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Animal Care Volunteer Project

Help care for wild animals who got caught in the illegal wildlife trade. Join as a volunteer on this animal care volunteer project in Indonesia.

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Why Choose This Project?

This animal care volunteer project gives you the opportunity to work alongside Indonesia’s famous wildlife. The Centre houses wildlife such as orangutans, sun bears, gibbons and numerous birds.

Project Highlights

  • Prices start from USD890
  • Upto 10 persons
  • All meals inclusive
  • 6-55 Nights
  • Minimum Age - 18

About the Project

The Wildlife Rescue Centre

The Wildlife Rescue Centre Jogja is located in West Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and is surrounded by acres of tropical forest. Founded in 2010 the centre began taking in animals who are victims of illegal wildlife trafficking. Consequently, there are now more than 150 animals at the Centre. Learn more about the project and its impacts in 2019.

Wildlife Rescue Centre’s Goal

The goal of the Centre is to release as many animals back into the wild as possible. However, sadly, this is not always possible. Many animals at the animal care volunteer project are not native to Java. Therefore, they must first be translocated to rehabilitation centres in their native home. Hence, for those animals the Centre is a halfway house.

What Will I Do?

You will help with activities such as enclosure cleaning and enrichment. By doing so, you will be helping the animals on their rehabilitation path. This is because, enrichment is important to maintain natural behaviours that they will need in the wild. You are helping some 150 animals on their journey back to the wild!

Logo Wildlife rescue centre Yogyakarta Indonesia
Testimonials
I really felt welcome and loved/appreciated. The excitement I felt the following morning waking in a jungle to gibbons calling but still having those essential creature comforts. I was only able to stay 2 weeks and time flew by so fast. All I want to do now is return and give all my babies that I looked after big cuddles. Once a volunteer always a volunteer. Thank you WRC for letting me have this amazing experience. - Cindy
Testimonials
I had an amazing time at WRC, it was so cool to be up close to the wildlife. All of the keepers are nice and make the time in the animal area even more exciting. I got to work alongside keepers, vets and also help with tasks like enrichment and maintenance as well as animal feeding! - Hannah
Testimonials
I had the chance to actually get to know one of the keepers quite personally. He shared stories of his hardships and family. It allowed me to understand how difficult life can be for a Javan native and the fear of their own children never moving beyond the village they are born in. Although poverty stands out, the richness of the land, its animals and its culture stands out. I had the chance to get close to Dwi, a former animal vet at the sanctuary, and she told me of her dreams to leave the island and do something more. I even experienced a wedding party and was amazed how people with little can give so much and feed a village as a blessing for their wedding day. I dont have just one story, I have a collection of events that shaped my thinking. - Courtney
Testimonials
Was just overwhelmed from the start with how friendly and helpful the locals and staff at the centre were with assistance from getting in out of Jogjakarta and driving us to Mount Merapi, plus everything in between. Would definitely recommend this program if you are after a social immersersion experience aswell as working with a wide range of animals including Orangutans, Sun Bears, Eagles, Slow Lorris and many more. - James
Testimonials
I could write an essay about my experiences but I wont. I have had a brilliant 2 weeks working with the Animal Keepers and Vet. The keepers are very patient and try hard to communicate in English. Accomodation and food is good and you definitely won't go hungry. I was a bit shocked that there were air cons in each room. The staff, keepers and volunteer coordinators truly care for the animals wellbeing here. I was lucky enough to help work on the baby sun-bears indoor enclosure and see her transition to this bigger cage. - Sarah
Testimonials
I volunteered at the wildlife centre Joga for two week in January and it has been an amazing to work with the staff and meet and learn about all the incredible animals they have here. The mornings here start with a wake up call from the gibbons, macaques,orangutans and birds- what better way to start the day! The animal keepers are very welcoming and have answered any questions I have had about the centre, Java and most importantly the animals themselves, this is also true of the project co-ordination Renea who has made me feel extremely welcome as well as being a great source of knowledge about the culture,traditions and language of Java and Indonesia. - Gracie

Volunteer Project Details

Daily Activities

Volunteers at the wildlife rescue centre, Jogja work for five days and rest for two. Each morning, you will work with a keeper to clean enclosures. There are 4 areas that you will work in: with orangutans, small primates, birds and in the nutrition room. You will rotate through these and during your second week you will be able to pick areas you would like to focus on more.

What will I do in the morning?

The first area you will work in is the nutrition room where you’ll help Bob prepare the foods for all of the 150+ animals. Secondly, you’ll work with Dedi cleaning the small primates. This includes sun bears, gibbons, siamang, macaque, and binturong. Thirdly, you will work with Sangsang cleaning out the birds. Lastly, your time will be spent with Ramelan, cleaning the seven orangutans’ enclosures.

What happens after break time?

It is now feeding time for the animal. You can pick which animals you want to help feed such as orangutan, crocodile, macaque, siamang or eagles! If you are not helping to feed, you can help to clean the mice trays or make enrichment for the animals.

After lunch activities include making enrichment, (Read here on why animal enrichment is important) and assisting vets. Next, you will also help with enclosure maintenance such as cleaning turtle or sun bear pools or repairing enclosures. Moreover, if there is time, you might also be able to help with the afternoon feeding!

What else will I be doing?

On Wednesdays, the Centre hosts a Kid’s Club. You will be able to assist the staff to help teach English to the kids. Other than that, you can even play games in your lessons! On Thursdays, you will experience a Javan dinner at a local Javanese family’s house. The family will show you around and also cook traditional food for you. Fridays are when the WRC has their Community English class. Here, you will be able to help locals enhance their English skills!

Will I have free time?

Weekends are your free time. You can explore Yogyakarta or rest. Otherwise, if you would like to work more, you can also discuss with the team. Read our 13 Best Things to do in Yogyakarta for ideas.

Starting Dates 

Every Monday all year round

Volunteer Bookings

1 week  USD 890

2 weeks  USD 1,313

3 weeks  USD 1,755

4 weeks  USD 2,192

All fees include return airport transfer, three meals per day,
basic fan twin room with ensuite bathroom with cold shower, all activities.

Fees Breakdown

32%

Project Fees

12%

Food

10%

Accommodation

28%

Marketing

12%

Centre Admin Fees

6%

Transport

  • Project fees include, keeper and vet wages, animal food, animal veterinary costs, enclosure improvements etc

Food

The volunteer programme package includes all daily meals:

Breakfast & Snacks – Breakfast and break time snack will be prepared for you. However, you make your own breakfast. During break time you will get a snack. This will be a typical Indonesian snack such as filled pastry or a sweet made from rice flour.

Lunch – Lunch is typically rice with Indonesian foods such as tofu, jackfruit, chicken or Javanese salad! You will also get a refreshingly cold drink such as iced tea or a fruit smoothie. Other than that, you will also get a variation of fruit during the week for dessert.

Dinner – Dinner is similar to lunch with rice and either fish, chicken or Tempe depending on the day. You may have fried rice or fried noodles.

Accommodation

Each room is air-conditioned and comes with a wardrobe, a pillow and duvet and 2 plug sockets (at minimum). The room also has a balcony and a wet room style bathroom with a shower, western toilet and a sink. A drying rack, washing machine and fans are also available.

Other Facilities

All rooms come with a key to ensure the safety of your belongings. The WRC also has 24-hour security at the entrance, so you can be sure that you are always safe. There is a lobby area with a water dispenser, tea, and coffee, a fridge, a microwave you can use. Wi-Fi is available for free around the centre.

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