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Sea Turtles Conservation Assistants

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2 - 4 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Excellent 4.8  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Moderate response rate

Highlights

  • Freedive to take photo ID of sea turtles
  • Observe mother turtles nesting under the stars
  • Improve knowledge on sea turtles conservation and share the knowledge with the public
  • Visit the beautiful Perhentian Islands of Malaysia
  • Meet other volunteers and widen your connection

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

About the program

Sea turtle conservation project on the beautiful Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

The Perhentian Turtle Project was established by Fuze Ecoteer in 2015. The project works in close collaboration with the local community, stakeholders, Department of Fisheries (DOF) and Marine Parks Division.

The project is currently based in two places: Kampung Pasir Hantu (Fisherman’s Village) on ...

About the program

The Perhentian Turtle Project was established by Fuze Ecoteer in 2015. The project works in close collaboration with the local community, stakeholders, Department of Fisheries (DOF) and Marine Parks Division.

The project is currently based in two places: Kampung Pasir Hantu (Fisherman’s Village) on Perhentian  Kecil and Pantai Tiga Ruang (Turtle Beach aka the nesting beach) on Perhentian Besar.

Volunteers will be aiding the team in their day to day task such as kayak surveys, taking photo IDs of turtles, night patrols under the stars at the nesting beach we protect, transferring eggs and monitoring for hatchlings at our hatchery, conduct awareness talks and more. It is not all work and no play as once a week, volunteers will get to have Malay Dinner, learn how to  make 'Kuih' (traditional Malay dessert) and go on an Eco-Snorkel Tour.

Join us in our fight to protect and conserve sea turtles!



Typical day

While in the village, volunteers will get to go on kayak patrols to various locations to take photo IDs of turtles to collect data on the individual, their movements and feeding habits. Volunteers will also be conducting awareness talks with the team at nearby dive shops and resorts to spread the ...

Typical day

While in the village, volunteers will get to go on kayak patrols to various locations to take photo IDs of turtles to collect data on the individual, their movements and feeding habits. Volunteers will also be conducting awareness talks with the team at nearby dive shops and resorts to spread the knowledge on sea turtles conservation and on how the public can be citizen scientists. Other than that, volunteers will be involved in our weekly beach cleans which is conducted with our sister projects on the island.


At the nesting beach, volunteers get to experience life away from the crowd and will be on night patrols to deter poachers from the beach and to observe mother turtle as it lays its clutch. Data on the individual turtle and its eggs will be collected and the eggs will then be transferred to the hatchery. The hatchery will also be monitored for hatchlings, which, upon discovery, will be released to the ocean.

Volunteers will have about 5 - 6 hours of work in a day from Monday to Saturday and will have their off day on a Sunday. On their off days, volunteers may explore the islands and all that it has to offer, relax by the ocean or choose to work on a mini-project. Ideas for a mini project that correlates with the project are always welcomed and open for discussion.

Once a week, volunteers will get to have a taste of authentic Malay food at the house of a local! This is a great time to interact with your host and get to know the culture better. 


Free-time activities

Volunteers can use our kayak on their off days if they wish to kayak, go snorkelling with one of the snorkel operators, diving with the local dive shops, read or stroll around the village.

Free-time activities

Volunteers can use our kayak on their off days if they wish to kayak, go snorkelling with one of the snorkel operators, diving with the local dive shops, read or stroll around the village.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.

Language Skills

You need to speak English (basic level)

Required Documents

Scanned copy of passport and Personal health declaration form

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Other Skills

Able to swim

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Fuze Ecoteer

The fees will cover:

  • Accommodation at our Volunteer House
  • Food i.e 3 meals a day
  • Activities and transport within the project
  • Boat transfer to and from Kuala Besut.

The fees DO NOT cover:
  • Airfares
  • Travel to and from Kuala Besut
  • Insurance
  • Visa

Accommodation

The accommodation is a mixed-gender dorm house. 

Volunteers will stay at the Fuze-Ecoteer’s Volunteer House. 

  • Communal toilet/ bathroom

  • A small safe is available for passport and/or money at the Turtle House i.e the Project house

  • Wi-fi internet access is available at the Turtle House

  • Shops are available in the village to purchase toiletries, snacks, drinks, vegetable, chicken and fruits. 

  • Laundry: hand wash or washing machine at the Turtle House 

  • Bedding and mosquito nets are provided 

  • We can play CDs and DVDs on our project laptop, but we don’t have a TV.

Food & Beverages

Main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided - either cooked at the Turtle House or eaten out in the village. Once a week, volunteers get to have dinner at a locals house during their Malay Dinner session.

Internet Access

Limited access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Airport Pickup at Sultan Ismail Petra Airport

An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (KBR) in Kota Bharu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Malaysia. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

Vaccines

If you are intending to volunteer in Malaysia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malaysia. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

Volunteers can choose to start on any Monday. This programme runs from April-September and is closed from October-February due to the Monsoon season.


All volunteers will start on a Monday and depart on a Sunday. We require our volunteers to volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks.

Please arrive by 8AM ON A MONDAY AT THE SAVE PARK HOLIDAY SDN BHD OFFICE AT THE KUALA BESUT JETTY. Your arrival time is important so that you can get situated and oriented with the project and the islands as soon as possible. We have arranged a boat transfer for all volunteers with Save Park Holidays and this boat fee is already included in your program fee. Please DO NOT use other boat ferry operators at Kuala Besut because they may not know where Fuze Ecoteer is and may overcharge boat fees borne at your own expense. You are to tell the boat driver to drop you off at Kampung Pulau Perhentian and we will greet you there.

Your transportation to Kuala Besut is not included in your project fees, but we are more than happy to advise on booking bus tickets or taxis. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

2 weeks (min. stay) 728€
3 weeks 895€
4 weeks (max. stay) 1,067€
Average fees 315€/week

Program fees

315€ per week 2 - 4 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

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NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

2 - 4 weeks

Deposit

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

Your final payment will be agreed with Fuze Ecoteer during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Fuze Ecoteer

Excellent 4.8 rating (5 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2012

Verified by Volunteer World

  Moderate response rate

Coordinated by

Daniel

About the project

A social enterprise that focuses on various areas of conservation that provides volunteering, schools and universities learning expeditions and team-building programmes.

Meet your organization

Fuze Ecoteer works with the aim to connect people with nature! With 3 conservation projects under its belt in Malaysia and1 rainforest and wildlife conservation partner project in Malaysia and 1 wildlife rescue partner project in Indonesia, Fuze Ecoteer offers students, conservationists, aspiring conservationists and the general public a chance to volunteer for their favourite cause and learn and contribute to it. 

Alongside volunteer projects, Fuze Ecoteer also offers field trips for schools and universities and team building programmes and corporate volunteering programmes for businesses. Fuze Ecoteer programmes are focused on the conservation of endangered wildlife and enhancement of local communities across Southeast Asia. 

Always paying close attention to its environment, Fuze Ecoteer not only focus on nature and wildlife but also always work to empower and work with the local community. We approach a holistic view of improving our environment to ensure its sustainability. The local community plays an important part in all of our projects as we use their services, become part of their community and aid them in increasing environmental awareness and also provide education on environmental issues and conservation work.

We created Fuze Ecoteer with a desire to work outdoors, bring people from diverse backgrounds closer together, help people get involved with conservation and solve community issues. We want to make the world a better place through adventure programmes. -- Come along and be part of the journey!

5 reviews · rating4.8

Jolien Van Goethem rating4.6

2020 at Sea Turtles Conservation Assistants

I learned so much in just one week I was volunteering. Learned a lot about the climate and poaching problems of the rainforest, the culture and relegion of the malaysian people and even met a tribe. Had the feeling the volunteering wasn't really necessary, they didn't really need my help,but it was ...
Debbie Lim rating4.4

2019 at Sea Turtles Conservation Assistants

Overall I had such a great time during this project. It really is a unique, interesting experience that I’m glad I was able to be a part of. It was really amazing to see Ecoteer's impact on the lives of people living in the village, including bringing up the younger generation to continue ...
Gabriella Cavell rating5

2019 at Sea Turtles Conservation Assistants

This was an amazing experience! I got to learn how to SCUBA dive and we participated in beach clean ups and we got to work with the precious plastics machine. I will hold on to these memories forever through pictures and stories. ..
Hinako Sugo rating5

2019 at Sea Turtles Conservation Assistants

I joined this project for only one week on April 2019. I want to stay there more longer... Anyway, I had a great time with awesome team staffs. Definitely, It’s worth to join this project!!! I spent so much time with kids. We did the kayak patrol, the coral watching, eco club, and some ...
Elvira Vida rating4.8

2018 at Sea Turtles Conservation Assistants

Our family of four enjoyed our Fuze Ecoteer volunteering week very much. We spent time with kids of the village on Perhentian Kecil and together with them we made signs for small local businesses, planted various plants and vegetables, taught English classes, made eco crafts, did beach clean ups ...

Location

Asia > South East Asia > Malaysia > Kuala Besut

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