Thank you for your enquiry about volunteer work with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. Whilst we are grateful for your interest and have no doubts about your commitment to orangutan conservation we are unable to accept volunteers at this time.
The reasons for this are numerous, as are applications. Primarily its because we aim to maintain as strict a quarantine procedure as possible. This therefore means that we cannot justify any unnecessary personnel at either station. Also, it is crucial that the local communities in and around the stations benefit from our activities if we are to continue to be able to count on their support. For this reason, whenever there is work to be done we would normally prefer to give it to local villagers.
We very much appreciate everyone's enthusiasm to help, and regret that we cannot accommodate such requests at this time. Perhaps in the future this might be possible but for the time being we cannot not justify using volunteer assistance.
Whilst we appreciate that people are very interested in this aspect of our work, we cannot accept visitors at the Quarantine Centre.
Primarily this is because we aim to maintain as strict a quarantine procedure as possible. This reduces the risk of disease transmission as well as reduces the amount of exposure of the orangutans to humans - both of which are important factors to consider for successful rehabilitation and an eventual return to the wild forests of Sumatra. Lastly, this policy allows our local staff and keepers to focus all of their efforts on the orangutans being cared for on-site, as opposed to hosting visitors.
Therefore we cannot justify any unnecessary personnel at the centre.
We strongly suggest interested parties in Sumatra to go and experience the forest for themselves! There are many different locations across the island (eg. Bukit Lawang, Ketambe, Tangkahan) to visit, each with countless opportunities to observe many different species of fauna and flora in their natural environment!