Videographer/Photographer Assistant

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Coordinator | Samuel
Coordinator | Samuel
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Based on the border of the Leuser Ecosystem, the last place on Earth where Tigers, Rhinos, Elephants, Bears & Orangutans live together in the wild!
Living and working in a small grassroots education charity!
A short walk away from tropical jungle rivers.
Opportunities to go deep into the Sumatran jungle on expeditions and jungle Treks
Go to the traditional Market in your spare time and meet the local people!
Our team in North Sumatra is looking for a skilled videographer/photographer with a passions for conservation to come out and create content for the Bukit Lawang Trust. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Videographer/Photographer with experience of content development and creation, to join our team in North Sumatra. 

The role will include the creation of video content and photographs for our website and social media platforms, it will also involve assiting in the management of our social media and online presence and providing guidance to the management team on our advertising and fund raising strategies. 

The role is eight to sixteen weeks long and we will provide accommodation, airport transfer food and clean drinking water for the duration of your stay as well as support with visa sponsorship and application. 

Specific Requirements are as follows;

- Minimum of Three Facebook Posts a week (in collaboration with our Media Recruitment & Marketing Intern)
- Minimum of Three Instagram Posts a week (in collaboration with our Media Recruitment & Marketing Intern)
- 3 Twitter posts a week. (in collaboration with our Media Recruitment & Marketing Intern)
- 1 Blog a week (can collaborate with other team members on this)
- keeping our online platforms up to date. 
- 300 - 500 Photographs to be used by the Bukit Lawang Trust.
- 3x short videos (incl 1 advert for potential volunteers). 

Typical day

Work starts at 0800 Monday to Friday and ends around 18:00 however, hours are flexible as long as the work is done! 

You will be given a work station in our office however, you can also find your own office on a balcony, hilltop or restaurant or riverbank if you choose! 

You will work closely with our Director of Operations to create and utilize content in line with our growth strategy and recruitment plans. 

Food is provided at the Community Centre and there are plenty of bars and restaurants a short walk away from the centre to keep you entertained in the evenings. We also have a great deal of organised fun here at the Trust! 

You will be one of up to 12 volunteers living in the Community Centre at any given time alongside 9 in country staff that make up our weird and wonderful family here! 

Weekends are completely free!!

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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in the following areas are preferred;
- Creating Video Content/ video editing
- Photography (ideally in a not-for-profit setting)
- Experience in rural communities in developing countries.
- high level of competency in use of social media platforms.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 18:00

What's Included

Services by Bukit Lawang Trust

The Volunteer Fees, Cover everything from your airport transit at the beginning and end of your stay to your accommodation, food, transport, electricity, WIFI, clean drinking water and placement costs. 

We encourage all of our volunteers to fundraise the volunteer fees if possible to help spread the word of the Bukit Lawang Trust and its fantastic work and also to reduce the cost to you, however you can also pay this yourself as a form of donation to the charity :) 

Airport Pickup at Kuala Namu International Airport

One of our drivers will pick you up from the airport and drop you off when you leave at the end of your placement. 


During your stay with the Bukit Lawang Trust, you will be staying with up to 3 other volunteers in one of our staff or volunteer dorm rooms here within the Community Centre building. Rooms are bunk bed set up, and situated on the second floor of the building. There are four washrooms and two showers and four toilets. At any one time their could be up to 21 people working within the community centre. There are hammocks and chill out spaces on the balcony and on the rooftop and plenty of places to visit within a 5 minute walk of the centre. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Food and drink is provided during your stay with the Bukit Lawang Trust, typically volunteers organise their own evening meals as we run a cooking rotor here so we get to try different foods from all around the world! 

Tap water is not clean, so we provide a 25 litre jerry of clean drinking water at all times. 

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 someone to join us in March (14) 2021 for a period of 8 - 16 weeks depending on availability. When you arrive you will be picked up by one of our drivers and brought to the Community Centre where you will be staying. We can assist you with money transfer, getting a sim card for your phone and getting online! 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 - 16 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks
13 weeks
16 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$106 /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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Videographer/Photographer Assistant

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