Our Ecological Farming programme works in partnership with two inspiring Eco- Farms in Bukit Lawang. One of our longest standing project partners 'Erna's Eco Farm' is run by the guru of sustainable farming practices; 'Ibu Erna' herself. We also work with the team at PPLH Bohorok; a non-profit organisation in Environmental Education and Nature Conservation who are proof that partnering with local businesses can be the way forward for sustainable farming.
As an Eco farmer you will maintain an active and diverse Eco farm, whilst facilitating training in best practices under the guidance of the experts in each setting.
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.
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.
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.
"5 stars out of 5 stars!"
Our ESL program is an outstanding stepping stone for a career in education and we pride ourselves in our bespoke staff training and support. As a volunteer on the ESL program you will receive comprehensive training at the beginning of your placement & 1 to 1 support from our experienced management team, throughout your placement!
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!
Alongside your work as an Eco Farmer, 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!
"Being Able to volunteer with the Bukit Lawang Trust was the experience of a lifetime!
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Dates & Placements 2023
Orangutan Cycle: Friday 6th January - Sunday 5th of March
Tiger Cycle: Friday 5th of May - Sunday 2nd July
Elephant Cycle: Friday 7th July - Sunday 3rd September
Leopard Cycle: Friday 8th September - Sunday 5th of November
Rhino Cycle: Friday 10th November - Sunday 17th December
Duration - 8 Weeks Volunteering Fundraising target - £1000