Sabangau Field Course

Join our two-week field course in the Sabangau Forest, Indonesian Borneo in July 2018. This programme is primarily aimed at biological science and geography students and graduates who wish to learn about biodiversity and habitat monitoring techniques and gain first-hand experience in a tropical peat-swamp forest.

Field course participants will learn about various biological monitoring surveys methods and peatland conservation strategies. This experience also provides opportunities for cultural exchange, discovering Palangka Raya (Central Kalimantan’s capital), language training, and a window into a career in conservation biology.

We are looking for individuals who will thrive in a jungle setting in a small camp with simple facilities and are eager to learn within this environment. Students will receive practical training in field survey skills and biodiversity monitoring from our enthusiastic team.

It’s a challenging, exciting and rewarding experience with the chance to see some of the incredible wildlife that inhabits this special part of the world, like the charismatic orangutan.


The Sabangau Field Course will run for a two week period from Friday 6 July – Friday 20 July 2018


The cost to participate in the Sabangau Field Course for two weeks is £980.

The fee covers accommodation, airport pick-up, transport to and from the Sabangau Forest, camp facilities (including electricity, food, cooks, equipment and medical supplies) and field assistants. Costs you will need to cover include international and internal airfares, visa fee and travel insurance.

The fee also includes an important contribution to the long-term conservation work of Borneo Nature Foundation and our partners, University of Palangka Raya, to support the Community Patrol Team and Fire-fighting Teams.


The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018



 2018 Field Course Brochure

Application form



If you would like to participate in the 2018 Sabangau Field Course:

  • Please complete the field course application form
  • E-mail the completed form with your CV to We will review your application and email you to confirm whether you have a place on the field course.
  • Once you have received a confirmation email, you should then pay your deposit by bank transfer to secure your place on the programme (bank details are on the application form).
  • An acceptance pack will be sent to you so you can start your preparations for joining us in Borneo.
  • If you’re interested in receiving university credit for the field course, please contact your university to discuss further. If your university does accept the course for credit, BNF will work with you and the university to ensure all requirements are met.