Work with Endangered Orang-utans (2013)
Arrive at Kuching Airport. Meet and greet and get taken to Basaga guesthouse in Kuching. Welcome dinner in the evening with volunteer supervisor and orientation (1 night).
Matang: Breakfast and then check out. Take private transfer to Kubah National Park Wildlife Centre - Orangutan Sanctuary. Settle into new home. Meet mentor. Commence volunteer programme. Weekly allowance is given for food at the supermarket. Additional activities such as visiting a long house and meeting the Iban tribes, visit nearby markets and social and interactive activities with locals and researchers at centre. The duties of the volunteer range from enrichment, husbandry, and construction work around orangutans, sunbears and other animals at Matang Wildlife Centre. The work on this project mainly involves enrichment. "Enrichment" is the process of improving the animals surroundings to stimulate their physical and mental health. Sometimes it will be food enrichment, sometimes it will be building platforms, swings, hammocks to replicate nests, or installing ropes. This will ultimately prepare the orang-utans and other animals for release back into the wild and increase their chances of survival. You may also be involved with the scatterfeeding of the sunbear enclosures. There is limited construction work and may not be available during your stay. You may be involved in building specific rehabilitation structures and facilities. This will include walkways, feeding platforms, and maybe even small ranger stations in the forest. Please be aware that this type of activity will not occur every month and it is virtually impossible to accurately tell you when this will occur.
Work at the centre alongside animal keepers and facilitators to do husbandry and enrichment work to improve the living conditions and stimulate natural behaviours in captive animals.
Kuching: The programme ends for the 2 week volunteer programme. Take private transfer to Kuching. Check in Basaga guesthouse (1 night) or continues at the centre for another 2 weeks making up the 4 week programme (28 days).
After breakfast. Check out and farewell. Take private transfer to Kuching Airport. Depart.
5th of every month-4 week duration 5th & 19th of every month- 2 week duration
Group meet and greet in Kuching at hostel 14 or 28 nights in designate accommodation (as booked) All facilities and equipment for work at the centre English-speaking programme facilitator All activities included in `project days` All overland transfers as per itinerary Food allowance.
Airfare Camera fees Insurance Individual transfers (if outside the itinerary) Any items not stated in the list above Items of a personal nature.
A transfer from the airport to accommodation is included. Please ensure that you arrive on the start date of the project. Should you arrive earlier than the start date of the project you will need to organise your own transfer and accommodation at your own cost. If you require pre or post accommodation we recommend that you book with Basaga Guest House www.basaga.com which is approximately 10 minutes from Kuching airport by taxi. The Great Projects pick up policy is to collect all arriving volunteers who arrive at Kuching airport on the commencement date of the project and provide transport to the guest house for the first night.
14 or 28 nights options