Orangutan and Habitat Conservation

You will experience hands-on conservation work, usually involving a construction based community project, and you'll also see orangutans in the wild!

The Orangutan Foundation is the foremost orangutan conservation organisation. We are saving the endangered orangutan by protecting its tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education.
Now in its 16th year, our volunteer program is like no other - not only will you experience essential hands-on conservation work but you will also see the endangered orangutan in its natural habitat.
Date: 25th July- 15th August (arrival and departure dates in/out of Pangkalan Bun)

Location: Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo
Project: A community-based project to help build a new guard post adjacent to the newly  established 8,000 hectare extension of the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve! This guard post, based on the river that borders the reserve, is crucial to preventing illegal activities such as illegal logging. Lamandau is one of the few sites in Indonesia where rescued orangutans can be safely released back into the wild, and our volunteers will be some of the first to explore this area of the reserve and discover the wildlife within it. This project will be a unique opportunity to take part in conservation work while living in orangutan habitat! 

Includes a three day boat tour of Tanjung Puting National Park (guaranteed sightings of wild    orangutans) and a trip to the famed Camp Leakey. There will also be an exclusive opportunity to visit nearby orangutan feeding sites at our release camps in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.

The Work: 
This construction project will involve painting, chiselling, sawing, nailing and hammering. Please bear in mind that the length of the working day is often determined by the work at hand. Without question the work undertaken will be physical in an extreme climate. 

No particular skills required - just hard work and enthusiasm!

Note: There is no hands-on contact with orangutans.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Required Documents
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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Free-time activities

In your free time, volunteers will be able to explore the Park by boat and on foot, see Camp Leakey and visit the orangutan feeding sites! Volunteers usually swim, play sports and spend the evenings chatting and playing cards!

The experience of living in the middle of the rainforest is both a unique and incredible experience and we guarantee you will take away a lot of memories and friends that you will keep for the rest of your life.



What's included?
Includes all construction materials, meals, accommodation and local transport.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

All participants will be met at the airport and given a quick briefing of the local town before transported to the reserve by car.


For the duration of 3 weeks, you will live within the reserve itself! This means that the project site will be remote and several hours from the nearest town. You will stay in a pondok. A pondok (literal translation “lodge”) is a temporary building made from a wood frame and tarpaulin which is used for the walls and the roof.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Food is provided three times a day and is typical of the region. The usual meals consist of simple dishes of rice or noodles and vegetables, with occasional fish or chicken. We can vouch for the fact that Ibu Opit produces amazing food with whatever she has to hand though!
Volunteers will also have the opportunity to stock up on snacks etc. at the start of the programme and when the Co-ordinators go into town.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
3 weeks (min. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Borneo/Indonesia between 3 weeks and 3 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Orangutan Foundation will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 Orangutan Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Indonesia