Rainforest research Volunteer project
The Malayan Rainforest Station is located near the Sungai Yu wildlife corridor which connects the two significant conservation areas of Taman Negara and the Titiwangsa Range. The rainforest here is thought to be over 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. Under the ancient canopy, there is an explosion of wildlife that calls this place home. Particularly impressive is the area’s birdlife, including colourful hornbills, trogons and bee-eaters, all busily going about their lives in the rainforest.
One of the goal of MRS is to protect the area’s wildlife from poaching, which is a problem in Malaysia’s rainforests. As a rainforest research volunteer, you will join the team on patrols, in which they search for evidence of human activities and deter poachers by their presence in the rainforest. On these treks, you will also learn to identify and record tracks left by the jungle’s giants: elephants, tigers, sun bears, tapirs and gibbons.
FROM RM200 per day
- Up to 8 Persons
- All Meals Included
- 6 – 55 Nights
- Rainforest Conservation
- Set Sundays all year
- Minimum Age 18
Project Impacts in 2019
Volunteer Project Details
A medium to high level of fitness is required for these Jungle walks. The walks are supposed to be slow to enable the guides to search for tracks and animal signs. It is advisable for you to talk to your doctor if you have health concerns and/or to train before you come to join us to ensure that you can enjoy and participate fully in this project.
There are over 70 limestone caves in the Merapoh region. The caves are fantastic – some even have rivers and Waterfalls inside! These caves are home to various animals including thousands of swifts that group together at sunset. The Batek people have also used these caves for centuries so you may spot some of their many cave drawings on your visit.
We visit these caves in order to support local ecotourism efforts and to show the government the importance and significance of saving limestone hills and its diversity from the threat of mining.
Overnight Camp in the forest
|Sun||Arrival||Briefing & Orientation||Biodiversity and |
|Mon||Conservation Trek site 1||Community work & Night market||Assistance in research project|
|Tue||Caving||Community engagement||Nocturnal Survey|
|Wed||Conservation Trek Site 2||Community engagement||Assistance in research project|
|Thur||Conservation Trek Site 3||Assistance in research project||Nocturnal Survey|
|Sat||Plogging @ Kg Merapoh||Precious Plastic & Science |
class with Malay Kids
|Sun||English class for Kids & Adults||Departure|
1 day 1 night RM200 (no caving or camping)
7 days 6 nights RM1,707
14 days 13 nights RM2,912
21 days 20 nights RM4,519
7 days 6 nights RM2,708 (approx GBP500)
14 days 13 nights RM4,367 (Approx GBP800)
21 days 20 nights RM6,558 (approx GBP1,100)
28 days 27 nights RM8,208 (approx GBP1,500)
Please note – All prices include 1 caving and camping per week unless otherwise stated
The volunteer programme package includes all daily meals:
Breakfast – We normally take breakfast in the house, cereals, toast etc. You can also try some local breakfast at the nearby food stalls.
Lunch – You will be provided with packed lunches. The packed lunches are normally traditional bread (Roti Canai), rice, with fish or chicken and some veggies. If you have any diet restrictions please inform us.
Dinner – The team normally cook and eat at home in the evenings. You will however have opportunities to eat out at both Merapoh (Monday) and Gua Musang (Thursday) night markets. You will also have the pleasure of eating a traditional Malay meal with a Malay family on Wednesday.
Camping – On Saturday you will camp out eating bamboo-cooked rice, vegetables and chicken.