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Borneo wildlife volunteer project

Borneo, Malaysia
From £1095 (12 days) excluding flights
Price includes English speaking guide and all activities as per itinerary. Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult
Vouchers: accepted
2016: 21 Jul, 21 Aug, 21 Sep, 21 Oct, 21 Nov, 21 Dec
2017: 21 Jan, 21 Feb, 21 Mar, 21 Apr, 21 May, 21 Jun, 21 Jul, 21 Aug, 21 Sep, 21 Oct, 21 Nov, 21 Dec
Late avail:
Last minute availability to volunteer on this project for up-coming months, please enquire for more information!
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Borneo wildlife volunteer project

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Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

Borneo wildlife volunteer project: the story of this holiday company

I created and ran my first company whilst studying business management at university. However, I have always believed you can do a lot more in business. When I had completed my degree, I decided to invest in another industry - one that would also be able to give back, benefiting communities and wildlife. I found a volunteering company that needed help and investment. The company already had the passion and the right people but it just needed the business accruement to take it to the next level. I wanted our tourism volunteer company to provide more hands to continue the incredible projects and keep donating to communities and conservation efforts. In two years we went from 200 volunteers to 1500 volunteers per annum. Most importantly, we run our own projects that we feel are in real need. We have grown to 38 trips and last year, I am proud to say, we were been able to donate £150 000 to projects around the world and provide even more passionate volunteers.

Responsible tourism: Borneo wildlife volunteer project


Pygmy Elephant and Orangutan populations in Borneo are under threat from the deforestation of their habitat. This project is vital in reversing this trend, and allowing the species to thrive in their natural habitat once more.

As well as working on the reforestation of the area, volunteers on this project also track pygmy elephant migration patterns and observe any conflicts with humans or villages. This allows the behaviour patterns of small groups of the species to be monitored, and the more understanding of this nature gained, the easier it becomes to work effectively on avoiding such conflicts.


This project also strives to emphasise the importance of elephants to the local community, rebuilding the relationships between the indigenous people and wildlife that have become strained of late.

The reforestation work completed by volunteers will help regenerate rainforest corridors (that have been destroyed through logging) and bridge the gaps between one forest area and the other. This allows for animals to increase their habitat, and consequently population numbers. This also means that the animals are less likely to come into contact with the local people, thus i improving the relations between wildlife and the indigenous community. The work carried out by this project and its volunteers is indispensable in the fight against deforestation and threats to Borneo's incredible wildlife.

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Borneo wildlife volunteer project

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays. In addition, we don't run these holidays ourselves - our only interest is giving you the best independent advice.

5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 04 Apr 2014 by 5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There were many exciting wildlife sightings but the most memorable part of the holiday was being with Mark, the project leader, who was highly knowledgeable about the natural world as well as organising a varied and interesting programme.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

To be prepared to engage fully with all the activities arranged. A pair of binoculars would also be helpful

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It definitely supported conservation and maybe made the village more aware of the importance of their forest.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was beautifully organised and structured and a great opportunity to be part of another culture and to see wonderful wildlife. An excellent project. I will give it 5 stars but not for the reasons you have stated below.
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Are you looking for an adventurous trip with a purpose, or on a gap year or career break? If you want to make a difference in some of the world’s most important conservation areas - and in community projects - then volunteer trips are for you! Volunteers tend to have a sense of adventure, and come from a range of different backgrounds and from all over the world.
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