Tropical forest conservation

Project name:

SAFE Project

Project purpose:

Tropical forest conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

Weekly cost (approx USD):





South-East Asia

1 Ratings


Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science


shared rooms at a field camp

When does the project run?


cooking facilities, accommodation included, powered by generator in the evening. satellite TV, food for researchers staying at SAFE field camp, basic camp and office facilities: electricity, laser printing, scanning.

How long can I stay?


Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

*There are a variety of staying lengths, researchers options and different camps to stay at. There is no set plan. Please inquire with SAFE for more specific details*


The Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystem (SAFE) Project is located in the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo. It stands among the world’s largest ecological experiments. The SAFE Project consists of three interconnected projects:


  • The first of these examines ecological changes along a gradient of forest modification, scrutinising differences in how the ecosystem functions and the species that survive in a forest as it becomes lightly logged, heavily logged, fragmented and eventually converted into an oil palm plantation.

  • The second project relies on experimentally designed forest fragments to investigate how the spatial structure of a landscape can mediate or exacerbate the ecological impacts of logging.

  • The third project is focused on the role of forest remnants in protecting waterways, investigating how changing the width of the riparian vegetation that shelters permanent streams impacts the quality of water emerging from forests and plantations.

SAFE hosts many different ecological researchers over a variety of research areas.

  • 208 projects completed, in progress or being developed at the SAFE Project.

  • 18 research areas that cover the breadth of research at the SAFE Project.

  • 445 researchers participating in planning and carrying out these projects and hundreds more who have worked with the vital data collected at the SAFE Project.

  • 190 recorded outputs that researchers have linked to from this site.

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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