This is a 2 week Turtle Conservation practical placement where volunteers can get involved in a meaningful conservation project in a paradise beach location.
This turtle conservation practical project aims to promote more comprehensive understanding and protection of the population of sea turtles around the beautiful tropical Perhentian Islands.
Volunteers on this placement will have the opportunity to:
Assist local government and researchers with the collection of scientific data - which is gained by snorkelling and taking photos of turtles; the scales on the flippers and the side of a green turtles face are unique to each individual. The photos are used to identify individual turtles in order to build up the turtle research photo database which is used as part of an important sea turtle conservation management plan for the islands.
Assist with clean ups and overnight beach patrols to ensure the safety of nesting turtles and their hatchlings. Volunteers also assist with taking beach photos to establish nesting patterns of these sea turtles.
Get involved with educational outreach programmes in order to create better awareness about sea turtles among residents and tourists.
Sea Turtle Identification is carried out by volunteers who snorkel and take photos of the turtles
This project is based at two locations – the village and the Turtle Beach. Volunteers follow a 3 day rota with a swap of locations.
Village: Volunteers stay in a traditional Malay house in the middle of the only village on the smaller of the Perhentian Islands (Perhentian Kecil).
Beach: Volunteers can sleep under the stars on the beach in a hammock or in a beach hut; the beach hut is very simple but sand free with air mattresses.
Turtle eggs on the beach are guarded by volunteers and placed in a safe hatchling area
Beach clean ups and overnight sea turtle hatchling patrols
1. Volunteers must be over 18 or over 16 with a parental consent form. You will need to have a positive attitude, medium fitness and willing to participate in all volunteer activities. It is also important to respect the local culture and traditions whilst living in the Malay village. Families with young children (6 and above) can participate. UK Visitors will receive a 90 day free tourist visa upon arrival.
2. Volunteers will need to provide evidence of the following vaccinations and medical tests: Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; typhoid; measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); tetanus-diphtheria
3. Volunteers will need to be able to speak English or Bahasa Malaysia to be able to communicate with the facilitator.
What does the 2 Week Placement Include?
Marine Park Fee
Return Ferry from Kuala Besut to Perhentian Islands
Mixed sex dormitory accommodation with western toilet