Summary

Voluntary work project at a orangutan and wildlife rescue centre in Borneo.

Project location

Near Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

Length of project

2 – 4 weeks

Group/individual basis

You will travel as an individual, but join a group of other volunteers from around the world.

Support

Help and advice from our UK office throughout. Local support from nominated staff member at the project.

Includes

  • Orangutan conservation volunteering programme
  • Pre-departure information covering work issues and advice about life in Malaysian Borneo
  • Accommodation throughout the project
  • Meals or food budget
  • Airport transfers
  • Project transfers
  • Donation to the project
  • Full orientation and induction before you begin

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Any home country transport (eg. taxis and buses)
  • Personal expenditure

Accommodation

Shared rooms with good kitchen facilities, shared western toilets and showers in purpose built accommodation and guest houses. This is fairly basic, but comfortable. Expect to share a room.

Travel arrangements

Fly to Kuching (KCH). You will be collected from the airport and transferred to your accommodation. Return to the airport included.

Pre-departure Information

You will receive thorough information on your My Oyster account covering project expectations, preparation, health and safety, responsible travel and arrival arrangements at least 4 weeks before departure.

Medical

Vaccinations may be required. We recommend that you visit your Doctor or Travel Nurse as soon as possible to discuss what you might need to have.
Please be aware that Oyster staff are not able to give advice on your medical background or the type of vaccinations that you might need.
You can get useful medical advice relating to your destination on the ‘Fit For Travel’ website – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/.

You must inform Oyster of any pre-existing physical or mental health conditions. Oyster staff may ask for you to provide a letter from your Doctor before continuing with your booking.

Insurance

You must take out a full travel insurance policy as soon as you can before departure. This must cover you for personal accident, medical, cancellation, emergency evacuation, lost luggage etc. We strongly recommend that you organise your travel insurance upon booking your place. We can introduce a policy with Global Travel Insurance to UK citizens, details of which can be found in your My Oyster account, once you have completed your booking. If you are not eligible for this insurance, please read through it to have an idea of what you need to be covered for.

Any risk factors

Working alongside wild animals is not risk free and you will be taught various safety points on arrival. Always follow advice. You will probably be asked to cut food or vegetation with sharp knives. Take the usual precautions. You will have one member of staff per group of up to 16 volunteers.

Take sensible precautions to protect yourself from petty crime. Avoid carrying valuables and take particular care of your passport. Take care when using your card at ATMs as credit card fraud is growing.

Face masks are to be worn at all times when in close proximity to the orangutans and gibbons, to help prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases. There are wild orangutans that live nearby, so do not go out into the dark alone at night time.

Other potential risks include poorer road safety and sunburn. Our pre-departure advice covers staying safe and making wise choices. There is risk of infectious disease, so appropriate vaccination is essential.

Downtime

Participants will be able to travel independently during their time off, as long as they accept that they will be outside Oyster’s jurisdiction, make appropriate insurance provision and inform others. It is important to let staff know when you are due to return and keep them updated if your plans change.

Accessibility

This project could accommodate those with minor physical disabilities. Please discuss with destination manager before booking.

Financial Security

When you book with Oyster you can rest assured that your money will be protected and you will not be stranded abroad in the very unlikely event that our company becomes insolvent.  If your booking includes a flight arranged by us, your whole trip will be subject to ATOL protection.  If we have not booked your flight then your trip will be just as safe, since it will be insured through International Passenger Protection Ltd.