Borneo Volunteer

World famous for its incredible lush rainforests, expansive beaches and unequalled, natural diversity, Borneo is an enchanting and verdant destination. With its diverse collection of flora and fauna, Borneo is also at the forefront of the responsible travel and the international volunteering revolution. No wonder - the lush, green vistas, incredible array of wildlife, and fascinating tribal cultures of this island make it one of the most interesting and visually stunning places to visit in the world.

The opportunities for volunteering holidays in Borneo are some of the best in the world, and here at The Great projects we are proud to present numerous opportunities to take part in one of our Borneo Volunteer Projects – all offering you once in a lifetime experiences! From working towards the conservation of 'the man of the forest' in the lush rainforests of Samboja Lestari, to spotting pygmy elephants and proboscis monkeys along the stunning Kinbatangan River, right through to exploring the Mulu National Park – This will be an extraordinary experience! Becoming a Borneo orangutan volunteer is not something you will forget in a hurry, so don't miss this chance to work with these great apes!

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Along with its neighbouring island Sumatra; Borneo is the only place on earth where rhinos, orangutans, and elephants all live together.The luscious rainforests provide the perfect home for over 1,400 different species of animal, and well over 10,000 species of plant, meaning the biodiversity found on the world’s 3rd largest island is second to none. Some of the animals which call Borneo home include:

  • Orangutans
  • Elephants
  • Rhino
  • Bats
  • Monkeys
  • Sun Bears

Borneo is filled to the brim with exotic wildlife, and with a new species of mammal being discovered as recently as 2003, who knows what you could see on this island paradise?


Bornean culture is varied and has been influenced by many different groups over the years. The island is split between different ethnic groups, but the largest percentage of these is the Malay. It is however the indigenous tribes who are most famous in the region. The dominant tribal groups are the Dayak, and they reside in traditional longhouses. The Dayaks are either classified as the Ibans (Sea Dayaks,) or the Bidayuh (Land Dayaks). Visit Borneo and you could be immersed in:

  • The tribal villages of the Iban, seeing the collection of skulls they have from their headhunting past.
  • The huge variety of foods on the island
  • The human history of the region, with human remains found dating back 35,000 years and various cave paintings created in around 8000bc

Borneo’s history and culture is almost as vast and varied as the animal life on the island, so it is the place to go if you want to be both fascinated and intrigued.

Popular Destinations

Borneo’s premier attraction for most is the abundance of wildlife on show, but it has so much to offer the intrepid traveller. Some of the amazing places you can visit in Borneo are:

  • The Mulu National Park – home to the largest cave passage in the world and some unique, spectacular scenery
  • Kota Kinabalu – Not only the location of the 4,095m tall Mount Kinabalu, but also some of the most crystal clear waters in the world. Perfect for diving!
  • Kuching – A vibrant and busy city, bustling with restaurants, beaches, and history for you to explore.

Borneo holidays are something that everybody should try to experience at least once in their lives. This incredible island is one of the best places in the world to visit, so let us help you plan your dream holiday right now!

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