Come Experience Life on Tropical Island, North Borneo Sabah, Malaysia



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  • Description


    We are a conservation centre based on a private resort off the west coast of Sabah, North Borneo. Our aim is to conserve and protect the marine and terrestrial ecosystems around the island which we do through the education of visitors and the work of our research and science teams. 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 helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

    We operate Marine Science Courses, Scuba Diving Courses, Coral Propagation Courses - Ocean Quest Global Protocol, reef conservation, coral observation, shark conservation, seagrass, seaweed, kids activities and many more. Due to our conservation centre protocol we are only allowed Conservation Volunteers who pay to join the program to help with the daily tasks in this area of our work. WA Volunteers give a special rate if you do wish to join any of the courses above. Sometimes our Science Team require more helping hands, so you might be the lucky one to assist them.
    • Please note that conservation work does not take place year round. It depends on the weather and when our conservationists teams are on the island. Best to check when applying if this is your primary interest.

    We welcome you to come join us to work and learn! Be part of our movement. All workaway volunteers who complete their stay with us will recieve a letter of thanks.

  • 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 have heard about North Borneo! In North Borneo we are super friendly, warm and very kind hearted. We living with our native culture 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) or TERIMA KASIH (Thank you) SAMA-SAMA (Welcome) - Malay Language. Happy learning!

  • Help


    As well as helping our conservation centre, we also need help around resort operation in various sections, shopping, rake dry leaves, monitor food waste and other waste separation, gardening, general communicate / supervision on the does & don't with guests.
    Workaway volunteering areas:-
    1. Surrounding area of volunteer camping site and dining hall
    2. Club house
    3. Shower room and wash room area
    4. Volunteer kitchen
    5. Kidz Zone - Children art / education program
    6. Fruits farm & gardening
    7. Eco-bricks making section - Kidz Zone.
    8. Monitoring trash management & shopping
    9. Gardening, tree planting & water plants
    11. House keeping - When required only.
    12. Mural artist
    13. Awareness signage
    14. General repair & maintenance
    15. Conservation Centre front desk
    16. Assist on Conservation Project (upon request only.)
    Feel free to propose better idea for better improvement. (Weekly meeting.)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Mandarin, Malay, Cantonese, Kadazan Dusun (Borneo Native)

  • Accommodation


    At the Island, volunteer will be staying at Camp Site
    The following things we provide and to be return upon leaving:-
    1. One (1) airbed. (Addition airbed can be request & available.)
    2. USB mini fan (bring your own power-bank)
    3. One (1) airbed sheet and One (1) Blanket.
    4. Refill drink water. (Strictly no single use plastic bottle.)
    5. Three (3) meals in a day. Supper is not included but volunteer can make their own food if feeling hungry.
    6. One (1) torch light.

    If volunteer travels with host, the volunteer will be staying at host apartment with own beds. If volunteer travels around with host, food will be sharing between all volunteers who travel along.

    One (1 hour) Breakfast own preparation. Lunch (1 hour) and dinner (2 hours) will be prepared by chef at the Dining Hall. We have a small kitchen for volunteers to cook simple meals whenever they want. MAKE SURE TO KEEP CLEAN and separate and recycle the waste accordingly.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteer will be brief with a daily task / weekly job list upon confirmation of date on board. Volunteer are not allowed to eat and smoke inside the tent. Volunteer not allowed to swim, kayak, paddle boat or snorkeling during working hours and during ADI business hours.

    Volunteer required to complete all daily task and hand over work to the next volunteer in-charge if needed. This is to avoid abandoned incomplete work. Volunteer must take a break if not feeling well or too tired.

    We required volunteer to keep clean at all the time, where ever they go around the resort, understand about waste management. Smoker strictly smoke at the Smoking Area.

    We provides a list of tour sightseeing list for our volunteer easy planning for their local tour during their off day. The list will be given upon volunteer arrival.

    We will not tolerate with any drunken volunteer, misbehave, abusive, violent, aggressive, problem maker or any negative behavior which caused unconformable or insecure to our in house guest, employees or other volunteer. we have all the rights for 24 hours dismissal toward to person.

    We hopefully our volunteer enjoy their stay and help us to preserve protect our paradise, make it like your 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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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