Volunteer at an Orangutan & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Group Size: Avg 2-6

Trip code: INJO

Duration: 7-21 days

Embark on the trip of a lifetime as you get up close to animals at an incredible Wildlife Rescue Centre on the island of Java in Indonesia. Help with the daily care of resident orangutans, birds of prey and other species, as well as getting involved with everyday maintenance of the rescue centre. Discover your inner teacher as you teach basic English skills to the resident keepers, villagers and children in the community. Feel a sense of achievement and satisfaction as a valued volunteer in Indonesia! 

Trip highlights

  • Work with a huge diversity of wonderful wildlife, including orangutans, primates, birds of prey & crocodiles
  • Gain vital CV skills and make a real difference by providing basic English teaching to staff members, villagers and children in the community
  • Get back to nature, enjoying the peaceful rural location of the amazing wildlife centre
  • Make new friends locally and meet other dedicated volunteers
  • Explore the beautiful area of Java and make the most of your unique Indonesian experience
Further trip information

About the Centre

The Wildlife Rescue Centre cares for a wide range of incredible species of wildlife, including orangutans, primates, gibbons, birds of prey, a sun bear, turtles and crocodiles. Getting involved with the project as a volunteer will allow you to get involved with the day-to-day care of the animals and teach English to the dedicated team of support staff at the sanctuary.

Meet the Orangutans!

The centre is dedicated to taking in and providing a safe haven for orangutans that cannot otherwise be released in Borneo or Sumatra, usually due to loss of natural behaviours. Although you won’t get hands-on with the orangutans, as a volunteer you will get involved in every aspect of their daily care, as well as ensuring they have a safe and comfortable living environment.

Teaching English

An important aspect of this project is teaching basic English skills to the staff at the Wildlife Centre. Teaching English will not only help to improve basic skills among local people, but also act to support the work of the sanctuary through increasing its profile. You will help with both a weekly adult environmental class and also a kids' conservation club during the afternoons. You will be teaching alongside the local co-ordinators in a creative way - any donations of materials from home would be very welcome!

Volunteer Role

The main activities during your stay will be the care and nurture of the animals, helping with general maintenance and cleaning of the centre, and teaching basic levels of English to staff, children and local villagers

Most mornings you will be assisting the animal keepers with their daily duties, which includes 'animal enrichment', which means encouraging a suitable environment for the animals to engage in typical behaviour. This is the ideal opportunity to interact directly with the animals (although not hands-on).

There are 5 project days per week, and 2 of the 5 will include an afternoon session teaching English to staff and at a local kids club. Working hours are generally from 7am to 3pm. Breakfast is served early at 6am before work begins, and you will have a break in the middle of the day for lunch.

As a volunteer you will only work on weekdays. If you decide you want to do more then you’re more than welcome to volunteer on weekends too!

Free Time

During your days off there are plenty of opportunities for you to spread your wings and truly experience the island of Java!

  • Visit ancient temples or take a tour of Yogyakarta Sultanate Palace
  • Head to Mount Merapi and take a lava tour.
  • Take a trip to Black Beach.
  • Try your hand at authentic Gamelan instrument making.
  • Take a taxi into the bustle of city life and explore!
  • You will enjoy an included local Javanese dinner every week, where you will get to know the locals from the village and learn more about Javanese culture. 

From 2018

If you travel in 2018 you will enjoy some exciting new acitivities, including visits to the Raptor release site, where you'll see eagles released back into the wild, and interaction with local young people at an English club. Here you'll help kids in the community improve their language skills and broaden their future horizons. You'll also enjoy weekly cultural sessions - learn traditional Javanese music and dancing!

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Please note during the religious period of Ramadan there will be reduced volunteering hours at the project.