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Location: Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
Category:  Tourism & Community Development
Job Type: Internship
Contract Length: 3-9 Months
Application Closing Date: 14th April 2019
Start Date: 1st June 2019

Fancy living life on a paradise island working with the local community to benefit the environment? As Community Liason Leader for the Perhentian Eco-Education Project you’ll do just that, working closely with villagers, NGO’s and tour operators. Through encouraging active participation from the villages, it’s your job to introduce villagers to potential new forms of tourism revenue. Be that residents hosting Malay dinners, offering village tour and snorkel guides, or Kuih cooking classes.

Whats in it for you?

Based in Perhentian Kecil at our Eco Education and Community project, this role gives you the opportunity to impact the local community and promote sustainable tourism practices as the island continues to grow in popularity as a tourist destination.

Skills for your CV:

    • Excellent communication skills used to educate, influence and inform
    • Efficient organisation and planning skills through developing lesson plans and materials
    • Time management and meeting deadlines
    • Good at building rapport and relationships with stakeholders
    • Effective people management skills, coordinating meetings and organising schedules
    • Knowledge and enthusiasm for conservation and sustainable tourism
  • Adaptability, flexibility and problem solving to overcome challenges


    • Accommodation included in your admin fee based at Ecoteer house in Perhentian Kecil. You’ll stay with the other project interns allowing you to mix with some wonderful people
    • Free food! You’ll get access to communal staff food at each project base where you’ll cook alongside other interns. Feel free to treat yourself to some local Malaysia cuisine too from around the village
    • An additional allowance of RM250 per month after 6 months, if you commit to a longer term internship
    • Free Wifi access at Ecoteer house project site
    • One day off per week plus four consecutive days per month during the project season
    • All work related expenses (Unfortunately this doesn’t include your travel to or from Malaysia)
  • Written reference letter upon completion of internship. We’ll do our best to help you land your dream job

What we need from you

To apply for this role you’ll need to meet a few requirements and be committed and passionate to engaging with the local Perhentian community and promoting sustainable tourism practices. Find out more about the role and the duties you’ll be completing throughout the internship below.


    • Keen interest in sustainable tourism and community development
      Excellent communication skills and confident public speaker
    • Fluent in Bahasa Malaysia and an excellent level of English, verbal and written
    • Highly organised and ability to work to a schedule
    • Team player but also comfortable working independently
    • Comfortable working with children
    • Efficient time management skills and ability to work to deadlines
    • Flexible and adaptable. Ability to use initiative
    • Knowledge of the work of the Perhentian Eco-Education Project in Malaysia
    • Interest in conservation and sustainability
    • IT competency

Key duties and responsibilities

    • Act as secretary for the Perhentian Island Ladies Association (PILA); organise and help manage weekly meetings
    • Develop tourist offerings to provide alternative income for the group and promote to resorts to order local kuih and promote Malay dinners to their guests
    • Promote PILA online via Facebook, Tripadvisor and through articles/blogs
    • Work with the ladies to improve and develop their environmental awareness e.g. using less plastic to sell their products. Develop eco-activities the ladies could lead to make an income e.g. composting, recycling or a plant nursery
    • Communicate regularly with the villagers; invite to Ecoteer house or visit them at their homes. Discuss the importance of a healthy, clean environment to tourism. Build support.
    • Meet with other stakeholders (NGO’s, government agencies, universities etc) and discuss collaborations to work towards a sustainable island, maintaining a database of all stakeholders. Identify and implement opportunities for sharing data
    • Act as a liason between all stakeholders and assist in organising environmental activities such as beach cleans or awareness booths. Host safety and awareness briefings with resorts around the island
    • Lead three weekly school clubs; English, Eco-Snorkel and Ecoteer Environmental Clubs in addition to teaching adult learning classes
    • Develop a syllabus and produce teaching materials and lesson plans accordingly, storing all materials for future use
    • Complete weekly teaching reports and feedback to project manager
    • Participate in beach and village clean ups, encouraging villagers to get involved
    • Assist with composting and recycing projects and promote sustainable practices by sharing information
    • Conduct Coral Watch Surveys working with villagers at selected snorkel sites and ensure safe practice
    • Collect photos and videos of activities for social media where appropriate and produce blogs about your experience when requested
    • When required, assist the project manager and other interns with volunteer and research activities including water confidence and eco snorkelling practices
    • Report to your supervisor and collaborate with other interns when necessary, maintaining open communication at all times
    • Follow agreed timetables to deliver work in a timely fashion
    • Display a professional example to local community members, volunteers and colleagues
    • Follow instructions as delivered by project managers when on site
    • Ensure the project house is kept clean and tidy, assisting with daily chores on a rota basis
    • Adherence to all safety measures, protocols, procedures and budgets as directed by Fuze Ecoteer
  • Any other duties that may be required including; group events, cover for colleague’s leave and illness, providing adequate notice of travel arrangements (work related or personal)

How To Apply

Please submit your CV and Cover Letter to

For more information or if you have any further questions about the role please email

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