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Gain the unique multi-cultural Malaysia Experience.
Tour around interesting interesting places.
Observe orangutans in a close yet safe distance.
Assist with the daily operation in the orangutan sanctuary.
Get an insight of orangutan conservation.
An unforgettable journey joining the Orangutan Conservation Project to prevent them from extinction and also a unique Malaysia Diverse Cultural Experience with no regret. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+

Malaysia is best known for its beaches, rainforest and a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. You meet people from different cultural backgrounds live together in peace and harmony. Very often you observe a church is right next to a Hindu or Chinese Temples as well as across a Muslim Mosque. A really interesting exploration for volunteers who visit Malaysia for the first time to get the unique Malaysia Cultural Experience.

This program also offers an unforgettable journey for Orangutan Conservation. Orangutans have been classified as Critically Endangered on IUCN Red List is highly on our attention to prevent them from extinction. This program aims to promote conservation of the beautiful animals through ex-situ efforts encompassing:
  1. Awareness campaigns
  2. Education Programs
  3. Rehabilitation
You are invited to participate and provide a helping hand in the Orangutan Conservation Program which is designed to protect and preserve orangutans. Assist with various conservation activities and initiatives to protect, care for and save the beautiful intelligent animal.

Activities in the sanctuary also involves husbandry, enrichment, upkeep of the sanctuary which may include maintenance and construction. Volunteers are expected to follow guidelines when working around the orangutans in order to ensure your safety and those of the orangutans.

Typical day

1st Week

Monday Enjoy a tour in the morning followed by your Malaysia Program Orientation in the afternoon. This is a day full of useful information about the Malaysian culture, the Malaysian program while also familiarizing yourself with the local area and amenities.

Tuesday You will be taken on a tour around local Mosques, Hindu and Chinese Temples to gain an insight into the diverse cultures which lives harmoniously. This is followed by Bahasa (local) language lessons in the afternoon which will help you with basic daily conversations.

Wednesday Start the day with local cooking lesson followed by community activities (possibly playing with children, cleaning, painting and conservation awareness discussions) at a community centre in the afternoon.

Thursday Learn how to make local handicrafts. This is a great chance to make yourself an authentic souvenir to remember your time in Malaysia and if you’re speedy you can make multiple crafts which are then donated to a local community who are in need these crafts for fundraising. 

Friday Spend the day visiting and gaining an insight into the fishing village lifestyle, it is a totally different experience you will only get in this beautiful village

Note: Activities are subject to change within the cultural week, for example Temple Visits being swapped to Wednesday or Thursday. All activities will be covered within the week.

2nd Week onwards
Monday - Friday 8:15 am - 3:30 pm, some day begins earlier
Your day will begin on the project wherein you get involved deep into various activities of the project. Some work on this project maybe physical. You will be carrying out a variety of tasks including husbandry, enrichment, construction and maintenance work. You will be treated as pseudo staff member in the program. You will be required for assistance wherever the need may arise at the sanctuary.

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, and beach destinations, such as Pangkor Island and Langkawi Island.



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
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
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Material
  • Donation
  • 24/7 in country emergency support

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.


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

Dorm Room Guest Family Youth Hostel
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; Saturday - Sunday breakfast 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

This project is available all year round with the start date on every Monday. Arrival on the 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
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 740
3 weeks
$ 1,150
4 weeks
$ 1,600
5 weeks
$ 2,025
6 weeks
$ 2,480
7 weeks
$ 2,935
8 weeks
$ 3,305
9 weeks
$ 3,750
10 weeks
$ 4,085
11 weeks
$ 4,520
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,820
Average fees
$ 386 /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 & Local Culture

An unforgettable journey joining the Orangutan Conservation Project to prevent them from extinction and also a unique Malaysia Diverse Cultural Experience with no regret.


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