4 weeks MYR 3,750 = approx GBP 700 / USD 950
8 weeks MYR 6,750 = approx GBP 1,270 / USD 1,700
12 weeks MYR 10,000 = approx GBP 1,900 / USD 2,500
**MYR – Malaysian Ringgit
Includes: All food, dorm accommodation with shared bathroom, cooking facilities, all volunteering activities, 6% GST and Rm200 donation towards the Batek Education Project. Fortnightly camping and caving.
Excludes: Travel to and from Merapoh , Insurance, Flight fares
1) You can book your trip via the orange ‘check availability’ button above.
2) Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks for us to process your application and payment.
3) On receipt of your application we will confirm your reservation and inform you how to make your deposit payment. 4) Your reservation will be held for 2 weeks, after which it will be cancelled automatically if no deposit is received.
5) Full payment is required no later than 1 month before departure. You may pay online by credit card or a direct transfer to our account.
It’s that simple! Once your deposit has been paid you will receive our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide, which is packed full of useful information about your project and general tips to prepare you for volunteering.
a. Cancellation of reservation must be made in writing to avoid any misunderstanding. If the company receives notice to cancel 30 days or more before the date of departure, a minimum administrative fee of RM100.00 or 10% of the tour deposit (whichever is lower) per person will be levied.
b. If notice of the cancellation is received 29 days or less before the date of departure the following charges will apply:
c. 15 – 29 working days before the date of departure = 50% of deposit
8 – 14 working days before the date of departure = 20% of FULL COST
3 – 7 working days before the date of departure = 40% of FULL COST
2 working days or less before the date of departure = 100% of FULL COST
You will teach the children for 3 hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The main subjects being taught will be basic reading and writing (English and Malaysian), science and maths. You will act as a teacher assistant alongside our full time teacher and long term interns. When the Batek move into the forest because it is too hot these sessions may move to the cooler climes of the rainforest.
You will join our informal lessons with the children in Merapoh, playing games etc but also helping with homework.
Each fortnight you will take the children into the jungle for their Jungle School. This is when one of the village elders takes the children into the jungle to teach them basic jungle survival skills such as fishing, tracking, fire making, blow piping, shelter building, water sourcing, cooking etc These sessions are so vital to help retain the Batek knowledge and to give the children an advantage when they are older.
There are over 70 limestone caves in the Merapoh region. The actual caves that you visit will depend on weather, group size and group ability. The caves are fantastic – some even have rivers and waterfalls inside. The presence of limestone formations creates the most fantastic scenery. These caves are home to various animals including thousands of swiflets that group together at sunset and can be seen flying around a nearby town called Gua Musang. The Batek people have used these caves for centuries, as can be seen by the many cave drawings that can be found inside.
You will join the conservation troupes with an overnight camp with the batek ladies. Here you get the chance to learn all about the jungle and experience an ECO walk and learn how to ID animal tracks etc.
You will be staying at our Fuze Ecoteer Flat in the small village of Merapoh.
The flat has 3 bedrooms, kitchen and a great roof top for watching the stars!
Phone reception is available at the accommodation area.
3G internet is available and also a very slow wifi connection.
What are the requirements needed to join this program?
Volunteers will need to be able to speak English or Bahasa Malaysia to be able to communicate with the facilitator. Minimum age requirement is 16 years old without parents and any age with their parents. Volunteers should also have low-medium fitness, a positive attitude and willing to participate in all tasks and walks.
How do I get to Merapoh from Kuala Lumpur?
Bus: From TBS Bus Terminal Kuala Lumpur, take a bus to Merapoh. You will need to inform the bus driver that you wish to be dropped off at Merapoh as it is not a major bus stop location.
What vaccinations do I need?
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, typhoid, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus-diphtheria. Anti Malaria pills are encouraged to be brought even though cases of Malaria are seldom recorded.
Any details on visa?
Tourist from the following countries will receive a 90 day free tourist visa upon arrival:
Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kirgystan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Lienchestien, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherland, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Romania, St Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Yemen.
What it the minimum age to join?
Volunteers age 18 years old and above.
Is this program suitable for families with young children?
Families with children (above age 15) can participate. Take note that the jungle walks may be tough as the path could be muddy & slippery during rainy season as well as hot and humid all year round.
Is it possible to have our own room?
No. All volunteers will be staying in a shared accommodation.
How many hours per day do volunteers volunteer per day?
The volunteering activities run from morning until evening with a lunch break in between. Precise timetabling depends on the weather as some activities may be delayed if it rains.
About The Orang Asli
The Local ‘Orang Asli’ (Malay for ‘original people’) are from the Batek tribe. They speak Batek and most of them still live part of their lives in the rainforest. The Batek people are one of the Negrito tribes and have similarities to people from the Andaman Islands, the Philippines, Indonesia and New Guinea. They are true nomads and are classified by some anthropologist as pygmies due to their short stature. The children don’t go to the local government school.
The Batek harvest the fruits of the forest and have small agricultural areas where they grow fruits such as Durian, cempedak, mangosteen, rambutan and petai, selling any excess. They also collect rattan and wild honey to use or to sell.
It is not part of the Batek character to destroy an area totally and they will move on before all the resources are depleted. They rely on the forest as their ‘supermarket’ and respect it as the home of their ancestors.
The men hunt while the women fish and collect forest fruits and vegetables. The Orang Asli are renowned for their hunting prowess. Originally the Orang Asli used bows and arrows but early this century they converted to blowpipes. Today, they still use 1.5 metre bamboo blowpipes and poisonous darts to hunt on daily basis. Darts are dipped in the poisonous sap of the Ipoh Tree (Antaris toxicaria).
Traps and nets are occasionally used to snare small game. Meals are supplemented with fish, tortoise, jungle fruits and yams from the forest and products like rice are bought from outside. Traditionally, most food was grilled or boiled in bamboo, although now metal pots are also used.
The survival of the Orang Asli in the rainforest is partly dependent upon the use of limestone caves for shelter. In 1985 charcoal drawings were discovered in Gua Batu Luas in Taman Negara and attributed to the ancestors of the Batek people. While they only date from 1920, anthropologists have speculated that the traditions of cave painting amongst these people are much older. The motifs found in the Gua Batu Luas cave include mountain scenery that is most likely Gunung Tahan.