Wildlife Conservation Project

Charisma Movement’s commitment to promoting environmental awareness and appreciation began in 2016. In 2020, our flagship environmental project was rebranded to the Wildlife Conservation Project (previously Project Penyu), as we expanded our wildlife and environment of interest to include terrapins, mangroves and fireflies as our wildlife and environment of interest, while continuing exposure to turtle conservation efforts. 

As part of the Wildlife Conservation Project 2021, Charisma Movement plans to encourage a citizen scientist campaign  on two chosen fields, the coral reef ecosystem and the nesting and foraging sea turtle. We would also contribute to the conservation of marine wildlife and highlight the connection between sustainable tourism and its effect on Malaysia's wildlife, especially in the marine environment. This year, we will be focusing not just on enhancing the volunteering experience, but also on the social and cultural effect on environmental issues. 

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To instil a sense of stewardship towards the environment amongst Malaysian youths, through hands-on conservation work and mini-projects.

To affirm the importance of sustainable tourism and its direct impact on wildlife and the environment.

To engage with the local community via acts of community service (i.e. beach clean-ups, adoption family).

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AIMS OF THE PROJECT

To raise awareness on wildlife conservation efforts to the public by conducting post-event social media campaigns and school engagement programmes.

To embed the experience of the citizen scientist into this programme to influence youths with a non-environmental background.

To respond to the importance of waste management and the water footprint in Malaysia.

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PROGRAMME TIMELINE

Dates/Deadlines
Activities
19th April – 2nd May
Wildlife Conservation Project volunteer recruitment
23rd May
Announcement of successful volunteers
23rd May – 30th May
Acceptance of volunteer roles
30th May
Opening Ceremony/Icebreaking
June - July
Fundraising
July
Know-Before-You-Go (Pre-Departure Training)
2nd August – 8th August
WCP 2021 (Team 1)
9th August – 15th August
WCP 2021 (Team 2)
28th August
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  1. Youths between the ages of 18-30 years old.

  2. Open to any nationality and field of study.

  3. Able to commit to the entirety of the Wildlife Conservation Project from June-August 2021.

  4. Team player, creative and passionate to save the environment.

  5. For volunteers who wish to join the Coral Team, you need to present a valid diving licence. CM will arrange for a PADI OWD licence for those who do not have one, however, this is at the volunteer’s own expense.

ELIGIBILITY
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Phase 1: 2nd – 7th August 2021 

Phase 2: 9th – 14th August 2021

Date
Duration

6 Days 5 Nights

Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu, Malaysia

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Wildlife Conservation Project (WCP) 2021 is a volunteer-fundraising      programme that requires volunteers to fundraise a selected amount goal prior to the pilot trip in August 2021.

Volunteers will be given a 2-month period to fundraise the amount with Charisma Movement’s guidance. 100% of the money fundraise will be used for the conservation project. 

 Additionally, WCP 2021 is open to all youths from any background or field of study as CM will provide all necessary training in the virtual pre-departure event, Know-Before-You-Go (KBYG). All of the volunteers are expected to attend to learn the skills and knowledge needed before going on the physical pilot trip. 

*The timeline above are tentative and subject to change.

CHOOSE YOUR TEAM!

Volunteers are free to choose their own field of interest. WCP2021 comprises of two teams that offer a variety of activities in promoting the citizen scientist programme.

TURTLE TEAM

The Turtle Team will aid the

sea turtle conservation efforts of the Perhentian Turtle Project in the Perhentian Island. The volunteers will be assisting the NGO in monitoring the population of sea turtles by gathering biometric data by using a photo-identification technique. 

CORAL TEAM

The Coral Team will work hand-in-hand with the Perhentian Marine Research Station and Alunan Coral Project to restore and conserve the coral reefs of Perhentian Island. The volunteers will also assist in a coral watch programme with the local kids in the Kg. Nelayan community with help of the Perhentian Eco Education Project.

Charisma Movement will take all necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will:

1.  Ensure that all volunteers are tested for the COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result prior to the pilot project.

2.  Undertake all safety measures and standard operating procedures throughout the programme.

3.  Ensure that none of the volunteers are allowed onto the project if they present with any of the early common symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, dry cough, and fatigue as well as other less common symptoms such as loss of taste or smell, aches and pains, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, red eyes, diarrhoea, or a skin rash. If these symptoms occur, volunteers will be advised to attend a medical check-up and get a doctor’s advice.

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Volunteer recruitment is now open from 19th April – 2nd May 2021.

Please bear in mind that the interviews will be done on a rolling basis and applications will be closed once we have gathered enough volunteers. Apply now!

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Do the volunteers need to use their own money to pay for the WCP fee?


WCP works on a volunteering-fundraising basis. Volunteers will be required to fundraise an amount of RM1200 per person (for coral team) or RM870 per person (for turtle team) prior to the physical trip in August. CM will guide volunteers to conduct group fundraising. However, volunteers are free to choose if they want to fundraise as a group or as an individual




What is included in the Wildlife Conservation Project fee?


The WCP fee covers the payments for a 6D5N accommodation, meals, logistics, transportation, equipment and project fees for the collaborating NGOs. CM does not take any of the fundraised amount. All of this amount will go towards the conservation effort.




Will there be any overlap of activities between the two teams?


The two teams will be doing different activities at different places on a daily basis but will come together for a number of joint activities. These include a one-day community service event, a 3-day tuition class programme with the local kids and daily team discussions.




I am interested in joining the Coral Team but I do not have a diving licence. What should I do?


CM will arrange for volunteers to acquire a PADI Open Water Diver licence at Perhentian Island. Those who wish to obtain a diving licence are required to arrive at the island 3 days before the planned WCP start date. The cost of the Diving Licence will be at the volunteer’s own expense.




Do the volunteers need to be able to swim?


No. We welcome all volunteers but priority will be given to outdoor enthusiasts who are comfortable in the water and the sea, and are willing to learn. Safety is our utmost priority. Thus, life jackets will be provided for every activity.




What if our team is unable to achieve the fundraising goal?


If the team is unable to meet the fundraising target, the volunteers will be required to cover any balance after CM's attempt to adjust the project budget and schedule accordingly.




Is the fundraising going to be done individually or as a group?


Fundraising will be done as a group. The team will be given a minimum amount to fundraise prior to the project.




What if there is a travel restriction/Movement Control Order in August?


Charisma Movement will be strictly complying to the SOPs released by the Malaysian Government and will not be approving any action from our projects that will violate the said SOPs. If restrictions are set at the time of the project starting date, CM will convene and discuss the proceedings of the project. However, if the project is cancelled, the volunteers can decide on the beneficiaries of the fundraised amount for the project.




What are the COVID-19 precautionary measures that CM plans to undertake for WCP?


CM will follow the Standard Operating Procedures throughout the whole project. It is compulsory for all volunteers to get a COVID-19 screening swab test prior to the trip. CM will reimburse volunteers for the price of the screening tests (terms and conditions apply).




Where will we be staying?


Volunteers will stay at a private homestay on Pulau Perhentian itself, to ensure safety distancing between volunteers and the local people.




What if I am unable to join the pre-departure event and post-take event due to classes?


We are looking for highly committed individuals who can participate in the entirety of the from June to August. It is compulsory for everyone in the team to fundraise, attend the pre-departure training and participate in the school attack. Volunteers must pose a valid reason for their absence.