Find out what Oyster volunteers have said in these reviews of our wildlife conservation volunteering project in Borneo:


“It has been so much fun! I’ve seen a lot of wildlife, including orangutans, but no elephants yet. The work is quite tiring but very satisfying. I’ve particularly enjoyed meeting and spending time with the locals. Everyone is amazingly kind and welcoming, and it’s really incredible learning about the culture here. The food is especially good. All around it’s been great with no issues. Thank you for organising everything- I appreciate all your help!

Gemma, 2 weeks May 2019

The sun sets over the river in Borneo“There many highlights throughout the programme but the main one for me personally was seeing Orangutans in the wild for the first time. Many other highlights include the amazing people I met in Malaysia and the rainforest maintenance work as it felt so rewarding to see the end goal of setting up a replanting site.”

Saskia, 2 weeks August 2018

Wildlife in Borneo“Everyone who assisted from start to finish were extremely helpful and made it effortless. The people that I met along the way, knowing I made a difference (even if for a few days) and seeing the variety of wildlife living in their natural habitats was amazing. Be prepared to work but the rewards are well worth it. ”

Claudia, 2 weeks August 2017

Lush green rainforest in Borneo“The project was good and I am definitely missing it – but not the humidity so much. I just wanted to say a big thank you for being there and helping me out before and during the project. ”

Alanah, 2 weeks July 2017

Volunteers model their Oyster Worldwide volunteer t-shirts in Malaysia“I thought we would be lucky to see one orangutan, but we saw 12! We were lucky enough to see a female making a nest just a few metres away. It was an amazing feeling to clear a brand new site of vegetation, and to go on to plant 250 trees in that area. Thank you!”

Gemma, 2 weeks July 2016

The sun rises over the Kinabatangan River“My favourite project activity was tree planting after clearing a brand new site full of grasses and bamboo. Followed by all the hard work preparing 250 planting spots + saplings and mulch! We worked really hard as a team to get there and it was most rewarding, knowing we did this ourselves and are giving back to the world. Homestay food in particular was amazing! Tried so many dishes and never had the same dish twice. Really felt like I was embracing culture here.”

Will, 2 weeks July 2016

Volunteers eat with local families in Borneo“The tree maintenance was hard work but it was very rewarding. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the process of rehabilitation and the biodiversity in the rainforest. The project
manager is a walking encyclopedia on Borneo so I was able to learn a lot from him about the country, the culture and the environment.”

Jessica, 2 weeks July 2016

web 22“My time in Borneo was so much better than I ever imagined! We were lucky enough to see 8 orangutans, as well as as crocodiles, a wild array of birds, monitor lizards and the 6 other primates found in Sabah. The locals were so friendly and willing to teach us their ways. I especially loved learning their local dances! Amazing wildlife, the most friendly people and a community that is really developing and trying to save their rainforest and river!”

Hannah, 2 weeks April 2016

Volunteer showing her hard work replanting trees in the rainforest“It wasn’t just the appeal of seeing wild animals in their natural habitat, but for me it was all I had studied at university being put into action, and had finalised for me what work to pursue in the near future. I would definitely come back to volunteer again, especially to see the progress of the planting sites which we were involved with.”

Alexandra, 2 weeks December 2015


Donovan Currie“I loved my time abroad and I found myself just this morning thinking about what a good experience it was.
I would definitely say I miss it already.”

Donovan, 2 weeks October 2015


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