Jogjakarta Orangutan Volunteer

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Jogjakarta Orangutan Volunteer

from £750
Duration: from 1 week to 3 months
Countries: Indonesia
Care for and rehabilitate orangutans and other orphaned and injured animals before helping to release them back into the wild.
Summary

Jogjakarta Orangutan Volunteer

Due to the rapid destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests, hundreds of orangutans and other critically endangered species are dying or losing their homes. The orphaned young are frequently sold into the illegal exotic pet trade, condemned to spend their lives in cramped cages, eating unsuitable diets and performing dangerous and demeaning tricks for human entertainment.

Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) Jogja is a non-profit facility receiving animals confiscated from illegal ownership under the Protected Wildlife Law and wherever possible, preparing them for rehabilitation. Those who cannot be returned to the wild due to health or behavioural conditions may make the Centre their permanent home.

The Centre is NOT a zoo and does not exhibit the animals to the public except under controlled conditions for educational programmes. As a volunteer you will have a unique opportunity to get close to the orangutans, to observe and interact with them and contribute to their welfare. You will become personally acquainted with the 7 orangutans currently living at the Centre, including an adorable, inquisitive infant born in May 2013. You will also work with other primates such as gibbons and macaques, as well as the variety of birds, reptiles and small mammals that make up the Centre’s population of around 200 magnificent creatures. In a rural area close to a traditional village, you can also marvel at the sights and sounds of the Centre’s many unofficial residents as you enjoy Indonesia’s rich biodiversity.

The Centre enjoys a close relationship with the local village, which is home to 25 out of the 31 staff. Not only does this provide employment opportunities for the villagers, it also helps to spread awareness of environmental protection and animal welfare at this critical local level. To further this educational role and provide a valuable cultural exchange for both locals and volunteers, the Centre offers ‘Conservation English’ classes for their staff and a club for local children. As a volunteer you will take part in these fun and informal sessions as well as visiting a local family for a traditional Javan dinner – a delicious way to truly experience life in the village. If the orangutans haven’t melted your heart completely then the warmth and hospitality of the local people surely will.

Yogyakarta is the cultural capital of Java and there are plenty of things to see and do on your days off: Visit the Sultan’s Palace, Prambanan temple or Borobudur (the world’s largest Buddhist temple), explore Mount Merapi (an active volcano), cycle through local markets and lush rice paddies or take in some traditional gamelan music and shadow puppetry – the choice is yours.

If you love animals, don’t mind getting your hands dirty cleaning cages and are happy to share your enthusiasm and knowledge with local villagers, this is the volunteer programme is for you.

*Please Note that cages for many of the animals are small and not intended as permanent homes –the centre receives no external funding and must do what they can with limited resources. Every effort is made to continually improve the facilities and future plans include the world’s first ‘Orangudome’ – designed to house up 200 homeless orangutans in a replica of their natural environment. Your presence at the Centre not only enriches the animals’ lives, but your financial support helps to ensure these projects can offer them better futures.


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Price details:

from £750

Cost

1 week MYR 4000 (approx. GBP765)
2 week MYR 5300 (approx. GBP1010)
3 weeks MYR 6700 (approx. GBP1280)
4 weeks MYR 8000 (approx. GBP1525)
Extra weeks MYR 930 (approx. GBP180)
MYR – Ringgit Malaysia/ GBP – British Pounds

Included:
Lifetime Ecoteer Responsible Travel Membership
Return airport pickup from Yogyakarta International Airport (JOG)
Three meals per day plus snacks, tea and coffee and free drinking water
Shared accommodation in twin room
All activities as per itinerary
Accident Insurance
English-speaking programme facilitator
Donation to the project (your fee supports the Centre’s operational costs such as animal food, equipment, staff salaries etc).

Not included: International and internal airfare, visa application/fees, private transfers, meals and accommodation when travelling independently, insurance and luxuries.

Activities

Shadow an Animal Keeper
Working with a different keeper and group of animals each day, you will experience the full spectrum of wildlife at WRC Jogja. You will participate in cage cleaning, feeding, food preparation, maintenance and cage enrichment and spend a morning with WRC’s vet – the perfect opportunity to observe and learn about the animals and lots of questions!

Conservation English Club (for kids)
Every Wednesday you will go into the village to teach an informal 90 minute ‘Conservation English’ class for the local school children – using environmental topics to improve their English vocabulary and raise awareness. A typical lesson consists of:
30 minutes – simple games (using English vocabulary)
30 minutes – focus on an environmental topic (through games, discussion or worksheets)
30 minutes – arts and crafts (related to environmental topic)

Don’t worry if you’ve never taught before – you won’t have to teach alone and your on-site facilitator will support you through every step.

“Beat the Bule”
‘Bule’ is an affectionate term the locals use for foreigners and this friendly competition encourages the staff to improve their English whilst giving you the chance to learn a bit of bahasa Indonesia! Each week volunteers compete with staff to learn 30 words in English or bahasa and a winning team is decided through a game such as Pictionary, charades etc. If you are insecure about your language learning skills don’t worry – it’s all about teamwork and fun – but if you prefer not to compete you can choose to be the quiz-master instead.

Javan Dinner
Friday evenings you will be welcomed into the home of a staff member from the local village where you will enjoy traditional, home-cooked Javan cuisine and maybe even try your hand at preparing some. The smiles are infectious and the delicious food just keeps on coming, so be sure to work up an appetite during the day!

Itinerary

Following your arrival, airport transfer, orientation and safety briefing, a typical day will look like this:

6:30 Breakfast
7:15 Meet Your Keeper – Prepare for work
7:30 Cage Cleaning
9:30 Coffee Break and Snacks
10:00 Feeding Time
11:00 Enrichment or Maintenance
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Food Prep or Maintenance
14:30 Feeding Time
15:00 – 17:00 Conservation English Club / Beat the Bule or prep time for these (includes afternoon snack)
19:00 Dinner

An individual daily schedule, including free days for sightseeing, will be created based on your length of stay and the animals’ needs at the time.

Photos

Photo Gallery

Volunteers with the local kids teaching then english  environmental art

Volunteers with the local kids teaching then english environmental art

The volunteers

The volunteers

Weekend visit to the Burobudor Temple in Yogyakarta

Weekend visit to the Burobudor Temple in Yogyakarta

Volunteers facilitating the English class for the staff of the rescue centre

Volunteers facilitating the English class for the staff of the rescue centre

Volunteers setting up ladders and tires for the orangutans to use

Volunteers setting up ladders and tires for the orangutans to use

Teaching kids

Teaching kids

Javan dinner for volunteers to experience an authentic Javan dinner with a local host

Javan dinner for volunteers to experience an authentic Javan dinner with a local host

Feeding the orangutans

Feeding the orangutans

Preparing food for the animals in the rescue centre

Preparing food for the animals in the rescue centre

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