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Orangutan Conservation Volunteer Project, Indonesia

3 Weeks from

minimum age

  • Actively contribute to forest conservation and wildlife research efforts
  • Learn from experienced researchers and scientists working on a common cause
  • Experience tropical wildlife like orangutans roaming about in their natural habitat
  • Meet people from around the world and experience the natural beauty of Borneo

"I would do it again in a heartbeat"

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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.

"For me the whole experience was life changing!"

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The project provides a potted, holistic experience to conservation: hydrology, reforestation, drone technology, biodiversity surveys, community engagement, firefighting, conservation education, as well as following singing gibbons and curious orangutans through a peat swamp forest.

Exploring the forest was fascinating: an experience I never tired of, even if I was physically tired at the end of the day. Lectures were informal but informative and it was great to work alongside all of the helpful staff, both local and non-local. The camp is friendly and relaxed, having a family feel to it and whether you are vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, Lis and his kitchen team turn out delicious, nutritious food three times per day. But the most memorable thing, apart from coming face-to-face with a male orangutan, was waking up to the melodious improvisations of the white-bearded gibbons. For me the whole experience was life changing! I have changed career and started an MSc in Primate Conservation. Can’t wait to go back to Sebangau!

"My time on the expedition was incredible"

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My time on the expedition was incredible. I can genuinely say it was the best experience I’ve ever had. I was able to take part in a range of biodiversity surveys such as searching for orangutan nests, deploying camera traps, testing new-technology bat detectors, making new forestry plots and ground-truthing the vegetation. Also, setting out before dawn to hike to a remote spot in the forest to conduct gibbon triangulation, wading shoulder-deep into rivers to survey for fish and setting out butterfly and moths traps, from which we obtained such beautiful varieties, made up part of an average day in the Rungan!

Not only did I gain such valuable field and tropical ecology experience, but I loved interacting with new people and cultures. I made life-long relationships with my fellow expedition members and local Indonesian students and guides. The project team were incredibly welcoming and I felt that the whole experience was very personal; you weren’t just another volunteer in the crowd. I am thoroughly looking forward to returning to Kalimantan to work with them on my masters project next year!

"I have loved my time here"

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I have loved my time here. The programme itself was well planned and well executed. It’s been a privilege to be shown Sabangau by a team of such energetic, dedicated and knowledgeable people. Thank you so much!

"It was amazing to be immersed in the wilderness"

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This gave me the opportunity to be involved in research that can be used in important conservation work. I’d never travelled to a place that was so far away and so different from my own before and I loved being able to experience the different cultures. It was amazing to be immersed in the wilderness of the forest and wake up to the sound of gibbons.

Orangutan Conservation Volunteer Project, Indonesia

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