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Volunteer, Dive, and Protect Corals, Sharks, and Turtles!

Help replant coral reefs in the coral triangle in Sabah, Malaysia. We have two fantastic camps on beautiful beaches where we will teach you to dive so you can plant corals,...

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Marine Protected Areas Program

Join a program that protects coral reefs in Sabah Malaysian Borneo. Participants can assist with communications, which can be done home-based through the Internet. They can...

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Advanced (A) level Cambridge Marine Science Course

Tropical Research and Conservation centre teaches the internationally recognised Cambridge examinations board A level in Marine science. Ideal for people who are qualified...

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Tropical Research and Conservation Centre Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Wow and double Wow - I did not want to leave

I volunteered at TRACC for just 2 weeks, which seemed like a good idea when I was booking. What a mistake, most of the rest of the volunteers were there for 8-12 weeks and were having such a good time that I simply stayed. There was no space for the week after my 2 weeks so I went to look at elephants and Orang utans and then I came back for another glorious 6 weeks. The beach is fantastic, the sea blue clear and warm and the atmosphere was just great. Lots of keen enthusiastic people doing marine conservation work to help save the coral reefs.
Real people doing proactive marine conservation. I will be back. TRACC I love what you do :-)

Program: Marine Protected Areas Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Kickstart a career as a marine biologist

I have to start by saying it was with some trepidation that I decided to take part in the 2014 Marine science course at TRACC. Simply because it had been almost a decade since I had been at school studying.
Within the first couple of weeks of classes, field trips and studying, my concerns had been replaced with excitement and curiosity. It is after all hard to be stressed on a beautiful remote tropical Island. I can’t think of a more suitable and amazing place to learn about marine science and the wonders of the marine world than the spectacular Pom Pom Island, surrounded by crystal clear water and white sandy beaches. Not to mention an array of sea creatures that are mind blowing.
Not only was the content of the course incredibly interesting and well structured, the field trips we were lucky enough to be a part of were amazing adventures. These field trips included a hike up an extinct volcano to learn about atoll formation, a trek through a muddy mangrove to collect sediment samples and a trip to the local fish markets and docs to better understand fisheries management. Although, best of all was the awesome diving!!! Being able to observe for ourselves, symbiotic behaviour, biodiversity, food webs and much more at Pom Pom’s amazing dive sights, was just incredible.
The subject which affected me the most was human impacts on the marine environment. It really takes someone studying the topic to some degree to properly realise the enormity of the impacts we as people have on the marine environment. As shocking and frankly overwhelming as the module is, (covering topics such as; global warming, pollution and ocean acidification), being able to learn about them at a marine conservation centre from people who are actively making a difference, makes you understand how important education is in the fight for a sustainable future on earth.
By exam time in Kota Kinabalu I was feeling as confident as a person can be before exam time! I may have even left a couple of the exams smiling 
All in all, I can honestly say not only was it an amazing experience but it ignited a passion in me and helped me gain confidence in my ability to return to studying even in my late 20’s after a long gap.

Program: Advanced (A) level Cambridge Marine Science Course

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    7

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Pom Pom Island with TRACC is heaven on Earth for any gap year volunteer

I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Compared to the other gap year experiences TRACC Borneo project is a fantastic Gap Year experience, Pom Pom Island is offshore from Semporna in Sabah at the North of Borneo. The famous island of Sipadan is only 70km away and Pom Pom is just what you dream of for a romantic or getaway holiday . It is a white sand beautiful offshore island with blue blue sea and lots of turtles and colourfull fishes. I saw barracuda, bumphead parrotfish and lots of Nemo.
The instructors taught me to dive and I had lots of fun doing it.
Recommended for anyone who wants to go underwater. Especially if you are into conservation. Thats what TRACC does - we planted lots of reef. Great fun.
Accommodation is in tents -comfortable rainproof tents with a real bed, a fan and electricity.
I stayed for 6 weeks which was great but not enough. The staff were teaching the marine science A level course when I was there and I would like to go back and do that. A real A level the same as at school except on a fantastic beach.
If I died and go to heaven, this is what I want it to be like.

Program: Volunteer, Dive, and Protect Corals, Sharks, and Turtles!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Community Impact

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

Real marine science and conservation with professionals

This was by far and away the best conservation project i have been on. we were active all the time there was always something to do and we made some great reefs. I really enjoyed the actual process of putting new reef down onto the ocean floor. Sunsets on a fantastic beach who couldn't love that especially in the company of some great people chilling out in the hammocks at the end of a great day.
I will be back.

Program: Volunteer, Dive, and Protect Corals, Sharks, and Turtles!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Great diving conservation experience

If you aspire to work in the ocean or do any proactive conservation then this is the place for you. Great location with white sand beach and coral reef just off the beach. Great staff, they taught me to dive and all about coral planting and reef repair. I learnt the names of many fish and coral species and I had a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed the sunday fundays.

Program: Volunteer, Dive, and Protect Corals, Sharks, and Turtles!

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