Our Volunteer Program

Join us on a 1 to 8 week jungle adventure to help protect the endangered wild Sumatran Orang-Utan and other animals occurring in this biodiversity hotspot in one of the oldest and most beautiful rainforests in the world!

  • Immerse yourself in the jungle. Wake to the sounds of gibbons calling every morning!
  • Be amazed by the abundance of wildlife in this rare and beautiful Biolink area adjoining the Gunung Leuser national park.
  • Make memories and friendships that last a life time.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture. Meet the locals, they will make you will feel like one of their family!
  • Explore the jungle, rivers, markets and surrounding villages in your free time.

About the Project

Working with our project partner in North Sumatra, the Batu Kapal Conservation Sanctuary, you will be assisting on a vital conservation project to protect the endangered Orang-utan and stunning rainforest ecosystem occurring in the national park buffer zone occurring on private landholdings.

Sumatra represent the last remaining natural habitat for Orang-utans in Indonesia. the Sumatran Orang-utan is now classified as critically endangered.

Forest cover in Sumatra was reduced by 61% from 1985-1997 due to logging, infrastructure development, internal migration, and plantation development. The Sumatran Orang-utan population has decreased by 86% over the past 100 years.  The most recent estimate places the figure around 7,300 left in the wild, with steady losses occurring every year.

Specific conservation activities include

  • observe, map, monitor, survey, photograph and GPS record habitats, large corridor trees, flora and fauna in the Batu Kapal conservation project area, including orang-utans, slow loris, other animals and birds
  • create wildlife corridors to reconnect orangutan & animal habitats to GLNP through, nursery activities, seed collecting, propagation,  tree and bamboo plantings, making bamboo tree guards and establishing rope bridge crossings
  • locating, identifying, GPS recording and monitoring orang-utans and other primates daily activity pattern, including migration paths and feeding, resting and travelling patterns
  • dusk and dawn slow loris, civet cat and porcupine walks by spot light to gps, photograph and record sightings
  • taking samples of fruit trails to analyse the orang-utan’s  and other primates food in the specific area
  • gps, record and map every ficus, trembesi and pakam tree in the area and record when fruiting, as these are important trees for orangutans and map them on google earthpro
  • gps all orangutan nests in the area and map them on google earth pro
  • identify individual orangutans, taking photos of individual orangutans for records
  • identifying and GPS mapping new points of interest in the Batu Kapal Conservation area
  • preparing, consolidating and analysing point of interest data sheets on excel spreadsheet data base
  • assist with cleaning and rubbish removal on trails, in the conservation site and along the river once a week.
  • maintaining work at the base
  • volunteers are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their volunteer dormitory and bathroom,  helping with the cooking for volunteers and washing their dishes

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