Ecoteer House : Community & Conservation Project - Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu Malaysia
Volunteer at Ecoteer House in the tropical island paradise of the Perhentian Islands and you can get involved with the community and teach the children at the number one beach location in Malaysia, as named by CNN in 2013. Ranking 13th in the entire world, these beaches are well worth a visit and deserve to be maintained for future generations to enjoy. Through community tourism, environmental awareness and community interaction, the Ecoteer House aims to teach and support the islanders to care for their islands whilst offering volunteers first-hand experience of community life in a traditional Malaysian village surrounded by turquoise seas, white sands and vibrant marine life.
Your typical day at Ecoteer House might start with house or mural painting, eco snorkel briefings for tourists, lesson planning for our 3 weekly School Clubs or conducting a beach clean. In the afternoons are normally spent leading school clubs, doing various DIY jobs, composting or managing the Recycling Competition. The School Clubs include Roots and Shoots clubs and english lessons for ages 6 to 10 years old. Generally 10 to 20 children will turn out for our informal lessons. Our doors are open each afternoon for children to drop in and learn with our volunteers. There are plenty of ways to use your own skills and creativity to have fun whilst educating these kids and no teaching experience is required – just enthusiasm and a sense of humour!
Ecoteer House initiatives are not just for children; in 2012 we instigated the Perhentian Island Ladies Association (PILA) to engage local women in Community tourism whilst helping them to support themselves financially. The newly opened PILA restaurant offers full-time employment to 6 previous house wifes who now cook amazing food. Each week the ladies assemble to host a ‘Kuih’ making session (a traditional Malaysian cake), open to tourists and volunteers. This is a fun and informative cultural exchange and provides the members of PILA with a much needed income boost.
Food is an important part of Malaysian culture and you will be able to sample various delicacies at local restaurants and food stalls in addition to sharing some communal cooking and dining with fellow volunteers. For a true taste of Malaysian cooking you will enjoy one meals per week with a local family who will welcome you into their home.
If you love the sea but are looking for something to connect you with the people who call the Perhentian Islands their home then this project is for you. You can engage with the locals, contribute to teaching the children, work and play hard with the kids and soak up your idyllic surroundings; on your day off you might go diving, explore the islands or simply relax on one of the magnificent beaches. What are you waiting for?
Ecoteer House : Community & Conservation Project Fee
Min Duration of 2 weeks
2 weeks MYR 3,105 Approx GBP621
3 weeks MYR 3,910 Approx GBP782
4 weeks MYR 4,313 Approx GBP863
* MYR – Ringgit Malaysia
** Price includes 6% GST Government Tax
1 week MYR 800
2 weeks MYR 1,755
3 weeks MYR 2,210
4 weeks MYR 2,600
Marine park fee
Return Ferry from Kuala Besut to Perhentian Islands
Minimum 3 overnight turtle watches per week.
Daily Photo ID sessions with our researchers
Mixed sex Dormitory accommodation with western toilet.
Excludes: Travel to/from Kuala Besut; Insurance
5 Easy Steps to Book Your Island Adventure:
1) Contact us here with your initial inquiry – tell us about yourself and the project you would like to join.
For more information, call Dan Quilter at
2) You will receive an e-mail with more information and the application form to complete.
3) On receipt of your application we will confirm your reservation and inform you how to make your deposit payment. Your reservation will be held for 2 weeks, after which it will be cancelled automatically if no deposit is received.
4) Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks for us to process your application and payment.
5) Full payment is required no later than 1 month before departure. You may pay online by credit card or a direct transfer to our account.
It’s that Simple! Once your deposit has been paid you will receive our Know Before You Go guide, which is packed full of useful information about your project and general tips to prepare you for volunteering.
a. Cancellation of reservation must be made in writing to avoid any misunderstanding. If the company receives notice to cancel 30 days or more before the date of departure, a minimum administrative fee of RM100.00 or 10% of the tour deposit (whichever is lower) per person will be levied.
b. If notice of the cancellation is received 29 days or less before the date of departure the following charges will apply:
c. 15 – 29 working days before the date of departure = 50% of deposit
8 – 14 working days before the date of departure = 20% of FULL COST
3 – 7 working days before the date of departure = 40% of FULL COST
2 working days or less before the date of departure = 100% of FULL COST
What to bring
- Torchlight / Headlamp plus spare batteries with red light is best for turtle watch
- Travel or thin t owels that dry quickly
- Zip lock bags and tupperware to keep things dry
- Toiletries - Toothbrush / Toothpaste, Shower gel / Shampoo, Deodorant, Mosquito Repellant, Sun block / after sun cream
- Attire : Long shorts (below knee) or thin trousers - for Muslim village, Sarong. Conservative tops – for Muslim village, Shorts
Slippers / Sandals, T-shirts(thin ones are the best), Sweater, Swimming gear
First Aid kit – Anti-histamines, sunscreen, after sun, Diarrhea medication and antibiotics and anti-inflammatory for ear, nose and throat problems. Peroxide and anti-bacterial Dettol can both be useful for cleaning out cuts as wounds quickly become infected
MAXIS (which is also called hotlink) Malaysian Sim card – this network has the best coverage at the project site; we suggest you get RM30 of credit for 4 weeks
Books and mp3 players - to keep you occupied during time off
Terms and Conditions
- I. Please be informed that deposit is required 1 month prior to arrival date and full payment is required 2 weeks prior to arrival date
- II.Please inform the organisers of any illness / medical conditions / special diets / allergies
- III.All quotations are valid until 31 October 2017
- IV.Changes of booking must be made within 7 working days before the date of the event
- V.Cancellation policy: no refund 2 weeks prior arrival date, half refund 3 weeks before arrival date, more than 4 weeks prior arrival date - full refund
- VI.Last minute changes on the function day will not be entertained
- VII.The Outdoor Consultants / Instructors will take necessary precautions to ensure paramount safety of participants however is not held responsible for any mishaps or accidents during the programme
We conduct English and Roots and shoots clubs each week for the children on the islands and are based at our house or other open spaces, we believe in classroom without walls. Help to prepare fun, educational activities and deliver these exciting sessions alongside our Fuze Ecoteer staff. The village kids are full of energy and enthusiasm and always excited to meet new volunteers!
In 2012 Ecoteer initiated the Perhentian Islands Ladies Association (PILA) to engage local women in environmental issues whilst offering them a chance to increase their income. You can support these ladies by giving talks around the resorts and encouraging more tourists to attend the weekly ‘kuih’ making sessions to sample their delicious home-made snacks and cakes.
Each week you will go on a snorkel tour where you will see turtles, sharks numerous fish and beautiful coral reef. What better way to end a hard days work than by snorkeling in turquoise waters searching for Nemo and his friends!
Snorkel Breifings & Awareness
Damages to corals and harassment of marine life is highest for large groups of snorkellers. We have collaborated with the local snorkel guides and gather their snorkellers for a thorough interactive eco snorkel briefing before they go on the tours. The briefings are a great way to educate people about the damage they can cause and most people listen and learn to what we say. Sometimes we have 100 people we brief at once. We then conduct beach cleans and talk to tourists about how they can reduce their environmental impact.
Prepare your taste-buds for a treat!. The village ladies will welcome you into their homes to share a traditional Malay dinner with their families – the perfect way to truly experience their way of life.
During weeks with large groups of volunteers (20 or more) you may be involved in small construction projects such as mural painting, creating recycling bins, redecorating the school etc.
AccommodationVolunteers will be staying at the Volunteer House. It has the following:
Western seat toilet
Bunk bedsThe Ecoteer House is located near by where volunteers can use the facilities at specific times:
Washing lines outside the house
WifiSafe is available at the Ecoteer House (for passport or wallets, not big enough for laptops or big cameras).Shops selling toiletries, drinks and snacks as well as restaurants are all within 5- 10 minutes walking distance from both accommodations.All activities conducted in this programme (except the snorkeling tour) will be held in the village. All of the locations are within 5 – 10 minutes walking distance from each other
MondayMorning: Volunteers arrive at Safe Park Holidays office, Kuala Besut jetty. Boat transfer to the village (Kampung Pulau Perhentian).
Afternoon: Briefing and orientation: project overview and code of conduct, a tour around the village and water confidence session (learn the dos and don’ts of snorkeling plus how to wear the life jacket & snorkel gear).
Evening: Dinner, marine presentation & rest.
TuesdayMorning: Prepare lesson plans for English Club
Afternoon : Teach English Club
WednesdayMorning: Prepare for Roots & Shoots
Afternoon : Jungle Trekking
ThursdayMorning: Light construction / community development work (mural painting, signboard painting, mini DIY projects, herb garden maintenance, beach cleans etc).
Afternoon: Snorkel Tour (assist in coral survey)
FridayMorning: Teach Roots & Shoots Club
Afternoon: Prepare and teach Adult English Class
SaturdayAll day: Snorkel Briefings and Beach clean ups.
Evening: Baking classes with the Perhentian Island Ladies Association (PILA)
SundayVolunteers departure or day off.