Learn, Share, Inspire, Contribute your life experience in North Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    We are an Environmental & Marine conservation centre located at west coast of Sabah, North Borneo. Our aim is to conserve, preserve and protect the marine and terrestrial ecosystems through creating awareness & educating visitors and community. Our activities include; but not limited to; 100% organic coral rehabilitation & reef restoration, citizen science programs on flora and fauna above & below water, sea grass, Mangrove, birding ID, 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/local community, we aim to conserve and enhance biodiversity and ecosystems. Ultimately helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. #13, #14, #15 & #17.

    We coach/train Citizen Science Environmental & Marine basic knowledge Courses/workshop, Scuba Diving Courses, Coral Propagation Courses - Ocean Quest Global Protocol, reef conservation, coral, wildlife & marine observation, shark & rays conservation, turtle, seagrass, Mangrove conservation, River, seahorse, sea cow, seaweed, kids activities and many more.

    Our conservation centre policy, we are only allowed CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER who pay to join the program to help us on daily tasks of our Underwater Work. If there is no Conservation Volunteer during your stay, our Science Team may need more helping hands, and Workaway Volunteer will be lucky to assist them but yet depend on the individual experience expertise. (strictly to follow conservation Rules, SOP & Protocol. Briefing will be given before start work).

    Currently we have 4 location running for you to choose where you wanna help or you can switch among these 4 station with other volunteer every 3 weeks. Yet it is still depending on availability. Please note that conservation work does not take place all year round. It subject to the weather and or when our conservationists’ team officer in-charged at the station. Best is to check when you applying if this is your primary interest.

    Most important is let us know your ACTUAL arrival date / date that you wish to start with us and your last day staying. It is very important for our team to check the availability of space as we have very limited accommodation. Don't forget ya! We welcome you to come join us to work and learn! Be part of our journey... All Workaway volunteers who complete their stay with us will receive a Message of Thanks and feedback.
    ** All travel and volunteer site subject to INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL COVID-19 SOP. Please do Covid-19 self test kit and PCR Test before travel. We only accept fully vaccinated volunteer provided digital cert upon apply and negative test.**

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Many of you might heard about North Borneo! In North Borneo, people are super friendly, smiling, warm and very kind hearted is in our Bornean blood stream. We living with our native multi culture and tradition. You mustn't miss it! Many people and friends always feel sad because when the day they have to leave, they still don't have enough time to travel around see the magical of 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 warm humble friendly and keep smiling.

    One words you must learn before getting here:
    APA KHABAR (How are you) - Bahasa Language.
    POUNSIKOU (THANK YOU) It is Dusun/Kadazan Native language.
    MIAGAL NOPO (You're welcome) or TERIMA KASIH (Thank you) SAMA-SAMA (Welcome) - Bahasa Language.
    Happy learning!

    You are stranger to us when applying here, but we don't treat you like a stranger. Once you step into our home you are our family. So treat us like your family. Share your love, care, joy and happiness always be kind. Together we protect preserve & conserve the nature, ocean planet our only lifetime asset. Hope to see you soon!

    Come to our journey, help us to spread the awareness, protect ocean planet mother nature - Preserve & Conserve toward sustainability! If the Ocean die, we all die...

  • Help


    Make it like your home, be flexible and help us. Live like family , YES you will be our family right upon you arrive!
    Every centre (station) have their own SOP, rules and regulation to follow. Basically these are the task you will do.
    1. Conservation Centre Assistant - basic PR with walk-in tourist.
    2. Supervision on the does & don't with tourist guest.
    3. Cleaning and house keeping. - Surrounding area of volunteer accommodation / centre area.
    4. Volunteer kitchen/pantry
    5. Kidz Zone - Children art / Education program (If any kids join the program.)
    6. Fruits farm & gardening
    7. Eco-bricks making & beans bag making.
    8. Gardening, tree planting & water plants.
    9. Graphic Design - Poster, flyers and etc.
    10. Mural artist - When needed.
    11. Making Awareness signage - Open for suggestion.
    12. General repair & maintenance - Centre / Area only.
    13. Conservation Centre front desk - Take turn.
    14. Shopping - refill house sundry / grocery.
    15. Rake dry leafs everyday morning/late afternoon task or whenever dry leaf piles up
    16. Cooking 3 meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
    17. Trash Management - Monitor Food Waste & waste separation - recycle / up-cycle.
    19. Social Media update FB & IG. - to pull traffic to spread awareness.
    20. Assist on Conservation Project (upon request by Conservation Manager only.)
    ...the end

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Malay: Fluent
    Chinese (Mandarin): Fluent
    Chinese (Cantonese): Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Depend on which location station you choose to go and Item that we provides and to be return upon leaving:-
    Station 1 - Staff quarters. (Mangrove Park)
    1. Dormitory room. (Male / Female room) with fans.
    2. One (1) Bed sheet and One (1) Blanket.
    3. Refill drink water. (Strictly no single use plastic bottle.) Bring your own refill water bottle.
    4. Three (3) meals in a day. Volunteer take turn to prepare meal for everybody in the house.
    5. Torch light at kitchen. (sharing - remember to return after used.)

    Station 2 - Village farm family. (Rural Village)
    1. Simple Twin Bedroom with fans.
    2. One (1) Bed sheet and One (1) Blanket.
    3. Refill drink water. (Strictly no single use plastic bottle.) Bring your own refill water bottle.
    4. Torch light at kitchen. (sharing - remember to return after used.)
    5. Three (3) meals in a day. Sharing with village farm family.

    Station 3 & 4 - Camp Site/Sharing Dorm. (Island)
    1. Two (2) airbed/Dorm bed. (Addition airbed can be request & upon available.)
    2. One (1) USB mini fan (bring your own power-bank) / Ceiling Fans.
    3. One (1) Bed sheet and One (1) Blanket.
    4. Refill drink water. (Strictly no single use plastic bottle.) Bring your own refill water bottle.
    5. Three (3) meals in a day. Afternoon coffee break, we provide biscuits (whenever stock available). Supper is not included but volunteer can make their own food if feeling hungry at the Open Air kitchen.
    6. Torch light at kitchen. (sharing - remember to return after used.)

    If volunteer travels with host, volunteer will be staying at host apartment. Food will be sharing between all volunteers who travel together.

    Meal Time:-
    One (1 hour) Breakfast own preparation or whatever kitchen provided. Lunch (2 hour) and dinner (2 hour). Volunteer can bring their own grocery and kept in kitchen with sticker NAME on it. MAKE SURE TO KEEP CLEAN and separate / 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 and upon their arrival.
    Volunteer are not allowed to eat and smoke inside the accommodation.

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

    We required volunteer to keep all the area clean & tiny at all the time, where ever they go, understand about waste management. Smoker strictly smoke at the Smoking Area only. All the tools / items must keep back to the original place right after use (avoid misplace or missing).

    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 in the house. We have all the rights to reject with 24 hours dismissal.

    We hope our volunteer enjoy their stay and help us to preserve protect our paradise, make it like their own HOME.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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Host ref number: 665696126614