Orangutan volunteering in Borneo

Volunteer for one, two or four weeks at the Matang Wildlife Centre and help towards the rehabilitation and release of orangutans in Borneo. Hard work but incredibly rewarding
Help with the feeding of orangutans, sun bears, macaques, binturongs and other animals Assist with maintenance and construction tasks Get to know local people and workers at the sanctuary Share a twin room jungle chalet at the wildlife center Optional opportunities to visit a long house and meet Iban tribe members
£795To£1995 excluding flights
8 Days
Borneo, Malaysia
Small group
Group size
Up to 12 people
More info
Volunteers are able to partake in this project for one, two and four weeks.
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Description of Orangutan volunteering in Borneo


Price information

£795To£1995 excluding flights
Volunteers are able to partake in this project for one, two and four weeks.
Make enquiry

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2022: 5 Oct, 19 Oct, 4 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 5 Dec, 19 Dec
2023: 5 Jan, 19 Jan, 5 Feb, 19 Feb, 5 Mar, 19 Mar, 4 Apr, 12 Apr, 19 Apr, 5 May, 19 May, 5 Jun, 19 Jun, 4 Jul, 12 Jul, 5 Aug, 19 Aug, 4 Sep, 12 Sep, 19 Sep, 5 Oct, 19 Oct, 4 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 5 Dec, 19 Dec

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1 Reviews of Orangutan volunteering in Borneo

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2012 by

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.

Responsible Travel

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This project, based in Borneo, involves work with a local wildlife center to re-establish, rehabilitate and release orangutans into the wild. The orangutan sub-species, Pongo Pygmaeus Pygmaeus, is the most endangered of all the orangutan species and requires urgent action if it is to be saved from permanent extinction.

Many of the native orangutans that inhabit this area of Borneo are under threat from human intervention that disrupts their way of life and can often prove fatal. Baby orangutans are frequently left orphaned as their parents are slaughtered for meat, or killed due to the destruction of their natural habitat. Many orangutans are also captured to be sold in the pet trade, which often results in their mistreatment and abandonment when they become too much for their captors to handle.

This project strives to reverse this trend, and to repair the fractured relations between humans and orangutans that have such devastating consequences. Volunteers are vital to further the work with local people, Malaysian authorities and universities that the project carries out, working towards a sustainable solution to the problem of orangutan decline.

Through exhaustive work with communities and local authorities, this incredible species can be saved. As a volunteer, you will actively contribute to the day-to-day work involved in orangutan conservation, and play a vital role in the overall conservation of the most iconic species in this part of Borneo.


There is a common misconception that volunteering abroad must be a good thing and will positively benefit not just the volunteer but the host community and those involved. Unfortunately this is not always the case. The increased demand for volunteer placements in developing countries has been met by an influx of new projects and volunteer-sending organisations created purely to meet this demand. The result may cause devastating effects to local culture and result in the exploitation of both the volunteer and the host community.

This project strives to adhere to the strict Responsible Travel policy, and has been developed so that it addresses actual local needs and has the community’s needs at its heart. Understanding and respecting the host community is paramount to the success of any project as long term commitment, support and adoption of sound environment, economic and social practices. This project employs as many local people possible, making it sustainable socially as well as environmentally.

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