3 independent reviews for Orangutan volunteering in Borneo

Reviews for Orangutan volunteering in Borneo

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review 31 Jul 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I enjoyed the time in Batang-Ai in the longhouse most. A natural paradise- the tribes people were wonderful and our guide also.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Some insect repellent attracts killer bees and hence we didn't bother to wear any in the jungle. Use other methods like taking vitamin b for a month (or thereabouts) before going and during the trip. People relying only on repellent seemed to still get bitten whereas I hardly did at all. It's a great idea to bring a sleeping bag liner or sheet. And a towel. Lots of sun protection. Watch out for the accommodation at Bako National Park - we got moved as the original accommodation we got was awful. Basic is one thing... that was something else.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I felt like it was a real experience because it wasn't all 5 star. I do feel like it helps the local tribe in Batang-Ai and am pleased that some of the money goes to the Matang rescue and rehab center (who organise the tour).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Overall, an excellent trip which I am glad I decided to do. This was something I decided to do about 2 weeks before the start date and I went in 'blind' to some extent. I just went with the flow and loved it all.

review 14 Jan 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Working with such amazing animals and finding out how intelligent and human like they are.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be ready for humidity, heat and mosquitoes, but with a good supply of bug spray, and if you stick to the shade and drink lots of water, you'll be set to have a brilliant time. You will learn so much about orangutans and yourself, and meet many interesting new people.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Brilliant once in a life time experience.

review 21 Jan 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The opportunity and privilege to work so closely with magnificent animals such as the Orangutan and Sun Bears.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take plenty of extra socks and gum boots as it is particularly wet this time of year in Sarawak. Also go with a positive attitude, an enquiring mind and a willingness to work hard and do what ever is required.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I feel that the entire program benefits local people in providing employment and education. I think that the minimal impact we had on the local environment just by being there was balanced by the education and knowledge which we received about the rainforest and its inhabitants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A wonderful and moving experience. It has created an awareness of the complex problems associated with the rehabilitation of captive wild animals and the desire to educate people on the impact of keeping and owning wild animals.

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