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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. 


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).



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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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
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.

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Phase 1: 2nd – 7th August 2021 

Phase 2: 9th – 14th August 2021


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.


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.


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. 


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!

  • When will applications for volunteers open?
    Volunteer applications will open around March to April every year. Do follow our social media/subscribe to our newsletter to not miss this period!
  • How do I apply to be a volunteer?
    There will be an online application form for you to fill up and submit. You will be required to attach your CV during the online application phase. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to an interview. Successful applicants, following the interview, will then be notified through email.
  • Who can apply to be a volunteer?
    All youths aged 18-30 of any nationality may apply. As long as you have a strong desire to make a positive impact, we encourage you to apply! Volunteers are not limited to students, anyone can apply!
  • How can I apply to be a committee member?
    The application process to be a committee member is similar to that of the volunteer recruitment process. The only difference is that committee applications will only be open around September to October. Occasionally, ad-hoc committee recruitment may occur throughout the year so it is best for you stay updated through our social media/newsletter!
  • Who can apply to be a committee member?
    Primarily, but not limited to, youths undergoing tertiary-level education and young working adults (aged below 30) will be eligible to apply to be a committee member!
  • How many volunteers/committee members do you recruit roughly in a year?
    Typically, we recruit around 40 to 50 volunteers and about 20 to 25 committee members each year.
  • What are Charisma Movement’s flagship events?
    Our annual flagship events are mainly Anak Malaysia project, Wildlife Conservation Project and Inspire Initiative. Aside from that, we accept project proposals every year, and carry them out when possible.
  • Will there still be events in 2021 despite the pandemic?
    Our annual events will still run as per usual despite the pandemic. If the situation allows, they will be conducted as planned. Otherwise, there will be alternative plans as to how they will be conducted. For example, Digital Anak Malaysia 2020 was an alternative to our usual educational project.
  • How to contribute to the projects as a non-volunteer?
    You could contribute by donating to the Charisma Movement via the donation page. Alternatively, feel free to share our social media materials, and spread the word about us!
  • Will I get tax relief if I donate to Charisma Movement?
    Unfortunately not, CM is yet to be registered as a tax-exempt charity. However, we will let you know when it does become available.
  • Where can I get the most up-to-date information about CM?
    Subscribe to our monthly newsletter via our website. Follow us on Instagram: @charismamovement Follow us on Facebook: Charisma Movement Follow us on Twitter: @CharismaMVMT Follow us on LinkedIn: Charisma Movement
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