Eco Education volunteer project

The Perhentian Eco Education Project focuses to teach and support the islanders to care for their splendid environment whilst also offering volunteers a first-hand experience of community life in a traditional Malaysian village surrounded by turquoise seas, white sands and vibrant marine life. 

This project is perfect people looking to get involved in Eco education and for families who are looking for a cultural experience where both adults and children can learn from each other. Individuals could also benefit from the passion and childlike wander of the Eco-club members.

FROM RM1,196 per week

  •  Up to 6 Persons
  •  All Meals Included
  •  6 – 55 Nights
  •  Start any Monday from April til September.
  •  Minimum Age 5
  • Perfect for family volunteering
Perhentain eco education project litter clean up with village kids

Project Impacts in 2019

perhentian eco education project coral watch with kids

Volunteer Project Details

Eco Club Classes
Get involved in planning activities for lessons during the Eco Club classes held by the projects for both Senior and Junior members. Then, execute your activities as part of the lesson during the class! The village kids are always keen to learn something new!

Perhentian Islands Ladies Association (PILA)
In 2012, we initiated PILA to help increase the income and environmental awareness of the village ladies. Each week, the ladies host traditional ‘kuih’ (Malay traditional dessert) making sessions for visitor and tourists. Learn something new from the ladies and eat something new too! There is always room for dessert!

Coral Watch
Join the Eco club members as they assess the health of the corals that they are put in charge to protect. Snorkel and free dive to witness the beautiful underwater world at Perhentian while also learning more about the health of the corals. Done twice weekly, help the kids to collect data and learn how to differentiate corals and assess its health.

Kayak Patrol
Join Perhentian’s own village rangers kayak around the village to make sure the waters are free of trash. This activity help to reduce the probability of marine lives from ingesting plastics and other unnatural products whilst also creating awareness to other locals and tourists alike to not litter into the ocean.

Awareness Campaigns
Every week we visit the local bays and brief tourists going on snorkel tours about how they can be more eco conscious while snorkelling. This is important to reduce harm to corals and marine lives.

Precious Plastic Machine
As part of education on plastic wastes, our team also work the precious plastic machine. Through this initiative, plastic wastes of Type 2 and Type 5 are collected and made into something new. You will get to learn and go through the whole process yourself. What better way to reduce wastes!

Beach Clean Up
We have all seen the photos and videos and heard the story; a plastic straw stuck in the nose of a poor sea turtle. At our projects, we commit to weekly beach clean-ups to ensure that the beach and consequently the ocean is clean and safe for marine life. 

Volunteers will help us during our beach clean-up and will then sort the trash according to recyclable categories or non recyclable items and collect data on the clean up.

Malay Dinner
What better way to taste Malaysian food other than cooked by a local. Not only will you get to have a taste of it, you will get to have a taste of authentic Malay food at the house of one of the ladies of PILA i.e Perhentian Ladies of Association. The Malays are big on hospitality and having visitors having a meal at their house is always a great experience.

This is also the perfect time to learn more about a new culture and to educate others about your own! What a way to see the world.

Family Volunteering

This project is the perfect project for families. You and your children can get involved as much as you want or sit back and relax a bit.  We can provide private accommodation at an extra cost if required.  Family volunteering with us at the Perhentian Eco Education Project is a once in a life time opportunity. Your children get involved with the local school kids, snorkel on coral reefs and learn about and part take in active plastic recycling.
If you want to talk to other families who have volunteered with this project please feel free to ask.

MonArrivalOrientation & Water confidencefree time
TueMajor clean upMural painting & kayak patrolFree time
WedSnorkel TourCoral Watch Briefing, Senior Eco Club Lesson Planning, Coral WatchFree time
ThurSenior Eco Club Lesson Preparation Precious Plastic ProgrammeKuih-making Lessons Senior Eco ClubMalay Dinner
FriJunior Eco Club Lesson Planning Eco Club Junior ClassExplore the islandsFree time
SatJoint Beach CleanupWiremesh Bin Activities Precious Plastic ProgrammeFree time
SunDeparture or free day


DurationMalaysianNon Malaysian
1 weekRM1,196RM2,098 ($515)
2 weeksRM1,926RM3,158 ($775)
3 weeksRM2,657RM4,218 ($1,035)
4 weeksRM3,387RM5,278 ($1,295)

Start Dates

  Any Monday – April til October

Why is this project important?  The islands are home for over 2,000 people. They should be the ones who decide what happens to the islands and not tourism operators.  The PEEP project is vital to inform and inspire the villagers young and old to stand up and protect their home. 

The islands are at a vital time with mass tourism increasing each year but it still keeps its quaint charm but its carrying capacity must be near with issues with ground water and other negative consequences of mass tourism.

Join our team to educate and inspire these children for the future of the islands.


  • Volunteers will stay at the Ecoteer’s Volunteer House.
  • A house with 3 sections/rooms
  • Communal toilet/ bathroom
  • A small safe is available for passport and/or money at Ecoteer House
  • Wi-fi internet access is available at Ecoteer House
  • Shops are available in the village to purchase toiletries, snacks, drinks, veg, chicken and fruits. 
  • Main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided – either cooked at home or eaten out in the village
  • You may refill your drinking water at Ecoteer House
  • Laundry: hand wash/washing machine at the Ecoteer House/paid laundry services in the village 
  • Bedding and mosquito nets are provided 
  • We can play CDs and DVDs, but we don’t have a TV. 


Food in Perhentian is simple Malaysian dishes mixed with some Malaysian styled western foods like Burger Ramli, which are a must!

Generally for breakfast its simple toast, fruits or roti cani.  For lunch we normally eat out at restaurants and for dinner volunteers normally help cook with our team and we eat together.  Once a week you will eat a delicious dinner when you go to the home of one of the villagers. Think spicy chinese and you wont be far away.

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