The exotic and multicultural island of Borneo is a true gem of southeast Asia, offering you an unforgettable and authentic experience well away from the backpacker trail. From ancient rainforests and snow-capped mountains to perfect tropical islands, the natural beauty and diversity of this island will leave you in awe. Borneo’s rainforests are the oldest in the world and home to a staggering diversity of exotic plants and animals, not least of which is Asia’s only great ape; the majestic and highly endangered orangutan.
Volunteering in Borneo is an incredible experience. You’ll be living and working alongside local people on a wide range of initiatives designed to help improve living standards within their community. All of our projects are based in the Malaysian state of Sabah, which has the highest rate of poverty throughout Malaysia. Many of the rural people we work with are living in poverty and don’t have access to clean, reliable water. More than 20% of Sabah children have never attended school due to lack of proper primary education facilities, and the traditions and cultures of rural communities are being eroded at an alarming rate. You will work on several different projects during your time with us, giving you the chance to benefit more than one area and to immerse you in the amazing culture and traditions of the people you encounter.
Our environmental and wildlife conservation projects are equally important to us, so you’ll also help protect fragile habitats for the benefit of the incredible wildlife that you’ll see. You’ll work in the heart of virgin rainforest to help protect the staggering number of endangered and threatened animals that live here, such as orangutans, proboscis monkeys (and 8 other species of monkey) and pigmy elephants. You’ll also get the chance to visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary to see these amazing animals up close; undoubtedly one of the perks of volunteering in Borneo!
If a Borneo gap year leaves you wanting more, why not add on our one-month Camp Cambodia programme as well for the ultimate Asia volunteer experience.
And if that isn’t enough to keep you busy, you can add an adventure activity to your volunteer programme. Ever fancied learning to scuba dive in idyllic tropical waters? Or maybe climb the tallest mountain in South East Asia? Well now’s your chance! So, what are you waiting for...
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What Will I Do?
Work on a wide range of sustainable community projects within a large village in Borneo. Be part of the community as you learn traditional crafts, songs and dances.
Activity-packed projects on an idyllic tropical island. Improve living and education standards for the islanders and help protect endangered marine turtles.
Help protect an important part of Borneo’s famous jungle and support orangutan conservation. Work on reforesting damaged parts of the jungle and monitor wildlife.
Camp Tinangol is close to the community and comprises two beautifully crafted traditional longhouses, allowing you to become immersed in the local culture and traditions.
Where Will I Stay?
Tinangol was our first ever camp in Asia and so has a special place in all of our hearts. The camp has changed a lot since those early days.
Camp Mantanani is a stunning tropical island with white sand beaches and blue lagoons. As they say, pictures paint a thousand words...
Camp Bongkud is a large camp made up of traditional style longhouses, in a very central location near the local town.
Batu Puteh is about getting back to nature! The camp is a community run eco-tourism and jungle restoration project where you’ll live alongside orangutans and elephants.