This project protects mainly orang-utans, but also different kind of gibbons, sun bears, turtles, birds, raptors, parrots and more.

Orang-Utans have long arms are reddish of colour and sometimes have brown hair. They are very intelligent. Of all apes, the orang-utan is the only one who climbs the most into trees. They do not swim, but some Bornean orang-utans wade sometimes. The name orang-utan comes from the Malay Orang Hutan, which means forest man. Outside Indonesia the name is abbreviated to orang, a word that means ‘man’ in Indonesia, with the consequence that European people can feel offended when they are being called orang in Indonesia. Orang-utans are found on Borneo and Sumatra: the Bornean orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) on Borneo and the Sumatran orang-utan (Pongo abelii) in Sumatra. The environment of the orang-utans has decreased dramatically in recent years due to deforestation and logging, mining and forest fires. Also young orang-utans are being captured illegally to be sold as pets. Often the mother is being killed to catch the young orang-utan. The Bornean orang-utan is thereby endangered and the Sumatran orang-utan is threatened with extinction.


Volunteer work with orang-utans and wildlife in Indonesia; the main goals of this project are to rescue, rehabilitation program for releasing animals to the wild, offer sanctuary and protect orang-utans, but also other animal species.

The project staff consists of animal keepers and a vet. You will work together with the staff and other volunteers present.

This project is located on the island of Java, not far from the city of Yogyakarta. The project is located in a beautiful and quiet area, where you can experience the stay in a small tropical rainforest. During your days off you can also make various trips and for example visit the famous Borobudur temple, the Prambanan temple, Merapi volcano, cave tour, etc.

You travel to Jogjakarta, Indonesia on your own. Detailed travel information will be provided after your booking.

The work for the orang-utans and other animals varies and your tasks can be:

  • Assisting the animal keepers and vet with the daily tasks like:
    – Food preparation;
    – Animal feeding;
    – Cage cleaning;
    – Animal enrichment ;
  • Veterinary rounds, health check/observation;
  • Gardening;
  • Helping at the Kids club, mostly once a week;
  • English lessons for local community (if interested);

You will work 5 days a week and in the weekends you have free time.

Volunteers will accommodated in the nice communal volunteer house. You will normally share the room with one other volunteer. Each room has a private bathroom. There is also a kitchen and a dining- and recreational area for participants to eat and relax. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided by the project.

As a volunteer you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age for participation is 18 years old (or 17 in consultation or younger in consultation and accompanied by a parent/caretaker).
  • Communicate in English.
  • Have a passion for working with animals.
  • Love nature.
  • The required vaccines for this project are DTP, hepatitis A and B (Please see the extensive information sheet for the totall medical requirements).

Volunteers are welcome all year around. You are free to choose your own arrival date (arrivals preferable on a Sunday or Monday). Minimum period of 1 week.

This project is easy to combine with the project birds of prey (GS30RVID) or project wildlife (GS37WLID) in Indonesia.

Periode Price per person
1 week € 635,-
2 weeks € 875,-
3 weeks € 1.120,-
4 weeks € 1.365,-
every extra week € 245,-
Costs include:

  • Information and assistence before departure
  • Free estimate of flight options / travel possibilities (the most convenient flights options at a glance), if desired
  • Transfer Yogyakarta airport – project site (return)
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day (and snacks) including water
  • Training and supervision
  • Working equipment
  • WIFI
  • Donation to the project
  • Administration costs
  • And, of course a very memorable experience

Prices are valid for the said periods in the year 2019.