Malaysia Sea Turtle Conservation

Volunteer to protect Sea Turtles at the Malaysia Sea Turtle Conservation Programme

Do your bit to save turtles and conserve the marine environment by volunteering with this important Sea Turtle Conservation project!

2 to 4 weeks from £923 / US$1,015

Volunteer Sea Turtle Conservation Malaysia

Volunteers are needed at this important Sea Turtle Conservation project in Malaysia to help monitor the turtle population through snorkel surveys. You will also help conservation efforts through beach patrols to locate and move turtle nests to a safe location to protect them from poachers.

Malaysia Sea Turtle Conservation Project Overview

Join us to make a difference in Malaysia helping vital sea turtle conservation efforts!

If you have been searching for sea turtle volunteer opportunities, then look no further! Volunteers at this sea turtle conservation project help collect data on the sea turtle population in the area with snorkel surveys. You will also help conservation efforts, by helping to locate turtle nests and relocate the nest to safe hatcheries to protect them from poachers.

And all this is done surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Perhentian Islands!

This project provides an amazing volunteer experience for sea turtle conservation volunteers on a beautiful island; all whilst helping to protect these magnificent species.

Join us at this amazing volunteer opportunity in Malaysia and help protect Sea Turtles!!

Learn More About Sea Turtle Conservation!
Project Overview

The Project:The Malaysia Sea Turtle Conservation Project focuses primarily on protecting and conserving endangered green sea turtles. The project also focuses on identifying and tracking their movements with snorkle surveys. This data is vitally important for developing effect plans for sea turtle conservation efforts.

Project Location: The sea turtle conservation project is located 17km of the coast of Malaysia, in the Perhentian Islands, with beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.

Main Volunteer Activities: Volunteers help the project build their image database by taking photos of turtles during snorkel surveys. Volunteers also help with night patrols to locate nests and relocate them to the safety of the hatchery to protect them from poachers

Hours: Volunteers six days a week.

Duration:  Volunteer at this project can volunteer from 2 - 4 weeks from April - September.

Accommodation: Volunteers stay in shared dorms.

Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers at this project must be aged 18+ and be a confident swimmer.

Project History

The Malaysia Sea Turtle Conservation Project is on a quest to protect and conserve the sea turtle population in Malaysia. In order to do this it aims to better understand the turtle population to be able to make relevant management & conservation plans.

The project works in collaboration with the Malaysian Department of Fisheries to help protect the sea turtles in the Perhentian Islands.

They also work on programmes to raise environmental awareness and among the local residents and tourists in the islands.

How the project is helping
Green sea turtles are resident in the areas surrounding the project, and during nesting season, many come on to the beaches to lay eggs. The hatchlings migrate across entire oceans to feeding grounds, and are consequently at risk from many threats, from pollution, to fishing nets, poachers and coastal development. To be able to produce effective protection and conservation programmes, it is necessary to understand the population. Which is why the photo surveys and data collection on the turtles in the area is vital.
Unfortunately, poaching of turtles eggs is still a huge problem. To help protect the nest, nightly patrols are done to find nest and relocate them to a safe hatchery until they are hatched and ready to be released back to the ocean.
Why the project need volunteers

Volunteers make a huge difference by helping the project's local staff with their work including turtle surveys, nest protection and the releasing of hatchlings into the sea. The more volunteers there are at the project, the more vital work can be carried out.

Get involved and Volunteer with Sea Turtles to help vital conservation efforts!

Volunteer with Sea Turtles
Typical Volunteer Duties

Volunteers at this project work six days a week. Some of the duties you will be carrying out while at the project include:

  • Snorkeling surveys to photograph turtles in the area
  • Assisting with data management and analysis from snorkel surveys
  • Night patrols to find nests
  • Relocating nest to hatchery
  • Monitoring the hatchery
  • General duties and tasks around the project
  • Beach clean-ups
  • Assisting with making and planting 'coral pots' that are used to help regrow coral reefs.

The Malaysia Sea Turtle conservation programme only runs from April to September when the sea turtles are nesting on the islands beaches. Volunteer with Sea Turtles and make a difference for these amazing creatures!

Volunteer Accommodation

The sea turtle conservation project is located in a small village in the Perhentian Islands. Volunteers are get to enjoy their time surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the island! During your stay you will stay at 2 different volunteer accommodations.

The first is in the local village just minutes away from the beach at the 'Volunteer Turtle House'. Volunteers stay in shared dorms at the house. The house has shared bathrooms and toilets. Bedding and mosquito nest are provided at the house. The volunteer has has Wi-Fi access, so you will be able to keep in touch with those back home! 3 meals daily are provided at the house. Volunteers are responsible for keeping the house clean and tidy.

The village has some small shops where you can purchase toiletries, as well as additional snacks.

Nesting Beach Accommodation

During the week volunteers also spend a few nights at the nesting beach, where night patrols are carried out. Volunteers stay a shared room & can either use the inflatable mats or hammocks to sleep in. Mosquito nets are also provided here. Limited electricity is available at the site, only from 7pm to midnight.

Free Time
The island is a beautiful palace to explore or relax during your free time. Volunteers can spend their free time kayaking, snorkelling, getting a massage or strolling around the village! For qualified divers there are also diving opportunities on the island. Of course you can also spend your free time simply relaxing on the beach!

While alcohol is strictly prohibited in the village where the project is located, there are other beaches on the island where alcohol is available that volunteers can visit on their days off.

What’s Included
  • Return ferry from Kuala Besut to Perhentian Island
  • Accommodation in shared dorms
  • All main meals.
  • In-country support from the local staff
  • All necessary equipment and materials.
  • All necessary training by experienced staff.
  •  Project donation.
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Why do we charge a fee for volunteering?

Globalteer requests a donation from volunteers to allow us to achieve our charitable objectives and support our partner programmes. In return, Globalteer provides volunteers with an amazing, responsible and ethical volunteer experience. Ensuring that your placement is responsible as well as rewarding, safe and enjoyable takes a good deal of work.

A summary of Globalteer’s total expenditure for the last financial year is shown below:

Donations and Grants 60% – This includes a share of volunteer placement fees, grants we have secured for our projects and donations managed by Globalteer that are made by individuals and groups to our projects and partner projects.

Support Costs 29% – This includes volunteer accommodation, volunteer transport, support staff costs, travel costs and some volunteer meals.

Operational Costs 11% – Costs of running Globalteer.

What’s not included
  • Flights
  • Transfer to Kuala Besut jetty
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Onward transport at the end of your placement
How much do everyday items cost?

The official currency of Malaysia (and Malaysian Borneo) is the Ringgit. There are around 5.5 Ringgit to the pound and about 4.35 Ringgit to the US dollar. The cost of living in Malaysia is very low compared to most countries in the developed world. There is little opportunity to spend money on the island itself; but in the nearest "mainland" town of Semporna you can buy a range of goods. The costs of some typical items are:

  • Short journey by taxi - 4 to 6 Ringgit
  • Meal in a local restaurant - 3 to 8 Ringgit
  • Western food such as pizza - 24 Ringgit
  • Small bottle of water - 1.5 Ringgit
  • Can of beer - 8 to 10 Ringgit

Quick Summary of the Malaysia Sea Turtle Conservation Project

The Malaysia Sea Turtle Conservation Project focuses primarily on protecting and conserving endangered green sea turtles. The project also focuses on identifying and tracking their movements with snorkle surveys. This data is vitally important for developing effect plans for sea turtle conservation efforts.

The sea turtle conservation project is located 17km of the coast of Malaysia, in the Perhentian Islands, with beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear waters

Volunteers help the project build their image database by taking photos of turtles during snorkel surveys. Volunteers also help with night patrols to locate nests and relocate them to the safety of the hatchery to protect them from poachers

Volunteers work for 8 hours per day

Volunteer placements are year-round and for 2 to 4 weeks.

Volunteer placements are from April - September.

Volunteers stay in shared dorms at the volunteer house.

Bedding and mosquito nets are provided.

Volunteers at this project must be aged 18+ and confident swimmers.

What’s Included:

√ Ferry from Kuala Besut to Perhentian Island √ Accommodation in shared dorms √ All main meals at the project √ In-country support from the local staff. √ All necessary equipment and materials √ All necessary training by experienced staff. √ Ferry back to Kuta Besut. √ Project donation.

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