Perhentian Island Community Project

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Perhentian Island Community Project

from £250
Duration: from 1 week to 3 months
Countries: Malaysia
Assist in school clubs, create environmental awareness campaign, recycling competition and learn about the Malay culture on the amazing Perhentian Islands.
Summary

Perhentian Island Community Project

Volunteer in Malaysia and discover the beautiful Perhentian Islands and experience first-hand the life of the villagers. Through community tourism, environmental awareness and environmental activities the Ecoteer House volunteer project is aiming to inspire the villagers to care for their island environment and at the same time allow volunteers to have a valuable cultural exchange. Volunteer in Malaysia and help inspire this island community.

The Ecoteer House volunteer in Malaysia project is located in the middle of a Malaysian village on the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. The house is open to the village children in the afternoon and volunteers play games with them, football, puzzles, Frisbee, snorkel and conduct beach cleans. On Tuesdays you can help with the Eco-snorkeling Club where volunteers teach the children the do’s and don’ts whilst snorkeling, Wednesdays we host a 2 hour English tutorial for the year 5 & 6 children and on Friday mornings, volunteers teach years 2 to 4 about an environmental topic during the Environmental Club.

In 2012, Ecoteer initiated the Perhentian Island Ladies Association (PILA) to help increase the income and environmental awareness of the village ladies. The association has created full time jobs for the ladies at the PILA Bakery where bread and cakes are supplied to various resorts around the islands. Once a week the entire group of ladies gather to host traditional Malaysian cake (kuih) making session for volunteers and tourists to join in. This gives a good opportunity for volunteers to interact with the villagers, learn about the Malaysian culture and gives a new form of income for the ladies.

Volunteers usually spend their mornings on house painting/ mural painting, snorkelling, lesson planning for the school clubs or conducting beach cleans. Lunch is normally at a local village restaurant and then the afternoons are spent doing various DIY jobs, gardening, composting, running school clubs or managing the Recycling competition. In the evenings we cook communally or dine in one of the local food stalls. Twice a week volunteers will get the chance to eat dinner at one of the villager’s homes and experience a true Malaysian Dinner. Sundays are off days for volunteers where they could choose to have a dive or just relax at one of the picture postcard beaches dotted around the islands.

This volunteer in Malaysia project is truly unique as volunteers will get to experience the beach and sea of the islands as well as the culture of the villagers. This is a true island conservation & community experience that shouldn’t be missed.


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Price details:

from £250

Cost

1 week - MYR 1,350 (approx. GBP200)
2 weeks - MYR 2,200 (approx. GBP300)
3 weeks - MYR 3,000 (approx. GBP500)
4 weeks - MYR 3,600 (approx. GBP600)
MYR – Malaysian Ringgit/ GBP – British Pound

Includes: Return boat transfer from Kuala Besut
3 meals per day
Dorm accommodation
1 weekly snorkel tour
1 weekly kuih making session
1 weekly Malay Dinner
Volunteer activities

Excludes:
Travel insurance
Flight fares

Activities

School Clubs
Conduct English, Environmental and Eco-snorkeling clubs with the school children from the local school. Help to prepare the fun educational activities and help the Ecoteer staff lead these exciting sessions. the village kids are definitely fun to be with!

PILA
In 2012 Ecoteer initiated the Perhentian Islands Ladies Association (PILA) to help increase the income and environmental awareness of the village ladies. Each week the ladies host traditional ‘kuih’ (snacks & cakes) making sessions for volunteers and tourists. Help to increase the income for these ladies by encouraging more tourists to join by giving talks around resorts.

Snorkelling
Each week you will go on a snorkel tour, you will see turtles, sharks and beautiful coral reefs and fish. What better way to end a hard but satisfying day of volunteering by snorkelling in turquoise waters in search for Nemo and his friends.

Composting & Recycling
Ecoteer have introduced composting in the village and a recycling competition at the local primary school. Join in these sessions daily to help reduce the litter issue on the island.

Malay Dinner
Enjoy the best food of your life. The village ladies will welcome you to their homes to share a traditional Malay dinner with their families. What better way to learn about their way of life than to share a delicious dinner with their family.

Occasionally volunteers will be involved in small construction projects such as mural painting, creating recycling bins, redecorate the school etc.

Travel Dates

2016: Every Monday starting from from 16th Feb – 29th Nov 2016
2017: Every Monday starting from 20th Feb – 26th Nov 2017

Photos

Photo Gallery

Preparing for the turtle awareness talk

Preparing for the turtle awareness talk

Volunteers at the jetty

Volunteers at the jetty

Perhentian Island village beach

Perhentian Island village beach

Jetty jumping with the kids

Jetty jumping with the kids

Learning how to make Malay cakes

Learning how to make Malay cakes

Preparing for snorkle tour

Preparing for snorkle tour

Village beach

Village beach

Teaching the children at the English club

Teaching the children at the English club

Children form the English club

Children form the English club

Teaching the children about oral hygiene

Teaching the children about oral hygiene

Organizing the adult cooking classes

Organizing the adult cooking classes

Children from the Environmental club in one of the activities

Children from the Environmental club in one of the activities

A tile mosaic made by volunteers

A tile mosaic made by volunteers

Volunteers with their mural painting for the local school

Volunteers with their mural painting for the local school

Having a meal with the villagers during Aidilfitri

Having a meal with the villagers during Aidilfitri

Children learning some dance moves

Children learning some dance moves

Volunteers managing the herb garden

Volunteers managing the herb garden

Beach clean at Pulau Rawa with eco snorkel club

Beach clean at Pulau Rawa with eco snorkel club

Recycling competition - separating the trash

Recycling competition - separating the trash

Volunteers making malay traditional cakes

Volunteers making malay traditional cakes

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