Support the Biggest Recycling Village in the World

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Gain knowledge about about traditional plants and medicine
Learn how to build houses with sustainable materials
Work hand-in-hand with locals
Make memories you will never forget and see wild orangutans in their native habitat
Live close to the rainforest and be surrounded by nature everywhere you go
Project Wings is building the biggest Recycling Village in the world out of plastic garbage, so-called Ecobricks. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Wheel Chairs

The Recycling Village is the heart of the project.

What is the Recycling Village?

The uniqueness is s that all buildings are built from 100% sustainable materials and a total of over 250 tons of plastic waste are being used to build the village.
Many issues are solved at the same time:
Plastic is removed from nature, jobs are being created as well as significantly increases environmental awareness locally across all generations.

The Recycling Village is a place right next to the rainforest, where on 3ha exclusively public buildings are built.
So far we have already built the Trashbank (place where garbage is stored, separated and cleaned), the Co-Working Office (place where we accompany local people into self-employment and provide everything it takes like laptops, WiFi, ...), the Green Education Center and Green Education Cafe (place where everyone from school classes to tourists can be educated by locals about environmental issues), the Compost House (organic 'waste' is composted and processed), the Ben&Anna Sanitary House and a small toilet house.

Currently in progress are the Recycling Marketplace (place to educate and sell recycled materials that are made into new products) and the construction of the most sustainable Share sports field in the world (e.g. there is no soccer field in the village). Other buildings, such as the Culture Kitchen and a Rainforest Museum will follow.

If you plan to support our tasks in the Recycling Village, you can expect a very varied time.

There a 4 different divisions:
- Recycling Village
- (Green) Education Center
- Waste Management
- Permaculture

Depending on what is going on at the moment, you can, for example, help with the construction of buildings. Ecobricks are worked into a bamboo structure and fixed with a kind of mortar made of clay, cow dung, which serves as glue, and rice husks. Then the visible building blocks are plastered with a similar mixture to protect the plastic bottles from UV radiation. The terrain is very extensive. It is a good idea to add some seating under trees or by the nearby pond. Of course, you can also take care of the design of the garden, through flowers and other plants.
Furthermore, you can learn a lot about permaculture, disadvantages of palm-oil, how to establish waste management systems, teach english to children (and adults) and much more.

The special and unique thing about our Volunteer Program is that you there is no strict daily schedule. A few days a week there are daily activities where everyone from the Project Wings team helps where support is needed most, e.g. on Monday cleaning rivers and collecting garbage.
We want to give everyone the chance to look behind the scenes of an NGO without paying a lot of money and offering transparency in all divisions. 

Typical day

Our morning activity usually starts around 8 o'clock and after everyone of the team goes to their division. You can help out 6 days a week for 3-6 hours a day.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served for you at certain times in our volunteer village. In the evening you have free time and can explore the area and/ or hang out with other volunteers, grab a cold beer and enjoy the sound of the jungle.

Free-time activities

Since the jungle and the Landak River is in front of our doors there a many different outdoor activities from hiking and seeing wild orangutans, tubing, renting a motorbike and exploring the area, visit the local market to buy fresh delicious fruits & vegetables, make roadtrips to waterfalls until going out and party, drinking cold Indonesian beer with locals in laid-bake bars and cafes. 

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or German (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Enjoy working outside and have no problem to get dirty once in a while.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Project Wings

The price includes accommodation and the participation in our volunteer program.

In our minimalist bungalow right on the river you will have two single mattresses at your disposal. Toilet and shower are located a few meters away next to the bungalows on the premises. And also the in-house kitchen is located on the common area directly on the river. So you can also enjoy a beautiful view of the river from here.
Nonetheless, we have different room options. If you want to upgrade, you can easily do this on site.
Food & Beverages
For a small amount of 75.000 Rupiah (around 5€ per day), 3 times a day we can cook fresh Indonesian, vegetarian food for you. If you are vegan, just let us know and we will cook a vegan meal for you :)
This service depends on the number of volunteers so it may be the case that we can't provide meals. But no worries, small restaurants (warungs) are within walking distance.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kuala Namu International Airport (KNO) in Kuala Namu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Indonesia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Indonesia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The Volunteer Program is possible all year around.

Going from the airport we can organize you our taxi for 600.000 Rupiah (~40€). You pay the taxi driver directly. Because the costs are per drive you can share the taxi as a group and split the costs. The drive is about 4 hours. 

Usually you will be picked up by our driver Tiar (nickname).  He is really nice, reliable and will bring you safely to Bukit Lawang.

There’s also a local bus from Medan to Bukit Lawang. The bus station is on the right when exiting the airport - please ask locals if you are unsure.  The bus from the airport to Bukit Lawang for tourists costs 50.000 Rupiah (about 3€) and takes about 4-5 hours.

If you want to stay one night in Medan, prepare a hotel accommodation. There are some close to the the airport, e.g. RedDoorz.

Important: In the evening/night (from about 6pm) there are no more public buses from Medan, but cabs leave at any time.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 26 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
26 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$67 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Project Wings will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Project Wings during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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