Orangutan & Turtle Conservation

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Coordinator | Ivy
Coordinator | Ivy


Gain an unforgettable experience with beautiful Bornean Orangutans and Sea Turtles
Observe them in a close yet safe distance
Assist with any preparations for the release of the animals which deemed fit to be in the wild
Experience multi-cultural Malaysia
Explore uniquely beautiful cities and natures
A unique exploration you only get here with the first ever combination of Bornean Orangutan and Sea Turtle Conservation with Malaysia Cultural Experience at one go. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 14+

Malaysia is blessed with thousands of natural flora and fauna, a beautiful country hosting some of the most endangered wild animals for example orangutans, elephant, sea turtle, tigers, sun bears and the list goes on. It is unfortunate many of these species are on IUCN Red List Critically Endangered facing the fate of extinction mainly due to loss of habitat, pollution, and illegal poaching.

It is extremely important for the public to have the initiatives to protect these animals to prevent them from going into extinction. This project works on conservation with NGOs and government agencies.

The project is unique as you will get to participate in the 2 different conservation projects at one go where you may not have the chance elsewhere in the world to have such a good opportunity.

Program Highlights
  • Gain a unique, exclusive experience in Malaysia volunteering in wildlife conservation projects.
  • Immerse in authentic local lifestyle and make new friends with people you meet along the way.
  • Experience endless travel options, from the beautiful beach island of Langkawi to the UNESCO World Heritage site in Penang.
  • Observe and witness beautiful Malaysian wildlife from a safe distance.
  • Combine volunteering with multicultural exploration in a culturally and historically rich country.

Typical day

1st Week

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm, some day begin earlier

Your day will begin on the Orangutan project wherein you get involved deep into various activities of the project. The work on this project is 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 and be required for assistance wherever the need may arise at the sanctuary.

Saturday Free day

Sunday Transfer to Turtle Project site

2nd Week

Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 1:30 pm some days end later

Your day begin on the Turtle project wherein you get involved deep into various activities of the project. The work include cleaning the pools and the sanctuary, food prep and/or beach patrolling and cleaning.

During your free time in the afternoon or weekend, you could join fun water activities such as snorkeling, diving, jet ski or enjoying sun bath at the beautiful beach. The project site is one of the most beautiful beaches for sunset view in Malaysia while enjoying dinner at restaurants located by the beach.

You could tag along with the local for the authentic local cultural lifestyle. There are plenty of interesting activities not to be missed. You could visit beautiful local Hindu Temple, Chinese Temple, and a magnificent Mosque to learn about local custom and things they do in a particular way. There are also a century-old traditional boat factory, homemade noodle shop and a variety of local food you can visit during your free time.

Saturday Conclusion of the project

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 - 15:00

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
Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Generally the meal is Asian typical rice and noodle being staple food. Option of vegan, vegetarian or gluten free.
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

This project is available all year round with start date on Sunday and completion on Saturday

Pick-up from Penang International Airport 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 2 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,399
2 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,399
Average fees
$ 700 /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 & Turtle Conservation

A unique exploration you only get here with the first ever combination of Bornean Orangutan and Sea Turtle Conservation with Malaysia Cultural Experience at one go.


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