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Orangutan and Wildlife Rescue Center

Java, Indonesia

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Many of Indonesia's injured and illegally traded wildlife find a safe haven at this rescue center. Help aid heir rehabilitation and spend time teaching basic English

The center

The Wildlife Rescue Center in Jogjakarta provides a safe haven for an array of 'at risk' animals from the rainforests of Borneo. The center is dedicated to rescuing, and where possible, rehabilitating wild animals so that they may one day return to their natural habitats. Some of the animals being housed at the center include orangutans, Siamang gibbons, crocodiles, raptors including the Javan eagle, and many other bird species. All of these special animals share similar devastating stories. The Wildlife Center seeks to provide them with a safe space to recover. The center is also famous for rehabilitating and releasing injured eagles, including the endangered Javan Eagle. 

Our volunteers

Volunteers at the center will help with a variety of different tasks to do with animal conservation and rehabilitation, including the cleaning of animal enclosures and preparing food and enrichment for the animals. Volunteers will also assist in holding informal English lessons to advance the villagers' and children’s English and environmental awareness.

The location

Indonesia, in Southeast Asia, is the largest archipelago in the world. The country is made up of  a range of stunning islands and is known for its natural biodiversity despite heavily populated areas. The center is located in Jogjakarta, a city on the Indonesian island of Java. It's known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage and its beautiful lush rainforests which are home to many extremely rare species.

Typical day

Volunteer tasks may include

Shadowing an Animal Keeper

Working with a different keeper and group of animals each day in order to experience the full spectrum of wildlife at the center. You will participate in cage cleaning, feeding, food preparation, and maintenance and cage enrichment. You may also get to spend a morning with the center’s vet, observing and learning about the animals.

Building cages 

Building sturdy and spacious cages is essential for the animals' well-being. Thus whenever needed, volunteers will be assisting the animal keepers to build cages for the animals. 

Please Note: The cages for the orangutans and gibbons are small. There are plans to build a new enclosure close to trees where the orangutans and gibbons can live in a more natural habitat. This project is long term and requires significant funding that needs to be raised through donations.

Conservation English Club (for kids)

 Every Wednesday you will go into the village to teach an informal 90 minute ‘Conservation English’ class for the local school children – using environmental topics to improve their English vocabulary and raise awareness.

  • 30 minutes – simple games (using English vocabulary)
  • 30 minutes – focus on an environmental topic (through games, discussion or worksheets)
  • 30 minutes – arts and crafts (related to an environmental topic)

Free-time activities

Visit the bustling capital of Jakarta, shop with the best bargains in the world in Bandung, swim in the Amazon-like waterfalls in Baturadden, and trek the rolling hills of Dieng Plateau

Swimming
Hiking

Program Requirements

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)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Willingness to work hard and get your hands dirty
Interest in wildlife conservation
Open mindedness
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

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

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Included: accommodation, food, training upon arrival, local in-country team support and 24 hour emergency support, airport pickup transportation

Airport Pickup at Adisutjipto International Airport

Airport transfer is available upon arrival and departure

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared single-sex style accommodation. A standard room has two beds and an en-suite bathroom with a cold water shower and western- style toilet.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

3 meals a day are prepared by a local Javan chef. Most meals consist of rice, vegetables and chicken, but we can cater for most dietary requirements, including vegetarian and vegan.

Internet Access
Limited 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 Adisutjipto International Airport (JOG) in Yogyakarta. 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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,350.00
3 weeks
$1,680.00
4 weeks
$2,010.00
5 weeks
$2,340.00
6 weeks
$2,670.00
7 weeks
$3,000.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$3,330.00
Average fees
$546.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Java/Indonesia between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Indonesia.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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