Orangutan Conservation in Indonesia - 15% Off This November!

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Orangutan Conservation in Indonesia - 15% Off This November!

from £743
Duration: from 12 days to 23 days
Countries: Indonesia
Join this fantastic project in West Kalimantan in Indonesia and help in vital conservation work with orang-utans in ’International Animal Rescue’s’ rescue and rehabilitation centre.

Orangutan Conservation in Indonesia - 15% Off This November!

This one-of-a-kind volunteer programme is designed to help The Great Projects' charity partner, 'International Animal Rescue,' build a fully-functional orangutan rescue and rehabilitation centre within the middle of the jungle in Indonesian Borneo. As a volunteer, you will be working in IAR's temporary rescue centre in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, aiding the construction of a much needed new centre. At the temporary centre, you will be helping the staff with enrichment and general husbandry for the orangutans. This involves improving their surroundings in order to stimulate their physical and mental health, as well as providing them with their food and enrichment activities.

Start dates are the 9th and 20th of every month. 


Day 1

Arrive at Ketapang Airport, West Kalimantan. You will then be met by project representative, who will then transfer you to the volunteer house. Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation with your fellow volunteers and the members of staff.

Day 2-10/21

You will be working six days a week at the centre, taking part in a range of various activities. The work you will be required to do will vary from month to month; this is due to the unpredictable nature of life in the forest and what may take presidence on a daily basis. However, a guideline of activities can be found below.

Day 11/22

This will be your final day at the project site. After saying goodbye to the orangutans, you will enjoy a farewell dinner with the rest of your group and the project facilitators.

Day 12/22

You will be transferred back to Ketapang airport, either for your flight home or to allow you to commence your onward travel plans.

Project Activities

On this project, you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project. 

New Construction at the centre
With the centre expanding, volunteers may partake in helping to erect electric fences and mix concrete to make bases for new cages to stand on. You will also contribute to the building of boardwalks and bridges, making access easier for personnel. You will also work on the construction of climbing towers and feeding platforms for the orangutans in the forest school areas.

Volunteers may also be involved in the process of producing enrichment for the resident orangutans. This promotes natural behaviours and will enhance the potential for rehabilitation to release, and will also improve the lives of the orangutans.

Farming and planting
To help keep the food bills down, the centre grows its own local produce to help feed the orangutans. Volunteers will take part by planting fruit trees and harvesting vegetables to making organic compost. As more land is being bought, some areas of it may need reforesting.

Cage Maintenance
All the cages at the centre need regular maintenance, especially in terms of changing the fixed enrichment of hammocks, ropes and tyres.

Day Off

You are entitled to a day off each week. During this time, you can explore the other areas of Ketapang. You may enjoy a trip to Hutan Kotal; a natural park where you could spot wild proboscis monkeys and macaques! You can also visit local beaches, markets, and temples - your project facilitator will be happy to advise on the best places to go!

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Here at The Great Projects we believe that there is a better way to holiday. Our award winning wildlife volunteer projects and signature tours present you with a truly life changing experience alongside the chance help animal conservation efforts all around the world. Whether you want to work with Orangutans in Borneo, Cheetahs in Namibia, or Tigers in India, we have the perfect project for everyone, and with donations made for each trip, your travel with have a lasting impact on local wildlife and the communities living alongside it.

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