Illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts is a lucrative, well-organized and dangerous international business – second only to the black market trade of illegal drugs and firearms. Indonesia, home to a spectacular array of wildlife species, is reeling from the loss of animals to illegal trade. The islands can now claim to have the highest number of internationally threatened mammals and birds, largely due to habitat loss through deforestation and uncontrolled hunting. Species illegally hunted, trapped and exported to foreign markets include pangolins, turtles, komodo dragons, orangutans, gibbons, palm cockatoos, birds of paradise tigers, sun bears, golden cats, slow loris, tarsiers, hornbills, siamangs - and the list goes on and on. These animals are kept in horrible conditions, sold in Indonesian markets or smuggled out of the country. The mortality rate of these animals, many of them just babies, is extremely high. Enter organizations like our partner in Indonesia, established to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade.
Our partner centre is strategically located in Indonesia where it can tackle the cross-border trade which moves animals to the Philippines and then on to China, Taiwan and Japan. Without this sustainably-run rescue centre, authorities would not be able to enforce wildlife laws, carry out their raids and confiscate live animals.
Our partner’s mission is to support the government law enforcement agencies through conservation education and advocacy, facilitating the placement of confiscated wildlife, by treating and rehabilitating confiscated animals with the goal to release them back to the wild, providing long-term care for those animals that cannot be released and supporting the protection of wildlife and their habitats. Help support our partner and the work they do to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife in Indonesia. Volunteers are needed now, to help care for the animals at the centre – cleaning, feeding and providing enrichment to the large variety of wildlife species in care. Be part of the solution to this international problem that affects us all. Our partner’s existence gives hope that this devastating trade can one day be stopped entirely.
Includes: Airport pick up and drop off (at closest airport), Accommodation, Meals, On-site training, Donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual, $10 Credit in our Zazzle store (towards the purchase of recycled water bottles, reusable bags, etc), American and Canadian clients get 50% off at the online AEI IceBreaker store, Emergency support while at Placement, Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts (through automatic membership to a volunteer only travel discount program), 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance. Are you thinking of fundraising for a portion, or all your fees? Many of our clients have been very successful with their fundraising efforts. To learn more about their successful fundraising projects and see how you can fund raise for your experience, please visit our fundraising page!
Excludes: Flights, Entry visa costs, International and domestic airport taxes, Immunizations and medications. Note: The rabies vaccine is not required for this Experience however, if volunteers are interested in becoming rabies vaccinated, the average cost is $600- $1000 in North America. All clients are required to get a TB test before they volunteer for the program, we recommend clients sign up for their TB test before they apply as getting results can take some time.
Accommodation: You will be staying on-site in the organization’s volunteer housing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by the Placement Partner. Are you nervous about travel and your safety? It's okay, travelling and volunteering can be overwhelming, that is why we exist! To help you travel safe, volunteer smartly and get back home in one piece. To read more about how we help you stay safe, please read our Guide to Safety.
Volunteer activities: Volunteers at the rescue center help in feeding and caring for the animals at the center which include macaques, gibbons, orangutans, sun bears, birds and reptiles. Many of these animals have been seized from smugglers and are very young, needing constant care and attention. Others, which cannot be safely released, are long-term residents of the centre. Activities will include preparing food for the animals, serving food to the animals, preparing cage enrichment, cleaning enclosures and equipment and helping with special projects at the centre.This is an ongoing program with operations every day of the year.
There are no specific start or end dates. We work with you and your schedule so you can serve this community and help animals when you are available. Placements start on weekdays and volunteers are asked to arrive on the day they start their experience.
Classification of Placement: Standard: Entry, Advanced and Specialized.
All classifications of volunteers are needed by this Placement partner and we encourage you to apply no matter your skill or experience level. However, if you are looking for a Placement to use your specific skills, the professionals who would be most beneficial to this placement would be volunteers with experience in: social media, fundraising, design and construction.
length of stay
Price (in canadian dollars)
|2 weeks||$ 2353|
|3 weeks||$ 2500|
|4 weeks||$ 2826|
|8 weeks||$ 3854|
|Groups of 5 or more:||10% off individual fees.|