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Youth Ranger Instructor

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Take the lead on our pioneering environmental conservation program. The Guardians of the Forest Youth Ranger Program! Help enable young and old to come together and make a positive difference. Work with the local people in North Sumatra to take on ownership and responsibility for the natural environment and the animal species that share it with us! 

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Placement Overview

This program takes Youth Rangers through a range of workshops and interactive activities including sessions such as tree planting, forest clean up, community composting, community recycling, river crossing, Youth Rangers patrol duties and a range of ‘for environmental change’ sessions. 

These workshops are delivered both at the Trust and at our target communities in Batu Rongring, Batu Katak, Bukit Lawang, KenditrLanbau and Bohorok. The program gives our Youth Rangers opportunities to learn about what is happening in and around the Tropical Leuser Ecosystem here in North Sumatra, its major threats and ways to protect it. 

Your Impact

As a Youth Ranger Instructor you will be on the front line of environmental conservation. You will take the lead in training the next generation of Jungle Rangers to protect severely endangered species of animal such as the Sumatran Tiger, Elephant, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Orangutan & Sun Bears. Teach your students the basics of navigation, silent communication, animal recognition and tracking, flora and fauna species and much more! Be a part of a global movement that is changing the way we see endangered species and habitats for generations to come! 

Placement Highlights

Here at the Bukit Lawang Trust we believe that education is the first step towards inspiring and nurturing large scale climate action. Those that do not know about climate change cannot fight against it. This is why we teamed up with the amazing people at Darwin Animal Doctors to create this pioneering environmental conservation programme that directly targets future generations of conservationists! 

Join the program that has had global success and join our dedicated team of conservationists and volunteers working on the thin green line to protect endangered species of animal and the ecosystems they call home!

Our YR programme 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!

"5 stars out of 5 stars!"

Nuria Golter, Conservation Volunteer

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.  Every one of our placements includes a 2 day expedition into the Tropical Jungle! 

Alongside your work as a Youth Ranger, 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!

Tony Damico, Conservation Volunteer

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

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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

We still have spaces this summer (2023) for volunteers!


If you'd be interested in joining us this year, but you cannot completely commit to the dates on one of the above cycles, please apply anyway and we can discuss a time period that would work for you.

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