Volunteer Borneo Sea Turtle Conservation

Get involved in this vital Sea Turtle Conservation project. Volunteers are needed to help with the conservation efforts through beach patrols, surveying and tagging. Read on to get the low down on how you can get involved

Duration: 2 to 12 weeks

Hours: May - September. 6 days per week.

Activities: Sea turtle conservation through beach patrols, surveys and tagging.

Location: Borneo

Accommodation: Individual tents on the beach

Requirements: Aged 18+

Volunteer Placement Fee: From £795 / US$950

How you will spend your time at the project

During the days, volunteers spend a lot of time in the water snorkelling to carry out daily and weekly activities. Volunteers can participate in this project from May to September during turtle nesting season when the turtles are nesting on the beach.
Some of the duties you will be carrying out while at the project include:

Nightly patrols around the island to check for sea turtle nests.
Collecting eggs for incubation.
Tagging sea turtles and collating information.
Snorkelling at various reefs to record species present.
Mixing concrete and producing bases for hard and soft coral planting.
Moving prepared samples to the ocean nursery.
Transplanting samples from nursery to reef.
Underwater photography and documentation.

The Snorkelling and Sea Turtle conservation programme only runs from May to September  when the sea turtles are nesting on the islands beaches.

Why the project needs volunteers

In Borneo, the nesting season of the endangered Green and Hawksbill Turtles occurs yearly from May to September. Unfortunately, while turtles are protected, turtle eggs can be easily sold in local markets on the mainland and poachers have been known to sneak onto the island at night to steal the newly laid eggs
Green and Hawksbill turtles are resident in the area surrounding Pom Pom Island, and during nesting season, many come on to the beaches to lay eggs (approximately 300 nests per year). The hatchlings migrate across entire oceans to feeding grounds, and are consequently at risk from many threats, from pollution, to fishing nets, poachers and coastal development.
Nests are easy to spot and a simple target for sea gypsies to come and claim their delicacy. To reduce this, the project patrols the island nightly, and helps to incubate any eggs found. Turtles are tagged, data is collected, and the local species are helped to remain healthy. Surveys are regularly conducted by boat, and occasionally using a small remote controlled drone aircraft.

More Information

Read more about the Borneo Sea Turtle Conservation Project including accommodation, location, extra activities, climate and what makes Globalteer different.

Read More about the Sanctuary


Volunteer Placement Fee

Please be aware that this project only runs from May to September when the sea turtles are nesting on the island beaches.
What your volunteer placement fee includes
  • Airport pick up and transfer from local airport to the project.
  • Accommodation for the duration of your stay at the centre.
  • All main meals.
  • Induction and training.
  • Full in country support from the project staff.
  • Comprehensive information brochure.
  • Assistance and advice for travelling to Borneo.

The volunteer placement fee does not include the cost of flights or visas although information can be provided on request.

Groups and families are welcome at this project. Returning volunteers and those doing multiple Globalteer projects will receive a discount of US$70 / GBP£50.


Reserve Your Place

Application process & requirements

The minimum age for volunteering is 18 years old. No previous experience or qualifications are necessary but we do require volunteers to be reasonably fit to cope with tasks on land in the tropical heat and the lifting of dive tanks. Travel insurance is compulsory for this project.

Requirements are for applicants to be able to swim 200m with mask, snorkel and fins. Volunteer duties for snorkellers include being in the ocean for up to an hour, treading water and duck diving down to the corals. However, it is worth remembering that fins do make swimming very easy.

Please email if you are unsure of your ability. Volunteers must also be respectful and open minded to the cultural differences they will encounter in Malaysia. You must be able to speak English. Volunteers must have a similar ideology to the mission of the conservation centre.
  1. Click on the link below to fill out an application form.
  2. Add "@globalteer.org" to your E-mail safe list to ensure that you receive a response.
  3. Your application will be reviewed and if accepted you will be notified via E-mail within one week.
  4. Pay your deposit to secure your placement within one week of acceptance.
  5. Research your destination, book your flight, inoculations and ask us any questions you may have.
  6. Full amount is to be paid 10 weeks before the start of your volunteer placement.
  7. A comprehensive information file will be sent to you with all information including a packing list, essential personal kit list, useful language phrases, volunteer rules, useful phone contacts and full location information.
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