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Community and Reforestation Assistant

Experience life in one of the worlds oldest rainforests and work on vital reforestation projects, alongside local communities.

About the Program

Rich culture, delicious food, rare wildlife, warm people, ancient jungles and pristine beaches. The state of Sabah, may be small, but it certainly packs a punch. Live and work alongside rural communities and become part of the culture. We listen to the needs of the community to ensure that you work on projects that are really needed. Help improve the local kindergarten, secure fresh water supplies or build a new longhouse for a family in the local village. Borneo’s fragile forests are under threat from deforestation. You can become part of the solution working on our tree planting projects.

Head out into the dense jungle for a night trek with our knowledgeable guides before jumping into your hammock for a night in the jungle. Enjoy a beach BBQ 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 incredible work they do. You’ll make a measurable impact during your time in Borneo, improving the living standards of the communities that you’ll live and work alongside, becoming a global citizen 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 Program
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 Program
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 last night for a farewell dinner with your Camp Borneo team.

Day 29: Trip 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
  • Building a market
  • Working in the permaculture garden
  • Running activities and sports sessions with local children
  • Participating in environmental projects

    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
    Required Documents
    Application Form
    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

    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 a challenging trek through the jungles of Borneo to PADI scuba diving.

    Water Sports

    Included Services

    What's included?
    Food - Drinking water - Accommodation - In-country transfers - All project costs and materials - Visit to Sepilok Orangutang 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)
    2 weeks (min. stay)
    3 weeks
    4 weeks (max. stay)
    Average fees

    You can volunteer at the project site in Kota Kinabalu /Malaysia between 2 weeks and 4 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
    Find out the best time to volunteer in Malaysia and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
    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
    If you are intending to volunteer in Malaysia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Malaysia.
    What can you do in leisure-time in Malaysia while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
    Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu , Malaysia

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