Volunteer – Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project

OUTROP

WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?

Our program is particularly suited to recent graduates or undergraduates wishing to gain fieldwork experience in a tropical forest environment, although our previous volunteers have come from all walks of life! A willingness to work long hours in the field. A good level of fitness and enthusiastic demeanor are essential, and basic biological/ecological knowledge is advantageous. There are also several opportunities for students to undertake research for part of their undergraduate honors project or post graduate masters thesis.
While the majority of our work is biological in nature, opportunities in other areas may exist, and we encourage all potential students to contact us and discuss ideas.

HOW LONG CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR?

Seven weeks from late June or late September each year

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS, IF ANY, DO I REQUIRE?

Keen interest in biology/ecology/conservation, perhaps some experience studying it – but this is not a requirement!

WILL I NEED TO KNOW ANOTHER LANGUAGE?

English or Indonesian

HOW DO I GET TO YOUR LOCATION

Jakarta airport, Palanka Raya airport, Taxi, Small boat

ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED TO VOLUNTEER?

Click HERE to find out up to date costs and requirements for volunteering with OUTROP.

WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND FACILITIES CAN I EXPECT TO BE AVAILABLE TO ME?

Basic wooden building accommodation, with shared, single sex dorm room style accommodation. Meals and facilities provided whilst on site. Vegetarian and Vegan options available.

WHAT WILDLIFE SPECIES ARE THERE?

Orangutan, Southern Bornean Gibbons, Red Langurs, many birds, snakes, insects, macaques, trees, various ground flora, Sun Bears, Clouded Leopards, wilds cats via camera traps.

WHAT ATTRACTIONS CAN I EXPERIENCE DURING FREE-TIME?

Read, sleep, and listen to music, read from ecological library, visit town, experience Indonesian culture

IN CONCLUSION

The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project works to protect some of the most important areas of tropical rainforest in Borneo, including the peat swamps of Sabangau, home to the world’s largest orangutan population. We monitor the behavioral ecology of the forest’s flagship ape and cat species, carry out biodiversity and forestry research, and work with our local partners to develop conservation solutions.

Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project Volunteer Program has been running since 2001 and is a focus for local conservation efforts, providing much-needed employment and financial benefits for the local community and replacing illegal logging as the main activity and source of income in the northern Sabangau Forest. This page contains background information about the research volunteers will be assisting with during 2012. See our Research pages for full details of all our research activities; the About Us pages for detailed information on the project’s history, people, the Sabangau Forest and life at camp; and the conservation pages for details of our efforts to help conserve this critical ecosystem. The application pack below contains further practical and project information useful for those interested in helping us in Borneo.

For more information on the ORANGUTAN TROPICAL PEATLAND PROJECT, please visit www.outrop.com

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