Builders needed at charity's non-profit beach resort in Borneo!

The Exchange

Use your carpentry and handyman skills to help make improvements around our beach resort -Basaga Holiday Lundu- on the beautiful island of Borneo. You can help with tasks like painting, repair, and general maintenance, or try your hand at bigger projects like saline pool conversion and installing eco-toilets. The resort is run by our charity -Orangutan Project- which helps to further animal welfare and conservation on Borneo.

What you offer

30 hours of help per week

Painting & Decorating: Help with painting or decorating the property facilities.

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens

What you get

2 days off per week

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Cook your own meal: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.

Discounts on Restaurants: Get discounts at nearby restaurants.

Discounts on Pubs: Get discounts at nearby pubs.

Discounts on Drinks: Get discounts for drinks and beverages from our bar.

Discounts on Accommodation: Get discounts for your stay in other hostels.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Bikes at your disposal: You can use our bikes any time you want.


Intermediate English

Over 21 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

We need capable and handy people to help us with maintenance and building projects at our beach resort. The resort is one of many fundraising businesses run by our charity - Orangutan Project - which is an animal welfare and conservation charity on Borneo. **100% of our proceeds from the resort (and our other businesses in Kuching) go towards conservation and welfare!** Because of this we would like to work on making our resort more eco-friendly.
We want to change our chlorine pool to salt, install eco-toilets, water recycling systems and start a garden and composting pile on the grounds. Depending on your skill set, you could help us in a number of ways!

For more information about our charity and what we do, check out our profile!

Activities & Shift

Generally, our volunteers work during the week to get things done on the grounds because the weekends are our busiest times. You will be working and living at the resort, so you will need to manage your personal time and work time effectively.

Most volunteers work Mon-Fri 9-12 and 3-6 because the afternoons are hot in the tropics, but the shifts are flexible depending on your work style.

We have lots of ideas on how to make our resort more eco-friendly and are looking for people who are generally competent builders. Some bigger projects we are interested include using shipping containers to add additional rooms to the resort.

You will be taking control of the projects and a lot of the maintenance, so please only apply if you have relevant experience.


The accommodation is in the staff quarters at the resort. The quarters are very basic but comfortable, and have the beach right outside your door. We are looking to improve the volunteer quarters as well, so this might be a fun side project you can do! You will have a private room and access to a shared bathroom with cold showers and western toilets. You can use the amenities at the hotel like the pool and beach anytime you would like.

A personal living stipend is provided every week, and we provide discounts at our bars and hotel in Kuching. In exchange for all we provide, we are looking for people willing to work and help make a difference, not a free vacation :)