Plumber in the Jungle

founded in 2004
Bukit Lawang Trust
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Coordinator | Rebecca
Coordinator | Rebecca
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The team in North Sumatra are looking for an experienced and hands-on plumbing pro, ready to get stuck into the nitty-gritty works of an Indonesian concrete building! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Volunteer Alert!

Why are we looking for an Plumber .... The trust was built in 2007, since then there has not been a 'real' professional that has seen to the pipes through the building. We have two upstairs toilets that are out of action as no one has the tools or the knowledge to know how to fix it. 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 are looking for an experienced and hands-on plumbing 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 plumber, 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

On a day-to-day basis, it will be up to the volunteer on where they want to start. 

The trust's plumbing is in need of some loving. The main focus will be on fixing the leaky taps, repairing or replacing the current plumbing system for the two downstairs bathrooms and coming up with some ideas on what we can do with the upstairs bathrooms (which are no longer used). 

Free-time activities

Bukit Lawang is home to the Sumatran Orangutan Trekking Companies. You will be able to trek into the jungle on a 1day visit or upto 5nights, there are plenty of companies to choose from and is a fantastic experience! 

The river which divides the town is a perfect swimming spot and one that cannot be missed. Or there are plenty of Badminton courts, football pitches and swimming spots down the many rivers. 



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
Plumbing at High School level
Required Documents
Plumbing Experience
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Bukit Lawang Trust

All of the proceeds that are received by these volunteer fees go directly back into the runnings of the trust. Any questions you have please do ask. 

*What we do ask if when you come that you raise funds beforehand so you can make a bigger difference upon arrival.

Airport Pickup, Breakfast & Lunch is included in the price. Any basic materials will be covered by the cost of the program, but as these donations are vital to the trust we always ask if you can fundraise before please do.

Airport Pickup at Kuala Namu International Airport

Private transfer with our driver.


You get a private double bedroom with a mosquito net and cupboard space.  

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Lunch will be provided throughout your stay along with fresh fruits in the morning. 

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 are looking for volunteers from the start of March, with a preferable start date in May because it is Ramadan over here so the trust will be empty of school children meaning the floors will be free all day for any work to take place. 

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our driver Trimo who will drive you back to the trust in a private car. Most likely Trimo will stop somewhere along the way to give you a taste of Indonesian cuisine.  

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%)
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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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Plumber in the Jungle

The team in North Sumatra are looking for an experienced and hands-on plumbing pro, ready to get stuck into the nitty-gritty works of an Indonesian concrete building!


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