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Getting to know what inspires our volunteers!

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Ecoteer had always aimed to promote the spirit of voluntourism.

At the same time, we had always wanted to find out what inspires our voluntours to commit their time and effort in a voluntour placement.

Therefore, Ecoteer would like to share some of our volunteers views, perspective and thoughts (with their permissions of course =D).

Here is one from Phil, from the Jogjakarta Orangutan & Wildlife Rescue project, Indonesia.

1. First of all, Ecoteer has many volunteering projects around Asia. Why did you choose Jogjakarta?
I choose Jogjakarta as it is part of a course through Animal Jobs Direct which is also how I found it as I have previously studied diplomas through Animal Jobs Direct. Continue reading…

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Perhentian Marine Research Team – Goodbye 2014

As monsoon season brings in stormy skies over the stunning Perhentian Islands, our Marine Research and Conservation programme has now closed for the winter.
Perhentian-Islands-Marine-Research-Project-Update-SeptOct-2014_page1_image2 Over the last few weeks, the program staffs have been rounding up all of this year’s data into a final report.
Perhentian-Islands-Marine-Research-Project-Update-SeptOct-2014_page1_image1 We have also been busy preparing the Blue Temple House for the impending rains of the annual monsoon season which starts around mid October and ends in Febuary. Continue reading…

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New team at the Ecoteer House!

Perhentian Islands Community & Conservation Project Update: Aug – Sept 2014

It’s been all-change here at Ecoteer House since our last update! Last month we were sorry to say goodbye to our interns, Volunteer co-ordinator, Mark and Community Liaison, Yun, after three glorious months on the island.

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Thank you both for your hard work – you will be greatly missed in the village.

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And a warm welcome to our new team – Shauna, Andy and Raymond.

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Summer on Perhentian Islands

Time flies when you are working hard and having fun… all too soon our diving season will be drawing to a close!  Before we reach our final weeks, here’s a look back at our busy summer period.

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July and August saw a large number of terrific volunteers joining our research team.

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 They worked hard to complete their training and achieve the necessary standard to help us conduct surveys.

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Community Centre Almost Ready!

This month’s Rainforest Awakening adventure started with Janneke doing a 3D2N programme in Kg Tonggang while being based at Bukit Kinding Resort. She was up for a challenge to do a Recce around the village and we found some pleasant surprises along the way.

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Janneke on the left and Sri Rao, the Rainforest Awakening program leader on the left.

We found an old abondened Orang Asli hut during the Recce. This would have been used as a resting area for those who cultivated the surrounding forest area for subsistence farming.

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It was time to finish the interior paint work and we sat out to accomplish just that this month at the community centre. Special credit goes to Hannah for drawing the lovely tree for us.

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More Enrichment For The Animals!

It’s been a non-stop summer at the Jogjakarta Orangutan project with volunteers joining us from all around the globe.

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In July and August we hosted a total of 16 volunteers from the UK, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Denmark and Singapore.

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Our main focus this month has been enrichment.  Enrichment provides stimulation for animals in captivity and attempts to encourage natural behaviours such as foraging, problem solving, playing and exploring via the various senses.

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It’s never dull in the Rainforest Conservation team!

08 2014 RA Pictorial Report_page2_image1The Rainforest Awakening program in August started of with Geraldine who was in Ipoh for 3D2N helping out with the community centre (mostly paint involved) and she managed up to Batu Suluh as well. A pat on the back for her and we hope that she enjoyed the climb!

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Then came Kate and Tom who had a ‘flying start’ at Bukit Kinding Resort, trying out the flying fox flying across the ‘vast’ vegetation on the land.

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Fruit Galore in the Forest

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In August, the Tiger Conservation Malaysia volunteers went trekking on the Palas Trail to spot any poacher’s signs. We found footprints along the sandy banks of the river. Could this print belong to a fishing cat??

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We went back to Batu Baoh to inspect the 10 snare traps we found in our previous trip and found that all of them have been removed. Thanks to Perhilitan for taking care of business. Perhilitan is Department of Wildlife and National Park of Malaysia.
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Forest rat for lunch and more snares!

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Jungle walk patrols – In June, our Tiger Conservation volunteer team walked along the Taman Negara River for a change instead of the usual jungle path and also something new to add on; doing Yoga by the river.

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Fun July at the Rainforest projects in Ipoh

This month started well with the mission of completing the interior paint work at the hostel and undercoat for Education Centre and the day was wrapped up with a nice dip in the river at the Rainforest Community & Conservation project.

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