Orangutan Foundation Volunteer Programme

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Changes have been made to the dates and price of this year’s programme. These changes are reflected below.


The Orangutan Foundation is the foremost orangutan conservation organisation. We are saving the endangered orangutan by protecting its tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education.

Now in its 16th year, our volunteer programme is like no other - not only will you experience essential hands-on conservation work but you will also see the endangered orangutan in its natural habitat.

Date: 25th July - 15th August  (arrival and departure dates in/out of Pangkalan Bun)

Location: Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo

Project: A community-based project to help build a new guard post adjacent to the newly  established 8,000 hectare extension of the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve! This guard post, based on the river that borders the reserve, is crucial to preventing illegal activities such as illegal logging. Lamandau is one of the few sites in Indonesia where rescued orangutans can be safely released back into the wild, and our volunteers will be some of the first to explore this area of the reserve and discover the wildlife within it. This project will be a unique opportunity to take part in conservation work while living in orangutan habitat! 

Includes a three day boat tour of Tanjung Puting National Park (guaranteed sightings of wild    orangutans) and a trip to the famed Camp Leakey. There will also be an exclusive opportunity to visit nearby orangutan feeding sites at our release camps in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.

Cost: £600 - includes all construction materials, meals, accommodation and local transport from the 25th to departure on the 15th. Excludes international flights. Places are limited.

Note: There is no hands-on contact with orangutans.

For more information please contact the Orangutan Foundation
on 020 7724 2912 or email us at the office



The Orangutan Foundation Volunteer Programme was established in 2000 in Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Our programme is like no other and promises exciting opportunities for adventurous individuals; volunteers participate in conservation fieldwork that really makes a difference, whilst getting a chance to see ex-captive (and hopefully wild) orangutans in their natural habitat. It has never failed to be a success; not only does it provide the Foundation with a base of committed supporters, but past volunteers all agree that taking part was an unforgettable and amazing experience.

The location of the programme depends on the needs of our field operations at the time and hence volunteers have worked in Tanjung Puting National Park (ex-orangutan release site), the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve (current release site) and Belantikan, home to the largest remaining population of orangutans in an unprotected area. Past projects have included; the construction of Guard Posts, an orangutan release site, and building dams with piping to supply villagers with clean drinking water.



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