What can be better than staying on a beautiful tropical island, and at the same time helping to protect sea turtles through beach patrols and snorkeling sessions? It’s no wonder that this is our most popular volunteering activity. The Perhentian Turtle project has been well-established and is fully integrated with a community project to help the local fishing village transition to sustainable tourism. So, you will be able to interact with a diverse group of people during this amazing volunteering stint.
You will be in a team helping to collect underwater images of individual sea turtles for the project database. Apart from this day job, you will patrol the beaches where turtles are nesting at night, to deter any poachers and collect the eggs for the hatchery, in cooperation with the local Fisheries Department of Terengganu State. You may also be working with the community team who help with the teaching of the local school kids and other activities, such as awareness campaigns and beach cleans. You will meet the villagers, for a traditional Malay meal at their home or during other community activities.
Don’t worry, there will be chill time in your packed schedule, with either mornings or afternoons off.