Orangutan and Habitat Conservation

You will experience hands-on conservation work 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 17th 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: 24th July- 14th August (arrival and departure dates in/out of Pangkalan Bun)

Location: Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo
Project: A community-based project to renovate our research station Pondok Ambung within Tanjung Puting National Park! Previous projects have included construction of orangutan release sites, building guard posts in protected areas, habitat restoration and conservation, and education and awareness activities. This project will be a unique opportunity to take part in conservation work while living in orangutan habitat! 

Includes a three day boat tour within the Tanjung Puting National Park (guaranteed sightings of wild  orangutans) and a trip to the famed Camp Leakey where you will have the exclusive opportunity to visit nearby orangutan feeding sites.

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.

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Suitable for


Typical day

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. 

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Any questions? Just ask. We at Orangutan Foundation are happy to help you.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
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 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.

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
Costs (Prices in USD)
3 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks (max. 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
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