There was a time when hotels were just a place to rest your head, everything else was done for you and all there was left to do was relax. Yet many of us feel unfulfilled, that something is missing – a need to satisfy our souls. Travel makes us feel good and relaxed but is there more beyond that fence? The Ecoteer House, run by Ecoteer Responsible Travel, seeks to provide that missing element. Based on the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia, they run altruistic holidays in Asia which aim to feed your soul as much as give you a great night’s sleep.
Ecoteer Responsible Travel offer their guests a new experience to their holidays and actively encourage them to ‘get involved’ in community conservation efforts run by the Ecoteer House ‘Village People’.
Their voluntourism programme for 2012 allows you to learn about turtle and coral conservation through their awareness activities – patrolling the beach to look for nesting green sea turtles, learn to decipher their tracks, collect coral bleaching data and help with coral replanting.
And what better way to learn about conservation than to share the knowledge with the local villagers. Spend a few nights in the village, immerse yourself in the local culture, teach the local school kids about the marine life at their doorsteps, join in their village composting and recycling community efforts and then wind up the busy day with a traditional Malay dinner cooked for you especially by the villagers. All this… and still have time to put your feet up, watch the waves, laze on the beach and read a book!
RM220 all inclusive per person per night
RM250 per person, if single
Air con twin room- sharing, three meals per day and donation to Ecoteer House community
1 week = RM664 per person
Return boat transfer, mixed dorm inside Ecoteer House, three meals per day, weekly snorkel
tour, weekly Malay dinner and donation to the Ecoteer House Community efforts).
Notes to editor:
Ecoteer was set up in 2005 by Daniel Quilter, offering a solution for cheap volunteering and working abroad.
Daniel has since found his heart in Malaysiaand through Ecoteer Responsible Travel he is helping to develop culturally and environmentally sensitive tourism which promotes and assists the Asian culture and environment which he so dearly loves. Ecoteer Responsible Travel is leading the way in ‘true’ ecotourism in Asia seeking to benefit the people and ecosystems of Asia.
Ecoteer Responsible Travel also offers a “Teaching English programme” in the rainforests of Borneo, setting up and collection of camera traps whilst jungle trekking in the Malaysian Rainforests, conserve sea turtles in Galleand an elephant and community program in Sri Lanka.
For further information on Ecoteer Responsible Travel visit www.ecoteerresponsibletravel.com.
Past comments from Ecoteer House guests
“Ecoteer Perhentian was something really different! I stayed for nearly a week and got an amazing insight into the Malay culture and the village on beautiful islands littered with tourist resorts that could be anywhere in the Tropics.
Whilst staying in the village I walked in the jungle and went swimming and fishing with the local kids. I helped paint a school some days and relaxed in the restaurants on the beach others. The local kids and Malay dinner that is included made it for me! Amazing and committed staff, amazing islander kids and amazing scenery!”
“The days we have spent in the village were great. Because of the close contact with the local people and the lovely children! Join a project like this makes you feel like a local not a like tourist. It’s the best way to experience the Malay culture! You can give a little help to the nature because of the conservation part of the project. The community house is in the middle of the village, it’s a basic but really cozy place! A nice experience during our stay here was teaching the children about nature and the conservation of turtles during the Friday morning TNT club (Turtles Need Trees).
Our stay here was one of the best experiences during our travel in Malaysia. So we felt really sad about leaving the village on the 5th day!”
Iris & Ralf, Holland
“A really ‘kampung’ (village in Malaysian) style experience! If u are too tired of the busy city life and for those who do not stay in a real Malay house, take a break by joining this and i m sure you would not regret!! Wonderful crews and villagers!! Activities with the local kids to educate them more on the knowledge of nature and wildlife! of course there will be other activities like jetty jumping, jungle trekking, beach cleaning, snorkeling and watch how the kids fish hunting in the sea!!!”
Nigel, Malaysia [/member]