You will experience hands-on conservation work involving a construction based community project, and you'll also see orangutans in the wild!
Breakfast around 7.30am | Mid-morning snack break | Short break after lunch | Usually finish at around 4.30 - 5pm, in time to wash before it gets dark.
Please bear in mind that the length of the working day is often determined by the work at hand. Equally, you may get an unexpected afternoon off if parts of a project proceed quicker than expected.
One rest day will be allotted each week. Rest day activities may vary from helping the cook to the possibility of accompanying your Co-ordinator on a supply run to the nearest town.
Without question the work undertaken will be physical in an extreme climate. We will work long hours, taking several breaks, and it will take you a few days to adjust to the temperature and humidity level as well as the work conditions. It's important to take plenty of breaks as you feel is necessary and to drink plenty of water.
It’s important to keep the bigger picture in mind and remember what you are working towards – your contribution is invaluable. Without you, this work could not be completed.
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.
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 park 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.
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.