Ecological Farming

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gegründet 2004
Bukit Lawang Trust
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Koordinator | Rebecca
Koordinator | Rebecca


Volunteer and expand your gardening knowledge
Help bringing economic investment, awareness, development as well as outreach to people in the farming community
Stay at Erna’s homestay where you are able to overlook her garden and mountains
Work in collaboration with Erna on what projects she wants to work on
Relax in one of many riverside hammocks while watching the jungle life swing and sing around you
Volunteers support in the maintainance and running of an ecological farming project based here in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

Our program with the EcoFarm is important because it helps bring economic investment, awareness, development and outreach to people in the farming community and the greater communities. Volunteers help farmers, by bringing outside knowledge, such as permaculture, and volunteers take away local knowledge. Volunteering with local people and project shows a postive relationship between nationalities and an example of how volunteers can bring in local economy.

What is Eco-Farming?

Ecological Farming or more commonly known as Eco-Farming is a way of cultivating agriculture that places an emphasis on both the health of the environment and the health of its consumers. Long before conventional and modern agriculture practices have been put into place, people had farmed in an eco-friendly way. Besides producing healthy and safe-to-consume agriculture products, ecological farming also provides other benefits, such as minimized environmental pollution and contamination through agricultural activities, and maintenance of soil productivity and fertility in the long term. All of which add up to improved sustainable use of natural resources and of the environment.

Volunteers will assist on her own garden, community garden or farm, known as Erna’s EcoFarm, located in the village of Gotong Royong, North Sumatra. The eco-farm is surrounded by rice paddies, agro-forests with mountains in the distance. The eco - farm is a short distance from her homestay and the communal garden within walking distance. Erna started focusing on her land 10 years and with the help of the Ruffort Foundation 4 years ago, was able to develop the farm as organic. The farm is in the initial stages of becoming a productive ecological farm which aims to create a sustainable land management system to encourage economic growth and biodiversity. Erna future plans include working with volunteers and people with knowledge of organic and permaculture farming, to develop school sessions at the farm, to open the farm to the public so thet can learn about the plants, their uses and medicinal properties. Erna is a lovely lady and very passionate about making the farm work for her and the community and to encourage others to follow.


Volunteers will stay at Erna’s homestay, in one of the two beautiful rooms that overlook her garden and mountains. There is no WiFi at the homestay but buying data for your phone is cheap (3gb £3 for 1 month). However there is WiFi at the trust. There is also the possibility of 2 volunteers to sleep at the farm in a simple house for free. However, we ask volunteers to bring, donate or buy electrical equipment, kitchen stuff or furniture for the house to make it more liveable. Breakfast and lunch will provided. Volunteers will work on the farm for around 3 -5 hours a day, then return to the homestay for lunch with Erna and rest. The days are dynamic and work can range from general gardening, taking the animals, such as goats or sheep for a walk, picking fruit, recycling, composting and helping to bring local children to the farm and showing them around. Volunteers will work in collaboration with Erna on what projects she wants working on and work alongside Papa (Erna’s Husband) at the farm who speaks little English, but is extremely friendly and helpful. Volunteers do not have to bring anything, but gardening or growing vegetables books would be helpful. We expect this to be a fun learning experience. 

Preferable Skills

To have some gardening knowledge

To be able to work alone

To work on ones own initiative

To work within the local community

Willing to learn basic Bahasa Indonesian

We accept volunteers throughout the year, except during the month of Ramadan. We encourage volunteers of all ages above 18 years to come and give it a go. There is plenty of work to do be done, either working on the farm or helping to make it more presentable with signage, exhibitions to encourage the outside community to come and learn.


Weekdays: After the initial orientation, you will volunteer for roughly 3-5 hours per day. The start times and daily workload depends on your program but a typical morning schedule working at Erna's Farm is as follows:

8:00 AM Volunteers wake up and get breakfast, provided by Erna

8.30 AM Volunteers will travel to the location of their farming project either by bicycle, motorbike or walking

9.00 AM Volunteers will begin their daily work. Is is possible to start work earlier especially during dry season at it gets extremely hot. Volunteers can take a mid-morning break to drink fresh young coconut from one of the trees.

12:00 -2:00 PM Go back to Erna's homestay for lunch and relax. 

2pm: Afternoon is free. Visit the Bukit Lawang trust to help with teaching or other activities.

Evenings are free to go into town, socialize with the locals, play music and cards, or to simply relax on a hammock at the school and meet the volunteers on our other programmes (you will also meet them during Induction, Phase Review & Debreif). 


Literally meaning "door to the hills", Bukit Lawang is a small village situated 90 kilometers northwest of Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra, Indonesia.

The village is on the edge of the magnificent Gunung Leuser National Park, which is one of the richest tropical-rainforest ecosystems in the word, and home to the rare Sumatran orang-utans, as well as the Sumatran tiger, rhino and elephant, although sightings of these are very rare. The people here live basically and the river is still the focal point of village life here, running through the heart of it, where the people wash clothes, fish and the children play all day. 

It's very easy to while away a few days lounging in the many riverside hammocks, splashing about in the river, tubing and watching the jungle life swing and sing around you. The forests surrounding Bukit Lawang are part of the vast Gunung Leuser National Park which is an area of dense rainforest. The park as a whole is home to eight species of primate plus tigers, rhinos, elephants and leopards. However, aside from orangutans and various other primates, you are very unlikely to see any other large mammals here.

At the weekend there are innumerable places located nearby that are must see!


Batu Katak - A lovely village on the river and near waterfalls.


Tangkahan - Has an elephant camp where visitors can bathe elephants in the river. We support bathing them, and the projects but we do not support riding the elephants and hope you will share that belief with us.


Batu Rongring - A village off the beaten path where trekking awaits!


Berestagi - For long weekends or traveling before or after volunteers can visit this lovely town in the mountains and go trekking. It is a bit colder here and that makes it a popular place among locals and tourists!

Lake Toba - A beautiful island (Samosir) in the middle of the lake is home to waterfalls, hot springs, beaches, and more.

Water Sports


Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Fortgeschritten)
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
Interest in agriculture and sustainable farming solutions, environmentally conscious, use social media, website design,
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag von 08:00 - 14:00


Dienstleistungen von Bukit Lawang Trust

Our fees serve more as donations and the money that comes to us directly helps to grow our programmes. We are a non profit charitable organization and our fees go to:

Accomodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays, safe drinking water, Tea & Coffee, Wi-Fi for volunteers at the Trust Centre. All of the classes provided at the Trust Centre are 100% free of charge and we use funds from our volunteers to facilitate this, as well as expanding the reach and impact of our programmes. Your fees directly suppor the education and conservation programmes as well as contributing towards the salary of our fantastic in country staff, maintainance of food, accomodation, transport for children to come to school, education materials and much much more! 

In addition to all of this, included in your fees are transport from and too the airport in Medan.

Abholung vom Flughafen Kuala Namu International Airport

It is about four hours from the airport to Bukit Lawang and quite expensive so we provide it both ways for volunteers.


There are two bedrooms at Erna's homestay with private bathrooms. The rooms and balcony have beautiful views of her garden and rice paddies. If you decide to sleep at the Green House on the farm, it is very peaceful and quiet. There is room for 2 volunteers to stay there. The house is basic but does have tea making facilities and a simple bathroom. Breakfast and lunch are included in the price. There is no Wifi but data is cheap which you can buy with a local SIM. However there is working WiFi at the school, where most of your other time is spent.There is electric but living in a fairly remote place, there are power cuts especially during the rainy season.

Gastfamilie Einzelzimmer Doppelzimmer

Breakfast will be simple including fruits, pancake or omlette. Lunch provided will be what Erna has cooked, the majority will be vegetarian. Its a great chance to learn about the local food and how to cook it. Erna is a great cook. Tea and coffee can be made by yourself. There is a guesthouse, Sumatran Paradise, opposite to Erna's where you can chill, take dinner or a drink. 

Limitierte Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Kuala Namu International Airport (KNO) in Kuala Namu. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Indonesien zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Indonesien bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Indonesien antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Indonesien überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

The Cycle dates for 2020 are as follows:

Orangutan Cycle: 21st February 2020 - 21 April 2020. (60 Days) 

(Closed for Ramadam between 23rd April 2020 and 23rd May 2020). 

Tiger Cycle:  29th May 2020 - 28th July 2020. (60 Days) 

Elephant Cycle: 25th July 2020 - 23rd September 2020. (60 Days) 

Rhino Cycle: 20th September 2020 - 19th November 2020. (60 Days)

Leopard Cycle: 16th November 2020 - 15th January 2021. (60 Days) 

Volunteers are able to apply for any cycle throughout the year. We want to work together with you to find the right placement for both you and the trust. we are closed during Ramadam, however we sometimes have volunteers in for refurbishment work, so look out for our 'Ramadam Refurbers' advertisements if you are interested!

The start and end dates are fixed. This is becuase of visa restrictions, however if you wish to continue travelling after your placement that is absolutely fine! just let us know when you apply :). 

*** Please be aware that we are accepting some short placements in 2019 and prior to the 20th of February 2020, if this is something you are interested in please enquire by dropping us an email on our website or sending a message on here *** 

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
8 - 8 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
8 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
$ 850
8 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
$ 850
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$ 106 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben aufgeführten Programmgebühren aktuellen Wechselkursschwankungen unterliegen können. Bukit Lawang Trust wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
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Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit Bukit Lawang Trust während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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Ecological Farming

Volunteers support in the maintainance and running of an ecological farming project based here in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra!


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