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We are a grassroots Education & Conservation charity based in rural North Sumatra, Indonesia. 

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Our Mission

To facilitate an economically and environmentally sustainable balance between human activity and severely endangered natural ecosystems through the implementation of a range of community-led development programmes.


We deliver high quality, free education to communities which are run by our local team and supported by volunteers. Our programmes include:

  • Conservation

  • English Language 

  • Sustainable Business

  • Eco-farming

  • Kindergarten 

  • Women’s chat group

  • Exercise classes  

Our programmes help to build stronger, more resilient communities while supporting efforts to

protect severely endangered ecosystems.


Help us to deliver free education to hundreds people living in rural North Sumatra and support the Trust in continuing its environmental conservation efforts. Volunteer with us or make a donation.

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How you can volunteer with the Bukit Lawang Trust


Volunteer in the UK!

Check out our range of volunteer opportunities in the UK! from managing and coordinating volunteers and large scale events to creating content on your laptop at home, we've got something for everyone! 

Volunteer in the UK

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Active Global Citizenship

Live and work in a Tropical Paradise! Experience a life changing cultural exchange on the very edge of the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem, the last place on Earth you can find Tigers, Orangutans, Elephants, Clouded Leopards, Rhinoceros and Sun Bears living together in the wild! 

Make a significant impact through our Active Global Citizenship Volunteer Programs. Choose your preference from a range of roles including ESL teacher, Youth Ranger Instructor, Entrepreneurship coach and Ecological Farmer! 

Volunteer in North Sumatra

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Expert Advisors

Become an Expert Advisor

Got a degree in Environmental Conservation, Sustainable Development, International Development or something similar? 

Put your knowledge and skills to use as one of our Expert Advisors. 

The Bukit Lawang Trust board of advisors guide us in everything we do. Working alongside the board of Trustees and the Operations team, as an advisor you would have significant input into our delivery, operations and international portfolio. Help to ensure the Trust continues to do good, as it has for almost 20 years!

Our Impact

Partnerships for the Goals

20 years of service in over
10 rural communities


The Bukit Lawang Trust currently partners with 22 different environmental conservation charities and initiatives around the world.

Over 332,800 volunteer hours!

Since 2003 the Bukit Lawang Trust has served the people of North Sumatra in a wide range of humanitarian aid, sustainable development, environmental conservation, education and natural resource management programs!

With 20 years running including environmental conservation and sustainable development programs in North Sumatra our volunteers have definitely put in the time! 

What makes the Trust special?

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United Nations SDGs:

Since 2019 we've committed to working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in all of our programs. Making sure that our work is wanted, needed and sustainable. 


Offsetting Carbon Emissions:

From 2021 we are committing to planting one tree for every single volunteer that joins us, as well as offsetting our volunteers flights by supporting a local tree nursery. 

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Ecological Farming:

We've teamed up with the wonderful people at Erna's Eco-farm and PPLH Bohorok to promote environmentally friendly farming practices to help protect the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem in North Sumatra. 

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Conservation Education:

Environmental Conservation is at the heart of everything we do, that's why every single program we deliver, regardless of subject or topic, includes education about protecting the natural environment and reducing our impact on climate change. 

Hit the button below to see more of the vital conservation work our dedicated team are working on right now in Sumatra!

Get Involved

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Find a Program

Make an impact, your way! 
With our wide range of environmental conservation, Education and Sustainable Development Programs we've got something for everyone!

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Take Action

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Partner With Us

We are always eager to work together with other organisations, NGOs and Societies. Email us to see how we can work together!

Partner With Us

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Support Us

Click the donate link at the bottom of the page or check out other ways you can help by clicking the button below!

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Our Partners

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