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Malaysia Islands & Jungles

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Malaysia is a paradise of lush forests, pristine beaches and tropical islands. World renowned for its diversity in wildlife and people, this incredible country offers visitors a wealth of activities and fascinating things to see and do. The result of this fantastic melting-pot of culture is a relaxed, open-minded way of life, and the Malaysian people are famous for their hospitality. If you can picture yourself living and working on a tropical island, contributing towards ground-breaking conservation research, whilst sampling the fantastic Malay cuisine, then this beautiful country is the place for you.

With Frontier’s Malaysia Islands and Jungles project you have the exciting opportunity to make significant contributions to both tropical rainforest and marine conservation. In the jungle of the Taman Negara National Park, join our tiger trail helping to contribute towards the collection of baseline data, deterring poachers and promoting the sustainable use of the rainforest. Our local guides will make trekking through the humid rainforest seem effortless while pointing out tell-tale animal tracking signs.

You will the leave the humid jungle behind you and move to the turtle conservation project where you will have the exciting opportunity to make significant contributions to turtle and marine conservation. You will live and work with other enthusiastic and energetic international volunteers to conserve and protect the turtles of the Perenthian islands. The project conducts surveys to identify individual animals for monitoring purposes in order to record nesting activity and help protect turtle nests against predationby mammals and poachers.




  • Positively contribute towards the conservation of marine and rainforest environments
  • Teach and engage with local communities about environmental issues
  • Create an array of unforgettable memories
Emergency Physical Ground Transport Hotel Meals Terrestrial Trekking Wildlife Encounter Free Time Beach Breakfast Family
Location Merapoh & Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Activities Track elusive tigers, leopards, elephants, tapirs and sun bears
Assist with anti-poaching efforts
Protect turtles and record nesting activity
Raising awareness and out reach work in local communities
Conduct field surveys of coral reefs
educate islanders about marine conservation
Transport Bus from KL for approximately £8
Accommodation Dormitory-style rooms in volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Bus station rendezvous
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


Jungle Trek

By joining the Frontier-Malaysia Islands and Jungles programme you will be supporting a dedicated team who work to keep the wildlife corridor between the Taman Negara National Park and the main mountain range in West Malaysia free from poachers by organising and running anti-poaching patrols. If snares are found then their GPS locations are recorded and the snares destroyed. You will also help monitor camera traps, which capture the movements of elusive and camouflaged animals. You will definitely find some surprising images as you check through these! You will also learn how to tracks animals from experienced and knowledgeable local guides. You will have the opportunity to explore the well known Merapoh limestone caves and teach an environmental-focused session to the local Batek people. 

Turtle Conservation

On this project you will be able to get involved with a range of activities to help protect and conserve the turtle population. These include, but are not limited to helping to collect photos of the sea turtles on nesting beaches and at sea whilst snorkeling. The information that this research gathers is vital for conservation measures as the project will be able to determine population numbers of male and female turtles, identify hotspots where conservation efforts need to be focused and also movement patterns of the turtles.


You will fly into Kuala Lumpur airport before making your own way by bus to Merapoh where you will be met by local staff. We will help you with details on how to get there yourself.

We recommend that you arrive into Kuala Lumpur the night before the project start date. Your Frontier Volunteer Coordinator can help you make any accommodation and transfer arrangements however these would be at your own cost. 


During the rainforest conservation phase of your adventure, you will be based in Merapoh and will be staying in a dormitory style volunteer house. Rooms will be single sex with 10 beds each and ensuite bathrooms. The rooms will be basic but clean, tidy and comfortable. There are also shops within walking distance of the hostel to satisfy any cravings you may have.

For the second half of your project you will be based at our volunteer guesthouse located in the beautiful Perhentian Islands. You will share a mixed-sex dormitory-style room with your fellow volunteers, fitted with its own ceiling fan. You will also share a bathroom. There is a fully equipped kitchen if you want to cook for yourself one night, and a basic but comfortable lounge for you to relax in during the evenings. WiFi is available at the staff quarters if you want to let those at home know what you’re up to, just a short 5 minute walk away.


In Merapoh you will receive a continental-style breakfast and a packed lunch to take out with you during the day. For dinner, you will be provided with a food allowance which you can spend at local restaurants. Lunch and dinner on your departure day are not included however. 

While in the Perhentian Islands you will be provided with a daily food allowance to cover all 3 meals per day. You will also have access to an unlimited supply of water to make sure you stay hydrated. This means that you have the flexibility to eat around your day’s activities.  If you want to buy treats such as milkshakes or chocolate bars you are of course welcome to, but will be responsible for covering these costs above. This is a great opportunity to sample the local delicacies, as well as supporting the local economy.

Malaysian food is heavily influenced by a variety of cultures from all over the world; the fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian, Indonesian, Thai and Arabian flavours create a symphony of aromas and exotic tastes. Most of the food will be focused on rice and noodles mixed with vegetables or meat. The multicultural community of Malaysia has many cultural differences however they are all passionate about their cuisine, creating a unique, delicious culinary style. 

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During your first week you will have the opportunity to explore Merapoh in your free time, or you may decide to just relax and recuperate after your long day trekking in the field. 

The beaches of the Perhentian Islands are spectacular - pure white sand set against clear turquoise water – a beautiful setting to relax in with a book after a long day diving. If you want to see more of the islands then there are opportunities to trek the jungle, where you are bound to see a number of species of large reptile, bugs and maybe even some wild monkeys. Or alternatively, you may decide to view the islands from afar on a kayaking day trip. 

Malaysia is brimming over with exciting and unique world heritage sites and flourishing forests ready and waiting for you to discover. After you complete your project why not discover Kuala Lumpur’s spectacular landmarks by taking a hop on hop off bus tour around the city, learn how to cook like the locals with cooking lessons or take a stroll along the canopy skywalk in a nearby national park. Other opportunities include exploring the tea plantations and refreshing mossy forests of the Cameron Highlands, or taking an eco-bike tour through Melaka or discovering your inner peace with yoga lessons along Langkawi’s spectacular beaches. 


2 weeks £ 999


The project runs from February to November and begins on Sundays.

2017 start dates:

Feb 5th, 19th

march 5th, 19th

april 2nd, 16th, 30th

may 14th, 28th

june 11th, 25th

juky 9th, 23rd

aug 6th, 20th

sep 3rd, 17th

oct 1st, 15th, 29th

nov 12th, 19th


26th February 2018 to 12th November 2018.


2 weeks + 


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Bus from KL for approximately £8
  • Project orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Kuala Lumpur (KUL)



Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.