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RAINFOREST CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE

This is a rainforest conservation experience to remember!

Rainforest conservation experienceGo Jungle Trekking for Conservation in one of the Oldest Rainforest Ecosystems, next to Taman Negara. Poaching plays a large part in the demise of Malaysian wildlife.  So you will help reduce this by taking part in anti-poaching patrols in the Sungai Yu wildlife corridor. It connects the national park Taman Negara and the Titiwangsa range. The regular jungle patrols track clues of human activities in the forest. You will also look for animal tracks, such as pugmarks or scratch marks from elephants, tigers, sun bears, tapir, gibbons and more. The conservation team record this data using GPS. Thus giving an insight into how successful the wildlife corridor is.

Learn jungle skills with an aboriginal tribe

During your rainforest conservation experience, you will also have the incredible opportunity to learn bushcraft. Uniquely, you will go foraging and camping with the Bateq tribe. This aborinal forest tribe have called the rainforest their home for centuries. Sadly, their forests are being cleared for plantations. So this project helps them gain an income using their traditional forest skills.

Finally, you will explore the Limestone Caves, which still have species yet to be documented. The caves are under constant threat of by human activity. So showcasing their value in tourism prevents this crucial habitat from being destroyed.

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RAINFOREST CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE: TRACK AND PROTECT WILDLIFE, LEARN SURVIVAL WITH THE BATEQ TRIBE AND GO CAVING IN THE JUNGLE.

FROM RM 2,332  or  £439* 

• INCLUDES ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND ALL ACTIVITIES with Staff Supervision.
• MINIMUM AGE: 18 and above
• DURATION:  1 to 4 weeks
• OPERATION: All year round 

Rainforest trekking

Experience trekking through the Malaysian rainforest filled with spectacular and unique sight, smell and sounds. Assist the project staff with spotting any signs of animals or poaching activities. Here, you will also learn how to log the GPS coordinates of any pug marks, snares, land clearings or roadkill found.

Treks are usually 4-5 hours long depending on the group’s fitness and the route chosen. While the humidity and inevitable encounters with leeches are not for the faint-hearted, this is an unforgettable adventure!

Bateq tribal woman

Go Caving

The area is surrounded by a myriad of uniquely formed limestone caves with large internal structures and carvings, and some even have waterfalls and rivers inside. Volunteers will explore these caves and also get an opportunity to meet its inhabitants such as bats, swiftlets, etc. 

Other Activities 

There are plenty of other project activities to keep you busy during the week! You will conduct nocturnal surveys, help with English classes in the local village, play football with the Bateq children and explore the night market to try delicious local Malay food. 

A full itinerary will be given to you upon arrival. Further details about getting to the project base will be given during booking.

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Meet the Orang Asli

You will get the opportunity to meet the Local ‘Orang Asli’ (Malay for ‘original people’) who are from the Bateq tribe. The Bateq people are an indigenous ethnic group found in Peninsular Malaysia who have long lived within its rainforests for generations. Volunteers will learn bushcraft skills from the Bateq and will also get the opportunity to camp with the Bateq elders in the rainforest, a truly unique experience!

If you volunteer for 2 weeks or more, you will assist the project staff with teaching the Bateq kids basic Maths, English and Science. As well as being great fun, these learning sessions serve an important function since the Bateq kids do not attend the local school. 

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START DATES:

All arrivals and departures are on Sunday. Start dates are available every two weeks from Sunday 20th January until Sunday 8th December.

MINIMUM AGE FOR THIS PROJECT: 18 years

AVERAGE GROUP SIZE: 4-8 volunteers

*MALAYSIAN VOLUNTEERS WILL RECEIVE 30% DISCOUNT ON THEIR BOOKING.

Amazing bush skills of Bateq women

PRICING FOR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS - DISCOUNTED 2020 PRICES

3 Weeks
RM6,558

Equivalent to:

£1,207*

€1,405*

$1,588*

4 Weeks
RM8,208

Equivalent to:

£1,510*

€1,758*

$1,987*

All prices are in Rm Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), so please use the currency converter to know the exact price in your own currency.

Exchange Rate

Exchange Rate: MYR

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Accommodation

Your accommodation will be at our new house in Merapoh. This is a comfortable house with a chill area, office, communal kitchen and shared room with bunk beds.

In Malaysia, it is not so common to have hot water supplied (on tap),  as it is generally very hot anyway. So the lukewarm shower will help to cool you down. The cooking facilities will be basic, but adequate.

Food

Breakfast tends to be simple; for instance bread, coffee or tea, and peanut butter or jam. Lunch and dinner is usually cooked at the project house. Or, if volunteers go trekking, a packed lunch is usually prepared by a local restaurant. Feel free to use our weekly shopping supplies to create a tasty meal for yourself. Or, if you feel like trying some traditional Malay dishes, you are welcome to explore some of the delicious local restaurants.

Staying with other volunteers means everyone take turns to prepare dinner once a week and all pitch in to clean afterwards to keep the accommodation nice and tidy! Our volunteers come from around the world, so this is also a great opportunity to cook and sample cuisine from different countries. For a true taste of Malaysian cooking, the project also hosts a weekly Malay meal with a local family; a truly unique experience to try authentic dishes and learn about the Malaysian culture. Lastly, volunteers will go to the local night market once or twice a week to sample more local delicacies.

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Ecoteer Malayan Rainforest food

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Successes to date…

Poaching is one of the biggest threat to wildlife, and it still persists in this area, so continuous conservation efforts are needed. With this in mind, the Malayan Research Station (MRS) was established under the mothership Fuze Ecoteer to focus on research and conservation by conducting regular anti-poaching patrols and collecting field data to understand species density and movement within the Sungai Yu wildlife corridor. MRS also liaises with PERHILITAN and other international and local conservation organisations to reduce poaching in the area, and recruit interns and host university students.

Currently, MRS is split into two projects – The Malayan Research & Conservation (MRC) and the Malayan Community Project (MCP) – to establish research credibility and allow for more focused initiatives in wildlife conservation and community empowerment.

Conservation career

In 2018, the project achieved the following:

Conservation: 144+km of the rainforest patrolled on foot. Conservation: 310+km of the rainforest patrolled using a vehicle.Conservation: 143 animal signs observed and recorded during patrols.RM 23,360 spent on the Local Community, i.e. hiring Bateq guides, hosting Malay dinner etc. Provided a stable income source for the Bateq via guided tours, promoting handicrafts to tourists etc.

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