Orangutan Conservation Volunteer Programme

Project name:

Orangutan Foundation

Project purpose:

This project will be a unique opportunity to take part in orangutan conservation while living and working in orangutan habitat. Previous projects have included construction of orangutan release sites and guard posts in protected areas, renovating a tropical forest research station and an information centre. All projects directly benefit orangutan conservation. All volunteers will visit Tanjung Puting National Park where there will be a chance to see both rehabilitated and wild orangutans.

Project activities:

  • habitat restoration/management

  • helping re-build and restore conservation facilities

Weekly cost (approx USD):





South-East Asia

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Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • remote scenic location

  • experience orangutan conservation first-hand

Noteworthy conservation points:


Basic, communal sleeping area. Mattress on floor.

When does the project run?

July and August


accommodation included, food included, bucket shower, drop toilet. A remote location, no mobile signal or wifi, 2 to3 hours by boat to nearest town and hospital.

How long can I stay?

3 week volunteer commitment only


  • Must be over 18 years old and fit and well

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Cost: £900 ($1170) - includes all meals, accommodation and local transport from arrival on the 22nd July to departure. Excludes international and internal flights. 
Places are strictly limited and are given on a first come first served basis, after an interview.

Note: There is no hands-on or direct contact with orangutans, this is for the benefit of the apes.

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