Volunteer Programme

We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our Volunteer Programme to support orangutan conservation in Borneo. We need people who will thrive in a tropical jungle and love to be surrounded by nature.

Volunteers do not need to have any prior experience, just a willingness to help and an interest in wildlife and forest conservation. In return, we will share our passion, offering a unique and rewarding experience, which will help secure a safer future for the last remaining wild orangutans and forests in Borneo.

 

Where are volunteers based?

Volunteers will be based in the Sabangau Forest (580,000 hectares of peat-swamp), the largest area of lowland rainforest remaining in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.

Peat-swamp forests are remarkably diverse and home to over 30% of the remaining population of wild orangutans in Borneo. Other animal life, includes gibbon, sun bear, clouded leopard, sambar deer, civets, tree shrews, water monitors, pythons, over 200 species of bird, including the rhinoceros hornbill and Wallace’s hawk eagle, and a large and diverse invertebrate community.

Peat-swamp forms under waterlogged conditions through the incomplete breakdown of organic matter – dead leaves, branches, trees – which has built up over many thousands of years to create a thick peat layer up to 18m deep. Standing atop the peat is a rich tropical rainforest, with a huge diversity of plant life, including large timber trees, such as ramin and swamp meranti, a wide variety of pitcher plants and sustainable commercial species, such as rattan and rubber trees.

Base camp is just inside the forest approximately one hour, by car, boat and, uniquely, small train, from the provincial capital of Palangka Raya. Facilities in camp are basic, but comfortable, including accommodation in purpose-built dormitory huts, washing and toilet facilities, office, kitchen and cooks.

 

What do volunteers do?

We need fit, enthusiastic individuals to join our 2019 Volunteer Programme, who will thrive in a jungle setting with basic camp facilities. In return, we offer a challenging, yet rewarding experience, which will help to ensure conservation work is carried out to secure a future for the last remaining forests in Borneo. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to develop new skills as you learn about field research techniques and contribute to BNF’s conservation and educational activities.

“I have loved my time here. The programme itself was well planned and well executed. It’s been a privilege to be shown Sabangau by a team of such energetic, dedicated and knowledgeable people. Thank you so much!” – Jocelyn Paulley, a volunteer from 2017 who spent time learning about dragonfly surveys and species identification

 

 

Dates

Group 1: 1st – 29th April 2019 (deadline 1st March)

Group 2: 29th May – 26th June 2019 (deadline 1st May)

Group 3: 14th August – 11th September 2019 (deadline 1st July)

Group 4: 3rd – 31st October 2019 (deadline 1st September)

 

 

If you think you would be interested in joining BNF’s Volunteer Programme, please email join@borneonature.org to request a Volunteer Brochure and Application Form. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to email for further information.

 

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