooms conveniently right in the town which accommodates 18 people, additional 2 in common area. Right in the Town vicinity, walking distance 2 min to nearby restaurants, shops & Hospital; 5 min to cafe or  train station; 10 min to shopping mall & cinema, police station; 15 min to Lake Garden & Zoo.
Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 399
2 weeks
$ 790
3 weeks
$ 1,180
4 weeks
$ 1,579
5 weeks
$ 1,920
6 weeks
$ 2,270
7 weeks
$ 2,620
8 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,970
Average fees
$ 385 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Taiping, Perak/Malaysia between 1 week and 8 weeks. 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.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Malaysia.
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 cash at arrival at the project site.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Malaysia  Taiping, Perak, Jalan Wan Rashdi

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