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Experience The Goodness Of Living Amidst Nature in Malaysia

Gap Year Volunteering Programs in Malaysia
From £918
Duration 12 - 14 Days
From £918
Duration 12 - 14 Days
Spend your gap year in Malaysia and dedicate a couple of weeks for restoring the natural habitat of the sun bears, pygmy elephants, and other animals.

The Southeast Asian country covering the Malay Peninsula and the northern part of the Borneo Island, Malaysia is known for its beaches, rainforests, and a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. A perfect destination for volunteers, backpackers, and gap year travellers, Malaysia is visited by a huge chunk of millennials every year, who travel not only to explore the country, but also to contribute towards the conservation of the flora & fauna of the country.


  • Wildlife Conservation Programs that’ll let you experience the goodness of living amidst the wilderness
  • Minimum age to join a program is 18 years and above
  • Short-term programs (up to maximum 2 weeks) that would suit everyone’s needs
  • Perfectly customisable options for students joining in groups
  • Immense international work exposure and first-hand learning experience
  • Learn more about the animals, their lives and how to conserve their natural habitat
  • Explore the picturesque destination of Sabah in Borneo and make the most of your weekend
  • Certificate of completion after the program ends


The programs in Malaysia are Short-Term volunteering projects, meant for those who have a time crunch. It’ll be best suited for high school students looking for an in-depth animal conservation experience as well as for gap year travellers who are keen on exploring this part of the world. To say the least, the programs are designed in order to provide you with an enriching travel & volunteer experience.

Sun Bear Conservation Program – As a volunteer, you’ll be working in the conversation center which currently has 2 bear houses that are housing 28 bears. You will need to get down and dirty taking care of the smallest bears in the world, working to clean their dens and creating environmental and food enrichment. In addition to enriching the sun bears living condition, you will learn about sun bears in the stages of rehabilitation and the process of releasing them back into the wild.

Borneo Wildlife Experience – In a span of 12 days, live amidst the mysterious Borneo Rainforests and work at the region located along the Lower Kinabatangan River. The main part of the project will be in Sukau village and you will live among the gentle Orang Sungai or ‘People of the River’ learning their ways of life and joining them in their homes for meals. Being a volunteer, you will contribute significantly towards habitat restoration work by planting trees and maintain planting sites important for orangutans and pygmy elephants.

What's Included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • 24/7 In-country coordinators
  • Program Orientation
Experience Volunteering
Region Asia
Country Malaysia

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