This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Wildlife conservation in Borneo
Our placements are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this, but we make sure that the project directly benefits local people and wildlife too.
Wildlife - Borneo is a popular country to visit due to its diversity and beauty. Unfortunately development and agriculture have had a negative impact on some areas. We work hard to promote habitats for wildlife through planting trees and cultivating jungle. Wildlife numbers and populations are monitored to help maintain the area in which we work as a conservation area. Animals currently being protected are orangutans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques, hornbills, sun bears and much more!
Waste- all participants are encouraged to bring a flask with them to avoid the over-reliance on plastic water bottles, which are not easy to dispose of environmentally. We work to free the land of any rubbish in areas in which we are working.
Conservation- we make sure that we plant trees, clear areas overtaken by foreign weeds and promote environmental development in all of the locations in which we work.
Environmental commitment- our company is an environmentally responsible one that operates recycling and reusing of waste products. We also offset carbon emissions in our office (gas, electricity, business mileage) and encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid.
Community Meeting local needs - We work with locals throughout the community to ensure that volunteer presence will benefit a larger group of people. Locals will drive the boats, provide meals and accommodation, give tours and drive vehicles for the volunteers. Many locals have even started helping out in the conservation efforts too. There is an education programme run in the local school to encourage youngsters to protect their natural environment and its biodiversity.
You will be staying in local guest houses throughout this project. Meals are provided either by your guest house hosts or by members of the local community, thus helping to ensure that money earned stays within the local community.
Cultural sensitivity - We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. It is important to us that participants work well with the teams in Borneo, and we help them as much as we can with this. We get to know all of the people that go away with us, so that we know as much as we can about them to give them a warm welcome on arrival. Volunteers are made aware of religious and cultural differences to help respect and abide by these.