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Volunteer with The Great Orangutan Project

14 - 28 -Day Volunteer with Orangutans and other amazing species!

From GBP 1,280 per person


Volunteer with Orangutans on this award-winning Orangutan project at Matang Wildlife Centre.
All prices are in GBP.

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Available Anytime!

As a volunteer on this project you will enjoy the incredible rainforest surroundings of Kubah National Park as their own backyard, and work as part of a team alongside the local facilitators to aid the centre through improving husbandry standards, providing enrichment for the orangutans and assisting with construction tasks. This allows the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (who manage the centre which is owned by the Sarawak government) to concentrate on rehabilitation of the orang-utans, the centre's other animals, and thus further their conservation.

Taking part in this orangutan volunteer project allows you to actively participate in the efforts of the impressive Matang Wildlife Centre and its fantastic team and help to improve the lives of the orang-utans; all whilst working towards their future protection. If you have ever thought about volunteering with the Borneo Orangutan then this is an opportunity not to be missed.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

 

  • This Volunteer program is available for 2 weeks or 4 week options.
  • The start date is: 5th & 19th of each month
  • All prices are in GBP and will be converted in AUD on the day of exchange. The entire 100% deposit is required to participate in this experience. (please note exchange rate conversions will be calculated into the cost) 
  • Minimum age of 18 years old
  • http://www.thegreatprojects.com/terms-and-conditions

 

WHAT DO YOU HELP WITH?  

On this project you will have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities. Your main focus, however, will consist of providing enrichment and husbandry for the orangutans, sun bears, macaques, binturongs and other animals.

Enrichment
A major part of this project is creating enrichment. This is the process of providing the animals with stimulating environments, where they are provided with items and surroundings that encourage and promote natural behaviour. This will enhance the potential for rehabilitation to release as well as improve the lives of the animals at the centre.

  

 

Husbandry
Another big part of the work on this project is husbandry for the orangutans, sun bears, macaques, binturongs and other animals. This includes feeding the animals as well as cleaning the wildlife cages and enclosures.

 

 


Maintenance and Construction

Maintenance and construction are on-going tasks at the centre, and always require orangutan volunteers to help out. In the past, volunteers have been involved with the building of aviaries, gibbon cages, feeding platforms in the forest, boardwalks around the park and ranger stations in the national park. Maintenance is a never-ending mission of painting, cleaning, varnishing and gardening, and there is always work to be done.

 

Organic Gardening 

Over the past few years volunteers have helped create an organic farm to grow food for the animals at the centre to enable it to become a more sustainable institution. The orangutan sanctuary is determined for the farm to remain organic and though many people keep recommending a whole host of chemicals for keeping the weeds at bay, they continue to rely on the brute force of the volunteers to keep it under control. The project staff feel it is definitely a realisable dream to have this and other orangutan centres organically grow all the food they need to keep their animals alive and healthy. Tending to the farm has, therefore, become a regular job for the volunteers.

Additional Activities 

There are additional activities available to you whilst staying at the Matang Wildlife Centre, such as visiting a long-house, meeting the Iban tribes, visiting nearby markets and social and interactive activities with locals and researchers. Interaction with the local communities is always encouraged to strengthen local relationships and continue to aid human animal conflict.

 

Free Time
On The Great Orangutan Project, the working week is Monday to Friday, giving you the weekends off. As you will have most likely travelled a long way to Borneo we always suggest taking advantage of the weekends to explore the surrounding area - including Kubah National Park and Damai Beach, either by yourself of with your fellow volunteers.

 

ACCOMMODATION:

Matang Wildlife Centre provides ten houses for staff and volunteers to live in. Each house has two or three bedrooms, a communal living space, kitchen, toilet, shower and veranda area. There is a maximum of four to a house and rooms are based on twin-sharing. The houses feature mains electricity and a fan in each room. There are also showers, but please be aware there is no hot water. These are self-catered with basic kitchen appliances such as a gas hob (two-ring burner), fridge/freezer, kettle and toaster.

These wooden houses are original structures from the construction of the centre in 1997. They are government owned and have undergone precious little maintenance over their years of wear and tear in the jungle. Please do not expect shiny, new and pristine lodgings – expect well-used, jungle cabins and an authentic Bornean experience!

MEALS AND BEVERAGES:

Meals and beverages are prepared by volunteers in the kitchen of the self-catered houses. As part of the cost of the project you will receive a daily allowance for food and water and weekly supermarket trips are also included!
We do also offer a catered option if you would prefer whereby 3 meals a day are provided at the wildlife centre. This does however incur an additional cost of £50 for a 2 week stay and £100 for a 4 week stay. We can only cater for up to 6 people per trip so please book early if you would like this option.

 

VACCINATIONS

The vaccinations required will depend on the medical history of each volunteer. We recommend that you consult your GP regarding your own immunisation needs. In conjunction with this, we would also recommend that you check Smart Traveller website.

 

FITNESS & SKILLS

The construction work undertaken at this Borneo Orangutan Sanctuary does involve physical labour, often in humid conditions, and so requires you to have a moderate level of fitness. The other tasks however are not particularly physically strenuous, but a fair level of fitness is advised. You do not need any specific skills or experience, just a commitment to the project and its aims, the ability to work as part of a team and an upbeat, positive attitude as an orangutan volunteer.

NO CONTACT POLICY

We are often asked whether or not volunteers will have the chance to touch or play with the orangutans whilst on this project. Our answer to this question is, and will always be no, and this is for good reason.

Orangutans are highly susceptible to human diseases and something as minor as the common cold can prove fatal to these Great Apes. Also an environment of constant change, with new volunteers going to the project every two or four weeks and being in contact with the orangutans would be very detrimental to the Orangutans wellbeing. With no consistency in their lives behavioural problems arise. They also have a tendency to begin to trust humans which is damaging should they be released back into the wild, as they will become easy targets for poachers. Finally, an orangutan is around 7 times stronger than an adult male human so a no contact policy is just as crucial for volunteer wellbeing as orangutan welfare.

That is not to say that as a volunteer you will have no interaction with the orangutans, it simply means that you will have no direct contact with them. You will still observe them on a daily basis and see how your contribution to their husbandry and enrichment makes a real difference in these great apes’ lives. 

 

Best Time of Year to Travel

5th & 19th of every month

Volunteer with wildlife!

You have the experience to volunteer at some amazing locations within the dates that are provided. Here is your chance to take on a new enriching experience and'give back' with the program actitivites.  

Volunteer: The Great Orangutan Project

Available all year round – you choose the date!

Pricing

Twin share –

Single – GBP 1280

Family – (total for two adults + two children)

Only available 5th & 19th of each month.  

2 week option

4 week option

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE PROJECT?
  • A monetary contribution to the project itself
  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • Full orientation and support from the project managers
  • Accommodation and meals as indicated
  • Activities on the project site

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance to include cover for repatriation
  • Visas if required
  • Soft drinks and all alcoholic beverages
  • Any additional trips undertaken other than in the planned itinerary
  • Towels at the Wildlife Center Houses

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Level 2: Medium - Explore!

If you are in good health and your level of fitness is average, you can have a great time on this trip. The usual trekking distance is 3 to 5 kilometres at a time. Some of the terrain may be steep; in which case, if you feel that you are unable to participate, we provide optional activities for you to enjoy. Camping and other outdoor activities are also included that are not physically strenuous.


The construction work undertaken at this Borneo Orangutan Sanctuary does involve physical labour, often in humid conditions, and so requires you to have a moderate level of fitness. The other tasks however are not particularly physically strenuous, but a fair level of fitness is advised. You do not need any specific skills or experience, just a commitment to the project and its aims, the ability to work as part of a team and an upbeat, positive attitude as an orangutan volunteer.

Best Time of Year to Travel

5th & 19th of every month

Volunteer with wildlife!

You have the experience to volunteer at some amazing locations within the dates that are provided. Here is your chance to take on a new enriching experience and'give back' with the program actitivites.  

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