The Borneo Orangutan Conservation Volunteer Project has for the past two decades been working in threatened ecosystems, including the Sebangau and Rungan forests which are home to the largest population of orangutans in lowland Borneo. Through research, education and restoration efforts, they have created a successful conservation site for wildlife to roam.
“Volunteering with the project was one of the most challenging, educational and inspirational experiences I’ve ever had. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Amazing people, incredible wildlife and unforgettable memories.”
Read about the experience of volunteering in the deep forest of Borneo from previous volunteers, Louise and Isabella, who joined the Forest Conservation volunteer programme and for a month witnessed the wild sides of the forest and the wildlife they were there to protect.
Volunteers get to live in and experience a vast Indonesian rainforest home to various wildlife species including wild orangutans, gibbons, sun bears, leopards, deer and plenty of bird species and diverse invertebrate communities. Volunteers actively contribute on conservation efforts made to keep these animals protected for future generations.
The volunteer project takes place in two locations in Borneo. The volunteer programme is around Sebangau forest, which is 580,000 hectares of peat-swamp, and also the largest area of lowland rainforest remaining in Indonesian Borneo. It is one of the most critical ecosystems for the island, where you can find the largest lowland Bornean orangutan population in the world.
After finishing work in the forest for the day, volunteer can relax and enjoy the area around camp. Volunteers on the main volunteer programme have during their last couple of days the opportunity to explore the nearby city and visit places such as a local orangutan introduction centre, the local market or any landmarks the city has to offer.