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Coordinator | Samuel
Coordinator | Samuel
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Gain valuable teaching experience! You will be delivering a comprehensive Business curriculum to young adults between the age of 18 and 35.
Experience a new culture! Whilst volunteering on the Conservation Programme you will live in rural Sumatra and experience the diverse cultures and traditions native to Bukit Lawang!
Work with an truly international team! The team here at bukit lawang come from all around the world so you will meet a whole range exciting, passionate and driven educators from across the globe!
Explore the Sumatran Jungle! whilst working with the Bukit Lawang Trust you will have ample oportunity to go on weekend expeditions into the jungle to see Tigers, Orangutans, Elephants and Rhinos!
Make and Impact! Every volunteer that joins our programmes leaves behind a lasting and sustainable legacy with both the trust and the community whilst also joining our dedicated alumni team!
Help guide the youth in Bukit Lawang from idea generation all the way to establishing their own sustainable businesses whilst training the next generation of Rangers! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The Bukit Lawang Trust is a Non Government Organisation based in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra. The Trust building is a community centre which provides free education to people of all ages from both the local community and farther afield in Sumatra. As a volunteer on the Conservation programme you will be directly involved in the establishment of new and exciting youth led sustainable enterprises in the local community, helping to provide an alternative occupation for young people to Palm Oil plantation work. 

The Conservation Programme aims to establish new youth-led sustainable enterprises in Bukit Lawang and guide current business owners towards sustainable best practice in order to protect the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem. 

You will guide your 'entrepreneurs' through the process of establishing their dream job by covering the following key areas;

- Idea Generation
- Market Research
- Research Analysis
- Business Model Canvassing (BMC) 
- Managing Finances & Budgeting (Cash Flow) 
- Sustainability (Green Factor) 
- Business Management

At the end of the programme volunteers will assist in the setting up and starting of these youth led sustainable enterprises, reducing poverty through livlihoods diversification and reducing the negative environmental impact through facilitating a workforce shift to sustainable jobs. 

On top of this, volunteers will assist in the delivery of our very own Youth Ranger Programme designed by our project partners at Darwin Animal Doctors. This project aims to give young people in Bukit Lawang a taste of the Ranger Patrol responsibilities and facilitate a better understanding of the importance of saving animals and the environment. This project will develop employability skills whilst developing an understanding of the importance and methods of conservation here in the sumatran Jungle. Through this project we hope to inspire a sense of ownership amongst young people for their planet whilst fostering a sense of belonging and the eagerness to help and support their local environment. 

Typical day

After a three day volunteer Induction, you will volunteer for 4 - 6 hours on weekdays, however this is highly variable depending on the number of volunteers on your cycle and the amount of planning and preparation required for your sessions. On the Conservation Programme you will be largely free in the mornings with the exception of the Morning meeting at 0900 with all programme teams. Thursdays and Fridays  however you may be asked to take the lead on the Youth Ranger classes in the mornings. If you are doing these, you will likely not be delivering the afternoon Youth-Led Sustainable Enterprise (YSE) classes on the same day as we try our best to distribute sessions amongst the volunteer facilitators. 

Regardless of your working day you will be finished by 1800 on weekdays, after which you are completely free (unless its your turn to cook! we have a cooking rota for evening meals which means we only pay for one evening meal every few weeks and we only have to cook once every few weeks! plus we get to try different foods from all over the world!). 

Lunches are provided by our Increadible Chef Fitri, and all meals are vegitarian, however there is a restuarant directly oposite the school where you can get non veggie meals at very good prices! 

During the day you may be asked to help with houshold jobs such as painting, maintaining, making signs, gardening, or working on personal jobs. 

Afternoon YSE classes are 3 hours every week day. Volunteers have quite a free reign over classroom style and approach, however the core content of the curriculum must be delivered. You will always be supported in the classroom by local teachers who will assist you in both the planning and the delivery of your sessions, you will also have a course curriculum and handbook designed by our very own head of conservation to guide you through the process. 

Free-time activities

You can go trekking from Bukit Lawang to Gunung Leuser National Park and see the famous Sumatran Orangutan. Most volunteers do a two day one night trek and usually are fortunate enough to see Orangutans.

In Bukit Lawang there is a river which runs through the village that people often go swimming in or relax and have a coffee or beer on the river.

There are multiple bars and guest houses with extremely friendly locals and live music on most nights.

Our volunteers often read, and relax on the hammock, go for walks, visit newly made friends in town, blog, study Indonesian, rent a bike and go for a ride in the countryside!  Other places that may be of interest are below:

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

 Batu Katak - A quiet place 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 - Beautiful for trekking.

 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


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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
English, Business, Conservation at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Letter of Interest
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
There are no essential qualifications or experience for this programme however some experience teaching or instructing/ leading sessions is ideal, and any experience of business, is also extremely helpfull, though not required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 18:00

What's Included

Services by Bukit Lawang Trust
What you get for your volunteer Fees;

- Accomodation
- Breakfast and Lunch (Lunches are prepared by our excellent cook). 
- Utilities (Electricity/water/WIFI/TV) 
- Clean Drinking water
- Tea & Coffee
- Transport to and from the airport (at the start and finishe of your cycle) 
- Teaching Resources & Learning aids
- Two unforgettable months in North Sumatra!

Airport Pickup at Kuala Namu International Airport
The Trust provides transport from the airport to Bukit Lawang and the return journey at the end of the cycle. However, if you choose to continue travelling after your placement this transport is not included in your programme fees. We are located around four hours drive from the nearest international airport (Kuala Namu International Airport) in Medan. 
Our volunteers on the Conservation Programme stay in one of two dorm rooms within the Trust however there are hammocks on the roof and many volunteers enjoy their weekends in one of the many outstanding guesthouses here in Bukit Lawang. The rooms are four beds to a room, spacious with WIFI and lockable doors. Each volunteer is given a keyh to their dorm, and the from door to the Trust. 
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Breakfast and Lunch is included in your volunteer fees, and in the evenings, on weekdays we have a cooking rota where we each cook for the whole team and eat together! this usually includes some excellent "extra curricular activities!!" after dinner. On weekends most volunteers prefer to eat in the village or along the river at one of the guesthouses for dinner. 
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
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 Cycle dates for 2021 are as follows: 

Tiger Cycle: 9th July - 7th September 2021 (60days)

Elephant Cycle: 5th September - 4th November (60days) 

Rhino Cycle: 2nd November - 17th December (45days) 

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 Ramadan, however we sometimes have volunteers in for refurbishment work, so look out for our 'Ramadan Refurbers' advertisements if you are interested!

The start and end dates are fixed. This is because 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 no longer accepting applications for placements prior to the Tiger cycle on the 9th of July due to COVID-19 Restrictions***

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12 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
12 weeks (min. stay)
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$100 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Bukit Lawang Trust 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 Bukit Lawang Trust during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Conservation Plan Developer

Help guide the youth in Bukit Lawang from idea generation all the way to establishing their own sustainable businesses whilst training the next generation of Rangers!


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