Ecological Farming


Our Ecological Farming programs works in partnership with one of our longest standing project partners 'Erna's Eco Farm'. As an Eco farmer you will maintain an active and diverse Eco farm, whilst facilitating training in best practices under the guidance of 'Ibu Erna' herself. 

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Placement Overview: 

Travel to the very edge of the wilderness to our Hub in Bukit Lawang. Situated on the edge of the Endangered Leuser Ecosystem, the last place on Earth where you can find Elephants, Tigers, Rhinos, Bears and Orangutans living together in the wild! 

You will contribute towards our program objectives by reducing human caused climate change through the use of unsustainable farming practices.

You will spend most of your time at Erna's Eco Farm overseeing the maintenance of this vibrant and diverse ecologically friendly farm. You wont need experience in Eco Farming as your host 'Ibu Erna' is a Guru of all knowledge and will guide you through your placement. 


Your Impact:

During the course of your placement you will be directly contributing towards the maintenance of the local ecosystem by looking after this rare and impactful Eco Farm. 

You will be supporting Ibu Erna and her family in maintaining and running a fully operational eco friendly farm, as well as helping to deliver coaching to other farmers in best practices. 

Our Eco Farming program is designed and ran by our Indonesian team and is a perfect escape from the busy modern lifestyle in the west whilst still making a considerable positive impact to the natural environment. 

Placement Highlights

Make an Impact... your way!

Food is in our family, it is in our culture, it connects us to nature. But do we know where our food is grown, how it is grown and by whom? The answer is Eco-Farming. 

Become one of our amazing volunteer Eco Farmers and help contribute directly and significantly towards the food security and health and wellbeing of a range of rural communities across North Sumatra whilst working on our Ecological Farm.

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Receive bespoke career training & support!

Our YR program is an outstanding stepping stone for a career in environmental conservation. We pride ourselves in our bespoke staff training and support. As a volunteer on the YR program you will receive comprehensive training at the beginning of your placement & 1 to 1 support from our experienced management team, throughout your placement!

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As part of our new and improved volunteer placements we have partnered with the Tankahan Elephant Sanctuary to provide an amazing expedition walking with Sumatran Elephants through the Tropical Jungle! 

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Live & Work on the edge of Paradise!

Our community centre is situated in the small community of Gotong Royong near Bukit Lawang, on the very edge of the Gunung Leuser National Park. One of the most severely endangered tropical ecosystems on the planet & a UNESCO world heritage site. 

The Leuser Ecosystem is the last place on Earth where one can find Orangutans, Tigers, Rhinoceros, Elephants, Clouded Leopards & Sun Bears living together in the wild. 

And the best part is, every one of our placements includes a 2 day expedition into the Tropical Jungle! 

"5 stars out of 5 stars!"

 - Nuria Golter, Conservation Volunteer

Experience Traditional Sumatran Culture!

Alongside your work as an YR Instructor, you will also  have the opportunity to participate in a range of traditional workshops including organic soap making, bamboo weaving, tree planting, Eco brick making and traditional Indonesian cooking classes!

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"Being Able to volunteer with the Bukit Lawang Trust was the experience of a lifetime!

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

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- Tony Damico, Conservation Volunteer

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Dates & Placements

Orangutan Cycle: Friday 7th January - Sunday 6th of March 

Tiger Cycle: Friday 6th of May - Sunday 3rd July 

Elephant Cycle: Friday 8th July - Sunday 4th September

Leopard Cycle: Friday 9th September - Sunday 6th of November

Rhino Cycle: Friday 11th November - Sunday 18th December 

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Life at the Trust:

Whilst volunteering with us you will be staying in one of the three volunteer rooms at the trust, these rooms have three or four beds to a room (bunk & single bed). Each room has electricity, and WIFI is available on every floor. Your Hub staff will provide you with bedding, However, you are advised to bring your own bedsheets and pillowcases.

There are four washrooms at the school, two located on the ground floor, with traditional Indonesian Mandi (bucket shower) and Long Drop (squat toilets). And two on the first floor, with European style shower and toilets. There is no hot water, however, you will learn to love a cold shower! The kitchen is equipped with two hobs, an oven, a fridge and freezer plus a blender. We are lucky to have running water at the school; the water is pumped up from a well in the back garden.

Our building is fitted with WIFI. We do have a volunteer laptop, but this is for lesson planning & preparation, therefore you may wish to bring your own. There is a printer and many teaching resources as well as a television with an HDMI to connect your laptop. Additionally, we have two bright afternoon classrooms, a playgroup and kindergarten classroom, a library, a handicrafts rooms, a staff office and a large and colourful roof space with hammock to relax in the warm tropical evenings.




First Aid Training:

During your volunteer Induction you will receive First Aid refresher training as part of standard volunteer training. 


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Language Skills

We have Eco Farmers from all over the world volunteering with us, and that's why we require a good level of spoken English Comprehension.

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Type - Volunteering                                                 Duration - 8 Weeks                              Fundraising target - £1500

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