INVOLVE Travel

Sea Turtle & Local Culture

Taiping, Perak, Malaysia show on map

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A unique journey joining the Turtle Conservation Project to prevent them from extinction and also a to experience true Malaysia Diverse Cultural Experience. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Turtle conservation program in the Strait of Malacca beach is one of the turtle conservations on the Peninsular Malaysia. Our program focuses on the rehabilitation of wounded turtles whether by humans, garbage or trash several turtles in the coasts are found hurt and without the ability to survive on their own. 

There are 7 species of turtles that live in the world and out of that 5 species of turtles live in the Strait of Malacca. Our program cares after 2 different species of turtles which are Hawksbill and Green turtles. There are around 10 turtles living in the centre and in a separate centre we hatch hundreds of turtle eggs to be released to the ocean when born. The purpose of this organization is not for commercial interest but to give these marine animals an opportunity to survive in a safe and healthy environment. Sea Turtles are known to have a life span up to 150 years.

Helping and conserving these turtles is our highest priority, therefore we require you to take this job as seriously as possible. Smoking or drinking any sort of liquids as well as using sunscreen or chemicals on the parts of the skin that touches the water or turtle is strictly forbidden during project hours. Participants with open injuries in their hands should not work with turtles as infections may occur. The coordinators have a lot of experience caring for these animals so we ask to follow every instruction knowing it is in the turtle"s best interest.

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 conversation site while also gaining an insight into the fishing village lifestyle 

Saturday free day
Sunday transfer to Turtle Project

2nd Week onwards
Monday - Friday
Your day begin on the project wherein you get involved deep into various activities of the project. The work on this project is physical, and the heat and humidity add extra challenging layer to this. You will be carrying out a variety of tasks including husbandry, 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.

Details on Arrival

This project is available all year round with the start date on every Monday. 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, and beach destinations, such as Pangkor Island and Langkawi Island.
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera

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
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
none
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:30

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by INVOLVE Travel
Accommodation
Meals
Transportation
Material
Donation
Operation expenditure, include salary, licensing fee, utilities, general necessity 
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.

Accommodation
The property is a typical house in Malaysia with 5 bedrooms conveniently right in the town which accommodates 18 people, additional 2 in common area. Right in the Town vicinity, walking distance 2 min to nearby restaurants, shops & Hospital; 5 min to cafe or  train station; 10 min to shopping mall & cinema, police station; 15 min to Lake Garden & Zoo.
Dorm Room Guesthouse Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
Monday - Friday breakfast & lunch, Saturday & Sunday breakfast only, 12 meals in total per week
Generally the meal is Asian typical rice and noodle being staple food. Options of vegan, vegetarian or gluten free
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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$600.00
3 weeks
$1,000.00
4 weeks
$1,400.00
5 weeks
$1,800.00
6 weeks
$2,200.00
7 weeks
$2,600.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,600.00
Average fees
$342.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Taiping, Perak/Malaysia between 2 weeks and 12 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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