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August on Tiga Ruang. Rutger talks about his month on the island.

Selamat petang, my name is Rutger (English name Roger). My role on the Perhentian Turtle Project is Coordinator on the nesting beach Tiga Ruang. I take the volunteers with me during the night doing patrol along the beach to look out for turtles that want to lay eggs. During the night we teach them everything […]

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We Talk To…Barbara

1)Traditionally conservation hates business!  What do you mean by Conservation Business and how is it different from an NGO say? Can you also explain more about Biodiversity Business I think it’s a shame that conservationists generally dislike engaging with business, since their work is affected so much by corporate and economic impacts such as deforestation, […]

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Polly – Vietnamese green turtle in Malaysian waters

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Please meet Polly – our local celebrity. Polly is a green turtle and a frequent visitor at Teluk Pauh bay, where we conduct our daily surveys. We saw Polly feeding around the same area every year since 2013 (the start of our observations), but this year she returned with new and shiny tag on her […]

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What is Roots and Shoots?

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1) What is roots and shoots? Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is a programme of the Jane Goodall Institute. The programme is about making positive change happen for people, for animals and for the environment. The Roots & Shoots network connects youths of all ages who share a desire to create a better world, with young […]

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We talk to…Neil

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What exactly is micro plastics? Microplastics are basically just really small pieces of plastic. In science, a plastic is considered micro if it is smaller than 5mm in diameter. They are created both intentionally and accidentally. A lot of products, such as face scrubs, cleansers and other cosmetics can often be found to have microplastics […]

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Conservation: how do we do it?

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Ever since I was 15 I have wanted to be a conservationist. It is one thing wanting to do conservation, however it is a hard task trying to define it. How do you ‘do conservation’? When people refer to nature conservation, it generally means ensuring human resource use and activity does not prevent the efficient […]

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To pay or not to pay?

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A lot of people ask me this question, why do I need to pay to volunteer? Good question, as a firm believer of all types of ‘volunteering’, in that we promote voluntourism as well as long term internships which are free, I will try to explain all. First of all I think it all depends […]

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7 tips on how to find the right voluntourism project for you!

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Over the past 10 years conservation and community projects have boomed, you can find projects looking after tarsiers or even looking after sheep in Andes.  So why? And how to pick the right one? There are more projects now due to 2 main reasons As grants and other traditional sources of funding dry up more […]

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Exotic, delicious, and sometimes scary: my guide to Malaysian veggies

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One of the best things about travelling is you get to eat a lot. Try different dishes, tuck into delicious street food at night markets, learn new recipes… and generally be a bit greedy because, after all, you’ve have to try everything at least once! As an intern at Fuze Ecoteer I’m lucky enough to […]

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Here there and every where…

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Hujan was the first word I learnt in Malaysia. It means rain, and I have seen more than my fair share of it. Since my blog of the 22nd May I have been travelling and exploring quite a lot, and here I am back in the kitchen in Merapoh at 10.57 on a Monday evening. The air […]

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