Rainforest research Volunteer project
This rainforest research volunteer project is run by Malayan Rainforest Station and 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 and the rainforest research volunteer project 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.
The station’s first peer reviewed paper is as follows
Sighting of Petaurista petaurista on limestone hills in Merapoh, Malaysia
Closed for 2020
- Up to 8 Persons
- All Meals Included
- 6 – 55 Nights
- Rainforest Conservation
- Set Sundays all year
- Minimum Age 18
rainforest research volunteer 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.
It was a very unique experience for me. I haven’t been to the rainforest before, so it was challenging for me at the beginning, but I am glad I could meet the indigenous Batek tribe. We did a lot of jungle trekking, they thought us how to cook in bamboo, make a shelter (hayak), we have learned a lot about their culture and traditions (I wrote the whole article about Batek).
There is no other way to experience than through the project, so I think it’s 100 % worth it!
I volunteered with Fuze Ecoteer on the conservation program in Merapoh Malaysia, and it was absolutely amazing. Going into it, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve never been to Malaysia, nor had much experience with conservation work. I was interested in learning more and experiencing a new part of the world.
The Fuze Ecoteer staff were very helpful and supportive throughout the whole experience. The interns and volunteer coordinators at the project site were really knowledgable and passionate about conservation. It was as treat to experience the jungle through their eyes. Even though myself and another volunteer were there just for the week, we felt very welcomed by the staff and like we had been friends for much longer.
Some of my personal favorites from the week:
– Camping with the Batek! These women are incredible, we got to witness them building their shelter from the forest. Something I’ll remember forever.
– The Malay dinner and night markets! I love Malay food (and the evening actives that involved food 🙂 ) and interacting with the locals.
– Trekking in the forest with the group and being totally overwhelmed (in an awesome way) by the sounds, smells, sights of the jungle.
– Lastly, just taking in the views of the massive limestone rocks and caves from the back of the truck.
Merapoh is a magical spot, and Fuze does a really fantastic (and community-centric) job of showing it off. Highly recommend, feel free to email me with any questions!
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