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Bukit Lawang Trust
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Coordinator | Rebecca
Coordinator | Rebecca
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The team in North Sumatra is looking for an experienced and hands-on electrician pro, ready to get stuck into the nitty-gritty works of an Indonesian concrete building! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

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Why are we looking for an Electrician .... The trust was built in 2007, since then there has not been a 'real' professional that has seen to the wiring through this building. It's essential that we do not shut down to ensure we can still provide our English schooling. But we want to avoid the worst and never want to witness an electrical failure. The locals do not have the knowledge or training that the West or other professionals hold, so there 'quick-fixes' are literally a quick 2 day fix and we are presented with the same issues... 

A new position at the Bukit Lawang Trust has just become available. The team in North Sumatra is looking for an experienced and hands-on electrician pro, ready to get stuck into the nitty-gritty works of an Indonesian concrete building! You would be greeted by the rolling hills of the jungle, dramatic thunderstorms and the haphazard yet happy way of life all Indonesians follow. Living on the edge of the jungle, and far from any cities means that this opportunity is perfect for someone willing to escape the hustling and bustling life of the city. Although we are looking for an experienced electrician, this will be a new challenge entirely due to the Indonesian way of getting things done.

Bukit Lawang - the location is second to none. We are on the border of the national park which is home to several critically endangered species, I.e. The Sumatran Orangutan, Elephant & Tiger.. There is no place on the rest of earth like this. It is a true blessing to wake up to the rolling jungle hills! 

Throughout your stay here you will be with the rest of the team. English and Conservation Volunteers along with the 7 local staff that work Mon - Friday at the trust. 

What is expected? A 'Can do' attitude and willing to tackle these challenges head-on. There can be local support if needed, for instance, buying materials. From us, we will get you on the front foot right away. Can help you organise trekking with our locally sorted out guides, advise on new villages to explore, get you exploring the hot spots in Bukit Lawang and beyond! 

Private airport pick-up, accommodation, and two meals a day are included in the volunteer fee. Orangutan treks, Elephant washing/trekking, jungle river rafting are activities all found on the doorstep of Bukit Lawang.

If interested please don’t hesitate to get in touch; send us your experience to date and we will be in touch

Typical day

There is not set a task for each day as the current people working at the trust are not Electricians or have any experience in that field. All we know is that the wiring within the building all needs looking at as we have temperamental lights, regular blackouts and wiring that is questionable. 

Each day will be a challenge, but one you can have fun with! 

Free-time activities

Bukit Lawang is rich in activities. Most famous for its Jungle Trekking to see the Sumatran Orangutans, but is also rich in wildlife, incredible scenery and neighbouring villages which will also take your breath away. 

There is something for everyone. Whether you just want to read a book by the river or go on a 3day trek through the jungle - anything and everything is on your doorstep. 



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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Electrical work at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Bukit Lawang Trust

All money from the volunteer fees goes directly back into making the work you'll be doing out here possible; supplying tools, getting the equipment and if there is anything left over this will be spent on the other day-to-day runnings of the trust. Supporting the local teachers, reaching out to more villages or getting more books for the students. 

We are 100% transparent on where your money goes and happy to share further detail if required! 

Airport pickup, accommodation and food & drink are included in the fees.

Airport Pickup at Kuala Namu International Airport

Private car pickup is included 


Private Double bedroom inc Storage space and Mosquito net.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Fresh fruit for the morning and Lunch will be provided.

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

We have availability from March onwards, but we would prefer volunteers to arrive in May as it is Ramadan holiday so the school will be free from the students meaning more work can be done without a little kid running through your legs! 

Upon arrival, we organise for a driver to come and get you! 

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$92 /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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