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SUMATRA WILDLIFE VOLUNTEERING

A varied and flexible volunteering experience in North Sumatra

Sumatra Wildlife VolunteeringUniquely, 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.

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    VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITIES:
    ♥ OBSERVE WILD ORANGUTANS
    ♥ ENVIRONMENTAL MAPPING
    ♥ TREE PLANTING IN THE FOREST

    US$ 315 for 1 week

    US$ 560 for 2 weeks

    INCLUDES ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND ALL ACTIVITIES WITH EXPERT GUIDE
    MINIMUM AGE: 18 years and above
    MINIMUM STAY: 1 week
    MINIMUM NUMBER: ONE

    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.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Introduction Day!
    You will fly into Medan (Kuala Namu (KNO)) airport, Sumatra, to begin your jungle adventure at the Batu Kapal conservation project site! It is a 4 hour drive to the project site from the Medan Airport. Due to current COVID restrictions, we will arrange a private car transfer from the airport to the project site ($60 US one way) plus $6 US per motor bike to transport you for the last 20 minutes to reach the jungle volunteer base.On arrival at the project site you will be given an introduction and orientation to the programme and the intended daily schedule.

    Day 2 – 6: A typical day
    A typical day’s volunteering activities is made up of a combination of our environmental and educational volunteer activities. :

    6.30 am – Early morning wildlife monitoring, gps, photograph and record sightings. This is often the time of the day the animals are most active!
    8.00 am – Help with the preparation of your breakfast
    10.00 am -Start morning activities with volunteer conservation wildlife monitoring

    12.00 pm Help with preparation of Lunch
    1.00 pm to 3.00 pm – rest time or optional activities for you to choose from such as conservation talks, data entry of the monitoring sheets, plastics recycling, plant nursery, language lessons

    3.00 pm to 5.00 pm – Afternoon activities
    Afternoon wildlife monitoring.
    If not monitoring, continue with conservation program environmental monitoring, surveying and establishing wildlife corridor activities (see detailed conservation program).

    5.30 pm – Help with preparation of dinner.
    6.30 pm – Dinner
    7.30-10.30 pm – Evening Activities and Free time.

    Optional night walk to spot slow loris, civet cat, leopard cat or porcupine, gps, photograph and record sightings on some evenings, once or twice a week.
    Other optional evening activities can include relaxing and playing cards and games, guitar and campfire on some evenings and our Indonesian/English exchange with the team and neighbours.
    Each evening volunteers have an opportunity to share their experiences for that day and plan for the next days activities.

    11pm Sunday to Friday – Lights out! Volunteers retire for the night. We ask you to please respect the other volunteers and the staff.

    Day 7: Free Day

    Choose from a wide range of activities in your free time on weekends (cost extra), ranging from

    • Traditional massage ($20 pp)
      Rock scrambling open caving adventure (2-3 hours. $45 pp with guide)
      3-hour motorbike tour of the villages and rice fields, visit cottage industries, rice hulling and drying, palm sugar, tofu, bamboo weaving (price $55 pp)
      Full-day activity. Walking to the Selang Pangeran Waterfall (easy 2 – 2.5 hour walk one way. Fitness average), returning at 5pm by motorbike (price $95 pp includes lunch)
      Hot springs day trip by 4wd including lunch ($120pp min 2)
    • More activities available, ask our coordinator

    Please note that this schedule shows a typical week but can be subject to change due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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    START DATES:
    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

    INCLUDES:

    • Jungle lodge accommodation
    • Three meals a day
    • Tea, coffee and drinking water
    • All project activities with guides

    EXCLUDES: – Transfer to project site ( we can arrange on request), travel insurance, visa costs

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    Accommodation

    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.

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