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Where can I go?

Our voluntourism programs are available in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo and covers two major locations in the more rural areas such as Sukau in Kinabatangan and Kiulu in Tuaran.

What type of projects are available?

The projects that are available varies depending on the locations. At Sukau, the activities include activities such as developing jungle trails for trekking, river cleaning, environmental education, tree planting and invasive weed clearing among others. Whereas in Kiulu, there will be activities such as farming, land preparation, paddy and vegetable planting, restoration and repairs, developing jungle trails and others. Changes in the activities will be subjected to weather conditions, community and project requirements.

How long do projects last?

The recommended duration of the projects is a minimum one week. However, the voluntourism program with us can be tailored based on your requirements and interest.

Can I combine projects?

Yes. Different projects can be combined throughout the voluntourism program either in one specific location or at different locations.

When can I start? When should I apply?

Our voluntourism program is available throughout the year, so you can choose when to start and finish. Application is also accepted all year round with no specific deadlines, which means that you can apply anytime. However, it will be subject to availability upon booking.

What are the costs involved? What does the fee include?

A breakdown of the costs involved will be emailed to you after you have made an inquiry about our voluntourism package. The price for our voluntourism packages is also stated on the package page itself.

What’s included in the fee are:
  1. Accommodation
  2. Entrance Fees
  3. Local home-cooked food (three meals a day)
  4. Airport pick-up and drop-off
  5. Transport to and from your work placement
  6. Certification of project completion
  7. Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
  8. Conservation contribution to the project
What’s not included are flights, Visa costs (where applicable), as well as Travel and medical insurance and any item not stated in the list above.

Is the work paid?

No, you will not be paid for the work that you do but do bear in mind that you will gain valuable work experience throughout the voluntourism program. Not only that, but you will also learn about the different cultures and way of life of the local community during the program. Since we are not dependable on government funding and/or any other external funding, participating in this program would be voluntary and self-funded on your part.

Can you help organise my flights?

Yes. Domestic flights can be arranged at a cost. However, you have the choice to arrange and book your own flights with our recommendations.

Do I need a Visa to enter Malaysia?

You will need a passport or internationally recognised travel document that is VALID for more than SIX (6) months from date of entry to enter Malaysia. Nationals of Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America and Other European Union are EXEMPTED from obtaining visa for visits NOT exceeding 90 Days (3 Months). For more info about countries that have a visa-free entry and the length of stay allowed, please visit the Immigration Department of Malaysia website.

Can you help organise my Visa?

No. Unfortunately, we are unable to help you organise your Visa.

Can a group of us join a project?

Yes, a group can join the project. Any number of groups are welcomed to participate in our voluntourism program. The more the merrier!

What is the accommodation type and capacity?

At the moment, we are able to accommodate up to a group of 30 pax. In Sukau, Kinabatangan, we have the Sukau Ecotourism Research Centre, which accommodate up to 6 pax with its 3 twin-sharing rooms. Larger groups, however, will stay at nearby homestays of locals. There’s also a variety of accommodations at Kiulu. There are facilities there such as camp beds, camp tents, homestays and also an ecolodge. The choice is yours depending on availability.

Will I need vaccinations?

It is highly advised that you are up-to-date with routine vaccinations especially for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and others. Besides that, we also recommend other vaccines such as Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.

Should I purchase a travel insurance before travelling to Sabah, Malaysian Borneo?

Yes. We strongly recommend that your purchase travel insurance before traveling here. This is also due to the nature of some tours (e.g. adventure trekking, hiking, river cruises etc), which is why we recommend you select a travel insurance policy that covers not only your medical expenses (including emergency repatriation) but also personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage. By doing so, you can prevent major disruptions and additional costs.

What age ranges take part in these projects?

We welcome volunteers between the age of 18 and above to participate in our voluntourism program.

What qualifications do I need?

No qualifications are necessary to volunteer with us. However, we highly encourage those who have a background in sustainability or ecotourism to volunteer. There’s no need to worry because you will be guided by our professional staff in the beginning of your project, so that you are well informed about what to do and what is expected of you from the program. Should you ever need any assistance along the way, they will be just a call away.

What will I gain from my project?

By participating in our voluntourism program, you can be sure to gain much hands-on experience as well as build teamwork amongst peers, improve transferable skills, and not forgetting, exposure into a new and different culture and way of life. Our program isn’t only a remarkable opportunity to travel and carry out meaningful volunteer work, but the experience you gain will definitely look good on your CV too!

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid to volunteers who want to take part in the program?

Sadly, we don’t offer scholarships or financial aid to volunteers as we don’t have the capacity to do so since we are not receiving outside financial support ourselves. Just know that the fees you pay for to participate in our program helps to support meaningful projects that leave a positive impact to the environment and local communities here!

What if I have more questions?

If you have more questions and inquiries about our voluntourism program, feel free to contact us! You can always get in touch with us via email at info@bestsociety.org

What is the next step?

The next step would be to contact us at info@bestsociety.org and apply to voluntour with us and be part of something great!