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

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.

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.

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.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Turtle conservation and much more

I went to TRACC as a turtle volunteer but everyone pitches in to do all sorts of marine conservation and soon i was building reefs for the divers. There are lots of turtles and our turtle patrols certainly stop egg poaching. It is a great feeling to see all the nests in the hatchery. Our turtle snorkels were so much fun, we saw about 20 turtles on each survey, mostly green but a few hawksbills. we even learnt to sex the turtles and a few could be individually identified.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The best way to help save coral reefs.

I read about the coral reef crisis before I went on my gap year travels and was determined to find a programme that was actually making a difference. Fortunately I found TRACC and realized that there are lots of other passionate people out there. I stayed at the Tip of Borneo camp had had a great time. I met lots of interesting people, I made and planted reefs and I learnt a lot. We dived some great dive sites, Barbie reef (all pink soft corals) was my favourite. but the deeper sites of Aquarium and deep secret were also cool. I spent a month at the Coconut cove Camp near the Tip of Borneo and it was no hardship a all. Everyone had their own tent complete with Fan so it was not hot in bed at night. The internet was slow but I had email an FB from In my tent. AND the food was amazing - Roby the cook is fantastic. I am a vegetarian and there was lots of healthy fresh food to eat. The carnivores obviously did ok with lots of nice seafood (so they tellme.)
Now that I am qualified to PADI advanced, and can hover above the reef without damaging it, ( thanks to my instructor) I can go to the TRACC pom pom island site which is further offshore and has amazing visibility. In the middle of 2015, I will finish my Gap year by coming back to TRACC so I can go diving with Turtles in clear water. My new diving skills will be very useful when I work on the coral nursery and help create new reef.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

Wow and Wow again

I have been on a few volunteer trips and this was by far and away the best. We were busy actually doing conservation, not watching but doing and that makes a very pleasant difference. We make bottle reefs, counted fish on coke reefs and surveyed excellent and terrible reefs, There were amazing turtles and great people. The results that TRACC has make it really worthwhile, it is obvious that all the effort makes a difference.