Program & Schedule
This program consists of two weeks including a cultural experience of Malaysia and working at our orangutan conservation project. The first week of the program will give you an overview of Perak, first day of the week will explore the historical town of Taiping. You will visit Kuala Kangsar the royal town of Perak, visiting one of the traditional palaces and a gallery showcasing the royal artifacts. You will visit Ipoh, capital of Perak, which was named as the 6th best in Asia by Lonely Planet in 2016. You will also visit to Han Chin Pet Soo Museum which showcases the olden day lifestyle during tin mining under British Colony. After that you will visit train station, one of the most beautiful stations built more than 100 years ago by the British. On the final day, you will set off to Kuala Sepetang, which is a coastal town located in Pera. It is a thriving fishing village, and the main jumping-off point to the river mouth community of Kuala Sangga. The Port Weld railway station was located at the centre of town.
The second week of the program will be your work as the orangutan conservation project. The focus of this project is purely orangutan conservation and research. Enrichment, husbandry, organic planting as food source, construction, and maintenance of the sanctuary is the model norm of this project.
The project site is located on a 35-acre island nestled within a 7000-acre freshwater lakeside. It has progressed from being a sanctuary where visitors experience first-hand awareness and education about the orangutan, to a recognized ex-situ conservation facility and referral centre for the endangered Bornean orangutan.
Aims & Objectives
The aim & objective is to get familiar with the local cultures and customs and engage in the conservation project to spread awareness about these intelligent creatures, conserve their habitat, provide help and support for the injured and rescued orangutans and not but the least to preserve these species for future generations.
In the morning after having the breakfast, you will be participating for the orientation programme where you will be learning about Taiping and Do(s) & Don’t(s) during your stay in Taiping. After that you will visit the historical Taiping town where you will visit a museum and the Taiping Lake Garden.
After the breakfast you will visit Kuala Kangsar, the Royal Town of Perak. This is the town where the Royal Family of Perak resides. There you will visit the Gallery Sultan Azlan Shah. This gallery building was originally built in 1898 and completed in 1903 to be used as the residence of Perak Sultan Idris Shah I which provides an insight of Royal Family. In the evening you will visit the local market in Kuala Kangsar.
After having the breakfast you will visit Ipoh, capital of Perak. Perak was named as the 6th best in Asia by Lonely Planet in 2016. You will also visit to Han Chin Pet Soo Museum which showcases the olden day lifestyle during tin mining under British Colony. After that you will visit train station, one of the most beautiful stations built more than 100 years ago by the British.
Penang has long served as the link between Asia’s great kingdoms and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East. At its heart is diverse, cosmopolitan George Town, Penang Island's main city and an urban centre that delivers old world Asia in spades; think trishaws pedalling past watermarked Chinese shophouses and blue joss smoke perfuming the air. The freshest aspects of modern culture are present, too, in an exceptional art scene and free-spirited carnivals, all fed by an infectious local enthusiasm for Penang's long history and kaleidoscope of cultures.
After breakfast, you will set off to Kuala Sepetang, which is a coastal town located in Pera. It is a thriving fishing village, and the main jumping-off point to the river mouth community of Kuala Sangga, which is a Chinese fishing community at the river mouth. The Port Weld railway station was located at the centre of town. The whole railway line from here to Taiping, which was the first railway line in the Peninsular, is now dismantled, and now only the ticketing booth and the Port Weld railway signboard remain. After visiting these sites, you will return to your accommodation for a well deserved rest.
Monday to Friday
Your day will begin on the project wherein you get involved deep into various activities of the project. The work on this project is physical, and the heat and humidity add an extra challenging layer to this. You will be carrying out a variety of tasks including husbandry, construction work, enrichment and maintenance. The “best” jobs are not saved for the participants - you will be treated as pseudo staff members during the duration of your program. You will be required for assistance wherever the need may arise at the sanctuary.This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: No
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.
Living & Location
Taiping is a town located in Larut, Matang and Selama District, Perak, Malaysia. With a population of 217,647, it is the second largest town in Perak after Ipoh, the state capital.
Taiping is a town located in Larut, Matang and Selama District, Perak, Malaysia. Taiping took over Kuala Kangsar's role as the state capital from 1876 to 1937, but was then replaced by Ipoh. Its growth slowed down after that, but in recent years the town has been developing rapidly again. Perak State Museum is located in the town.
Taiping also receives some limelight for being the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia. The average annual rainfall is about 4,000mm in Taiping while the peninsula's average is 2,000mm – 2,500mm. Its unusual rainfall has also led to a fertile collection of flora and century-old rain trees in the Taiping Lake Gardens.
Accommodation in Perak is a hostel dormitory.
Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.
Malaysian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during their stay. Typical dishes include wanton noodles (noodles and pork dumplings either dry or soup), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or roti canai (is a type of Indian influenced flatbread found in Malaysia. Breakfasts are varied and and include toast, cereals, etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the house. We do not recommend that you drink water straight from the tap.
The centre is surrounded by plenty of shops, banks, atms, 7-11, supermarket and a shopping mall within 5 minutes walking distance.
Supermarket, salon, Laundromat, money exchange, ATM, sim card shop, and photocopy shops are all located within 1 kilometers radius.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
The working week is Monday to Friday and you will have weekends off. For many people, this will be a once in a lifetime trip to Malaysia, and they generally take advantage of the weekends to explore the surrounding area.
After a tiring work, you may visit Bukit Merah Water Theme Park by the beautiful lake to enjoy sunset view and even try to taste the freshness of coconut water and also ABC (Ais Batu Campur), local dessert with local food at the stalls.
On weekends, you can try to do a visit or do some other activities such as :
- Taiping, Perak one of the oldest town in Malaysia where the first train station was built in the 19 century.
- Night market
- Wet market
- Kuala Sepetang, for eagle sighting and mangrove site visit
With ETS train service often available, it is possible to head further into the field for your weekend. Other destinations where you can go explore are:
Kuala Lumpur– Malaysia’s capital city where the Twin Tower is located
Penang Island – Georgetown which was founded by British in 1786, is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Federation of Malaysia
Population: 31 million
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Language: Bahasa Malaysia
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Time zone: MST (UTC +8)
Malaysia is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries in the world. It is filled with contrasts, and it is here where you meet friendly people from different cultural backgrounds in the either vibrant cities, beautiful beaches or even in tiny authentic villages in the rainforests of Borneo.
Malaysia boasts a tropical climate, temperatures usually range from 26°C to 32°C year-round. However, as many of the countries in the area, sunny days get interrupted by monsoon season that occurs between November and February in Borneo and the east coast. Likewise, the rest of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur region) gets showers from April to October.
Malaysia is a wonderfully diverse country. Malays make up 52% percent of the population, while Chinese are also abundant covering a 27% percent. Indians make up 9% and the rest is covered by indigenous people (Orang Asli) and the portuguese clan in Maleka.
Religion is incredibly varied as well. In Malaysia, you will find Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism and many other faiths scattered around.
Malaysia is an incredibly diverse country and so is its cuisine. With a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian and even portuguese cuisine, there is at least a dish in the country that will suit even the pickiest palettes.
Malay Cuisine is characterized by its use of spices, ranging from cinnamon, coconut milk, star anise, fresh herbs and more. Malay dishes are mostly curries and stews. Staple dishes include Nasi lemak, a typical breakfast that consists of rice cooked in coconut milk or cream topped with peanuts, cucumber and chilli and Rendang, which is meat stewed in curry paste.
Peranakan or Nonya cuisine
A blend created by Malay and Chinese communities. Some dishes to try are Ayam pongteh, which is chicken flavored with soy bean paste, dark soy sauce and sugar. Another dish is chilli crab!