Volunteer with Orangutans

Conserve orangutans in South East Asia

Volunteering with orangutans is one of the most important conservation efforts you can join, as both species of orangutan in the wild are endangered and critically endangered respectively, leaving few able to breed and live in their native jungle habitat. Orangutans are found in South East Asia, particularly Borneo and Sumatra, and share about 96% of their genes with humans. That makes them one of our closest relatives, intelligent and beautiful animals dearly in need of your help.

Volunteering in Borneo (an island ruled by Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei) with orangutans will introduce you to how they are threatened by deforestation, other habitat loss, illegal trade and hunting, and more. This means there are many projects dedicated to helping them. Volunteer with orangutans and you will contribute to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured orangutans, as well as working to create a sustainable living environment to ensure their future health.

This is an experience you will never forget, taking place in destinations so sunny you won’t need a fake orange tan. If volunteering with orangutans sounds right for you, take a look at the placements on this page.

Find your perfect orangutan volunteering placement today


Sumatra Orangutan Protection with Gapforce

from £2,200

28 days days


This 4 week program in the jungles of Sumatra combines volunteering on our unique Orangutan protection project with an amazing...

Borneo Wildlife Conservation

from £1397

12 days


Help on an inspiring mission to regenerate the rainforests in Borneo, and see pygmy elephants, orangutans and a huge range...

Orangutan Conservation in Malaysia

from £1999

28 days


Care for orangutangs in the lush surroundings of Malaysia. Learn about animal protection and work closely with these spectacular creatures...

Orangutan and Wildlife Rescue Center

from £1000

14 - 56 days


Many of Indonesia's injured and illegally traded wildlife find a safe haven at this rescue center. Help aid with their...

Orangutan Conservation in Indonesia

from £875

12 - 23 days


Join this fantastic project in West Kalimantan in Indonesia and help in vital conservation work with orang-utans in 'International Animal...

Orangutan Conservation in Borneo

from £1280

15 - 29 days


Volunteer at the award-winning Matang Wildlife Centre in Sarawak, Borneo, and get up close and personal with orangutans, sun bears...

Ultimate Cambodian Adventure

from £840.65

14 - 14 days

Best of Vietnam

from £1025.1

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