Conservation and Environmental Sustainability

This program provides Students and staff with a variety of adventures that challenging their pre-existing notions of conservation and environmental sustainability.  Through exposure to, and discussion with Malaysians working in the field, students begin to understand the social and economic factors that impact on local communities and their interaction with the environment.

The program begins with a visit to a palm oil plantation where they challenge their beliefs as they learn about palm oil cultivation, production and sustainable practices.

Engagement with Sarawak Forestry includes trips to Kubah National park (the most species of frogs in the world in one place) and Matang Wildlife Centre, where the group can participate in the Orang-utan Volunteer program. Site briefings by park managers and up close experiences to local flora and fauna provide increased understanding to the classroom theory. A trip to Bako National Park sees students engage with indigenous communities and partake in activities such as tree planting, traditional fish trapping, shrimp paste processing and local culture demonstrations.

Activities can include a visit to a remote indigenous community whose lives have been impacted because of dam building or logging. The group stays in longhouses and engage with the community through meals and cultural events.

Other activities enjoyed by the students include the Sarawak Cultural Village, which introduces the many indigenous tribes of Sarawak, a visit to Tanoti – a social enterprise that ensures the craft of indigenous weaving is maintained, and finally, a kayaking trip downriver that includes swimming and lunch in a Bidayuh village.

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