Orangutan, Elephant & Turtle Conservation

Taiping, Perak, Malaysia show on map
Coordinator | Ivy
Coordinator | Ivy
The first ever a combination of Orangutan, Elephant and Turtle Conservation Project with Malaysia Cultural Experience at one go. A unique exploration you only get here. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:


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

Malaysia is blessed with thousands of natural flora and fauna. We are fortunate to host many types of wild animals for example orangutans, elephant, sea turtle, tigers, sun bears and the list goes on. On the hand, 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 very important for the public and private sectors 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 3 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 an unforgettable experience with beautiful orangutans, sea turtles and elephant
  • 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

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 Churches, Mosques and 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 (playing with children, cleaning, painting and conservation awareness discussions) at a community centre in the afternoon

Thursday Learn how to make local handicrafts (making batik, book-marks, wood craft and baskets). 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 a very successful mangrove conservation site while also gaining an insight into the fishing village lifestyle

Saturday & Sunday Free day

2nd 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

3rd Week

Monday-Tuesday 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.

Wednesday Transfer to Elephant Project site

Thursday-Friday 8:00 am - 1:30 pm, some days end later

Your day begin on the Elephant project wherein you get involved deep into various activities of the project. Some 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. You will be required for assistance wherever the need may arise at the sanctuary.

Saturday Conclusion of the project

Details on Arrival

This project is available all year round with start date of the 1st Monday of the month. Arrival on the Sunday prior to the start date.

Pick-up from Penang International Airport 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

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 near Taiping, including palaces and museums, trekking through national parks and caves, and relaxing in the city garden of Taiping. 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.

Program Requirements

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 - 15:00

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by INVOLVE Travel

The fee include the follwoing:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Materials
  • 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: 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 family house or guesthouse depends on the project sites. The rooms accommodate 4-8 people, with a shared western-style toilet and hot water for showers.
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,899
3 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,899
Average fees
$ 633 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Taiping, Perak/Malaysia between 3 weeks and 3 weeks. 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.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Malaysia.
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 cash at arrival at the project site.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Malaysia  Taiping, Perak, Jalan Wan Rashdi

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