Orangutan Encounters OE28 ~ Ape Malaysia
Starting at the hub of Kuala Lumpur, you will head 2 hours out of the city to work at Malacca Zoo before heading to Sabah, Borneo Malaysia. At the Zoo, you will be working with a variety of animals such as orangutans, sun bears, tigers and more, focusing on their husbandry and enrichment needs. You will work with Malaysian zookeepers to improve conditions of the animals living at the zoo via enrichment. In Sabah, you will contribute towards habitat restoration work by planting trees and maintain planting sites important for orangutans and pygmy elephants while living among the gentle Orang Sungai or 'People of the River'.
- Improve conditions of various animals in captivity through creating environment and food enrichment;
- Work alongside zookeepers to raise the quality of current enrichment and protocol standards in Malaysian zoos;
- 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.
This project begins in the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia and gateway to the rest of Asia and Southeast Asia. You will then be transfered to Zoo Melaka & Night Safari which is located approcimately 130km from Kuala Lumpur. After your stint at the zoo, you will then move on to a little village within a beautiful wildlife sanctuary along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
You will live within the community of the village, dine with the gentle Orang Sungai or "People of the River" and wake up to the sounds of the rainforest. You will help in the restoration of wildlife habitat and contribute towards the environmental education of the local school children while on this programme.
The entry point to the Lower Kinabatangan is the quaint town of Sandakan, approximately 30 minutes by flight and 6-8 hours overland from Kota Kinabalu, state capital of Sabah. You can also get direct flights into Sandakan from Kuala Lumpur.
Orangutan Encounters Volunteer Rates ~ Valid till 31st December 2017
(Rates based on per person basis)
Prices are applicable for projects between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017.
Prices are subject to change according to exchange rate fluctuations.
All prices are inclusive of 6% Goods & Services Tax which will be reflected on the invoices.
All invoicing and payment to be conducted in Malaysian Ringgit
Placement reservation fee of RM600 per person per project applies.
Cancellation fees and late payment charges apply.
Single room option at MYR1,050 per person only for Borneo portion (last 12 days).
2017 Programme Schedule
~ There are 3 airports in Kuala Lumpur which are the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport Subang (SZB). Please ensure the right airport is indicated for transfer services.
~ Airport code for both KLIA & KLIA2 are "KUL" 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 long journey and/or traffic from any of the 3 airports into the city centre takes approximately 2 hours, 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 invoiced to the agent.
Please be aware that programme and days are subject to change – this itinerary is meant as a guide only.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
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.
Accommodation is subject to change without prior notice
PROGRAMME INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
~ English-speaking programme facilitator;
~ 27 nights at designated accommodation;
~ All activities, materials, tools & equipment included in “Project Days”;
~ Meet & greet at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)/(KLIA2)/Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport Subang (SZB), Malaysia;
~ Arrival transfer from airport to city centre accommodation;
~ Induction & orientation at zoo;
~ Meet & greet at SDK airport and then transfer to Sandakan accommodation;
~ Programme introduction in Sabah and orientation in the village;
~ Visit and entrance fee to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Rainforest Discovery Centre;
~ Meal allowance & selected meals for all Project Days as indicated on itinerary / self- catering with basic cooking facilities provided;
~ Placement reservation fee of RM600 per person per programme applies.
~ Welcome dinners at Kuala Lumpur and Sepilok.
Not included :
~ Cancellation fees and late payment charges apply.
~ 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.
~ Prices valid for 2017
~ All prices are inclusive of 6% Government Sales Tax (GST)