Our placements are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this challenge – a sense of achievement, broader horizons and some wonderful memories. But we make sure that both the local people and the environment benefit as well.
Wildlife- The centre is passionate about the well being of the animals in its care. Human contact with the orangutans is limited, ensuring that they do not become dependent on humans.
Environment - Our company takes an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We also offset carbon emissions in our office (gas, electricity, business mileage) and encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid. Our volunteers are given a pre-departure briefing where they are encouraged to minimise waste and to live in a way that will not have a detrimental effect on the country.
Water- participants are given initiatives to avoid wasting water. This includes sanitised hand gel, only boiling water that you need to use, keeping drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap cold and not wasting shower water.
Meeting local needs - The whole project is geared towards helping the local community. Volunteers work alongside the professional animal carers and assist them with their daily tasks. At the weekends and in your free time you can explore the local area, which means that you are spending money and generating good business there.
Cultural sensitivity - Our pre-departure briefing includes a special session entitled ‘Responsible Tourism’ where we discuss cultural differences and sensitivities as well as advising volunteers on appropriate conduct. People are encouraged to learn some of the local language and briefed on what is considered polite in terms of eating, greeting and dressing.
Campaigning for change- the project works with the local community to educate about the importance of their work. Orang-utans are a protected species, however many are dying out in deforestation work. It is essential to work with locals to ensure that fewer orang-utans die each year.