goeco@goeco.org   |   USA: +16462404545

Indonesia - Orangutan and Wildlife Rescue Center

Many of Indonesia's injured and illegally traded wildlife find a safe haven at this rescue center. Help aid with rehabilitation efforts through intimate encounters with primates and spend time teaching basic English to help with continued conservation education.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectJava, Indonesia
Project LengthMin 1 week - Max 8 weeks
Arrival AirportJogjakarta International Airport (JOG)
Volunteer WorkAnimal conservation and rehabilitation; Teaching English
Number of Participants8 International volunteers
Age18 - 50

What's Included

AccommodationTwin - share room with en-suite toilet
Food3 meals a day + snacks and drinks (tea, coffee)
Orientation KitFull project details will be sent following registration
TrainingAll necessary training and introductions are provided upon arrival
SupportLocal in-country team and 24 hour emergency support
Airport TransfersAirport transfer on arrival and departure

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, visa, local transportation, vaccinations


Indonesia, in Southeast Asia, is the largest archipelago in the world. The country is made up of  a range of stunning islands and is known for its natural biodiversity despite heavily populated areas. The center is located in Jogjakarta, a city on the Indonesian island of Java. It's known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage and its beautiful lush rainforests which are home to many extremely rare species.


About the Project

The Wildlife Rescue Center in Jogjakarta provides a safe haven for an array of 'at risk' animals from the rainforests of Borneo. The center is dedicated to rescuing, and where possible, rehabilitating wild animals so that they may one day return to their natural habitats. Some of the animals being housed at the center include orangutans, Siamang gibbons, crocodiles, raptors including the Javan eagle, and many other bird species. All of these special animals share similar devastating stories. The Wildlife Center seeks to provide them with a safe space to recover. The center is also famous for rehabilitating and releasing injured eagles, including the endangered Javan Eagle. 

It is important to note that the center is not a zoo and tourists cannot come on day visits unless they are volunteering on the project and playing an active role in the care of these animals.


Volunteer Work and Contribution

Volunteers at the center will help with a variety of different tasks to do with animal conservation and rehabilitation, including the cleaning of animal enclosures and preparing food and enrichment for the animals. Volunteers will also assist in holding informal English lessons to advance the villagers' and children’s English and environmental awareness. 

Volunteer tasks may include:

Shadowing an Animal Keeper: Working with a different keeper and group of animals each day in order to experience the full spectrum of wildlife at the center. You will participate in cage cleaning, feeding, food preparation, and maintenance and cage enrichment. You may also get to spend a morning with the center’s vet, observing and learning about the animals.

Building cages Building sturdy and spacious cages is essential for the animals' well-being. Thus whenever needed, volunteers will be assisting the animal keepers to build cages for the animals.

PLEASE NOTE: The cages for the orangutans and gibbons are small. There are plans to build a new enclosure close to trees where the orangutans and gibbons can live in a more natural habitat. This project is long term and requires significant funding that needs to be raised through donations.

Conservation English Club (for kids): Every Wednesday you will go into the village to teach an informal 90 minute ‘Conservation English’ class for the local school children – using environmental topics to improve their English vocabulary and raise awareness. A typical lesson consists of:

  • 30 minutes – simple games (using English vocabulary)
  • 30 minutes – focus on an environmental topic (through games, discussion or worksheets)
  • 30 minutes – arts and crafts (related to an environmental topic)

Living Arrangements

Accommodations: Shared single-sex style accommodation.  A standard room has two beds and an en-suite bathroom with a cold water shower and western- style toilet.

Food: 3 meals a day are prepared by a local Javan chef. Most meals consist of rice, vegetables and chicken. The center can cater for most dietary requirements, including vegetarian and vegan. 

Internet: : Limited WiFi access is available on site.

Laundry: A washing machine is available on site (volunteers will need their own washing powder).


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Willingness to work hard and get your hands dirty
  • Interest in wildlife conservation
  • Open mindedness 
  • Appropriate medical checks  


Recommended By