Family Volunteering Adventure
- INVOLVE your WHOLE FAMILY in this programme
- Carry out habitat restoration at the Lower Kinabatangan floodplains where flora and fauna are abundant but threatened by diminishing habitat;
- Conduct wildlife population density data gathering under the auspices of the Sabah Government;
- Observe and appreciate the orang-utans, pygmy elephants and other endangered species, understand their life cycles and the intricate biodiversity roles;
- Work with the local community and students in conservation;
- Raise awareness on responsible living and travelling among tourists, local community and students;
- Understand the threats to habitat and wildlife and to make a personal impact, bringing positive change.
Note: Programmes are subject to change depending on community and/or school calendar.
Duration & Project Dates: 7 Days
- January – November, starts 11th of each month, ends 7 days later.
This project takes place in a little village within a beautiful wildlife sanctuary along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
You will live within the community of the village, dine with the gentle Orang Sungai or “People of the River” and wake up to the sounds of the rainforest. You will help in the restoration of wildlife habitat and contribute towards the environmental education of the local school children while on this programme.
The entry point to the Lower Kinabatangan is the quaint town of Sandakan, approximately 30 minutes by flight and 6-8 hours overland from Kota Kinabalu, state capital of Sabah. You can also get direct flights into Sandakan from Kuala Lumpur.
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Please be aware that programme and days are subject to change – this itinerary is meant as a guide only.
ARRIVAL & WELCOME
- Arrive Sandakan Airport (SDK) and transfer to dormitory-style accommodation.
- 1800 hours, meet at lobby for welcome dinner & introduction to the programme.
Day 2 – 5
- After breakfast, transfer to Project Site.
- After showing you to your accommodation, your will be given a thorough Health & Safety briefing as well as an orientation around the village.
- The project involves wildlife observation to collect important wildlife population data. Habitat restoration work involves tree-planting and maintenance activities at high priority areas. These are crucial in connecting fragmented forest in the area to encourage healthy orang-utan and pygmy elephant populations. Community and Education programmes involve interaction with the villagers and the students of the village school. Children must be mature enough to observe long moments of silence and to conduct quite observation of wildlife.
- Depart for Sepilok. Walk through the Rainforest Discovery Centre to reinforce what you have learned about the rainforest the last few days. After lunch, visit Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre where you will learn about the challenges of orang-utan rehabilitaion. After this learning session, you will head into Sandakan. Check into accommodation. Free at leisure. Try to catch the sunset from the rooftop bar.
- Check out and transfer to Sandakan Airport.
- Optional: independent travel to Kota Kinabalu or Turtle Islands