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Orangutan And Wildlife Corridor Conservation

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1 - 8 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

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Complete your reservation as soon as possible. This project fills up quickly and is already booked on certain dates.


Highlights

  • Indulge in this mesmerizing jungle experience, waking up to the captivating calls of monkeys along the river
  • Witness the extraordinary biodiversity of the rare and stunning Biolink area, adjacent to the renowned Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Create unforgettable memories and lifelong friendships during your time with us
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, forging connections with welcoming locals who treat you like family
  • Seize the opportunity to explore the enchanting jungle, navigate rivers, visit bustling markets, and discover the charming nearby villages during your free time

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the program

Come and join our conservation team on a jungle adventure to protect the endangered Orangutan in one of the oldest and most beautiful rainforests in the world! 🦧

About the Project

We are a grass roots community led conservation program, run by a group of dedicated local people who are passionate about nature and the environment and who want to protect the animals and rainforest where they live.

If you are looking for a hands-on conservation project, ...

About the program

About the Project

We are a grass roots community led conservation program, run by a group of dedicated local people who are passionate about nature and the environment and who want to protect the animals and rainforest where they live.

If you are looking for a hands-on conservation project, monitoring wild life, replanting the rainforest, helping with recycling and  up-cycling educational projects to protect the jungle, where you can really make a difference to the communities you will be  working with, please come and join us!

 

Our aim is to protect and conserve the rare and endangered native fauna and flora that occurs in this critical wildlife corridor occurring on private lands at Batu Kapal adjacent to the Gunung Leuser NP in North Sumatra. 

Please note we are an action-based community led Citizen Science program (there is no university supervisor on site).

Working at Batu Kapal Conservation base, you will be contributing to the protection the endangered wild Orangutan population and other rare and endangered animals that occur in this critically important national park buffer zone and wildlife corridor occurring in the area.

You will find our conservation project site at the Batu Kapal Conservation Sanctuary in the heart of the jungle on the tranquil Landak River, overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Gunung Leuser National Park. The conservation project is 20 minutes by motorbike or a 1 hour walk from the Bukit Lawang village, ensuring you will feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of village life, as soon as you arrive in this hidden Sumatran jungle paradise. 


We will be surrounded by nature and geological formations, with frequent visits from the local population of wild orangutans and sightings of porcupines, slow loris and civet cats. We have resident wild populations of thomas leaf monkeys, silver monkeys, macaques, water monitors, geckos and slow loris in the project area as well as many different species of birds, reptiles, frogs, butterflies, dragonflies and insects.

Sumatra represents the last remaining natural habitat for Orang-utans in Indonesia. the Sumatran Orang-utan is now classified as critically endangered.

Forest cover in Sumatra was reduced by 61% from 1985-1997 due to logging, infrastructure development, internal migration, and plantation development. The Sumatran Orang-utan population has decreased by 86% over the past 100 years.  The most recent estimate places the figure around 7,300 left in the wild, with steady losses occurring every year.

Batu Kapal Conservation Program activities include
  1. Surveying, mapping and monitoring the area, habitats and animals with GPS. To identify existing landholdings, their primary land use and the extant native vegetation.
  2. To map orangutan and primate habitation and food forage areas. To map known orangutan and primate movement pathways with GPS.
  3. To develop a full species list for fauna and flora. To identify the ecosystem service provided by each subject. With a view to developing a better understanding of what is missing. To establish recovery programmes for threatened and vulnerable species.
  4. Create wildlife corridors to reconnect fragmented habitat for orangutans, primates and other animals between the national park and the nature buffer zone occurring on private lands as per the project plan
  5. Conducting animal and bird monitoring and surveys

    • Locating, observing, identifying, monitoring, photographing and GPS recording areas with wild populations of orang-utans and other animals and birds in the Batu Kapal conservation project area and at specified GPS points of interest in the program
    • Survey, GPS, photograph and collect data of sightings of Orang-Utan’s Nests and map them on google earth pro
    • identifying, GPS recording and monitoring orang-utans and other primates daily activity pattern, including migration paths and feeding, resting and travelling patterns
    • observe, map, monitor, survey, photograph and GPS record the significant flora and fauna in the Batu Kapal conservation project area, including orang-utans, silver monkeys, other animals and birds
    • dusk, dawn and night walks by spot light to gps, photograph and record sightings of slow loris, civet cat, leopard cat, sun bear, bats and porcupine
    • gps, record and map every large tree  (eg ficus, trembesi and pakam trees) in the area and record when fruiting, as these are important trees for orangutans and other primates and map them on google earthpro
    • identify individual orangutans to ascertain the population of orangutans living in the Batu Kapal biolink buffer zone, by taking photos of each individual orangutan face and identifying each orangutans unique features, and hence being able to track their range 
    • Innovative up-cycling plastic waste projects, including reusing single use plastics to make eco bricks, sleeping mats, bags and baskets
    • preparing, consolidating and analysing the monitoring data sheets on  the excel spreadsheet data base and recording data on the mapping software
    • GPS trail mapping, using garmin GPS and updating the  mapping software

Other Skills

We are looking for volunteers that have a passion for wildlife conservation, an ability to work as a team with other volunteers and by yourself, have an upbeat, positive attitude and are committed to achieving the projects goals. Tasks are not particularly physically strenuous, however a fair level of fitness is advised as the climate is hot and humid.

While no specific skills or experience are required, we are looking for volunteers that are highly motivated, have significant drive and able to work independently or as part of a small team after the initial induction and orientation. Our volunteer coordinator is here to assist and support you, but we expect our volunteers to be self directed and motivated in completing your daily volunteer activities.

To ensure you have a great volunteering experience with us, please take the opportunity every day to discuss the programmed activities with the volunteer coordinator, as well as any specific activities you might like to undertake during your stay. If you have any particular concerns or need further advice or support, please discuss this with the coordinator so it can be addressed and resolved.

Our Respect Jungle Guidelines are designed to help you understand and enjoy your time in the jungle in an environmentally sensitive and respectful way. We follow a strict no contact of wild animal policy.  Let's help protect this fragile ecosystem so your children and grandchildren can enjoy this natural wonder for many years to come!

Respect Wildlife – Keep wild animals wild! Never feed wild animals or birds.
  • Feeding wildlife damages their health alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Store food and rubbish securely. Wild animals have adapted over time to the food found in nature. Human food can make animals sick.
  • Feeding can also make animals reliant on humans for food, which may lead to aggressive behaviour.
  • Keep your food and wastes in a secure container. Plastic bags are not secure, animals can easily rip these open
Observe wildlife from a distance.
  • Do not follow or approach wild animals. Keep a respectable distance (5 metres) and if the animal shows signs of fear or aggressiveness, back off immediately and give the animal plenty of space to move on.
  • Avoid chasing or following wildlife that is attempting to escape.
  • Keep watching times to a reasonable length to avoid stressing the animals.
  • Move slowly, quietly, and in full view to avoid scaring or stressing animals.
Avoid touching wilds animals.
  • To minimise the spread of disease to wild animals, familiarisation with humans and for your own safety from injury and bites
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, and raising young. Touching nests or young animals may cause their parents to abandon them.
  • Report any injured animals to the local land managers. Do not attempt to handle the animal.
Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.

All native plants, animals, geological features, historical and cultural remains are protected by law in national parks. Ensure that they remain undisturbed.

Avoid activities with large groups

Large groups have a greater impact and affect the natural experience for both the groups and other park users

Stay on the track!

Tracks are carefully designed to allow people to visit natural environments while minimising the impact on the environment. Staying on track minimises erosion, limits spreading of diseases and weeds, and helps you from getting lost

Dispose of Waste Properly
  • “Pack it in, Pack it out.” Inspect your campsite and rest areas for rubbish and spilled food.
  • Pack and carry out all rubbish and leftover food including organics.
  • Do not burn or bury rubbish. Rubbish that is half-burned or buried will attract animals and make a site unattractive to other visitors
  • Be careful not to drop rubbish while walking on tracks.
  • When available use established toilet facilities.
  • In other situations, carry a trowel and deposit solid human waste in catholes dug in topsoil – usually 10-15cm deep and at least 100m from water, camp and tracks. Cover and disguise the hole when finished.
  • Pack out all hygiene products in a suitable container.
  • Be careful of improper cigarette butt disposal. Take all cigarette butts out with you.
  • Plan meals to avoid generating messy, smelly rubbish. It is critical to wildlife that we pack out kitchen waste and leftover food. Don’t count on a fire to dispose of it. Rubbish that is half-burned or buried will attract animals and make a site unattractive to other visitors. Overlooked rubbish is litter, and litter is not only ugly — it can also be deadly to the wildlife.
  • Animals scavenging a meal from a tasty smelling morsel can ingest bits of dropped food packaging damaging their digestive system. Plastic six-pack holders and plastic bags kill birds, fish and animals. Fishing lines, lures and nets ensnare, kill, injure and maim wildlife, so be careful not to leave any behind in rivers or streams. Pack in plastic bags to carry your rubbish out (and maybe someone else’s).
  • Before moving on from a camp or resting place, search the area for “micro-rubbish” such as bits of food and rubbish, including cigarette butts and organic litter such as fruit peel, egg and nut shells.



Typical day

Your Itinerary

Phase 1 Day : Introduction Day!

Arrive at Medan (KNO) airport, Sumatra, to be picked up and head to the jungle to begin your adventure at the Batu Kapal conservation project site!  We will arrange to pick you up from the Medan airport  or your hotel and transport you to the project ...

Typical day

Your Itinerary

Phase 1 Day : Introduction Day!

Arrive at Medan (KNO) airport, Sumatra, to be picked up and head to the jungle to begin your adventure at the Batu Kapal conservation project site!  We will arrange to pick you up from the Medan airport  or your hotel and transport you to the project site

Phase 2: Orangutan Habitat Restoration

The base for your volunteering placement is the Batu Kapal Conservation Project site, just 20 minutes by motor bike into the jungle from the village of Bukit Lawang, the last settlement before entering the Gunung Leuser National Park. Gunung Leuser has one of the most concentrated population of Orang-utan in the Southern hemisphere but deforestation and encroachment of their habitat has destroyed their environment and displaced them from the natural forest.

Activities include:

Wildlife Biolink Corridor Program

  1. Nursery Activities – Establishing and maintaining a tree and plant nursery is an important component for the creation, restoration and maintenance of the Wildlife Biolink Corridor Project. You will be collecting seedlings, seeds and fruits for nursery, and also learn how to prepare and cultivate tree saplings or seeds in the nursery
  2. Establishing Wildlife Biolink Corridors to reconnect the fragmented forest occurring on private lands to the Gunung Leauser National Park. Through this activity volunteers will gain an understand, as well as be directly involved in creating wildlife corridors needed by wildlife (including critically endangered Sumatran orangutan and other primates and animals), through tree and bamboo plantings and establishing rope bridge crossings.
  3. Tree Maintenance - Maintaining trees and tree plantings in the biolink and conservation area is a crucial part of wildlife corridor program, to ensure a higher survival rate of planted trees.

Batu Kapal Orangutan Monitoring Program

Working in small groups of volunteers in the project area, your activities will include monitoring the population of wild Orangutans at Batu Kapal, occurring in isolated rainforest fragments on private lands, abutted by palm oil, rubber plantations and farm land. The longer term aim is to develop and conduct an education program in schools near this Orangutan habitat.

Please note we have a strict no human contact or feeding policy of  wild animals. Our aim is to keep wild animals wild through the protection and reforestation of their habitat!

Animal Surveying, Monitoring and Data Collection Program

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to monitor, survey, record and track movements of some of the forest’s most elusive wildlife, including other primates such as Thomas Leaf Monkeys, Silver Langurs and Macaques !  This activity is run up to 3 times a day at different times to capture data over a complete day. 

Activities include:

Conducting animal and bird monitoring and surveys

  • Locating, observing, identifying, monitoring, photographing and GPS recording areas with wild populations of orang-utans, primates and other animals and birds in the Batu Kapal conservation project area and at specified GPS points of interest in the program
  • See detail of other activities undertaken in the section above

Biodiversity identification

  • Learning to identify tree species
  • Insect identification (eg butterflies, dragon flies etc).
  • Keeping a photographic record of animal and bird sightings, as well as plants identified
  • Compiling, identifying and analysing data collected
  •  Developing a species list of fauna and flora occurring in the conservation area

Upcycling Plastics Project. 

Assist with cleaning and rubbish removal on trails, in the conservation site and along the river once a week.

Making Eco bricks from single use plastic bottles and plastic bags. 

Building rubbish collection bins, fences and buildings out of eco bricks.

Making sleeping mats, reusable bags, baskets out of yarn made from single use plastic bags.

Cleaning and maintaining work at the base. Volunteers are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their volunteer dormitory and bathroom, helping with the cooking meals and washing their dishes

ROAR COMMUNITY PROJECT – (Reduce or Activity Recycle Project)
Activities on the ROAR project include: 
  • Helping with recycling project and sorting at the conservation site and at the local guesthouse 
  • Helping at the project site with composting to produce organic compost and fertiliser 
  • Helping plant and weed and harvest edible garden, fruits and vegetables 
  • Reducing plastic waste through the ROAR program. Stage one – zero plastic bottles project 


Free-time activities

Batu Kapal is a beautiful jungle location in mountains adjacent to Gunung Leasur National Park on the Landak RIver and just 15-20 minutes by motorbike or a 50 minute walk from  the village of Bukit Lawang - prime wild Sumatran orangutan country.

In your spare time on the weekends you will have the ...

Free-time activities

Batu Kapal is a beautiful jungle location in mountains adjacent to Gunung Leasur National Park on the Landak RIver and just 15-20 minutes by motorbike or a 50 minute walk from  the village of Bukit Lawang - prime wild Sumatran orangutan country.

In your spare time on the weekends you will have the opportunity to visiting some nice places around Bukit Lawang. Or stay on afterwards to explore Sumatra and Indonesia.

We are happy to arrange to take you on day activities (at your own cost) around Bukit Lawang, Batu Kapal, Batu Katak and Tangkahan on weekends or after your volunteering placement has finished at our special volunteer prices and you can also visit Lake Toba and Berestagi (volcano lands).

Choose from optional free time activities below (cost extra)

1. ½ day, 1 day, 2 and 3 day jungle treks to Adi Back camp and Batu Gajah camp in the national park

2. Hot springs day trip by 4wd including lunch 

3. Nature and wildlife walk (3 hours) to look for birds, animals, monkeys and orangutans in the trees along the Landak River 

4. 3 hour motor bike tour of the villages and rice fields, visit cottage industries, rice hulling and drying, palm sugar, tofu, bamboo weaving

5. Traditional massage

6. Rock scrambling open caving adventure at Bat Cave. ( 2-3 hours)

7. Relaxing, swimming and exploring the Landak River

8. Optional Jungle art. Get your inspiration from the jungle, drawing landscapes, mountains, river, animals, jungle scenery. Pencils and art paper provided (Free)

9. River stone sculptures. Stacking and making pebble towers along side the river (Free)

10. Learn some Indonesian language with our team (Free)


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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)

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Other Skills

We are looking for volunteers that are passionate about wildlife conservation, have an upbeat, positive attitude and committed to achieving our project goals. Tasks are not particularly physically strenuous, however a fair level of fitness is advised as the climate is hot and humid. Our volunteers are highly motivated and keen to work independently or as part of a small volunteer team. Your personal motivation and drive will be the key to your success and enjoyment at our conservation project.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Batu Kapal Conservation

Includes shared dormitory accommodation, three meals per day, tea, coffee and drinking water at the project site and all programmed volunteer activities at the project site. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover injury, accident, sickness, hospital and medical expenses, missed flights, cancellation and loss or damage to your personal belongings.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Please note if you plans change your volunteer fees are non refundable, however we are more than happy to change your start date. Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover cancellation.

SAFETY

Safety of our volunteers, guests and staff is our highest priority. Please respect each other and others property. Any person causing serious harm or putting others at risk will be asked to leave the site with forfeiture of your volunteer fees. This includes drunk and disorderly behaviour.

ZERO DRUGS POLICY.

Drug use in Indonesia is illegal and a jailable offence. For everyone’s safety, we are a drug free program. Please note the use of drugs will result in the immediate termination of your volunteering placement and removal from the program with forfeiture of your volunteer fees.

RELATIONSHIPS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE

We are responsible for the safety of volunteers and staff in our care. Please respect local culture and staff. Relationships with staff and local people will not be tolerated during your volunteer placement,  resulting in immediate termination of your volunteering placement and removal from your site with forfeiture of your volunteer fees.

VALUABLES

Volunteers are responsible for the safety of their valuables and personal items at all times.  Management will not be held responsible for the safety of volunteers valuables. If you are concerned, please bring a money belt for your money, passport and important documents.

WIFI AND INTERNET ACCESS

Please note we do not have WiFi on site as we are in a remote area. There is limited patchy mobile phone coverage available on parts of the base with the local mobile phone service. Data for Indonesian sim cards can be purchased for your phone and very affordable rates.  We recommend volunteers buy a local SIM card with data on it when they arrive. Telkomsel is one of the better choices. 

Otherwise there is WiFi available in the village at some guest house cafes also. It is a 45 minute walk into the village, or a 20 minute motor bike ride

Airport Pickup at Kuala Namu International Airport

We provide pick up and drop back to Medan airport or your Medan hotel on arrival and departure

This is a private car transfer to the nearest village and then a motor bike taxi into the project base as we are located in the jungle with no road access

Accommodation

Accommodation during your time will be tree house style dormitory accommodation and shared bathroom with cold water shower and a western-style toilet. Please don’t worry about being too cold in the shower - as it is hot and humid here all year round, you will probably welcome the respite!

We provide a mattress, mosquito net, pillow and sleeping sheet for your stay. You will need to bring along your towel and toiletries.

Please note, volunteers (eg couples and families) may be able to upgrade to a private guesthouse room with ensuite, for an additional $35 US per night subject to availability. This is a requirement for families travelling with children.

Please note this $35 US private room fee per night is in addition to your daily volunteer fee.


Food & Beverages

You will have three meals per day provided for you whilst on this project. Breakfast is usually a choice of pancake, omelette, eggs and rice/noodle dishes or fresh fruit. Lunches and dinners are delicious and typically consist of noodles or rice with either chicken, fish, egg and vegetables. Tofu and Soy bean dishes are also provided for vegetarians and vegans. Each meal is buffet style. Free tea, coffee and water.

Soft drink and alcohol is available at an extra cost.

Please note we do have refrigeration on site  and all food is bought fresh daily to be cooked every day.  This is normal practice in rural areas in Sumatra.

Water is also boiled on site for your safety every day.


What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Internet Access

Sorry, no access at the project site

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Kuala Namu International Airport (KNO) in Kuala Namu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Indonesia. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

Vaccines

If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

Volunteers are welcome to join are program throughout the year at times that suit you!

You can arrive at Batu Kapal base camp on Sunday through to Friday between 8am and 8pm. 

Please note there is no check in on Saturdays. If you arrive at the airport on Saturday, we suggest you stay Saturday night in Bukit Lawang the closest village and arrive at the project site on Sunday.

Prior to Arrival

Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Indonesia. Entry to Indonesia will be refused and airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than six months validity. You are required to retain your arrival card for presentation to Immigration upon your departure.

You need to fly into Medan airport (KNO)  on on the project start date, preferably between 9am - 5pm so you are not arriving too late at the project site, as we are 4 to 5 hours from the airport. 

Please check with your doctor regarding the latest on the vaccinations required to travel to Sumatra.

In order to join this project you will need a visa. Please contact us for assistance with your visa if required

Less that 60 day stays – 30 Day Visa on Arrival

On entry to Indonesia most nationalities are eligible for the 30 day Visa on Arrival  (cost $35 US) for stays less than 30 days. This can be extended once for an additional 30 days at the local immigration office 7 days before your visa expiry date ($35 US for 30 day extension). 

Please ensure your country/nationality is eligible for the 30 day Visa on Arrival before you fly, by checking the Indonesian embassy website to obtain the latest visa and  passport information.

At immigration point, they may ask to see your return flight information to you are leaving within 30/60 days

Over 60 day stays – Apply for a 60 day visa before your arrive.

For stays over 60 days you will need to apply for a 60 day visa  2 to 4 weeks before you arrive in Indonesia.  

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover injury, accident, sickness, hospital and medical expenses, missed flights, cancellation and loss or damage to your personal belongings.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Please note if you plans change your volunteer fees are non refundable, however we are more than happy to change your start date. Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover cancellation.

Note the conservation project site is located in the jungle, we are not situated on a road, its a 20 minute motor bike taxi ride from the village of Bukit Lawang and it is not easy to find as it is not sign posted.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

1 week (min. stay) 475€
2 weeks 747€
3 weeks 1,018€
4 weeks 1,290€
5 weeks 1,562€
6 weeks 1,833€
7 weeks 2,105€
8 weeks (max. stay) 2,376€
Average fees 386€/week

Program fees

386€ per week 1 - 8 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

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NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

1 - 8 weeks

Deposit

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Final Payment

Your final payment will be agreed with Batu Kapal Conservation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


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Batu Kapal Conservation

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Spoken languages: English, Indonesian

About the project

We are a group of like minded landowners at Batu Kapal, passionate about protecting and conserving the fauna & flora near Bukit Lawang and Gunung Leuser NP North Sumatra

Meet your organization

The aim of the Batu Kapal Conservation Program is to conserve the diverse habitat of  the endangered Orangutan and other animals that live in this precious rainforest ecosystem in the Wildlife Biolink buffer zone at Batu Kapal, which adjoins the Gunung Leuser NP in North Sumatra.  Our project is 15 minutes by motor bike from Bukit Lawang

The Conservation Project

Our 45 hectare conservation project site is located in the heart of the jungle at Batu Kapal on the tranquil Landak River, overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Gunung Leuser National Park. The project is 15 minutes by motor bike or a 1 hour walk from the Bukit Lawang village. You will feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of village life, as soon as you arrive in this hidden Sumatran jungle paradise. 

The site is surrounded by nature and geological formations, with frequent visits from the local population of wild orangutans and sightings of porcupines and civet cats. We have resident wild populations of  thomas leaf monkeys, dusky monkeys, macaques, water monitors, geckos and slow loris on the property as well as many birds, butterflies, dragon flies, frogs and insects.

Sumatra represent the last remaining natural habitat for Orangutans in Indonesia. the Sumatran Orangutan is now classified as critically endangered.

Forest cover in Sumatra was reduced by 61% from 1985-1997 due to logging, infrastructure development, internal migration, and plantation development. The Sumatran Orangutan population has decreased by 86% over the past 100 years.  The most recent estimate places the figure around 7,300 left in the wild, with steady losses occurring every year.

Our Goals

Our Goals are to conserve this important buffer zone and Wildlife Biolink that adjoins to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Gunung Leuser National Park to

  1. provide sufficient food for the native animals in general and the orangutan in particular to maintain health and vitality. This will include the progressive replacement of palm oil and rubber plantations with indigenous tall tree species. The purchase and rental of existing mature fruit trees may be necessary. Developing income models at least as commercially attractive as palm oil need to be investigated.
  2. provide a tall tree canopy biolink reconnecting Batu Kapal to the park and therefore providing an opportunity for the movement of animals to aid in genetic diversity. Reversing  the ongoing intrusion into the park in key identified areas will be required. The revegetation of the Landak river is a priority.
  3. demonstrate best practice farming and ecotourism whereby human development does not impact the sustainability of natural ecosystem. This will require developing limits to land use, landholding minimum size and prohibiting some forms of land use and recreational activities. 

Who we are looking for:

Volunteers are welcome to join are program throughout the year at times that suit you! Our programme is open to all volunteers whether you are on a gap year, at university, retiree or on a holiday. We are looking for enthusiastic people who love nature and want to help make a difference! No specific skills or experience are required, just a commitment to the project and its aims, a passion for wildlife conservation, an ability to work as a team or by yourself and an upbeat, positive attitude.

Prior to Arrival

Please note you are traveling to a safe place in Sumatra and you will have friendly staff available to help you settle in on arrival.Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Indonesia. Entry to Indonesia will be refused and airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than six months validity. You are required to retain your arrival card for presentation to Immigration upon your departure.

In order to join this project you will need a tourist visa. You will be able to get one of these on arrival into Indonesia, but please note you may have to pay for this on arrival, however it is now free for many countries. Please check with the Indonesian embassy  website for tourist passport information.

If you plan to stay longer than 30 days in Indonesia, you will need to arrange a 60 day tourist visa in advance. The cost for the 60 day visa can vary depending on which Indonesian embassy you are applying through.

You need to fly into Medan airport (KNO) on the project start date between 9am - 5pm. Please check with your doctor regarding the latest on the vaccinations required to travel to Sumatra

50 reviews · rating4.5

Gabriel Elias Grassmugg rating3.8

2024 at Orangutan And Wildlife Corridor Conservation

Batu Kapal Conservation is a wonderful experience if you are looking for a remote and wild jungle adventure. The people working at the site are super sweet and loving amd support you in all matters. The orang utans living around that area will be seen nearly daily (sometimes they even visit the ...
My experience here has been incredible, I have been here for a total of 10 days. You live immersed in the jungle, in a small house where you share moments with volunteers and local people. Everyone here is very hospitable, friendly and close. You feel at home. We spend our days monitoring the area ...
Ana Maria Moreira de Almeida rating2.2

2023 at Orangutan And Wildlife Corridor Conservation

*****Organization's statement below***** I have mixed feelings about this experience. The observation of animals, especially orangutans, was almost daily. no contact or intervention to respect their wild natural state. The team was friendly and available Varied activities including contact with ...
I loved my time volunteering at Batu Kapal. I learned a lot of new stuff (medicinal plants, trees, fruit, animals), enjoyed the nature (swimming in the river, hiking the jungle, jungle sounds), did interesting stuff (climbing places to set up camera traps, chop down banana stem to make curry, ...
From day 1 I felt totatally home at Batu Kapal. All the guides are super warm, loving, happy, caring people who also wants the best for the volunteers. The house is located in a bufferzone, which means you're not in the national park, but realy live away from the city. Twice a day you make a ...
Natacha Neumann rating4.8

2023 at Orangutan And Wildlife Corridor Conservation

Had a great week in Batu Kapal, with my husband and 3 children. We saw loads of orangutans and many other animals. The activities were very varied and the team there was incredibly nice and helpful. I would definitively recommend this program- loved ...

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