IAR Ketapang 3 week Volunteer Tour (via Jakarta)
|Travel Type :||Volunteer Project|
|Expedition Grade :||Medium to difficult (Manual labour required)|
|Activities :||Volunteer work at a Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre|
|Accommodation :||IAR volunteer house|
|Transport :||IAR vehicles|
|Giving Back :||This volunteering program asks for participants who do not mind working incredibly hard to literally help build a future for the orangutans of West Kalimantan, both those already resident at the centre and those that need protection in the wild.|
|Trip Duration (days) :||3 weeks - Commencing on the 9th of every month|
|Price :||$2,000 ex Ketapang, West Borneo
Travel Type :
Expedition Grade :
Medium to difficult (Manual labour required)
Volunteer work at a Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
IAR volunteer house
Giving Back :
This volunteering program asks for participants who do not mind working incredibly hard to literally help build a future for the orangutans of West Kalimantan, both those already resident at the centre and those that need protection in the wild.
Trip Duration (days) :
3 weeks - Commencing on the 9th of every month
$2,000 ex Ketapang, West Borneo
In 2010, International Animal Rescue set the task of building a new rescue and rehabilitation centre for the orangutans of West Kalimantan. Within two years, 57 orangutans were resident at the centre, which was not yet completed, showing the huge need for such a project in this location. Orangutan Project joined IAR on this venture, providing the excelling at the service providing financial and physical assistance through a truly responsible volunteering program.
Your Role – General Information
To participate on this project, a good level of fitness is required. The work is physical, and the heat and humidity add a challenging extra layer to this. Though there is a working schedule and plan for each volunteer group, please be aware you are coming to an operational rescue and rehabilitation centre and we cannot predict what may happen each day, with potential new arrivals or any of the current orangutan under the centre’s care. We ask that volunteers are willing to be flexible, and are tolerant of potential delays in or changes to the planned work as different projects may get re-prioritised.
You will also need patience as you adjust to ‘Borneo time’ – volunteers often come to the project with huge amounts of enthusiasm and energy to plough into the work, which is a massive asset and positively impacts on the energy levels of the full time staff. However, please be aware that within this project timeframe, you will simply be adding a helpful and necessary piece to a much larger puzzle and you should not expect the world of orangutan conservation to make great strides forward in the timeframe of your project.
Your arrival day – the 3 week project
What to do when you arrive - Travelling via Jakarta with the Indonesian airline Garuda, you will arrive at Ketapang airport, which is roughly an hour’s drive from the orangutan centre and about 30 minutes’ drive to the volunteer house. There is no airport tax on arrival or departure that needs to be paid at the airport. These taxes will have been paid with the flight ticket.
When will you be met? - As long as you have provided us with your flight information and you are arriving on the set start date of the project, we will pick you up at the airport. Failing unforeseen delays, we will be waiting for you at the arrivals lounge and then drive you to the volunteer house in Ketapang, where you will be living for the duration of your trip.
- If you are arriving on the 9th, you will meet the rest of your volunteer group who will be travelling down from Kuching that evening and all have dinner together with our project facilitators.
- If you are arriving on the 20th, you will be joining some volunteers who have already been working at the centre for 2 weeks and you will have a group dinner with them and the project facilitators on this day.
What to do if we don’t meet you? - In the incredibly unlikely event that we are not at the airport waiting for you in the arrivals lounge, it may be that we are a little late due to bad traffic or terrible weather. If we are running late and you’d like to call us to make sure we’re coming, please use:
- (006) 0109029745 for Natasha Beckerson (she is based in Malaysia and this is a Malaysian number)
Itinerary (via Jakarta):
Day 1 (9th every month) – Depart Jakarta and arrive at Ketapang airport where you will be picked up and transferred to the volunteer accommodation.
Day 2-22 – Work! Much of the work on this project is physical labour, as we are assisting the construction of an entirely new rehabilitation centre. Therefore, it is important that you are prepared to be very hot and very active for the duration of your stay. Projects that volunteers have worked on to date include digging out a large trench to create a fire break for the site, construction of climbing platforms for orangutans, creating in situ enrichment for outdoor spaces and caged areas, mixing cement and building fences – all essential tasks for the progression of this ambitious building project and creation of the rehabilitation site.
Day 23 (31st/1st) – Transferred to Ketapang airport for departure flight rteurn to Jakarta.
- Meals as provided in the IAR information guide
- Airport transfers in Ketapang
- Accommodation at IAR housing in Ketapang
- Domestic airfares
- International airfares
- Travel insurance
- Accommodation in Jakarta
- Visa (if required)
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