Tropical Island Life. Need help on housekeeping, gardening, woods art project & many more in Ara Dinawan, Malaysia



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  • Description


    My name is Monica. Originally from North Borneo Sabah. Co-founder of the conservation centre also Sales & Operation Consultant for an Island Resort.

    I worked with many local and international underwater scuba production documentary promotional company, environmental conservation speaker and operating this conservation centre with my few dedicated ocean lover partners.

    We are dedicated to educate visitors to Ara Dinawan Island, situated off the west coast of Sabah, North Borneo, with activities pertaining to the research and conservation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems around the island. Our activities include, but not limited to, coral rehabilitation, reef restoration via artificial reefs, citizen science programs on flora and fauna above and below water, and seaweed farming as local community empowerment or enrichment. By restoring habitats damaged by tourism and unregulated fishing activities like fish bombing, and by providing an alternative livelihood to local fishermen, we aim to conserve and enhance biodiversity and ecosystems. Ultimately help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of United Nation.

    We operate Marine Science Courses, marine conservation courses, diving volunteer, volunteer diver, Conservation Volunteer, Marine science, coral planting, coral reef conservation, coral regeneration, shark conservation coach and guide by individual expert from local as well as internationally.

    We welcome you to join us - work and learn! Be part of our movement. All workaway volunteer who complete their stay will get a thank you letter from us.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am sure many of you heard about North Borneo! Native in North Borneo, we are super friendly warm and very kind heart. Living with our native calture and tradition. You mustn't miss it. Many people and friends always feel sad when the day they have to leave because they have not enough time to travel around with us in North Borneo.

    In North Borneo, we have 37 ethnic and with very traditional cultural life style. You have many chance to visit the local culture exchange experience for sure. You can check out things to do in Sabah or Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Things that you can't find in any other country, you can see it here. You just need to be kind humble friendly and keep smiling.

    One words you must learn before getting here: POUNSIKOU (THANK YOU) It is Dusun/Kadazan Native language. MIAGAL NOPO (You're welcome) Happy learning!

  • Help


    We are Operation Environmental & Marine research education conservation centre. We need helping hand in various section on cleaning, upkeep, checking facilities, report / repair damage area, re-stock grocery & sundry, sweep dry leaf, monitor food waste and other waste separation, gardening, general supervision on do & don't at surrounding, communicate with guest.
    Workaway volunteering area:-
    1. Surrounding area of volunteer camping site and Research education Conservation centre.
    2. Club house
    3. shower room and wash room area
    4. Pantry and Volunteer kitchen
    5. Children art / education program
    6. Fruits farm & garden
    7. Eco-bricks making section
    8. Monitoring trash management. Shopping
    9. Gardening, tree planting & water plants
    11. House keeping
    12. Mural artist
    13. Awareness signage
    14. repair & maintenance

    Logistic & transportation:-
    30min by land transport to our jetty / pier. (car pool available or grab car.)
    15min boat ride from the jetty / pier to our resort.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    At Island volunteer will be Camping. If volunteer travelling day trip with host, volunteer will be staying at host apartment with own beds. For camping tent, volunteer will be provided a airbed, USB mini fan and blanket. There is 2 type of tent, Big tent (we can stand inside ) and small tent (we cant stand inside). Tent is depends of availability.

    Breakfast own preparation. Lunch and dinner will be prepare by chef. Any how we have a small pantry for volunteer to cook a simple food whenever they want when our main kitchen is CLOSED.
    Full meals will be provided in static place. If volunteer travel around with host, food will be sharing among volunteers who's travel along.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteer will be assign with a daily task / weekly job list by the Manager. Feel free to ask if you have any question.
    Helper can rest and relax at their own time once all job finish or when they feel not well or too tired.
    Helper can always discuss with us if they wish to visit the local sights and we can always arrange time travel together carpool and sharing car gasoline.
    We love to show people around and travel showing our helper to all the beautiful places during their stay.

    We prefer helper keep clean at all the time, understand about waste management. Smoker strictly not allowed to smoke in the rooms, inside their camp and certain restricted area. Certain place MUST smoke at the smoking area.

    Hopefully our volunteer helper enjoy their stay and preserve our paradise, make it like own HOME.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Host ref number: 665696126614