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Ecoteer House - Perhentian Community
& Conservation Project - Price RM264 for 2days upto RM664 for
The Perhentian Islands are well renowned as the most beautiful islands
in Peninsular Malaysia and consequently have become a haven for backpackers
and travellers alike. The increase of tourists has seen a decline
in the health of the coral reefs fringing the islands and the dilution
of the villagers Malay culture.
to increase environmental and cultural awareness amongst the villagers
1) To assist the economy of the village through encouraging cultural
services offered by the villagers.
2) To provide relevant after-school clubs and activities for the children
3) To act as an example of responsible living to the Perhentian villagers.
4) To initiate environmental and cultural events in the village, for
villagers and tourists to join together during ’Gotong Royong’
5) To help the people in need in the village.
6) To act in harmony with the village and to act on the wishes of
the villagehead and headmaster.
The Ecoteer House Project is increasing environmental awareness of
the villagers by hosting a weekly Environmental club for the school
children and starting in 2012 a weekly village clean up where the
villagers and tourists are encouraged to join in.
In 2012 an English club will be run at the primary school to help
improve the creative writing of the children. We are also proposing
a weekly Eco-Snorkel club for the school children as well but this
has not been confirmed.
Perhentian literately means a stopover and has been home to fishermen
folk for over a century with tourists only visiting in significant
numbers since 2000. Many of the fishermen now work as water taxi boatmen
and snorkel guides whereas the women work as maids. The villagers
have lots to share with us about island life and they are keen to
learn from us too. The project is being guided by the village head
and headmaster to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes and that we
work hand-in-hand with the villagers.
This project is truely unique in Malaysia as you get to experience
the beach and sea of the islands as well as the culture of the villagers
this is a true island experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Tourists can come for as many days as they like - please visit our
Posted Sep 23.
Teach in Borneo
Volunteer Borneo and up hold the right that every child has access
to basic primary education. This is the background statement that
underpins Ecoteer Responsible Travels partner in Borneo. Our partner
is a small and humble society but has far reaching impacts on the
society in Borneo. Malaysia is a fast progressing nation with big
improvements in living conditions and better education for its people.
But many children living in the remote areas of Borneo still do not
have access to schools, such as the children of Indonesian or filippino
plantation workers in Sabah, mainly because of distance, poverty and/or
legal status. Teach English and other subjects with us on our volunteer
Borneo program and really help make a difference to the future of
the children of Borneo.
The network of schools run by our partner is providing basic primary
education for more than 9,000 children on the Palm Oil Plantations
throughout Sabah. They have over 120 learning centres with 220 teachers.
They are doing a great job but are presently the only NGO doing this
work for the plantation children. It was estimated in April 2010 that
40,000 children live in palm oil plantations and do not receive basic
primary education. When you look at the scale of the problem you soon
see that they need your help.
The Volunteer Borneo and Teach English experience enables the children
to benefit from English teaching from native speakers. An added benefit
of the Volunteer Borneo program is that the children have to speak
English to the volunteers, facilitating the childrens development
and confidence in using English.
The Volunteer Borneo program has also introduced afternoon activities
for the children increasing contact time between the volunteers and
the children further facilitating the childrens confidence in English.
Please visit - http://ecoteerresponsibletravel.com/holiday/malaysianaturetravel/teachenglish/
Posted Sep 23.
Volunteer opportunities are available
at several Indonesian animal rehabilitation facilities. Some of the
programs include strictly sanctuary care, at others volunteers will
be involved in rehabilitation, release and post release monitoring.
Some of the programs are PPS Bali Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre,
Suaka Elan, PPS Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre and PPS Jogya Rescue
Centre. Tasikoki accepts volunteers all year round and is focused
on sanctuary care, however there are two releases of brahaminy kites
coming up in the next month and the rehabilitation of a white bellied
sea eagle. Jogya is strictly sanctuary care at the moment and has
set dates for which the programs run. Suaka Elan is releasing a raptor
and PPS Bali are releasing two Hornbills in November so volunteer
programs would run during that time. Volunteering involves a 3 week
stay where volunteers would do sanctuary care, release preparation,
go on the release, and do post release monitoring. Volunteers may
stay longer than 3 weeks if they wished to do more monitoring, post
release, and the monitoring is possible. These programs are paid volunteer
placements, the fees are about $300 per week, but vary from project
to project. There is more information on our Indonesia
Volunteer Opportunities page or Contact: Alexis Chavez, Volunteer
Coordinator, Orangutan Outreach/ Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre North
Sulawesi, Indonesia. Email: volunteerATtasikoki.org. Phone: 62 81340871009.
(Note Sulawesi time is about 12 hours ahead of US time.) www.tasikoki.org.
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