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Community and Environmental Assistant

8 weeks to experience the best that Borneo has to offer. From the tropical island paradise of Mantanani to the Kinabtangan Jungle.

About the Program

Head out into the dense jungle for a night trek with our knowledgeable local guides before jumping into your hammock for a night in the jungle. Enjoy beach BBQs and explore the vibrant town of Kota Kinabalu at the weekends. Of course a trip to Borneo wouldn’t be complete without getting to observe the island’s most famous primate, the orangutan. We’ll take you to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you can get up close to these amazing creatures and support the vital work of the sanctuary. Become a true global citizen, immerse yourself in new cultures and make a measurable impact in the process.


Day 1: Welcome to Borneo!
Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, where you will be met at the airport by a member of our Camp Borneo team and transferred to your accommodation in the city. Here you will have an arrival briefing before your welcome dinner.

Day 2: Welcome to Camp Tinangol 
After a much needed sleep and a good breakfast, we will transfer you to Camp Tinangol. Our Camp Manager will show you around and give you an overview of what your time here will involve. Then it’s time to choose your bed in your new traditional longhouse home!

Day 3-4: R & R Weekend
R&R weekends are the perfect time to relax and experience some of the beautiful sights that Sabah has to offer. You will also have the chance to spend some time at the beach – BBQ included!

Day 5-9: Project work / Activities at Camp Tinangol
You will spend around 10 days volunteering alongside the local community on projects such as creating a water feed system for the village, helping with the building of the market place for the locals, teaching basic English to primary age children, working at our permaculture garden and running fun activities and sports sessions with the local children.

Day 10-11: R & R Weekend

Day 12-16: Project work / Activities at Camp Tinangol

Day 17: Welcome to Kota Kinabalu city

Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu city for an overnight stay and some free time around KK.

Day 18: Free Day in Kota Kinabalu
A day to chill out in Kota Kinabalu and explore, shop, eat and drink at your leisure!

Day 19: Welcome back to Camp Tinangol Transfer back to Camp.

Day 20-22: Project works/ Activities at Camp Tinangol
You will spend another 3 days working on the community projects before saying your final goodbyes to the locals.

Day 23: Welcome to Batu Puteh
You will be transferred to our incredible jungle camp at Batu Puteh.

Day 24: Jungle Exploration
You will be taken for an early morning river safari along the Kinabatangan River where you will see the incredible wildlife.

You will participate in a vital environmental project, helping to reforest areas where the jungle has been destroyed.

Day 25: Nursery Propagation Programme
You will be collecting the seed from the mother trees in the jungle and taking them back to the nursery.

After dinner, a member of our team will take you for a night walk, followed by a night in our jungle camp in a hammock.

Day 26: Forest Restoration Programme
Planting trees to continue the wildlife corridor conservation project.

Day 27: Sandakan & Orangutan Tour Day
You will visit the Orangutan Sanctuary at Sepilok where you have the chance to explore the rainforest and see the orangutan up close.

After lunch you will visit the P.O.W (War Memorial Park) at Sandakan.

Day 28: Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu
You’ll be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay before we head onto to island phase of your adventure.

Day 29: Welcome to Camp Mantanani

After a much needed sleep and a good breakfast, you will be transferred to Camp Mantanani. You will take a boat over to the paradise that is Mantanani!

The Camp Manager will give you a tour of the island. You will also have an overview of what your time here will involve. Then it’s time to choose your bed in your new beach style longhouse home!

Day 30-38: Project work / Activities at Camp Mantanani
You will spend 10 days volunteering alongside the island communities. This is your chance to get stuck in to some valuable initiatives such as helping to build community toilets, teaching basic English to primary age children, working on our marine conservation & awareness programme and running fun activities and sports sessions with the local children.

Day 39 & 40: R & R Weekend on Mantanani Island
This time is yours and you can spend it relaxing on the long white sandy beach which is just in front of our camp. You can kayak as well as swim and we highly recommend watching the sunrise or sunset at the tip of the island.

Day 41 & 44: Project work / Activities at Camp Mantanani

Day 45: Welcome to Kota Kinabalu city

We’ll transfer you back to Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay.

Day 46: Welcome to Camp Bongkud
Upon arrival you will meet our Camp Bongkud staff, including your Camp Manager who will show you around. You will also be given an overview of what your time here will involve.

Day 47-48: R&R Weekend in Bongkud
A well deserved weekend off and a perfect time to enjoy the hot spring pools at Poring Hot Springs. You will also be taken on a tour of Ranau and Kundasang.

Day 49-52: Project works/ Activities at Camp Bongkud
You will spend 7 days working on community projects which include the building of a kindergarten. Then it’s time to say your final goodbyes to the locals (be warned that this is never an easy part of your experience!)

Day 53-54: R&R weekend in Bongkhud

55-57: Project works/ Activities at Camp Bongkud

Day 58: Transfer to Kota Kinabalu

You will be transferred back to Kota Kinabalu for last night stay in the city for a farewell dinner with your Camp Borneo team.

Day 59: Trips Ends in Kota Kinabalu and Departure Day

We will say our goodbyes and transfer you to KK airport 2 hours before your scheduled flight time. 

Suitable for


Typical day

Usual working days are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include the following activities.

  • Creating water systems for the village
  • Help to build a market
  • Teaching basic English
  • Running sports sessions and other activities for children
  • Working at the permaculture garden
  • Tree nursery
  • Building community toilets
  • Marine conservation
  • Building a kindergarten

    Program Requirements

    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).
    Language Skills
    You need to speak English (basic level)
    Health Declaration
    Criminal Background Check
    Nationality Restrictions
    No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
    Time Commitment
    Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

    Any questions? Just ask. We at Camps International are happy to help you.

    Free-time activities

    Top up your trip with a variety of add-ons from trekking through the jungles of Borneo to PADI scuba qualifications or fun dives. You will also have the opportunity to spend time in some of Borneo's towns with a chance to shop and enjoy the many restaurants and bars.

    Water Sports

    Included Services

    What's included?
    Food - Drinking water - Accommodation - In-country transfers - All project costs and materials - Visit to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary - Pre travel support from dedicated UK team - Orientation and language lessons - 24-hour emergency support

    Airport Pickup at Kota-Kinabalu International Airport

    All of your in-country transfers are scheduled by us, including your airport pick up. We employ our own drivers and they will be there to greet you at the airport, holding a Camps International board so you can't miss them!


    Our permanent and fully staffed camps are co-located with the communities with whom we work. Accommodation ranges from traditional thatched buildings to tents. All camps have clean toilets and private washing facilities (not all camps have hot water, but it is refreshing!), and all camps are designed to feel like your second home. There's nothing like chilling out at the end of the day around the camp fire, under the stars.

    Food & Beverages

    Our locally employed kitchen teams will provide you with three delicious meals a day. There's unlimited fresh drinking water and a real mix of local cuisine with some western classics to fill you up after a day of project work. Our kitchens always act as the heart of any camp and our staff work extremely hard to consistently create a great standard of food for most dietary requirements.

    Internet Access
    Sorry, no access at the project site
    What's NOT included?
    Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

    No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
    Costs (Prices in USD)
    8 weeks (min. stay)
    8 weeks (max. stay)
    Average fees

    You can volunteer at the project site in Kota Kinabalu/Malaysia between 8 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Camps International 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 Camps International during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

    Get ready to volunteer in Malaysia

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    Visa Regulations
    Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Malaysia. Please check the visa regulations for Malaysia.
    Travel Seasons
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    Living Costs
    Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Malaysia.
    Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Malaysia.

    What's next?

    The nearest airport is Kota-Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) in Kota-Kinabalu. 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.
    Vaccine Checker
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    What can you do in leisure-time in Malaysia while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
    Camp Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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