Conservation Teacher : Youth Rangers

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Inspire and nurture a love and empathy for the natural world by training the next generation of Jungle Rangers!
Live in and learn from one of the last true wildernesses on Earth, the Magnificent Tropical Leuser Ecosystem!
Lead your students on expeditions into the Jungle alongside professional Jungle Guides from Indonesia!
Ensure the continued protection and preservation of severely endangered species of animal, such as the Sumatran Orangutan, Tiger, Elephant, Leopard and Rhinoceros, and if you are lucky, see them all!
Experience traditional Indonesian culture and cuisine! live and work on the edge of the Tropical Rainforest, the last place on Earth where Orangutans, Elephants, Tigers, Rhino's, Leopards and Sun Bear
A program designed to nurture a love and empathy for the natural environment and the endangered species we share it with. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Rural communities along the border of the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem. 

Our Youth Ranger Programme looks to nurture within young people in North Sumatra a sense of empathy, love and stewardship over the jungle. We educate young people on the vital significance of the Leuser Ecosystem to the longevity of all life on Earth. The aim of this programme is to inspire a generation of conservationists to take ownership and responsibility for their environment.

As a Youth Ranger Instructor you will be responsible developing lessons which teach about nature, conservation and even ranger skills.  You will teach classes in and around Bukit Lawang as well as linking up with seasoned and professional Jungle Guides from North Sumatra to lead expeditions into the Tropical rainforest. 

Typical day

Volunteering at the Trust is no gap year holiday, our volunteers typically work from 08:00 to 18:00 on week days, and occasionally on weekends for training events and action days. We maintain an ethos of hard work and selfless commitment and all of our volunteers are here to serve the local community. However, that doesn’t stop us having a life changing experience whilst we are at it! 

A typical day starts at 07:00 with breakfast. On Mondays we have a Hub meeting where all of the staff and volunteers come together to plan the week ahead. Following this, you will begin your sessions. The Youth Ranger Programme and ESL Programme have one or more lessons each day although some days teaching is only in the afternoons. When you are not planning or teaching classes you can join the free fitness sessions here at the Trust or take on your own projects doing renovations or other community work here at The Hub. We also send out volunteers to help out at the local Trashbank, turning plastic into new products and supporting the efforts of rubbish processing and collection.   Weekends are your own, however occasionally, for example on events such as volunteer induction, phase review and volunteer debrief, you may also find that the Trust has arranged some incredible activities for you. On weekends when you are not trekking in the jungle or rafting down rivers you will have a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Sumatran culture and cuisine, with a range of guest houses, restaurants and even one bar Bukit Lawang has plenty to offer! 

Free-time activities

Our volunteers love reading in the hammocks or hanging by the river. It is just a ten minute walk to a beautiful waterfall. During the evenings and mornings it is common for volunteers to read, write, play music, relax, and go swimming in or inner tubing on the river.

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

Bukit Lawang - Famous for treks to the jungle to spot orangutans and the biggest of the villages in the area. At the weekend there are bars with live music, western restaurants, and local markets for shopping.

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 and peaceful river to chill or have a barbecue!

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 much 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
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Physically fit, interest in wildlife, environmentally conscious. Data entry, computer and photography skills a plus!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Bukit Lawang Trust

We ask all of our volunteers to fundraise before coming out to Sumatra a minimum of £1000 GBP for the 8 weeks. Alternatively, some people choose to just pay this fee if they have no time to fundraise beforehand. We ask for a non-refundable deposit of £150 on booking your place in order to reserve your space and to cover registration costs.    In addition to this, you will need to pay for the cost of your volunteer visa, which is £280 and lasts 60 days. 


This fee covers:

·   Accommodation - shared dorm room

·   Lunchtime meals cooked by our hub chef Mon-Fri

·   Transport to and from Medan airport to the Trust.

·   Free Jungle FIIT exercise classes three times per week at the Trust Hub.

·   Our staff will provide all of the training you need to teach our programs, and support you throughout your volunteering journey. 

·   An overnight, 2 day jungle trekking experience with experienced local guides

·   Orientation challenges

·   A workshop with a local business- e.g basket weaving, carving, fabric printing, soap making, cookery

·   A phase review team building weekend

·   Indonesian language lessons by our Indonesian Programme Coordinators

Airport Pickup at Kuala Namu International Airport

We provide pick up from Kuala Namu International Airport in Medan to our Hub in Gotong Royong where you will be staying. This is approximately a four hour drive in good weather, from the City Centre to the edge of the Gunung Leuser National Park where we work! Our Volunteer recruitment team also provide support in arranging your flights and making sure you are in the right place at the right time to meet our pick up! 


Our volunteers stay in one of our dorm rooms within the Trust.

Each volunteer is given a key to their dorm, and the front door to the Trust.

We have 4 bathrooms: 2 Western style and 2 Indonesian style.

We also have a shared kitchen with cooking facilities. 

Our Trust Hub is located in a village called Gotong Royong, which is approximately 5 minutes drive away from the village of Bukit Lawang. 

We provide bicycles for volunteers to borrow and there are becaks (like tuk-tuks) which can also be used to get around. 

For classes, we use motorbikes, which are driven by our staff and we provide helmets for these.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Lunch is included in your volunteer fees, and in the evenings we either eat out or we hold cooking nights at the Trust. At the 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

In 2023 we have 5 volunteer intakes during the year as follows:


Orangutan Cycle: Friday 6th January - Sunday 5th of March 

Tiger Cycle: Friday 5th of May - Sunday 2nd July 

Elephant Cycle: Friday 7th July - Sunday 3rd September

Leopard Cycle: Friday 8th September - Sunday 5th of November

Rhino Cycle: Friday 10th November - Sunday 17th December


The dates for 2024 are likely to be as follows but may change slightly depending on public holidays and events:

Orangutan Cycle: Friday 12th January - Sunday 10th of March 

Tiger Cycle: Friday 19th of April - Sunday 16th June 

Elephant Cycle: Friday 28th June - Sunday 25th August

Leopard Cycle: Friday 30th August - Sunday 27th October 

Rhino Cycle: Friday 1st November - Sunday 15th December (6 weeks only)

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$161 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. 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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