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Malaysia Island Community Development

Malaysia Island Community Development

Engage with local communities by raising environmental awareness and empowering women and promote development through painting, gardening and light construction on the beautiful Perhentian Islands.

Prices from $745

Malaysia is a paradise of lush forests, pristine beaches and tropical islands. World renowned for its diversity in wildlife and people, this incredible country offers visitors a wealth of activities and fascinating things to both see and do. The result of this fantastic melting-pot of culture is a relaxed, open-minded way of life, and a world famously warming hospitality. If you can picture yourself living and working on a tropical island, contributing towards supporting local communities whilst sampling the fantastic Malay cuisine, then this beautiful country is the place for you!

Head to the pristine beaches of the beautiful Perhentian Islands where you can join Frontier’s Malaysia Community Development project. You will have the exciting opportunity to make significant contributions to the livelihoods of the people from the local community and make friends for life. Get involved with these exciting projects all while enjoying a slice of life in Malaysia.


  • Teach and engage with local communities about environmental issues
  • Empower women of the island
  • Help keep the pristine beaches of the Perenthians clean
  • Create an array of unforgettable memories


Location Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Activities Raising environmental awareness through different channels
Empower women
Community development through painting, gardening and light construction
Transport Airport pickup for MYR50 each way
Accommodation Shared dormitories in volunteer hostel



Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Airport pickup for MYR80 each way
Local orientation and training
Daily food allowance
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup





A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


This project aims to help support and develop the livelihoods of people within some of Malaysia’s impoverished communities. This is achieved through a range of engagement activities such as teaching English classes, leading school clubs on environmental awareness, providing a platform for local women to gain financial independence through vocational skills and helping with construction and beach cleaning to help maintain the local community. 


On this project you will be able to get involved with a range of activities to help support and develop the local community. These include, but are not limited to the different aspects:

Teaching and School Clubs

Help teach and organize three weekly school clubs in Eco-Snorkeling, English and Environmental classes. You will be able to assist with preparing and leading fun educational activities for the children on the island.

Women’s Support

You will be able to support local women by helping to increase their income and environmental awareness. Each week, local women host traditional ‘kuih’ (snacks & cakes) making sessions for volunteers and tourists. You will be able to give talks around local resorts to help encourage more tourists to support the local women by attending these classes or buying their products. 

Construction, Beach Cleaning & Recycling

Community development work may include construction and mini DIY projects, mural or signboard painting, herb garden maintenance, and beach cleans. A recycling competition has been introduced at the local primary school to help reduce litter on the island. 


It is best to arrive Monday morning or the day before and stay in a hotel for the night. You can then get the boat Monday morning ready for an induction that afternoon. There will be more instructions on how to make your own way to the jetty in your field brief, available four weeks before your project commences.

Alternatively, a pickup can be arranged for MYR50 and you will be met at the airport. Return to the airport is the same cost.


Throughout your project you will be based at our volunteer camp on the beautiful Perenthian Islands staying in a volunteer guesthouse located in the village. You will share a mixed-sex dormitory-style room with other volunteers, which will be fitted with a ceiling fan and a shared a bathroom. There is a fully equipped kitchen if you want to cook for yourself, and a basic but comfortable lounge for you to enjoy in the evenings.


Malaysian food is heavily influenced from a variety of cultures from all over the world; the fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavours create a symphony of aromas and exotic tastes. 

You will be provided with a daily food allowance when on the programme to cover your 3 meals per day, which you can choose to spend at the local restaurant or shop. This is a great opportunity to sample the local delicacies, as well as supporting the local economy! 

Eat like the locals by trying a tasty Nasi Dagang for breakfast, or join the cult following in Kuala Lumpur addicted to Hokkiem Mee noodles. The multicultural community of Malaysia has many cultural differences however they are all passionate about their cuisine creating a unique, delicious culinary style.

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The beaches of the Perhentian Islands are spectacular – with their pure white sand set against clear turquoise water it is a beautiful setting to relax in with a book after a long day. If you want to see more of the islands there are opportunities to trek the jungle, where you have the chance of seeing a number of species of large reptile, bugs and maybe even some wild monkeys. Or alternatively, you may decide to view the islands from afar on a kayaking day trip. 

Malaysia is brimming over with exciting and unique world heritage sites and flourishing forests ready and waiting for you to discover. After you complete your project why not discover Kuala Lumpur’s spectacular landmarks by taking a hop on hop off bus tour around the city; learn how to cook like the locals with cooking lessons or take a stroll along the canopy skywalk in a nearby national park. Other opportunities include exploring the tea plantations and refreshing mossy forests of the Cameron Highlands, or taking an eco-bike tour through Melaka or discovering your inner peace with yoga lessons along Langkawi’s spectacular beaches.


1 week $745

2 weeks $1,295

3 weeks $1,495

4 weeks $1,645

Extra weeks $295


This project is currently not available during the following dates: May 30th, June 20th, July 4th, 11th & 25th, October 10th.

Weekly on Mondays February 6th – November 20th


26th February 2018 to 12th November 2018



1 week and longer


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt 


  • Accommodation
  • Daily food allowance
  • Local orientation and training
  • Airport pickup for MYR50 each way
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Kota Bharu (KBR)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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