Established in 1989, Frontier places travelers on great projects that provide sustainable livelihoods for local communities. Frontier is a nonprofit conservation and development organization with more than 400 programs in 60 countries. Its goal is to inspire travelers of all ages to make their trips meaningful while safeguarding biodiversity. Frontier is an innovator in creating quality volunteer programs, ranging from community development, educational, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, to humanitarian aid, and research and conservation.
Travel a tiger trail and take part in turtle conservation on an exciting conservation program with Frontier in Malaysia. With its lush forests, pristine beaches, and tropical islands, Malaysia is a melting pot of diversity in wildlife and people. You’ll enjoy the relaxed, open-minded way of life the Malaysian people experience, and be welcomed by their famous hospitality when you sign up for this project, making significant contributions to the sustainable use of the tropical rainforests and marine life.
Join Frontier guides in the jungle of the Taman Negara National Park, looking for animal tracking signs on the “Tiger Trail,” a wildlife corridor between the park and the main mountain range. Your observations will contribute toward the collection of baseline data and help to deter poachers. You may even see the elusive tigers, leopards, elephants, tapirs, and sun bears that live in the rainforests of Merapoh.
Then, leave the jungle behind and travel to the coast where you’ll volunteer to conserve and protect sea turtles of the Perhentian Islands. This work is vital, as you conduct surveys to identify individual animals for monitoring purposes, record nesting activity, and help protect turtle nests from human poachers and other predators. You’ll also conduct field surveys of coral reefs and educate islanders about marine conservation.
Accommodation is included in this program, as well as project orientation and training. In-country support is available 24/7. While in the rainforest, you’ll stay in a dormitory-style volunteer house in same-gender rooms. Shops are within walking distance of the hostel. You’ll have continental breakfast, packed lunch, and be able to enjoy dinner out on a food allowance.
The second part of your placement is spent at a volunteer guesthouse with mixed-gender dorms. There is a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms, comfortable lounge, and wifi in the staff quarters. Meals are covered with a food allowance. The cost of this program is $1,745 for two weeks, with dates available from February to November. Learn more and sign up here!
Help care for and conserve beautiful wild animals, including the enigmatic orangutan, on the Borneo Orangutan Encounter with Frontier. You’ll start your journey with the Malaysian Zoological Society in the busy city of Kuala Lumpur, volunteering as a zoo assistant. There, you’ll help with the feeding and care of the animals at the zoo, clean and help maintain enclosures, and create enrichment activities. Situated on 110 acres, the zoo is home to more than 5,400 mammals, birds, amphibians, fish, and reptiles. As a volunteer, you will help it with its long-term mission to become a world-class zoo.
Next, you’ll fly into Borneo, where the diversity of the wildlife in Sabah includes species like sun bears, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, and the Bornean rhinoceros. You’ll visit an orangutan orphanage and rehabilitation center, and then trek into the heart of Borneo’s rainforest for an introduction to local tribal culture in the Orang Sungai village. In Sabah, you’ll participate in community development activities and a reforestation project. You’ll also collect important wildlife population data from the Kinabatangan River, with an emphasis on orangutans and pygmy elephants.
You’ll stay in a guest house in Kuala Lumpur during the first phase of your expedition, and use a food allowance to sample traditional cuisine at the city’s restaurants and food stalls. During the second phase of the program, in the Borneo rainforest, you’ll stay at a longhouse or a basic, locally-operated B&B in the village.
While you’re in-country, take time to explore the world’s oldest rainforests, climb majestic mountains, and discover hidden beaches. Other opportunities include taking a hop-on, hop-off bus tour around the city, learning how to cook, or taking a stroll along the canopy skywalk in a national park. Duration of this program is 28 days and the fee is $2,645. Learn more and apply here!
Learn how to track the elusive Malaysia tiger and help contribute to the conservation and protection of this iconic animal from poaching. Frontier’s Malaysia Tiger Conservation program places you in a remote rainforest in Merapoh with indigenous communities, tracking tigers, leopards, elephants, tapirs, and sun bears. You’ll help with anti-poaching efforts, use camera traps, and even help to teach English for a day.
This project aims to reduce the threat of poaching and human impact on the wildlife corridor between the Taman Negara National Park and the main mountain range in West Malaysia. Your presence in the forest is a deterrent to poachers and ensures the animals have a safe environment to live and breed. With some luck, you’ll be within viewing distance of some of the world’s most exotic and beautiful animals.
You’ll collect important data on the range and movement of different species, identifying animal tracks and other vital signs. If you find snares on your hikes, you’ll record their GPS locations and help to destroy the snares. You’ll also monitor camera traps, capturing the movements of camouflaged animals.
While on this expedition, you’ll spend half a day exploring some of the limestone caves in the Merapoh region, some of which contain underground rivers and waterfalls, while others display drawings by the people who lived centuries before. In the caves, you might see swiftlets, bats, snakes, and invertebrates. Another day will be spent teaching conversational English to the people of the local village, Batek, focusing on environmental topics.
You’ll arrive in Kuala Lumpur and stay in a dormitory-style volunteer house with same-gender bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Nearby, you’ll find shops and more within easy walking distance. You’ll have continental breakfast, packed lunch, and be able to enjoy dinner out on a food allowance. Recreational activities include exploring the tea plantations and lush forests of the Cameron Highlands or taking an eco-bike tour through Melaka. Find inner peace with yoga lessons along Langkawi’s serene beaches, or stroll around the city and sightsee local landmarks and temples. Program fees are $795 for eight days. Click here to learn more and to register!