HEALT & SAFETY
Over the past 17 years, the Bukit Lawang Trust has worked together with our project partners, volunteers students and Beneficiaries to implement long term sustainable, positive change in and around the community of Bukit Lawang in North Sumatra.
Unfortunately, due to the unprecedented global impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we had to make the sad decision to cancel our volunteer placements throughout 2020 and the beginning of 2021. This decision was made in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and importantly, to keep our students, staff and volunteers safe.
The good news is, that with the introduction of the Piezer Vaccine and various other successful adaptations and with a widespread reduction in cases around the world, borders are starting to reopen and travel is once again becoming an option. Although tourism is not yet allowed in Indonesia, we anticipate that this will restart in January 2021 and are therefore going ahead with our placements from March 2021 onwards.
In the meantime, our team will continue to monitor the situation and guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the local government advice and guidance in the UK and Indonesia.
Whilst this does mean we have had to postpone all volunteer placements until March 2021 the wider impact of the pandemic means that our work is more vital then ever before. That's why we've introduce digital placements that you can do from the safety of your own home. In addition we are busy putting in place strict safety measures to ensure that our operations meet the international health and safety standards before we commence volunteer placements again next year.
The response to COVID-19 across the world has greatly impacted all of our programs, however the situation is ever changing and we expect to be running placements as usual by March next year. We are contacting volunteers who have booked onto placements in short term prior to their start date to give them real time updates on the situation as it unfurls.
As always the health and wellbeing of all of our students, staff and volunteers is at the heart of everything that we do. If the situation worsens and we deem it too much of a risk to go ahead with any planned programs, we will take further action to rearrange placements and organise safety strategies.
If you have any questions and/or concerns about COIVD-19 in relation to your placement or the Bukit Lawang Trust in general, please don't hesitate to get in touch, either by email at or chat live with us here using the chat logo in the bottom right of the page. you can also send us a message on any of our social media platforms and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.