A varied and flexible volunteering experience in North Sumatra
Uniquely, this project offers the chance to observe the elusive Sumatran orangutan in the wild! The location is a conservation sanctuary in the North of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on the edge of the UNESCO listed Gunung Leuser National Park. You can volunteer for a range of activities to help protect this vital wildlife buffer zone: mapping the environment, surveys of the local animal species that include orangutans and tigers. Additionally, you can participate in tree planting in this biodiversity hotspot and community recycling.
Apart from the wide choice of activities, you can also pick your duration from 1 to 8 weeks for maximum flexibility.
Immerse yourself in the rainforest and its wildlife
Reassuringly, this volunteering project is rooted in the local community and run by passionate local people. You have the chance for genuine hands-on conservation by helping with monitoring the wildlife and forest, tree-planting and recycling activities. You will be based close to a local village allowing you to experience the local culture and village life. Moreover, you will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle. Get to know the local wild orangutans. Often you will see different types of wild monkeys such as Thomas leaf monkeys, silver monkeys and macaques. Plus an abundance of other animals, from slow loris to big lizards, and many beautiful tropical birds, insects and butterflies.
Most importantly, by volunteering at this conservation project in Batu Kapal, you will definitely make an impact to protect the critically endangered orangutans of Sumatra. The island has suffered significant forest cover loss in the past decades. Consequently, the amazing ecosystem of Gunung Leuser is under threat. It represents that last remaining habitat where you can see tigers, orangutan,… and …together. At present, as the population continues to decrease, an estimated 7,000 Sumatran orangutans are left in this wild place.
” This was the best ever. From the welcoming to the local mood, everything was very warm! This travel has for sure changed my perception of the world, especially of the way people can live in wild places ”
Eugene, from France.
HOW TO BOOK
This project accepts volunteers throughout the year,
but restrictions may apply for holidays such as Ramadan, New Year.
MINIMUM AGE FOR THIS PROJECT: 18 years
MINIMUM NUMBER: ONE
suitable for singles, couples, families, groups
PRICING FOR INTERNATIONAL BOOKINGS
HOW TO BOOK
If you are lucky, you will be able to observe orangutans and other wildlife from the jungle lodge on site. Your accommodation will be at the jungle lodge with dormitory-style accommodation. There is a shared bathroom with a western-style toilet. The water supply is cold water only, as it is generally very hot anyway. So the lukewarm shower will help to cool you down.
A mattress will be provided, but please bring a sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner/sleeping sheet. A mosquito net and a pillow are also handy to bring with you. Plus your towel, toiletries and a torch.
Food & Drinks
While you are at the project, you will be provided with three meals per day. Breakfast normally consists of a choice of eggs (pancake, omelet), rice/noodles or fresh fruit. The meals at lunch and dinner time are deliciously cooked. They usually include noodles or rice, egg, vegetables, curry. There are also dishes for vegans and vegetarians such as tofu and soy bean dishes. Special dietary needs such as gluten-free and dairy-free are also available on request. Meals are served in a buffet style. Free tea and water are provided. Soft drinks and alcohol is available at extra cost.