The Orangutan Foundation is a UK registered charity working to conserve the threatened orangutan and its globally important habitat, the tropical forests of Borneo and Sumatra. Since its foundation in 1990, the Orangutan Foundation has developed a diverse range of programmes.
The Orangutan Foundation is the foremost orangutan conservation organisation. We are saving Asia's critically endangered great ape by protecting their tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education.
The approach of the Orangutan Foundation goes beyond that of purely protecting the orangutan. Critically it also includes a recognition that orangutan habitat is unique in its richness of biodiversity and crucial for local communities, who are as dependant on the forest as is the orangutan.
Conservation is more than protecting a species, it is about saving nature which includes us, 'the fifth ape'. The efforts of all of us to prevent global warming will be seen as a defining moment in history, for humanity's sake and for the health of the whole planet. Tropical forests can play a significant role in guarding against climate change.
Now in its 18th year, the Orangutan Foundation Volunteer Programme is like no other - not only will you experience essential hands-on conservation work but you will also see the critically endangered orangutan in its natural habitat.
Participants work closely with our field staff to conserve, construct, refurbish and revamp our vital infrastructure. Previous projects have included construction of orangutan release sites and guard posts in protected areas. All funds go directly towards supporting the project.
Includes a tour of Tanjung Puting National Park (guaranteed sightings of orangutans) and Camp Leakey.
Dates for 2018: 23rd July – 13th August, 3 weeks.
Location: Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo
Cost: £800 - includes all meals, accommodation and local transport from arrival on the 23rd July to departure on the 13th August. Excludes international flights and insurance.
Places are strictly limited. To apply, fill in application form overleaf.
Please Note: Participants will not have direct contact with orangutans.
Materials for construction work and full tutorial on work required.