Volunteer in Malaysia

As travel destinations go, Malaysia is hard to beat. With its verdant and lush rainforests, fascinating indigenous communities, and vibrant, contemporary cities, Malaysia is a destination with everything to offer its visitors and more. It is the perfect place to explore in great depth and there is something new and exciting around every corner. One week you could be helping the turtles around the Perhentian Islands, and the next you could be heading off on a Malaysia tour meeting the tribes people of the Iban! In short: Malaysia is a fascinating land, brimming with adventure.

This is what makes the opportunity to volunteer in Malaysia such a life changing prospect, and here at The Great Projects we can offer you that chance! Malaysia is home to a huge variety of wildlife, but perhaps its most famous resident is the 'man of the forest': we are, of course, talking about the orangutan! These great apes are considered critically endangered, so conservation projects are crucial to their survival as a species. As such, your help as a volunteer is invaluable. If you join a project today you could be helping towards the eventual release of these incredible animals, and your part in their rehabilitation process really will make a difference.

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Malaysia’s most famous animal inhabitant is, without a doubt, the orangutan. Humans have been fascinated by these incredible apes for centuries, and it is no wonder when you learn that we share 97% of our DNA with them. It’s not just orangutans that have a home in Malaysia though, as you could also see:

  • Elephants
  • Tigers
  • Panthers
  • Monkeys
  • Rhinos
  • Sunbears

The marine wildlife in Malaysia is also not to be missed. If you choose to dive off of the coast of the Perhentian Islands, you will come face to face with a number of sea turtle species, as well as many different tropical fish and other marine animals!


Malays, Chinese, and Indians have co-existed in Malaysia for centuries, with each culture bringing their own influence along too! Varying religions, beliefs and traditions are dotted throughout this diverse land, and some cultural points to take note of when visiting Malaysia include:

  • You should not point with your index finger, as is common in the western world as it is considered rude here. Instead, point with the thumb.
  • Try to avoid being confrontational, as the local Malaysian residents do not know how to deal with this!
  • Malaysian life is a little more laid back than what you're probably used to, so remain patient!

The Malaysian way of life is different to what you will know, so travel with an open mind and enjoy the countless new experiences just waiting to unfold!

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Malaysia is a country which is home to incredible wildlife, spectacular scenery, and some of the most advanced cities in the world, meaning you'll have no shortage of places to visit! Some of the places and things you could see whilst in the country are:

  • The Petronas Towers – These two iconic towers are 451 meters tall, and are an iconic part of Malaysia’s skyline.
  • Mount Kinabalu – This mountain prominently stands out on the island of Borneo and, at 4095 meters tall, only the bravest adventures should scale to the top!
  • Bako National Park – This is the oldest National Park in the Sarawak region, and is a fantastic place to take in the local scenery and wildlife.

Malaysia is a country which you could easily explore for months at a time, so the only question is: what do you want to see? Take part as a wildlife volunteer and view this exciting country from a totally unique perspective.

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