Perhentian Islands Community Volunteering



Adventure from £0.00 (Excluding flights)

Volunteer in the tropical island paradise of the Perhentian Islands and get involved with the community - teach the children at the number one beach location in Malaysia, as named by CNN in 2013. Ranking 13th in the entire world, these beaches are well worth a visit and deserve to be maintained for future generations to enjoy. Through community tourism, environmental awareness and community interaction, we aim to teach and support the islanders to care for their islands whilst offering volunteers first-hand experience of community life in a traditional Malaysian village surrounded by turquoise seas, white sands and vibrant marine life.

Your typical day might start with house or mural painting, eco snorkel briefings for tourists, lesson planning for our 3 weekly School Clubs or conducting a beach clean. In the afternoons are normally spent leading school clubs, doing various DIY jobs, composting or managing the Recycling Competition. The School Clubs include Roots and Shoots clubs and english lessons for ages 6 to 10 years old. Generally 10 to 20 children will turn out for our informal lessons. Our doors are open each afternoon for children to drop in and learn with our volunteers. There are plenty of ways to use your own skills and creativity to have fun whilst educating these kids and no teaching experience is required – just enthusiasm and a sense of humour!

These initiatives are not just for children; in 2012 we instigated the Perhentian Island Ladies Association (PILA) to engage local women in Community tourism whilst helping them to support themselves financially. The newly opened PILA restaurant offers full-time employment to 6 previous house wifes who now cook amazing food. Each week the ladies assemble to host a ‘Kuih’ making session (a traditional Malaysian cake), open to tourists and volunteers. This is a fun and informative cultural exchange and provides the members of PILA with a much needed income boost.

Food is an important part of Malaysian culture and you will be able to sample various delicacies at local restaurants and food stalls in addition to sharing some communal cooking and dining with fellow volunteers. For a true taste of Malaysian cooking you will enjoy one meals per week with a local family who will welcome you into their home.

If you love the sea but are looking for something to connect you with the people who call the Perhentian Islands their home then this project is for you. You can engage with the locals, contribute to teaching the children, work and play hard with the kids and soak up your idyllic surroundings; on your day off you might go diving, explore the islands or simply relax on one of the magnificent beaches. What are you waiting for?


School Clubs
We conduct English and Roots and shoots clubs each week for the children on the islands and are based at our house or other open spaces, we believe in classroom without walls. Help to prepare fun, educational activities and deliver these exciting sessions alongside our Fuze Ecoteer staff. The village kids are full of energy and enthusiasm and always excited to meet new volunteers!

In 2012 Ecoteer initiated the Perhentian Islands Ladies Association (PILA) to engage local women in environmental issues whilst offering them a chance to increase their income. You can support these ladies by giving talks around the resorts and encouraging more tourists to attend the weekly ‘kuih’ making sessions to sample their delicious home-made snacks and cakes.

Each week you will go on a snorkel tour where you will see turtles, sharks numerous fish and beautiful coral reef. What better way to end a hard days work than by snorkeling in turquoise waters searching for Nemo and his friends!

Snorkel Briefings & Awareness
Damages to corals and harassment of marine life is highest for large groups of snorkellers. We have collaborated with the local snorkel guides and gather their snorkellers for a thorough interactive eco snorkel briefing before they go on the tours. The briefings are a great way to educate people about the damage they can cause and most people listen and learn to what we say. Sometimes we have 100 people we brief at once. We then conduct beach cleans and talk to tourists about how they can reduce their environmental impact.

Malay Dinner
Prepare your taste-buds for a treat!. The village ladies will welcome you into their homes to share a traditional Malay dinner with their families – the perfect way to truly experience their way of life.

Group Activities
During weeks with large groups of volunteers (20 or more) you may be involved in small construction projects such as mural painting, creating recycling bins, redecorating the school etc.

Adventure includes:

  • Return boat transfer from Kuala Besut
  • Dorm accommodation
  • 1 weekly snorkel tour
  • 1 weekly kuih making session
  • 1 weekly Malay Dinner
  • Meals
  • Volunteer activities

Doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses


Day 1: Monday

Morning: Volunteers arrive at Safe Park Holidays office, Kuala Besut jetty. Boat transfer to the village (Kampung Pulau Perhentian). Afternoon: Briefing and orientation: project overview and code of conduct, a tour around the village and water confidence session (learn the dos and don’ts of snorkeling plus how to wear the life jacket & snorkel gear). Evening: Dinner, marine presentation & rest.

Day 2: Tuesday

Morning: Prepare lesson plans for English Club Afternoon : Teach English Club

Day 3: Wednesday

Morning: Prepare for Roots & Shoots Afternoon : Jungle Trekking

Day 4: Thursday

Morning: Light construction / community development work (mural painting, signboard painting, mini DIY projects, herb garden maintenance, beach cleans etc). Afternoon: Snorkel Tour (assist in coral survey)

Day 5: Friday

Morning: Teach Roots & Shoots Club Afternoon: Prepare and teach Adult English Class

Day 6: Saturday

All day: Snorkel Briefings and Beach clean ups. Evening: Baking classes with the Perhentian Island Ladies Association (PILA).

Day 7: Sunday

Volunteers departure or day off.


Making a booking

If you want to reserve your place on a trip we ask you to place a deposit of £0 to secure your place. Should you wish to discuss your trip with us, please either email or call 0203 394 0050.



Monday 30th Oct 2017 - Sunday 12th Nov 2017 £599.00
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Monday 3rd Sep 2018 - Sunday 16th Sep 2018 £855.00
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Monday 29th Oct 2018 - Sunday 4th Nov 2018 £550.00
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