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The Great Orangutan Project offers ecotourist trips to Malaysia and Indonesia to work with orangutans, elephants and sun bears. The following was copied from their website http://www.orangutanproject.com



Sarawak Orangutan Volunteer ProjectEdit

Price: From £950 / AUD$1800

Connecting you with our orangutans during this award winning volunteer project. 2, 3 or 4 week options available.


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This project offers a rare chance to work alongside a dynamic and experienced conservation team in the heart of Sarawak, Malaysian. The Sarawak Orangutan Volunteer Project is the perfect opportunity to experience a new culture whilst retaining ethical responsibility for your travels. Help the local community and conservation teams enrich the lives of these wondrous animals in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Work with animals such as orangutans, sun bears, crocodiles and monkeys for 2 or 4 weeks on this truly inspirational volunteer programme. Ideal for those on a career break, gap year, sabbatical or looking for a career change.

Please be aware that whilst there are often young or baby orangutans at Sarawak we cannot offer any guarantees.


Project SummaryEdit

Matang Wildlife Centre in Kubah National Park is WOX's flagship program. It is our pilot in orangutan rehabilitation and has helped consolidate our understanding, led to the development of protocols and the methodology that has become the basis of our model for orangutan rehabilitation. It is staffed by a very committed team and includes locals from neighbouring kampungs (hamlets). Since the time WOX began managing the Centre in partnership with SFC we have had about 14 orangutans in our care. The personal histories of many of them has made the gradual progression to health and stability a real challenge for the team. In addition to the orangutans we have made a big contribution and impact with the captive sun bears, the rescued macaques and other animals. ==


Project OverviewEdit

Programme: Sarawak Orangutan Volunteer Project

Location: Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

Duration: 2-4 weeks

Start Date: 3 & 4 week programmes start on the 5th of each month and 2 week programmes the 5th and 19th

Group Size: 10 at any one time

Price: From £950


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Low Season*: January-March, October-December

High Season*: April-September


What's Included in the PriceEdit

Airport Transfers

Trip Transfers

Accommodation

Food (3 meals a day)

Activities on project site

Local guides and specialists

Access permits

Evaluation with supervisor

Conservation Donation*


*Part of your payment includes a direct donation to the BOS project facilitated byour charity partner R.E.A.C.T. We will ensure that 100% of this donation goes directly to the project.


What's Not Included in the PriceEdit

Alcoholic beverages

Flights

Vaccinations

Insurance - you will need special insurance to cover manual work and work with semi-wild animals

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AccommodationEdit

The accommodation at Sarawak is a three bedroomed stilted wooden chalet with a shared kitchen, bathroom, living area and balcony (and cat!). The jungle is your back garden! The rooms are simple, clean and comfortable with bags of character. It's walking distance to the centre and in a safe and secluded area inhabited by the keepers and their families. Volunteers will be staying either in shared twin or single rooms. Linen is provided.

Accommodations

Important InformationEdit

Visas: Free and provided on arrival at the ariport.

Vaccinations: We recommend a course of malaria tablets and to consult with your local GP about what other vaccines are required. Contact us if you have any queries following consultation with your doctor.

Insurance: You will require special insurance for this project. Please let your insurance company know you will be working in the proximity of semi-wild animals. Do not hesitate to contact us with any queries and we will be able to suggest insurance policies relevant to your travels.


Gap Year - Zoo projectsEdit

Price: From £700 / AUD 1400

Spend a month of your Gap Year working in a Malaysian zoo

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If you are on a gap year, looking for a career change or simply interested in animal husbandry, why not join the Great Orangutan Project and become a zoo assistant! Working alongside trained experts, you will have the unrivalled experience of working with orangutans, learning about the conservation of this magnificent creature and helping to enrich the captive orangutans lives. Your money contributes directly to this program, keeping it running and helping the project achieve its conservation aims.

Project Summary:Edit

You will be responsible for the daily maintenance of the animals under the supervision of zoo staff. You will maintain their ares, feed them and help with enrichment. You will also be educated about many animals within the zoo and discover what it is like to work as a primate keeper. If you feel confident enough you will have the opportunity give tours to school children and tourists and possibly help the vet in catching some of the animals when necessary. You will also help with construction and maintenance of the zoo in general.

Project Overview:Edit

Programme: The Zoo Experience

Location: Zoo Negara (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Duration: 2 or 4 weeks

Start Date: 5th of each month

Group Size: 5

Price: From £700, 2 weeks: £700, 4 weeks: £ 1200

What's Included in This Price:Edit

Airport Transfers

Trip Transfers

Accommodation

Food (allowance)

Activities on project site

Conservation Donation*

  • Part of your payment includes a direct donation to the BOS project facilitated by our charity partner R.E.A.C.T. We will ensure that 100% of this donation goes directly to the project.

What's not Included in This Price:Edit

Alcoholic beverages

Flights

Vaccinations

Insurance - you will need special insurance to cover manual work and work with semi-wild animals

If you fancy trying something a bit different why not check out our turtle conservation project from Responsible Gap.

Accommodation:Edit

You will live in a basic three-bedroom, two-storey house with two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining area and living room. The house is of 1960s design and very spacious. It is around 1.5km from the zoo and 3.2km to town (there is a taxi service available).

Good wholesome Malay cuisine is provided. Your colleagues will either cook together or eat out as food is cheap - you can purchase a full meal for around £1.50. There is a fixed allowance for self-catering provided at the beginning of the programme, which of course you can top up if you wish.

Important Information:

Visa: Free, provided on arrival at airport.

Vaccinations: Please consult with your local GP to discover what vaccines are required. Feel free to contact us if you have any queries after the consultation with your doctor.

Insurance: You will require special insurance for this project. Please let your insurance company know you will be working in the proximity of semi-wild animals. Do not hesitate to contact us with any queries and we will be able to suggest insurance policies relevant to your travels.

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Orangutan & Pygmy Elephant ExperienceEdit

[1] Price: £900 / AUD 1700

An amazing 12 day wildlife adventure in Borneo. Observe orangutans and other endangered species in the wild and help with the reforestation project on the Kinabatangan

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  • There are limited spaces on this project, currently we only have availability for July, August, September and October.

Explore the Lower Kinabatangan River on this incredible conservation holiday adventure. Become involved in this once in a lifetime opportunity where you cruise the river and tributaries of Lower Kinabatangan into the ancient rainforests of Sabah in a rare opportunity to explore the wildlife found there. You may see 10 different primates, pygmy elephants, 8 species of hornbills and 100s of other birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and plants of the Lower Kinabatangan. You will also get the chance to work with the local community, particularly schools and young children.

Project Summary:

Experience the delights of the naturally diverse habitat of Lower Kinabatangan and the Sabah Forests. This truly is a trip the whole family can enjoy. Familiarise yourself with the local area and meet the local tribe whilst helping provide economic encouragement for conservation and reforestation. Spot the wild orangutans lurking amongst the trees and search the riverbanks for the incredible pygmy elephants on this river-based adventure.

Project Overview:

Programme: Orangutan and Pygmy Elephant Experience

Location: Village along the Lower Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysia

Duration: 12 days

Start Dates:

July - 19th

August - 13th

September - 7th

October - 7th

Group Size: 14

Price: £900

What's Included in This Price:Edit

Airport Transfers

Trip Transfers

Accommodation

Food (3 meals a day)

Activities on project site

Conservation Donation

  • Part of your payment includes a direct donation to the BOS project facilitated by our charity partner R.E.A.C.T. We will ensure that 100% of this donation goes directly to the project.

What's Not Included in This Price:

Alcoholic beverages

Flights

Vaccinations

Insurance - you will need special insurance to cover manual work and work with semi-wild animals

Camera fees - in areas where you must pay to take photos

Accommodation:Edit

Arrival night in Sepilok: dormitory style room in a traditional style longhouse with hot water. Shared bathroom. Situated in a relaxing and peaceful area set on high ground.

At Sukau: Basic but comfortable village B&B set in the heart of Sukau. Rooms are shared, water is cold! Common area overlooks the river.

At Sandakan: Basic but comfortable hotel room in Sandakan town with shared rooms. Town with internet cafes, restaurants, supermarkets etc.

Important Information:Edit

Visas: Free, provided on arrival at airport.

Vaccinations: We recommend a course of malaria tablets and to consult with your local GP about what other vaccines are required. Contact us if you have any queries following consultation with your doctor.

Insurance: You will require special insurance for this project. Please let your insurance company know the nature of your trip. Do not hesitate to contact us with any queries and we will be able to suggest insurance policies relevant to your travels.

If you fancy trying something a bit different why not check out our turtle conservation project from Responsible Gap.

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New Orangutan & Tribes Tour - 2 weeksEdit

&nbsp Price: From £995/1800 AUD

Take an unforgettable orangutan jungle tour on the island of Borneo and visit 2 orangutan centres and 3 national parks. Experience Warning! Tour contains living with Rainforest Tribes! An excellent adventure.

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Take an unforgettable orangutan jungle tour on the island of Borneo and visit 2 orangutan centres - the Matang Wildlife Centre and the Semenggoh Nature Reserve; and 3 national parks - Bako National Park, Kubah National Park and Batang Ai National Park. Experience Warning: This tour contains living with Rainforest Tribes in Batang Ai!

Project Summary:Edit

This ecotour is crafted to raise awareness of the conservation efforts made in Sarawak, Borneo, to bring harmony between people and orangutans. The 14-days/13-night ecotour is a voyage of discovery, giving you one-day "back stage passes" to see captive orangutans being rehabilitated at Matang Wildlife Centre, the released semi-wild orangutans of Semenggoh Nature Reserve, the seven different habitats of Borneo in the amazing National Park at Bako and a one week trip into the rainforest. Here you will meet the descendents of the legendary headhunters of Borneo - the Iban tribes - now the custodians of the wild orangutans of Batang Ai National Park.

Project Overview:Edit

Programme: Orangutan and Rainforest Tribes Tour

Location: Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

Duration: 2 weeks

Start Date: 3rd of each month

Group Size: 10

Price: £995

What's Included in This Price:Edit

Airport Transfers

Trip Transfers

Accommodation

Food

Activities on project site

Conservation Donation*

  • Part of your payment includes a direct donation to the BOS project facilitated by our charity partner R.E.A.C.T. We will ensure that 100% of this donation goes directly to the project.

What's not Included in This Price:Edit

Alcoholic beverages

Flights

Vaccinations

Insurance - you will need special insurance to cover manual work and work with semi-wild animals

If you fancy trying something a bit different why not check out our turtle conservation project from Responsible Gap.

Accommodation:Edit

Rainforest - Batang Ai National Park

The accommodation is based in a jungle lodge which is basic but clean. This is jungle living at its best and you should not expect luxury. The shower runs cold water from the nearby waterfall. Electricity is produced by a generator and is not switched on all the time. There is, however, always the alternative of bathing in the river. A mosquito net is provided - you will need it! The geckos tend to help keep the insect population down for you.

Singgahsana Lodge, Guest House This guest house is comfortable and has access to all the mod cons; internet, shower with warm water, phones, television. You will be expected to share a bedroom with a fellow volunteer. While based here you are surrounded by the wonders of Kuching itself. It has lots of museums and places of interest to visit during your stay. Not to mention the countless souvenir shops on your doorstep!

Important Information:Edit

Visas: Provided on arrival at airport.Edit

Vaccinations: We recommend a course of malaria tablets and to consult with your local GP about what other vaccines are required. Contact us if you have any queries following consultation with your doctor.

Insurance: You will require special insurance for this project. Please let your insurance company know the nature of your trip. Do not hesitate to contact us with any queries and we will be able to suggest insurance policies relevant to your travels.



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Orangutan and Sunbear Rehabilitation CentreEdit

Price: From £1000/AUD 1800

Live and work with 225 Orangutans at a world famous rescue center in Indonesian Borneo.

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The Great Orangutan Project has teamed up with Borneo Orangutan Survival to bring you this experience of a lifetime. Work with orphaned babies and rescued adults at the Samboja Lestari Centre in Borneo where 225 orangutans and 52 sunbears have found shelter from human destruction and neglect.Edit

Project Summary:Edit

Without finding a home at Samboja Lestari (which means 'Samboja Forever' in Indonesian) these orangutans would surely have been killed or sold into the illegal pet trade. Looking after so many orangutans is a very costly operation and the project needs your help. Samboja Lestari strives to rehabilitate and prepare the orangutans for future release into the wild. By contributing your time and money you therefore not only enrich the lives of the animals at the centre, but also help re-populate and conserve these magnificent creatures. As a volunteer you will also help reforest the logged lands that surround the centre, contributing directly to the conservation effort.

Project Overview:Edit

Programme: Orangutan & Sunbear Rehabilitation Volunteer Programme

Location: Samboja Lestari, Kalimantan Indonesian Borneo

Duration: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 weeks available - (2 weeks consists of 12 days/11 nights)

Start Date: 12th and 26th of each month

Group Size: 10

Price: From £1000

Low Season*: January-March, October-December

High Season*: April-September

What's Included in This Price:Edit

Airport Transfers

Trip Transfers

Accommodation

Food (3 meals a day)

Activities on project site

Conservation Donation*

  • Part of your payment includes a direct donation to the BOS project facilitated by our charity partner R.E.A.C.T. We will ensure that 100% of this donation goes directly to the project.

What's not Included in This Price:Edit

FlightsEdit

VaccinationsEdit

Visa - you must have a Social & Cultural visa to carry out volunteer work

Airport Taxes - Rps 30-40,000 for domestic flights/Rps 150,000 for international departure

Insurance - you will need special insurance to cover manual work and work with semi-wild animals

If you fancy trying something a bit different why not check out our turtle conservation project from Responsible Gap.

AccommodationEdit

Samboja Ecolodge: twin-share beds with mosquito nets, aircon, en suite bathroom with cold shower and western toilet. Washing machine and tumble dryer available for use. TV and pool table in communal living area. Food provided in restaurant, 3 times a day. Breakfast at 7am-9am, lunch 12-2pm, dinner 7-9pm.

Important Information:Edit

Visa: In order for you to volunteer at Samboja Lestari you must apply for a 'Social & Cultural' visa from your local Indonesian Embassy. As a prerequisite to your visa application you will need a letter of invitation from BOS Foundation. As part of our service to you, we will obtain this invitation letter from BOS Foundation in Indonesia and send it to you by email. You will need to take this to your nearest Indonesian embassy. Please be aware that this type of visa in not available on arrival in Indonesia. If you do not have this visa you will not be permitted to work on the volunteer project. The maximum time available on this volunteer programme is 8 weeks due to Social and Cultural Visa that has a 2 month validation limit.

Vaccinations: All volunteers must have Hepatitis A & B, and tuberculosis vaccinations or they will not be allowed to work on the volunteer programme. You must also have medical letter stating you are Hepatitis C and HIV free. If you cannot get a TB vaccination we require proof of being clear of tuberculosis. This can be in the form of a letter from your doctor. You should, however, be aware that Tuberculosis has been present in families found in the Samboja area.

Quarantine: All volunteers have to go through a 10 day quarantine period before they are allowed near the cages. You can work away from the orangutans in the clinic area during this time just not near and into cage areas.

Insurance: You will require special insurance for this project. Please let your insurance company know you will be working in the proximity of semi-wild animals. Do not hesitate to contact us with any queries and we will be able to suggest insurance policies relevant to your travels.

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Work With Orangutans & Borneo Tribal LivingEdit

Price: £1650/AUD 3000

Get up close and personal with our orangutan. Travel around Malaysia between orangutan project sites, volunteer in an Ape centre in Malaysia, and live in the rainforest amongst the Bornean tribes. Why not make this part of your Gap Year?

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This Orangutan Experience will take you on an amazing journey through the world of the orangutan. You will have the unique opportunity of working closely with orangutans in a Malaysian Zoo for 16 days and then discover more about the conservation and rehabilitation of this magnificent great ape with 3 days in the capital of Sarawak visiting two rehabilitation centres You will then head to the Bornean rainforest to live and work with a tribal community (descendants of headhunters) on a fantastic ecotourism project based around the wild orangutan populations.Edit

Project Summary:Edit

Working alongside trained experts and the indigenous tribes people of Borneo, you will have the unrivalled experience of working and discovering on the conservation of the orangutan. Your money contributes directly to these projects, making them possible, and going towards improving orangutans lives and conservation, and to providing an economic alternative for the local Iban tribes people who would otherwise hunt, become loggers, or leave altogether for better prospect far afield.

The highlights of the programme include:Edit

Spend 15 days working in a zoo in Kuala Lumpur working closely with primates of which orangutans is the main focus. Activities include feeding, cleaning and enriching life of primate

2 day visit to Matang Wildlife Centre with our expert staff - see orangutans in rehabilitation before being released to the wild. Learn about how the centre works and understand orangutan behavior.

Travel to Batang Ai and then upriver to the Iban longhouses on the edge of the Indonesian Malaysian border where orangutans roam free and pristine rainforest still survives away from loggers and modern civilization.

Monitor the apes in the wild, deepest darkest Borneo jungle where orangutans roam free, carry out nest counts, and collect and record insects.

Help local Ibans make orangutans an integral part of the local economy through ecotourism project.

Project Overview:Edit

Programme: Work with Orangutans and Borneo Tribal Living

Location: Malaysian Borneo

Duration: 4 weeks

Start Date: 5th of each month

Group Size: 14

Price: £1650

What's Included in This Price:Edit

Airport Transfers

Trip Transfers

Accommodation

Food (3 meals a day)

Activities on project site

Conservation Donation*

  • Part of your payment includes a direct donation to the BOS project facilitated by our charity partner R.E.A.C.T. We will ensure that 100% of this donation goes directly to the project.

What's Not Included in This Price:Edit

Alcoholic beveragesEdit

Flights

Vaccinations

Insurance - you will need special insurance to cover manual work and work with semi-wild animals

If you fancy trying something a bit different why not check out our turtle conservation project from Responsible Gap.

Accommodation:Edit

Rainforest - Batang Ai National Park

The accommodation is based in a jungle lodge which is basic but clean. This is jungle living at its best and you should not expect luxury. The shower runs cold water from the nearby waterfall. Electricity is produced by a generator and is not switched on all the time. There is always the alternative of bathing in the river. A mosquito net is provided - you will need it! The geckos tend to help keep the insect population down for you.

Zoo Stay

You will be staying in typical Malaysian houses during your stay. You will share a room with one or two people, have a lounge, kitchen (you will be expected to cook for yourselves) and bathrooms and toilet. You will be on the outskirts of the city. It is easy and cheap to order a taxi if you wish to go into town with your fellow volunteers.

Often volunteers ask if they can be placed at a particular zoo. You can certainly state a preference and where we are able to accommodate this we will do. By stating a preference this does not guarantee your placement at this zoo. Allocation of zoo's is the responsibility of the logistics manager in KL.

Rehabilitation Centre

You will spend 3 days in Kuching whilst visiting the rehabilitation centre's. The guesthouse in which you stay is comfortable and has access to all the mod cons; internet, shower with warm water, phones, television. You will be expected to share a bedroom with a fellow volunteer.

Important Information:Edit

Visas: Free on arrival. Request a social visit pass.

Vaccinations: We recommend a course of malaria tablets and to consult with your local GP about what other vaccines are required. Contact us if you have any queries following consultation with your doctor.

Insurance: You will require special insurance for this project. Please let your insurance company know you will be working in the proximity of semi-wild animals. Do not hesitate to contact us with any queries and we will be able to suggest insurance policies relevant to your travels.

Apply

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