Borneo Wildlife Volunteer Project

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2017: 21 May, 21 Jun, 21 Jul, 21 Aug, 21 Sep, 21 Oct, 21 Nov, 21 Dec
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Volunteer travel - what's it all about

Are you looking for an adventurous trip with a purpose, or on a gap year or career break? If you want to make a difference in some of the world’s most important conservation areas - and in community projects - then volunteer trips are for you! Volunteers tend to have a sense of adventure, and come from a range of different backgrounds and from all over the world.
Edward Abbey said 'sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul'.

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Environment

Pygmy Elephant and Orangutan populations in Borneo are under threat from the deforestation of their habitat. This project is vital in reversing this trend, and allowing the species to thrive in their natural habitat once more.

As well as working on the reforestation of the area, volunteers on this project also track pygmy elephant migration patterns and observe any conflicts with humans or villages. This allows the behaviour patterns of small groups of the species to be monitored, and the more understanding of this nature gained, the easier it becomes to work effectively on avoiding such conflicts.

Community

This project also strives to emphasise the importance of elephants to the local community, rebuilding the relationships between the indigenous people and wildlife that have become strained of late.

The reforestation work completed by volunteers will help regenerate rainforest corridors (that have been destroyed through logging) and bridge the gaps between one forest area and the other. This allows for animals to increase their habitat, and consequently population numbers. This also means that the animals are less likely to come into contact with the local people, thus i improving the relations between wildlife and the indigenous community. The work carried out by this project and its volunteers is indispensable in the fight against deforestation and threats to Borneo's incredible wildlife.

Reviews of Borneo Wildlife Volunteer Project

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All of it!! Seeing orang-utans in wild and incredible opportunity to see many other animals and birds so close with expert guide. Teamwork sense of achievement in conservation work.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pack a plentiful first aid kit - needed lots of plasters for blisters on work site. Antihistamines and mosquito repellant clothing good idea. Ensure good level of fitness.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely, very integrated with local community eating meals at locals' houses - reciprocal benefit. Our expert guide believed that the project would in real terms support conservation

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic opportunity. Beautiful location, adequate facilities. Emphasis always on our health and safety. I am inspired to do more volunteering of similar nature.

Reviewed on 04 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were many exciting wildlife sightings but the most memorable part of the vacation was being with Mark, the project leader, who was highly knowledgeable about the natural world as well as organising a varied and interesting programme.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


To be prepared to engage fully with all the activities arranged. A pair of binoculars would also be helpful

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It definitely supported conservation and maybe made the village more aware of the importance of their forest.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was beautifully organised and structured and a great opportunity to be part of another culture and to see wonderful wildlife. An excellent project. I will give it 5 stars but not for the reasons you have stated below.

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