Program Details


Come work for the conservation of wild elephants in Malaysia! Get yourself involved in activities for example, elephant bathing, food preparation, feeding, hiking and many other activities! In collaboration with the National Wildlife Conservation Department, you get the first hand experience working for the great Elephant Conservation Project.

Aims & Objectives
The aims and objectives of this conservation project is to spread awareness about these beautiful animals, prevent them from going extinct, conserve their habitat, provide opportunity for participants to study the importance of elephant in the ecosystem, provide help and support for the injured and rescued elephant. You might have an opportunity to witness the relocation of wild elephants an effort in reducing animal-human conflict if chance arises (only happens by chance).

Program Description
The focus of this project is purely elephant conservation including: Enrichment, Husbandry, Planting, Elephant bathing area cleaning, Minor maintenance of the sanctuary is the norm of this project. The Elephant Experience program works together with Malaysia National Wildlife Conservation Department. You will spend a minimum a week in the National Elephant Conservation Centre.

Your Roles - General Information
A good level of fitness is required to participate on this project. The work is sometimes physical, the heat and humidity make this more challenging. There is a working schedule and plan setup for each participant. Please take note that you are coming to an operational rescue and rehabilitation centre, we cannot predict what may happen each day, potential new elephant arrivals under the centre’s care. Therefore, we ask the participants to be flexible and tolerant of potential delays or changes to the planned work as different projects may get reprioritized.

Patience is needed as you adjust to ‘Malaysia time’ – participants always come with huge amounts of enthusiasm and energy to plough into the project, which is a massive asset and positively impact on the sanctuary. You simply add a helpful and necessary piece to a much larger puzzle, and you should not expect the world of animal conservation to make great strides forward in the timeframe of your project. The Malaysian approach to work is also vastly different from the Western mentality. Therefore please prepare to embrace the cultural difference rather than display frustration and/or incredulity at the local labouring techniques and ethos.

Typical Day

Sunday Arrival

Monday to Thursday Your day will begin on the project wherein you get involved deep into various activities of the project. The work on this project is physical, and the heat and humidity add an extra challenging layer to this. You will be carrying out a variety of tasks including husbandry, enrichment and maintenance. The “best” jobs are not saved for the participants - you will be treated as pseudo staff members during the duration of your program. You will be required for assistance wherever the need may arise at the sanctuary.
Friday Community Service for the village of Indigenous Community. You may teach English, Song, Sport, Conservation Awareness Talk or any activities which are suitable and beneficial to the Indigenous Community.

Saturday Would be the conclusion of program.

Starting Dates
Every Monday, arrival on the Sunday prior to start date


One week only, non-extendable

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements
Minimum age: 8 and above (8-16 year-old must be accompanied and supervised by parent/guardian/teacher)
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: Yes
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements
Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.

What is Included:

  • Airport pick-up

  • Accommodation, dorm or hostel

  • Meals, Monday - Friday breakfast & lunch, Saturday & Sunday breakfast only (12 meals per week) 

  • Transportation to project site

  • 24/7 in country emergency support

  • dedicated project coordinator

  • Volunteer placement

What"s Excluded:

  • Flight

  • Insurance

  • Airport drop-off at conclusion of the project

  • Visa

  • Spending money for additional activities

Location and Arrival Airport

Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur

Arrival Airport: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IATA Code: KUL)

Pickup Point: KL Sentral Train Station (KL Central)

Country Info

Malaysia consists of two parts which could hardly be any more different and are separated from each other by the South China Sea. While the mainland is a multicultural place that has been moderately developed Borneo will make you feel like you are in the middle of the wilderness. Nonetheless its jungles are stunning and will most likely excite you if you are at all interested in becoming a wildlife conservation volunteer in Malaysia. From highly developed Kuala Lumpur which is home to one of the tallest building in the world to the countryside there is a great amount of travel or volunteer opportunities in Malaysia which are waiting for you.

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Elephant Conservation, West Malaysia

Animals / Environmental Conservation



From 08 Dec 2019 To 14 Dec 2019

600.00 per person