Wildlife Rescue

Volunteers feed and care for the animals at the center which include macaques, gibbons, orangutans, sun bears, birds and reptiles in Indonesia.

Illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts is a lucrative, well-organized and dangerous international business – second only to the black market trade of illegal drugs and firearms. Indonesia, home to a spectacular array of wildlife species, is reeling from the loss of animals to illegal trade. The islands can now claim to have the highest number of internationally threatened mammals and birds, largely due to uncontrolled hunting. Species illegally hunted, trapped and exported to foreign markets include pangolins, turtles, komodo dragons, orangutans, gibbons, palm cockatoos, birds of paradise tigers, sun bears, golden cats, slow loris, tarsiers, hornbills, siamangs - and the list goes on and on. These animals are kept in horrible conditions, sold in Indonesian markets or smuggled out of the country. The mortality rate of these animals, many of them just babies, is extremely high.Enter organizations like our partner in Indonesia, established to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. Volunteer activities: Volunteers at the rescue center help in feeding and caring for the animals at the center which include macaques, gibbons, orangutans, sun bears, birds and reptiles. Many of these animals have been seized from smugglers and are very young, needing constant care and attention. Others, which cannot be safely released, are long-term residents of the centre. Activities will include preparing food for the animals, serving food to the animals, preparing cage enrichment, cleaning enclosures and equipment and helping with special projects at the centre.This is an ongoing program with operations every day of the year.

Wildlife Rescue Primates wait for release after rehabilitation. A sun bear eats a snack. Volunteers take a look at enclosures. Volunteers take enrichment to animal patients Wildlife Rescue

Suitable for


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
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 Animal Experience International (AEI) are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Indonesia is filled with forests to explore, ocean pools to swim in and towns to soak up the local culture. When you are there you will be spending time with many international volunteers- all of them looking for buddies to adventure with! Don't plan your trip too much before you leave, give space for adventures to manifest while you are there meeting new friends!



What's included?
Airport pick up and drop off (at closest airport), Accommodation, Meals, On-site training, Donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual, $10 Credit in our Zazzle store (towards the purchase of recycled water bottles, reusable bags, etc), Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts, 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance
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

We will discuss this in more detail while doing preparture training. Airport pick up and drop off is included in fees and a friendly staff member will pick you up with a sign at the airport!


You will be staying on-site in the organization’s volunteer housing. Imagine sleep away camp in the jungles of Indonesia! Western toilets and showers are available. Bunk beds with bug nets are provided!

Food & Beverages

All meals are provided by the placement partner. Snacks and fresh juice are also always available. vegan and vegetarian food always available.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Manado/Indonesia between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Animal Experience International (AEI) 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 Animal Experience International (AEI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Indonesia

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Indonesia. Please check the visa regulations for Indonesia.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Indonesia and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Indonesia.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Indonesia.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Samratulangi (MDC) in Manado. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia.
What can you do in leisure-time in Indonesia while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
field site, no address, we work in the jungle! Manado, Indonesia

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