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


Orangutan Volunteer Project

from £795

7 - 26 days

Work on enrichment with captive orangutans and sun bears at the world renowned Samboja Lestari rescue centre.

Orangutan and Tribes Volunteering

from £1095

13 days

Become immersed in tribal life, whilst working towards the conservation of magnificent orangutans on this volunteer project in the heart...

Malay Explorer & Volunteering

from £875

11 - 22 days

Work with orangutans from 12 days to month - Volunteer at International Animal Rescue's orangutan project, working towards the rehabilitation...

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 Tribes Volunteering

from £1095

13 days

Become immersed in tribal life, whilst working towards the conservation of magnificent orangutans on this volunteer project in the heart...

IAR Orangutan Project

from £875

11 - 22 days

Work with International Animal Rescue on the rehabilitation of Indonesia’s beautiful orangutans.

The Great Orangutan Project

from £1280

14 - 28 days

Volunteer at the award-winning Orangutan Volunteer Centre in beautiful Borneo and help protect these increasingly rare, beautiful animals.

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...

Borneo Wildlife Conservation

from £1145

12 days

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

Java Island Orangutan and Wildlife Rescue Center

from £930

7 - 56 days

Volunteer in Indonesia at a center that has rescued 17 animals and released 20 others in 2017!


Zanzibar Independent Adventure – Upgraded

from £659

Tanzania, United Republic of

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Iceland Hike, Bike & Raft


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Bite-size Break Santiago

from £515


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Galapagos & Inca Trail Adventure

from £3383


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European Wonder

from £1164

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South East Asia Loop

from £2303

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Ecuador Multisport

from £654


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Roman Road

from £1214

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