Gold

Week-Long Samboja Lestari Orangutan Volunteer Project

Best price Only pay 20
From £795 for 7 nights in Indonesia, South-Eastern Asia
Restaurant Enquire for meal info Monument 2 Rustic accommodation Wheelchair No disabled access
Plane Flights not included
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Summary

If you love the enchanting eyes and tufty rust-coloured fur of the orangutan, then get involved in this project! Samboja Lestari is an area of restored rainforest in East Kalimantan and the proud home of over 137 bird species and nine primate species. Malay for “person of the forest”, the orangutan is a highly intelligent, gentle giant that calls Borneo, Indonesia home. Established by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, this project offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help rehabilitate orangutans and sun bears.

You will spend your time observing the behaviour on the 'orangutan islands' (six natural areas established for orangutans unable to return to the wild) - primetime to snap mementos of these picture-perfect primates. Other duties include: husbandry, journeying through the jungle collecting leaves for nests, constructing and repairing enclosures and even getting to know the rarest bear species, the sun bear. In your spare time you can clamber through the forest canopy to catch a glimpse of the wildlife and enjoy a relaxing cruise before watching the sun set over the Black River. This project not only enables you to get up-close and personal with these beautiful, inquisitive animals, but also to do so knowing you’re helping provide an income for the local community and aiding the preservation of the orangutan’s rainforest home.

If this sounds good, why not choose a longer stay and really immerse yourself in the world of orangutans? To see the longer version of this project, click here!

What We Love

  • Monkey Around with Orangutans: Become 'one with the orangutan' and get to know each of their independent personalities. Savour every moment you spend with these endangered orangutans and help to encourage their natural behaviour.

  • Relax and Roam the River: Cruise the beautiful Black River in search of the proboscis monkey with its peculiarly large nose. Appreciate authentic Indonesian culture as you travel through a local fishing village before sitting back to watch the stunning sun set.

  • Clamber the Forest Canopy: Clamber high into the treetops on an amazing 'canopy walk' to view the forest from a unique perspective. Learn about the orangutan’s natural home and the importance of its preservation for the species' survival.

This experience has achieved a Gold World Rating!

This experience delivers a high level of sustainability!

Gold
| Emotional | Inspirational | Life-changing

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Indonesia | South-Eastern Asia | Population 255461700
Latitude: -1.0533558 | Longitude: 117.0053393 | Capital Jakarta
Currency IDR | Timezone UTC+07:00

Included

  • Airport transfers to and from Balikpapan (Sultan Aji Muhamad Sulaiman Airport)
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day
  • Tea, coffee and drinking water at the lodge
  • All volunteer activities at the project site
  • Conservation donation to Samboja Lestari Orangutan Sanctuary

Excluded

  • All flights
  • Any vaccinations
  • Visa Fees and travel insurance (click 'Ask a Question' to chat to the operator about this)
  • Soft or alcoholic drinks and extra snacks
  • Laundry service (washing and tumble drying – this can be purchased on site and the cost is per item. Costs are roughly: 75p for trousers, 50p for t-shirts, 25p for underwear.)
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Rate Conditions

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  • To secure a place on this project a 20% deposit is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.

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