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Volunteering in Indonesia: Nature and Wildlife Conservation in Borneo

Organisation: NATUCATE

Country: Indonesia

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Volunteering in Indonesia: Nature and Wildlife Conservation in Borneo


Borneo is situated in the centre of the Malayan archipelago between the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. In the Indonesian province Kalimantan, in the southern part of the island you can find the Sabangau forest, a large area of tropical peat-swamp forest. This forest is home to a variety of rare animal and plant species, such as the Bornean Orangutan and the Bornean White-Bearded Gibbon. This project aims to maintain the original flora and fauna of the forest as a habitat for endangered species through different monitoring and renaturation activities. During the project experienced conservationist will show you how to apply various methods to protect the local wildlife; and also interacting with the local people will be part of your schedule.


During the project you will be living in a research camp in the Sabangau rainforest with other volunteers. The camp consists of several dormitory huts, shared sanitary facilities, a kitchen and an office. You will receive three meals per day.

At the beginning of the project you will arrive at the airport Tjilik Riwut in the city of Palangka Raya, where a staff member will pick you up. You will spend the first two nights in a hostel in the city. There you can use the time to buy equipment or snacks which you have not brought with you. On your third day you will head towards your research camp. After your arrival you will meet the rest of the team; and during an introduction meeting you will receive valuable information about safety regulations for working and living in the jungle. During your time in the project you and the rest of the group will get deeper and deeper into the Sabangau Forest, whilst working on different wildlife and habitat monitoring methods under the instructions of experienced conservationists. You will also play an active part in conserving the original state of the forest as a retreat for endangered wildlife. Specific tasks during this species conservation programme include the research of local primate populations and their behaviour, the monitoring of different insect species as well as data collection by using camera traps. Moreover, you will get to know special techniques which are applied to strengthen the peat-swamp forests and used in nature conservation projects. The team will also visit local schools to share their knowledge about environmental conservation with the community. From time to time you will also help maintenance work at the camp.

After four weeks in the project you will travel back to Palangka Raya, where you will spend two more nights before taking your return flight back home.

  • Age limit: Minimum age 18 years
  • Start dates 2019: Group 1: 01 Apr – 29 Apr 2019, Group 2: 29 May – 26 Jun 2019, Group 3: 14 Aug – 11 Sep 2019, Group 4: 03 Oct – 31 Oct 2019
  • Project location: Sabangau Forest / Borneo, Indonesia
  • Accommodation: shared dormitory hut in a research camp in the Sabangau Forest, shared sanitary facilites, three daily meals
  • Language requirements: English (a good level of school English is sufficient)
  • Suitable for: volunteer work, sabbatical
  • Certification: upon request

Fees for 4 weeks:

Group 1: 1600 EUR

Group 2+3: 1850 EUR

Group 4: 1700 EUR


  • Placement in the project
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Accommodation in Palangka Raya
  • Accommodation during the project
  • All meals during the project
  • On-site orientation and project training
  • Excursion to the Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) rehabilitation centre
  • Monetary contribution to our partner’s long-term conservation efforts
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • 24/7-support throughout the project

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