Borneo orangutan conservation volunteering

Description of Borneo orangutan conservation volunteering

Volunteer with some of Borneo's most endangered and impressive wildlife in a rescue centre and sanctuary. Experience life far off the beaten track and make an amazing contribution towards preserving endangered species.

Tragically, orangutan populations around the world are under severe threat due to illegal logging and habitat loss. These mighty and beautiful creatures are so endangered that extinction is possible if support is not provided.

Volunteers will be helping out at an orangutan rescue centre near Kuching. The animals at the centre have been rescued from the cruel and illegal wildlife trade, and need a safe haven to live out the rest of their lives in a place as close to the wild as possible. The lucky few will be released back to the wild if possible.

No day will be the same, however every task that you complete will help the survival of the species. Tasks can include:

- food preparation
- feeding the animals
- creating enrichments for the animals
- building, painting and maintenance
- beach clean ups and sustainability projects

In addition to the orangutans, there are also sun bears, gibbons, crocodiles, cloud leopards and more!

Volunteers need to pack positivity, some general good fitness and hard work ethic.

Accommodation and food
You will be living on site in traditional houses with shared rooms. Toilets are western and water for showers is heated by the sun. The rooms are comfortable yet basic - and the surrounding area is stunning.

You will receive a food budget to allow you to cook in your self-catering accommodation.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive at Kuching Airport (KCH) on 5th or 19th of the month. Airport collection, welcome dinner and briefing.
Day 2:After breakfast, volunteers are transferred to the centre. You will be shown your accommodation and given a short orientation.
Day 3- 13:Get involved in the project tasks. 2 days off per week.
Day 14:If you are staying for 2 weeks, return to Kuching for last night meal with your group. If you are staying for 4 weeks, remain at the centre.
Day 15:Return transfer to the airport for those staying for 2 weeks.
Day 16-27:Continue with volunteer tasks until the end of your trip. 2 days off per week.
Day 28:Transfer to Kuching for final night meal with your group and overnight stay.
Day 29:Return transfer to the airport

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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There are challenges associated with volunteer travel, and these can make accessible travel difficult. However, we are very keen to chat with travellers with specific needs to see if we can make a trip possible.

Responsible tourism

Borneo orangutan conservation volunteering

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

• For each traveller that goes away with us, we voluntarily plant a tree with our charity partners Tree Aid. Trees are planted in rural African communities and local people are taught how to sustainably use the trees to improve their economic situation - whilst also benefiting the planet.
• Where food is provided, it is locally produced and sourced, reducing food miles, supporting local industry and minimising single-use plastic
• As a traveller you will learn about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, both pre-departure and through your volunteer project
• Accommodation is on-site, reducing the reliance on transport. When volunteers wish to go off site, this is encouraged to be in groups using local drivers
• Where possible, and without jeopardising safety or quality, transfers are done on a shared basis to reduce carbon emissions


Our projects are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this challenge – a sense of achievement, broader horizons and some wonderful memories. But we make sure that both the local people and the environment benefit as well.

The centre is passionate about the well being of the animals in its care. Human contact with the orangutans is limited, ensuring that they do not become dependent on humans.

We are passionate about reducing plastic waste. We can provide volunteers with a reusable water bottle that keeps water cool for up to 24 hours - perfect in the hot climate. We give advice on how to travel with as little single use plastic as possible, as it is very hard to recycle in Borneo. Drinking water is provided so that no plastic bottles of water need to be bought. The project has invested in a plastic shredder to ensure that any unavoidable single use plastic can be shredded and reused.

Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travellers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.

We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.


Meeting local needs
Volunteers work alongside the professional animal carers and assist them with their daily tasks. During your time off you can explore the local area, which means that you are spending money and generating good business there. The project employs local staff, and local businesses benefit from volunteers such as supermarkets and internet cafes.

Cultural sensitivity
Our pre-departure briefing includes a special session entitled ‘Responsible Tourism’ where we discuss cultural differences and sensitivities as well as advising volunteers on appropriate conduct. People are encouraged to learn some of the local language and briefed on what is considered polite in terms of eating, greeting and dressing.

Campaigning for change
The project works with the local community to educate about the importance of their work. Orang-utans are a protected species, however many are dying out in deforestation work. It is essential to work with locals to ensure that fewer orang-utans die each year.

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