Frequently Asked Questions

Got a questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to find your answer.

How much does it cost?

The cost of your placement depends upon the length and type of placement, our ESL Teacher placements are £800 and our YSE Instructor placements are £1200. For full details check out our 'Find A Program' page by following the tab at the top of this page. 

What additional expenses should I expect?

Whilst your placement fees cover a lot! you will need to arrange your own flights, personal Insurance, and visa expenses. Visa costs are typically around £50 and flights typically range from £400 - £600 from most European Countries. 

Can I choose the dates I want to volunteer?

Our placement dates are fixed, however we offer a wide range of placement opportunities and up to 5 different cycles to choose from for each. We also offer full flexibility with your bookings. With free cancellation and rescheduling until 30 days before your arranged placement start date. 

What's the acomodation like?

During your placement you will be staying at our Hub in the village of Bukit Lawang, in North Sumatra Indonesia. You will be staying in one of our three volunteer dorm rooms, which are fitted with bunk beds and single beds. You will likely be sharing your room with volunteers on other programs so you will get to meet lots of lovely people during your stay. You can find a full description of the volunteer accommodation on any of the program pages by selecting a program from our 'Find a Program' page. Just look for the 'Life at the Trust' section. 

Do I need a VISA & whats the application process?

To legally volunteer in Indonesia, you will need a 60 day Social Visa. This can be applied for at your local Indonesian Embassy. You can find all of the details and an application form on your local embassy's website. There are two ways to apply;

 - In person: This typically takes 1 - 2 days. 

 - Via Post: This typically takes 7 - 14 days. 

After you have been accepted onto your chosen placement your MRM will guide you through the visa application process and provide you with visa sponsorship. 

**IMPORTANT - please check your local embassy's website for COVID-19 updates and restrictions.**

Do I need to be a qualified teacher to volunteer with the Trust? 

In short... no. Here at the Trust we value experience over qualification as we understand that not everyone has equal access to qualifications. That's why we accept applicants with relevant experience, Qualifications or both. We also provide Comprehensive in country training for all of our volunteers when they arrive at the start of the placement, so no need to worry if its been a while since you've taught a class. You can find a detailed requirements section on each of the program pages for more info. 

How long will it take to get there? 

Naturally, this depends on where you are coming from. However, typically flights from most European countries range from 14 - 21 hours. This may also depend upon your layovers, stops and departure airport. 

Do you have WIFI? 

Yes! we have good WIFI at our Hub in Bukit Lawang. There is also WIFI available at many of the guest houses and restaurants around the village, so you wont have any trouble staying connected. Volunteers on our Eco-Farming placement do not have WIFI. However, your homestay is just a short 10 minute walk from the HUB. 

Do you have WIFI? 

Yes! we have good WIFI at our Hub in Bukit Lawang. There is also WIFI available at many of the guest houses and restaurants around the village, so you wont have any trouble staying connected. Volunteers on our Eco-Farming placement do not have WIFI. However, your homestay is just a short 10 minute walk from the HUB. 

What is the current information regarding COVID-19

We are constantly updating our COVID-19 information to keep you informed. Make sure you check the Corona Virus updates section on the home page for up to date information. Prior to arriving on your placement you will be required to provide proof of either a negative result on a PRC Test or proof of vaccination. Additionally during your placement we have many procedures in place to keep you safe, including wearing face masks, distribution of hand sanitizer, Temperature checks and more. 

What kind of time commitment should I expect? 

All of our volunteers typically work 08:30 - 17:00, Monday to Friday. You will have weekends free to go out and explore! In addition, on top of your day to day volunteer work, we also have lots of evening and weekend activities you can choose to join in if you wish!

Can I fundraise the placement Fees? 

You may wish to organise a fund raising event to put together the fees for your placement. This is absolutely fine. However, it is important that any fundraising you do is not advertised as fundraising for the Bukit Lawang Trust, but instead advertised as fund raising for your volunteer fees. 

Cant find what your looking for?

Not a problem! Email us at info@bukitlawangtrust or chat with us live using the chat icon in the bottom right of your screen. 

We're always happy to hear from you, and one of our dedicated team of team will respond as quickly as possible. 

Keep up to date - follow us on facebook

To get regular updates on what our fantastic team in Sumatra are doing, be sure to follow our Trust Facebook & Instagram pages. Here you can find updates from our volunteers, staff and alumni, as well as lots of interesting posts about conservation & climate change!

You can now chat to our team on Facebook messenger, Instagram messenger and WhatsApp too!

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Find out what its really like... from the people who have done it!

Check out our volunteer ran blog Tales from the Jungle on the link below. And get the low down on live as a volunteer from the people who have done it. 

Find out new information about our programs across North Sumatra, and educate yourself on key topics of Climate Change and sustainable development all in one place. 

We regularly post new blogs on the website so be sure to check back to make sure you don't miss out! 

Tales from the Jungle

Find out who you will be working with!

Take a look at our meet the team section on the About us page to find out all about the staff you will be working with during your placement with us! 

Not sure if you have the time or the money? 

Not sure if you've got the time or the money for a volunteer placement in North Sumatra. Don't worry! we've got you covered!

The Bukit Lawang Trust are now offering two BRAND NEW and unique 'Digital Placements' for those passionate 'do gooders' who want to do their part but cant commit the time or the funds to a placement overseas. 

Having a full time job no longer has to get in the way of volunteering for a charity and lending a helping hand!

Interested? click the picture below to check out our exciting new opportunities. 

Digital Opportunities


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