The Perhentian Eco Education Volunteer 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.
Who should volunteer?
This volunteer project is perfect people looking to get involved in Eco- education. Moreover, it is perfect for families who are looking for a cultural experience where both adults and children can learn from each other. Other than that, individuals could also benefit from the passion and childlike wander of the Eco-club members.
Eco Education volunteer Project Impacts in 2019
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. Consequently, you will get to learn something new from the ladies. Look forward to eating something new too! There is always room for dessert!
Join the Eco club members as they assess the health of the corals in which they protect. Snorkel and free dive to witness the beautiful underwater world at Perhentian. wOther than that, learn 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.
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. Subsequently, it also creates awareness to other locals and tourists alike to not litter into the ocean.
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 because it allows the reduction of harm done 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.
What better way to taste Malaysian food other than cooked by a local. 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 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.
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.
Why should my family volunteer here?
Family volunteering with us at the Perhentian Eco Education Project is a once in a life time opportunity. Your children will get to be 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.
|Tue||Major clean up||Free time|
|Wed||Snorkel Tour||Free time|
|Thur||Senior Eco Club Lesson Preparation|
Precious Plastic Programme
|Fri||Junior Eco Club Lesson Planning|
Eco Club Junior Class
|Explore the islands||Free time|
|Sat||Joint Beach Cleanup||Free time|
|Sun||Departure or free day|
|1 week||RM1,196||RM2,098 ($515)|
|2 weeks||RM1,926||RM3,158 ($775)|
|3 weeks||RM2,657||RM4,218 ($1,035)|
|4 weeks||RM3,387||RM5,278 ($1,295)|
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. That is why PEEP is vital to inform and inspire the villagers, young and old, to stand up and protect their home.
What is the problem?
The islands are at a vital time with mass tourism increasing each year. It is still able to keep its quaint charm. However, its carrying capacity must be near as we can observe issues with ground water and other negative consequences of mass tourism cropping up.
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 canai. Next, for lunch, we normally eat out at restaurants. Lastly, 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. This is the time for you to experience authentic Malay cooking and ask as many questions as you’d like.
Overall I had such a great time during this project. It really is a unique, interesting experience that I’m glad I was able to be a part of.
Is it impactful to the local kids?
It was really amazing to see Ecoteer’s impact on the lives of people living in the village, including bringing up the younger generation to continue contributing to the cause.
I saw this especially during the school recycling competition, where the kids brought in massive bags of recyclable items. It was hectic, noisy and complete chaos but at the same time, it taught an important lesson that I hope they understand. I also enjoyed using the Precious Plastic Machine to make necklaces out of recycled plastics and playing with the kids when they came to the community house.
How was the staff?
I was very grateful to the whole team for making me feel welcome and supporting me throughout the experience. I learnt a lot throughout this experience, particularly about coral conservation and a little bit about Malaysian culture that I was previously unaware of. I learnt some valuable lessons and I hope I can educate other people about them as well.