The objective of the orangutan program you will be joining is to spread awareness about these brilliant creatures, prevent them from going extinct, conserve their habitat, and provide an opportunity to study the importance of orangutans in the food chain and the ecosystem.
The program helps injured and rescued orangutans to preserve this unique species for future generations. While observing them in their natural habitat, you will work on various activities to care for and save these wonderful and gentle creatures, from infants and juveniles to adult orangutans. As a volunteer, you will also get a glimpse into the region’s unique biodiversity and conservation efforts, making it an ideal destination and experience if you love nature and adventure.
The great thing about this volunteering program is that it includes a 1-week cultural and adventure experience so that you can learn about Borneo from another aspect: its food, dances, and breathtaking natural landscapes.
Why choose this project?
Large-scale habitat loss and land use change brought on by logging, palm oil production, mining, and agricultural expansion threaten wild orangutan populations. Out of all of these, deforestation poses the greatest danger, and over the past three decades, it is believed that 80% of the orangutan’s natural habitat has been lost and cannot be replaced. These intelligent creatures are also ruthlessly exploited in captivity for “entertainment” captured for the exotic pet trade, and or hunted unlawfully for their meat.
There is, however, hope.
This orangutan project works tirelessly in Borneo’s rainforests to conserve and safeguard this precious endangered species and its natural habitat. They need people like you to lend a helping hand!
This volunteering program in Malaysian Borneo consists of 2 parts and lasts for a minimum of 5 weeks (of course, you are welcome to stay longer!):
- Week 1: Experience the culture, cuisine and natural environment of Borneo
- Week 2-5: Volunteering in the orangutan rescue centre at the indoor nursery and outdoor nursery (biweekly rotation)
Role of the volunteer
After your cultural experience in the first week of your program, your tasks at the orangutan center could include:
- Preparing food or formula for the feeding of the infants, preparing food at various locations for juvenile orangutans
- Cleaning sleeping and play areas
- Assistance in caring for sick infants
- Transferring baby orangutans between sleeping and playing area
- Monitoring orangutans and administration of data
Your activities will be discussed with you each day so you are clear about your responsibilities and how you will be involved, but bear in mind that nature knows no schedule, so be prepared to be flexible as well.
No specific skills are required for you to participate in the project; however, the work can be pretty physical, so a decent level of fitness may be needed. You should also be genuinely interested in conserving these majestic primates, but with an understanding that too much human contact can hinder rehabilitation efforts.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Because you care deeply about protecting an endangered species
Because your contribution will help to maintain a delicate rainforest ecosystem in which orangutans, the largest arboreal (tree-living) mammals, play a vital role
Because you will not only carry out rewarding volunteer work, but also have a chance to experience rural Borneo`s cultural and natural landscape up close.
The location of your stay will Sepilok, a small village in the Malaysian part of Borneo, famous for its rainforest discovery centre, teeming with biodiversity, hiding a vast array of wildlife you will discover as you explore. You will find other sanctuaries and several jungle hiking trails near the orangutan rehabilitation center. In a 10km radius of the village, there are shopping areas, where you can head to after work for snacks and entertainment (restaurants, bars, cinema, etc.)
- Duration: min. 5 weeks
- Cost: £2985/$4660 (5 weeks)
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Sepilok, Borneo (Malaysia)
- Working hours: 8h00-16h00 on weekdays
- Project availability: October 29, 2023 November 26, 2023 December 31, 2023 January 28, 2024 February 25, 2024 March 31, 2024 April 28, 2024 May 26, 2024 June 30, 2024 July 28, 2024 August 25, 2024 September 29, 2024 October 27, 2024 November 24, 2024
- Arrival day: On Sundays
What is included
- Accommodation: Hostel-style, 3-4 persons per dormitory room. Shared bathroom, communal living space, free WiFi in public areas.
- Tea, coffee and purified water at accommodation.
- Food: 3 meals per day (local diet) on weekdays, breakfast on weekends
- Airport pickup and drop off from Sandakan Airport
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Daily transfers to and from your project
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator
- 24/7 emergency number for volunteers and families
What is not included
- Food on weekends (except for breakfast)
- Police/Government Background Check US and UK citizens processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check – Required for over 18 years of age
Easy 4-step application process
Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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