Volunteer Indonesia Wildlife Sanctuary

Volunteer to help save the wildlife of Asia at this rescue, rehabilitation and release centre for animals saved from the illegal wildlife trade. Volunteers assists around a sanctuary that plays an important role in Indonesian wildlife conservation. Read on to get the low down on how you can help make a difference at this project...

Duration: 2 to 8 weeks

Hours: 6 days per week

Activities: Feeding the animals, maintaining the wildlife sanctuary

Location: Indonesia

City info: The beautiful Indonesian Island; Sulawesi

Accommodation: Shared rooms

Requirements: Aged 18+, with a passion for animal welfare

Volunteer Placement Fee: From UK£905 / US$1,075

How you will spend your time at the project

Volunteers currently work a six day week. Daily working hours vary depending on the weather and the needs at the wildlife sanctuary however they are generally 8 hour working days. Volunteers are expected to make an early start along with the animals and will work independently or with local staff in a variety of different tasks.
Daily activities often include a rotation of the following:
•    Cleaning a variety of enclosures.
•    Refilling water containers.
•    Preparing and giving food to the animals.
•    Collecting grasses, seeds or leaves for the animals.
•    Providing life enrichment food to stimulate animals in the form of new challenges or novel items in the enclosure.
•    Maintaining and cleaning the rescue centre.
•    Upgrading enclosures, maintenance of enclosures and special assignments at the direction of the manager.

Why the project needs volunteers

The project is a rescue, rehabilitation and release centre for animals saved from the illegal wildlife trade. Sulawesi Island remains the jumping off point for illegal shipments of animals for the exotic pet and ‘medicinal’ markets in Asia as well as having a thriving local bush meat industry.
Sulawesi is being used as a consolidation point for illegal shipments of wildlife and wildlife products from Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the islands in the Eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago, especially Papua. Orangutans, Malaysian sun bears, gibbons, tarsiers, lorises and pangolins are some of the most endangered mammals smuggled out of the country. However, cockatoos, hornbills, birds of paradise as well as turtles and other reptiles are being smuggled out in even larger quantities.
Without a sustainable rescue facility the authorities are not able to enforce, raid and confiscate live animals as there are few existing transition projects.
Many animals arrive in a stressed and neglected state and need a period of rehabilitation and veterinary care to bring them back to health. Unfortunately, some are permanently disabled, stressed or domesticated and will never recover sufficiently to live in the wild. In addition, many of the animals rescued in Sulawesi are not native to the island, but have been seized from smugglers as part of the exotic pet trade, and cannot safely be released to an unfamiliar habitat or imposed upon local ecosystems. 
The Indonesia Wildlife Rescue Centre endeavours to preserve these animals dignity by creating habitats where captive animals may thrive. It is hoped that these animals may enjoy the best quality of life possible in captivity.

"A truly remarkable and unforgettable adventure"

Ann, UK

More Information

Read more about the Indonesia Wildlife Sanctuary including accommodation, location, extra activities, climate and what makes Globalteer different.

Read More about the Sanctuary



Volunteer Placement Fee

8 weeks is currently the maximum stay permitted with the Indonesian tourist visa.

The volunteer placement fee includes:
  • Accommodation for the duration of your stay.
  • Free airport pickup from Manado.
  • Three meals a day.
  • Full pre-arrival and in country support.
  • Self-service laundry.
  • Assistance and advice for onward travel.
  • An unforgettable experience!
Your volunteer placement fee does not include flights, visas, or insurance although we can provide information as required.

Groups and families are welcome at this project. Returning volunteers and those doing multiple Globalteer projects will receive a discount of US$70 / GBP£50.

Reserve Your Place

Application process & requirements

The minimum age for volunteering is 18 years old. No previous experience or qualifications are necessary but we do require volunteers to be respectful and open minded to the cultural differences they will encounter in Indonesia.

Volunteers must be reasonably fit as the work can be demanding in the tropical heat. You must be able to speak English. Volunteers must have a similar ideology to the mission of the wildlife sanctuary. Wildlife trainers and those who exploit wildlife for the benefit of people are not suitable for this project.
  1. Click on the link below to fill out an application form.
  2. Add "@globalteer.org" to your E-mail safe list to ensure that you receive a response.
  3. Your application will be reviewed and if accepted you will be notified via E-mail within one week.
  4. Pay your deposit to secure your placement within one week of acceptance.
  5. Research your destination, book your flight, inoculations and ask us any questions you may have.
  6. Full amount is to be paid 10 weeks before the start of your placement.
  7. Comprehensive information will be sent to you including a packing list, cultural differences, etiquette, rescue centre rules, useful phone contacts and full project information.
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