Volunteering at MESCOT - Work InvolvesKinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
time of deaths or marriages. There have been in the past some special programs targeting the local health clinic, village school and village kindergarten, either cleaning, painting, general maintenance or student activities. General Work: The key work that the MESCOT team carry-out is work that supports the community- based ecotourism activities or the conservation fieldwork. Work invariably involves a lot of maintenance, cleaning, and keeping the key facilities and machinery functioning to carry out the visitor program and conservation work. IMPORTANT NOTE: There will always be a variety of work, and work can or will involve some or all of the above depending on KOPEL- MESCOT's needs at the time.
Conservation Work: At present very little of KOPEL-MESCOT's conservation work is mechanised. The conservation work is highly labour intensive and very physical demanding. Because of this, from time to time, there is a need for the overall KOPEL-MESCOT team to get involved on a voluntary basis, especially to support the staff and workers of the forest restoration and lake restoration programs. This work can involve moving seedlings, manually cutting or clearing vines, tree planting, weeding planted trees, bagging new seedlings in the tree nursery, bagging and removal of Salvinia sludge from the lake restoration project. There are a number of lighter (physically less demanding) jobs such as planting seedlings in the nursery or observing and collating data for monitoring
purposes. Community Work: An important part of the MESCOT Initiative involves developing local capacity to carry out KOPEL-MESCOT activities. Many of the KOPEL personnel and the entire community benefit from these capacity building activities. In addition to these activities there are a number of direct community focused objectives that the KOPEL-MESCOT Initiatives try to support. This includes managing the local aesthetic environment through village clean-ups, rubbish collection, building toilets proper sanitation, construction of proper drainage, reduction of potential mosquito breeding grounds, helping on village communal work and supporting other general family welfare activities such as at