Help with the care and rehabilitation of rescued and abused Orang-Utans at a Sanctuary near Taiping. During your programme you’ll focus purely on Orang-Utan conservation and research. You’ll get stuck into enrichment, husbandry, organic planting, as well as construction and maintenance of the sanctuary, to help provide the Orang-Utans with a healthy and happy future.
YOUR WORK CONTENT:
You’ll be treated as a temporary staff member when with us and you should be prepared to participate in any and all jobs that are required for the Sanctuary’s maintenance and development. You may also get to witness events that are only the privilege of full-time members of staff. No special skills or experience is required and the majority of our volunteers don’t have prior skills. However, if you do have any skills in the following, you’ll be even more warmly welcomed and appreciated! Veterinary physician / builders / carpenters / welders / mechanics, etc.
Some of the work is physically demanding and takes place outdoors. The example shown below may differ slightly at different times and work is assigned depending on what’s needed at the time you’re there:
ENRICHMENT OF THE FACILITIES FOR THE ORANG-UTANS:
You’ll be involved in the process of producing enrichment materials for the Orang-Utans. This promotes natural behaviours and will enhance their wellbeing. Doing these enrichment exercises also provides you with the opportunity to observe them from a safe distance and learning how they adapt and use the materials – a very rewarding exercise!
FEEDING AND CLEANING:
You’ll have the opportunity to help feed and interact with the Orang-utans several times a day with the support and assistance of the sanctuary staff. This will include preparing the food for the Orang-Utans, taking care to ensure that those on a special diet receive the type of food that has been specified for them. Both feeding and cleaning are done to specific schedules.
Husbandry simply means cleaning, feeding and caring for captive animals. Everyday you will have to follow all of the rules and schedules for feeding and cleaning, and also give valuable assistance in farming and planting in order to ensure the Orang-Utans have the quality foods they need. You’ll also help to care for the Orang-Utan exhibition area.
- Helping to build and erect climbing structures for the Orang-Utans. These are very necessary for them to build up their skills.
- Helping to building boardwalks for easier tourist and keeper access around the centre.
The rainforest is a harsh environment for the longevity of any man-made structures. Therefore, anything that we build needs regular maintenance to ensure that it doesn’t rust/rot/get eaten by termites within a couple of years. This work usually involves a lot of cleaning, painting and repairing.
These are the main tasks, construction and maintenance however, only occur when there is a need. The Sanctuary is maintained as natural as possible, therefore all man-made objects will be kept to minimal. Your role is dedicated to helping prepare and train the Orang-utans to hone their survival skills, as they’ll hopefully be released into the wild one day.
You’ll be staying in the bustling town of Taiping, Perak which is one of the oldest towns in Malaysia. A short drive & boat ride from the project, it’s conveniently located for you to experience the sights and sounds of Malaysian day to day life. Your accommodation is at a local homestay, like a volunteer house, which is a really social spot as you’ll share it with other volunteers! It has a great communal space, where you can eat, relax and socialise in the evenings! A good way to end a busy working day at the sanctuary.
You’ll share a dorm style room with other volunteers, which is a great opportunity to really get to know each and make new friends from different countries. Each room has a fan to help keep you cool and there are Western bathroom and toilets and hot water for you to take advantage of! Twin or private rooms are available at an extra cost.
Wi-Fi / Internet: Free Wi fi is available at the accommodation and the project office, so you can easily stay in touch with your friends and family.
FOOD: Food is provided on this project. Monday to Friday you will have breakfast & lunch prepared for you. On Saturday & Sunday you will receive breakfast only, leaving you free to explore further afield on your time off. We found that most volunteers like the freedom of choosing their evening meal if they want to go out, or you can use the homestay kitchen to create a lovely home cooked meal. Most dietary requirements can be catered for.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT
- An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience this amazing culture first-hand!
- New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.The enormous satisfaction of helping injured, orphaned and displaced animals to return them to their natural environment, plus an in-depth understanding of wildlife rehabilitation and the important contribution it is making to wildlife conservation and protection.
- An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
- An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
- Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
- Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
- And best of all … an unforgettable experience!