Family Volunteering Adventure BWS07-F ~ Ape Malaysia

The programme is located within the Lower Kinabatangan Wildife Sanctuary, home to singing gibbons, orangutans, proboscis monkeys, sun bears, hornbills and the pygmy elephant as well as a host of other rarely seen wildlife. Here, you will carry out habitat restoration work by planting trees and maintain planting sites which are vital for orangutans and pygmy elephants. Your stay in the village in the sancutary and visit the homes of the gentle Orang Sungai or 'People of the River' in Sukau Village. If you manage to get them to warm up to you, you may be lucky enough to witness their ways of life and learn more about their families.

Programme Objectives

  • INVOLVE your WHOLE FAMILY in this programme
  • Carry out habitat restoration at the Lower Kinabatangan floodplains where flora and fauna are abundant but threatened by diminishing habitat;
  • Conduct wildlife population density data gathering under the auspices of the Sabah Government;
  • Observe and appreciate the orang-utans, pygmy elephants and other endangered species, understand their life cycles and the intricate biodiversity roles;
  • Work with the local community and students in conservation;
  • Raise awareness on responsible living and travelling among tourists, local community and students;
  • Understand the threats to habitat and wildlife and to make a personal impact, bringing positive change.

Note: Programmes are subject to change depending on community and/or school calendar.

Programme Details

Number of days
Programme Location(s)
Internal Flight Requirement
~ N/A ~

Expected Programme Activities

Wildlife Observation
Working With Animals
Tree Planting
Community Interaction
~ N/A ~
N/A = Not applicable. Y = definitely included unless impacted by weather / disasters / community calendar. M = may be included

Family Volunteering Adventure Volunteer

Prices are subject to change according to exchange rate fluctuations.

All invoicing and payment to be conducted in Malaysian Ringgit

Placement reservation fee of RM1500 per family per project applies.

Other Information

Minimum Pax:
Minimum Age:
Not required
Very Easy 1 2 3 4 5
6 7
8 9 10 Very Tough
Level of Supervision:
Fully supervised programme
Personal Insurance:
Copy of policy required prior to start of programme
Tuberculosis & Hepatitis. Copy of doctor's letter / vaccination record required prior to start of programme. Original to be sighted on 1st day of programme
Participants with special diets are advised to bring their own food. Children are individuals aged 8 - 13. Children and parents will share rooms.

Please Note:

Children are the sole responsibility of the parents. Please note that discipline and behaviour will affect the programme and parents are requested to ensure their children will participate in an acceptable manner.

Programme may not be suitable for children under 8 due to the long hours sitting on a narrow boat and working in the areas with lots of long grass and insects

International Flight Destination and Departure Details



Internal Flight

Arrival Time
Depart Time
No internal flight
Best if before 1600 hours
Best if after 1100 hours

~ The Sandakan Airport is not an international airport. You will have to fly via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA/KLIA2) or Kota Kinabalu

International Airport to reach Sandakan Airport (SDK).

~ Airport code for Sandakan is in airline booking systems. ACCURATE flight details (flight number, airline, departure city, time of departure and arrival) are crucial to ensure pick up at the correct time.

~ Customs and Immigration coupled with the journey and/or traffic from Sandakan airport to the dormitory takes approximately 40 minutes, sometimes more.

~ Volunteers should have the emergency numbers [+60-(0)3-7724 2272 or +60-(0)19-899 4398] handy in case they face delays in the airport such as flight postponed or missed, lost luggage, quarantine etc.

~ Kindly take note of flight changes on the actual day of the volunteer arriving in Malaysia. It is crucial that we are informed of the change in flight time as early as possible to ensure correct pick up arrangement is made. Failure to do so will result in extra charges for the additional transfer that will be arranged for the second pick up time. Extra charges for these transfers will be chargeable to the volunteer






Arrival & Welcome D Arrival at Sandakan Airport. Welcome dinner & briefing.
2 - 5
Project Days B, L, D Transfer to Project Site: Sukau. Short orientation followed by health and safety talk.
6 Depart Sukau B, L Visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilition Centre.
Depart- ure B Check out and transfer to Sandakan Airport.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner


Wildlife Population Observation

This entails cruising on the river to observe the endangered wildlife roaming the forest along the river banks. A lot of time is spent observing wildife and their habitat. This will be done from a boat cruising along the main river and its tributaries within the wildlife sanctuary.

Habitat Restoration

The most crucial activity ensuring the survival of wildlife. You will take part in tree-planting, nursery care and seedling generation, sapling maintenance, mulching, composting, clearing invasive species and tree growth data recording.

Education Programme

Half a day will be spent with school children working on conservation issues that the children deal with on a daily basis. You will be provided with a framework and the facilitator will guide you in the planning of this session

Community Development

This involves the development of a continuous project with the community of a local village. You will learn some skills requires for their daily livelihood and maybe assist them as well.

Rumble in the Jungle

As an introduction to the flora and fauna of the rainforest, you will go for a trek to understand what the rainforest traditionally offers the inhabitants in terms of medication, food & survival.

Cultural & Community Interaction

Contributing back to the community is a big part of this programme. Most lunch and dinners will be in the private homes of individual villagers. You may get to hear about their daily lives, chat with the children, learn their family structure and see how the Orang Sungai have been living off the rivers and jungles for centuries.


Not all activities will be included on your itinerary. Changes to the activities will occur subject to weather conditions, school calender, community and project requirements. Activities not listed above may also be addedd if deemed suitable / necessary by the programme coordinator.


Paganakan Dii

Dormitory. Shared warm water showers and toilets.

Sukau Greenview B&B

Village style B&B. Shared room 2 - 3 persons to a room. Ensuite showers and toilets.

Nak Hotel

Shared room 2 - 3 persons to a room. Ensuite showers and toilets.


Accommodation is subject to change without prior notice


Inclusions :

~ Conservation contribution to the project;

~ English-speaking programme facilitator;

~ 6 nights at designated accommodation;

~ All activities, materials, tools & equipment included in “Project Days”;

~ Meet & greet at Sandakan Airport (SDK), Malaysia;

~ Arrival transfer from SDK Airport to Sepilok accommodation;

~ Welcome dinner on arrival day in Sepilok;

~ Transfer from dormitory to project site accommodation.

~ Programme introduction in Sabah and orientation in the village.

~ Boat and river transfers on "Project Days".

~ Visit and entrance fees to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilition Centre.

~ Entrance fees to Rainforest Discovery Centre

~ Departure transfer to SDK Airport

~ Accommondation is shared throughout programme;

Not included :

~ International and internal airfare, camera fees, visa application/fees, drinks, private transfers, meals and accommodation when travelling independently or on Off Days, insurance, dinner on second last day of programme, personal incidentals and any item not stated in the list above.

One more thing:

~ Cancellation fees and late payment charges apply..

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