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  • Volunteering at the Trust

    After validating my baccalaureate, I decided to take a gap year in order to discover new cultures and experiences. My wish was to use my time profitably, and help NGO’s who had the same conviction as me, that education is the only tool to help future generations be responsible and conscious. After some research and procedures, I arrived on the island of Sumatra nearly 1 month ago, more precisely in the village of Bukit Lawang. What immediately struck me was the kindness of the inhabitants who welcome volunteers with open arms. People are so sweet and full of kindness. The first value is respect, and that is what unites everyone. Things seems so simple and people take their time, as it should be everywhere. In the Bukit Lawang Trust, my role is to teach Conservation lessons to children of all ages and Sustainable business lessons for adults. Students are always motivated and willing to learn more about what pushes you to give the best of yourself during this adventure. They love to play games; they are always respectful and joyful. Here, access to education is an opportunity and we should think the same in the western world. You feel like you’re out of time. During your free time, you can go and have an amazing swim in the river at 5 minutes’ walk of the school (much appreciated after a hot day!)  but also wander around in the village of Bukit Lawang. On Fridays, there is an amazing food and clothes market which is so nice to visit! You can also do some jungle trekking; it is simply an amazing experience. Twice a week you can participate in aerobics/yoga sessions. Every Saturday people go out and meet up in one of the bars of the town. These evenings are usually very fun and allow people to meet and talk to each other around an amazing jam! I was pleasantly surprised to see so many other volunteers from all over the world based in other NGO’s in the region, it allows everyone talk about their own experience. One point which seems essential to me to talk about, is the landscapes. They truly remind you of the beauty of nature: the importance of conservation and protecting this Fauna and Flora. It is becoming urgent to protect these species, which must now fight to survive. Surrounded by this vegetation, you feel like you’re out of time. I strongly recommend without hesitation to volunteer at the Bukit Lawang Trust. This experience is incredible at all levels, especially humanly and culturally. You will experience much more than just a volunteer experience, you will live a life experience that will make you more aware about so many subjects, and the person you are. It will probably give you the desire to stay much longer than expected, or at least to come back very soon! Venitia Conservation Volunteer from Mauritius

  • Living Somewhere New

    My name is Kamilla and two weeks ago I started my placement at the Bukit Lawang Trust. Back home in Berlin, I study social work and that is what brought me here, to this beautiful place. I am also a passionate traveller and always excited to have new experiences. There is however, a big difference between travelling to another country and working and living there. So, before I started my internship, I had many questions about what awaited me. Maybe I can give you a little jump start on your time. Starting a volunteer placement in a different country, it is most likely that you will come across a different lifestyle and culture. This is something you don’t need to worry about, you should see it as a chance to grow and gain knowledge. Speaking from experience – you will adapt to this really quickly. Locals here understand that volunteers and tourists come from a very different culture to their own. Anyway, the first priority for you should always be to respect the other culture - after all you are a guest in their country. To be prepared for what is lying ahead of you, you can do some research about cultures in the area you are planning to go to. One thing is for sure - Indonesians love spicy food. So if you can´t handle spice, you might be really happy to know these words “Tidak pedas” (not spicy) when you go somewhere for food. Another thing you probably have to adapt to as a European, is Indo-time – so just leave your thinking that everything has to happen on time behind and take it chilled. When you are in a place where everybody is greeting each other and being so friendly and helpful, you might find yourself feeling more connected to this new way of living together than you expected. Kamilla Conservation Volunteer from Germany

  • Life in a charity: An insiders perspective.

    I have been at the Trust for two weeks now as Media, Recruitment and Marketing Volunteer, a brand new role which is being trialled out for the first time to give support to teh busy team of Managers here at the Trust. Time has been flying by and I have been involved in an array of great activities since my arrival. My main responsibilities included recruiting and advertising opportunities for our new team of 2020 volunteers, reaching out and sharing our volunteer openings on a variety of international platforms, websites, as well as using social media to maximise our online presence. I have also been writing this blog! As well as keeping social media up-to-date and working on finding new sponsorship opportunitities and partnership in view of the new Youth-Led sustainable enterprise program launching next week. I was lucky to be here for the first meeting of this exciting new project, whose aim is to encourage and facilitate the development of sustainable enterprises as an alternative occupation for young people in Bukit Lawang and surrounding neighbourhoods. During this initial meeting the group went through the key stages of the program, to introduce the participants to the business management skills that will be covered during the course, from idea generation to market research and the key sections of the Green Business Model Canvas, such as value proposition, customer relationships and target demographics, Income and expenditure analysis, as well as finding alternative sources of income and sponsorship for local businesses. I also love attending some of the kids English classes run by the school for several communities in and around Bukit Lawang, which gave me a chance to learn more about the Education program run by the BLT. Taking part in the litter picking activities with the 'little stars' kindergarten class has been on of my highlights! It was lovely to spend some time with the kids and seeing their smile every time they found something to collect and throw in the bin, a wonderful example for the next generation to grow up with. Another highlight was taking part in classes with the Youth Ranger program and school outings around Gotong Royong to get hands on experience on orienteering, wilderness training and introducing the kids to key conservation issues. There is now a buzz in the air for the arrival of the new volunteer team for the Orangutan Cycle, joining this Friday 21st February! Getting the school ready for their arrival was part of this week's tasks and it will be lovely to welcome the new volunteers to start this new phase for the Trust with lots of new activities to look forward to. Getting to know the teachers and staff at the Trust was a truly wonderful experience and a great insight on the daily life here and all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep this place going strong. I would like to thank our managers, Sam & Rosie, for finding the time to organise extra activities, such as our weekly Bahasa lessons and fitness classes, as well as Fitri for her wonderful food and infectious energy! Thank you everybody for being such a warm and welcoming team and for making my time in Bukit Lawang so meaningful and fun! Written by Camilla Massara Media Recruitment & Marketing Volunteer Bukit Lawang Trust.

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  • Home | Bukit Lawang Trust | Education and Conservation | Indonesia

    BUKIT LAWANG TRUST COVID-19 Health & Safety See updates on the global COVID-19 pandemic and how its impacting our operations. ​ See what we're doing to keep you safe on your placement. Tell me more.. Updated 22/03/2021 COVID - 19 URGENT APPEAL Donate Now Sedikit Sedikit Menjadi Bukit What makes the Trust Special United Nations SDGs: Since 2019 we've committed to working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in all of our programs. Making sure that our work is wanted, needed and sustainable. Ecological Farming: We've teamed up with the wonderful people at Erna's Eco-farm to promote environmentally friendly farming practices to help protect the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem in North Sumatra. Offsetting Carbon Emissions: From 2021 we are committing to planting one tree for every single volunteer that joins us, as well as offsetting our volunteers flights by supporting a local tree nursery. Conservation Education: Environmental Conservation is at the heart of everything we do, that's why every single program we deliver, regardless of subject or topic, includes education about protecting the natural environment and reducing our impact on climate change. Hit the button below to see more of the vital conservation work our dedicated team are working on right now in Sumatra! Lets Go! Make an Impact - Your way With our wide range of Education, Conservation & Sustainable Development programs available. You can find a program that suits you. Reopening January 2022! ESL Teacher: Expand your students horizons by providing English Language education to students across North Sumatra! Reopening January 2022! Youth Livelihoods Facilitator: Help young aspiring entrepreneurs escape financial poverty in our BRAND NEW business start up programme! Reopening January 2022! Youth Ranger - Volunteer Instructor: Experience the jungle like never before as a Volunteer Instructor on our Youth Ranger Programme. Inspire and educate the next generation of rangers! View more programs Find out how you can help.. Environmental Conservation is at the very heart of everything we do at the trust. That's why all of our programs work directly towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Tell me more.. Experience Paradise Our Hub is situated on the very edge of the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem. A Jungle Paradise, and the last place on Earth where you will find Elephants, Tigers, Rhinos, Orangutans & Bears living together in the wild! Get Involved Find a Program Check out our range of education, conservation & sustainable development programs and let us help you to find your next adventure! Programmes Programs Partner With Us.. We are always eager to work together with other organisations, NGOs and Societies. Email us to see how we can work together! ​ bukitlawangtrustcenter@gmail.com Partner With Us Support Us Click the donate link at the bottom of the page or check out other ways you can help by clicking the button below! Support Us Support Us Check out our latest blogs! Our blogs are written by volunteers, for volunteers. Giving you a real snapshot of life with the Bukit Lawang Trust. Volunteering at the Trust 96 Write a comment 1 Living Somewhere New 109 Write a comment 1 Life in a charity: An insiders perspective. 42 Write a comment COVID-19 Safety SAFE SMART SUSTAINABLE ALWAYS. COVID-19 HEALT & SAFETY Click this logo anywhere on our site to get up to date information on our COVID-19 Safety measures. Our Partners

  • Volunteer Online | Digital Opportunities

    Digital Opportunities! Ok lets go! Want to do your bit, but cant commit to a placement in Indonesia? ​ Why not check out our Digital Opportunities in the Program profiles below! All of our digital opportunities give you a chance to make a difference in your spare time from the comfort of home! PROGRAM PROFILE - Dev/con consultant: PLACEMENT OVERVIEW: PLACEMENT HIGHLIGHTS: As a Development & Conservation consultant you will advise and inform our management team on developing our short term and long term strategy going forward. You will assist with expert knowledge on program design and implementation in order to ensure that the programs that the Bukit Lawang Trust deliver continue to be at a very high standard. ​ You will be part of a team of consultants from a range of professional backgrounds and from all over the world, and you will get to join in in our digital meetings, virtual meet ups and online chats. ​ This role is ideal for anyone who has experience or knowledge in the field of development & or conservation and would like to contribute but cannot commit to a placement in Indonesia. Gain valuable experience in Development & Conservation Consultancy. Get a FREE 10% OFF discount voucher on a placement of your choice (valid for 24 months after you complete your placement). Learn about traditional Sumatran culture, lifestyles and beliefs. Work from the comfort of your home! Choose your own hours that fit around your commitments. Receive a professional reference and certificate of completion at the end of your placement. Have access to a wide range of conservation and education materials & literature. Inform and guide small scale sustainable development Initiatives and volunteer programs at our Hub in Indonesia. YOUR IMPACT: As a D&C Consultant you will directly impact our global strategy which orchestrates and informs everything that we do. Your expertise and guidance will ensure our programs deliver the highest standard of education and sustainable development initiatives to our beneficiaries globally. PROGRAM PROFILE - Digital Nomad: PLACEMENT OVERVIEW: PLACEMENT HIGHLIGHTS: As one of our digital nomads you will be on the front line of climate activism. Your role will require you to put your people skills, your organisation skills and your social media skills to the test! ​ In this exciting new role you will inspire and inform the next generation of volunteers, organising fundraisers, information and social events, as well as sharing, launching and growing social movements and campaigns online. ​ This brand new role is both challenging and rewarding and will give you lots of valuable experience in organisation, social media management, social activism and climate activism. ​ Join our team of Digital nomads today! and help spread the word about our movement and our fight to protect our shared home... Earth. Gain valuable experience in social media management. Get a FREE 10% OFF discount voucher on a placement of your choice (valid for 24 months after you complete your placement). Learn about traditional Sumatran culture, lifestyles and beliefs. Work from the comfort of your home! Choose your own hours that fit around your commitments. Receive a professional reference and certificate of completion at the end of your placement. Have access to a wide range of conservation and education materials & literature. Raise vital funds for our programs in Indonesia. Raise Awareness about the trust and climate change initiatives. Receive expert guidance and support throughout your placement. Support our volunteers in their Impact @ Home projects! Gain access to our exclusive alumni network. YOUR IMPACT: As a digital nomad you will be influential in advertising, recruiting and inspiring young people at universities, clubs and organisations as well as the general public, into action in a range of exciting social movements, fund raising campaigns and sustainable development placements in North Sumatra. ​ You will directly impact the success of the Trust and its operations by sharing our mission and our goals with the world and by inspiring people to sign up and join our volunteer team! GALLERY 1/2 Training: Culture & Diversity During your volunteer Induction we will fill you in on all of the cultural norms and social nuances you will need to know to represent the trust and its programs. Requirments: Language Skills We have Volunteers from all over the world volunteering with us, and that's why we require a good level of spoken English Comprehension. Jungle%202_edited Jungle%203_edited jungle 6 Jungle 2 jungle 5 Jungle 4 Jungle 1 Jungle 3 IMPACT Earth is our home, and its the only one we've got. that's why one of our long term objectives is to reverse human climate change by 2050. ​ Your work is on the very front line of conservation work. ADVENTURE After your placement you will receive a FREE 10% off voucher for any placement within 24 months. Choose the placement that suits you and enjoy a real adventure that makes a difference! ​ TRAINING Included in your placement is High quality training and education in a wide range of topics. developed and refined over almost 20 years ensure excellence. ​ ​ COMMUNITY Become part of the Bukit Lawang Trust Family. Join us on Social Media and join our growing Alumni network. ​ Continue making a impact when you return home by hosting a community project of your own! Type - Internship Duration - 26 - 52 Weeks Price - FREE! Got a Question? No worries! we love to hear from you! You can email us at bukitlawangtrustcenter@gmail.com or chat with us live by clicking the chat icon in the bottom right of your screen. To Apply - Email your CV & Cover Letter to us at info@bukitlawangtrust.org Remember to put the job title of the role you are applying for in the Subject.

  • Volunteer Abroad | Ecological Farming Program

    Ecological Farming Ok lets go! 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. PROGRAM PROFILE PLACEMENT OVERVIEW: PLACEMENT HIGHLIGHTS: 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. Receive 1 - 1 support from one of our recruitment team, from the moment you apply until the moment you arrive. Extremely competitive rates on education volunteer placements. Receive comprehensive in country training at our Bukit Lawang Hub prior to starting your program. Receive valuable Eco farming & Permaculture coaching worth over £1270. Experience traditional Sumatran culture and cuisine. Live and work on the edge of the Tropical Rainforest. Spend your weekends Trekking in the Jungle or visiting the Elephants at nearby Tankahan. Receive a professional reference and certificate of completion at the end of your placement. Have access to a wide range of teaching materials & equipment. Participant and lead a range of 'supporting projects'. 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. GALLERY 1/5 Life at the Farm: Whilst volunteering with us you will be staying with the amazing Ibu Erna (pictured below) in her home in Gotong Royong (a 10-minute walk from the Hub). Erna will be your host, your mother and your manager all wrapped up in one and will be working on the farm with you on a daily basis. You will have breakfast and dinner at the Homestay however your lunchtime meal will be provided for you on the farm during the working day. There is Electricity at the Homestay but currently no WIFI, however, volunteers often make the 10-minute walk to the Hub to use our WIFI in the evenings. Erna will provide you with bedding, however, we advise you to bring your own bed sheets and pillow cases. ​ There are two bathrooms at the Homestay, both have western-style toilets. There is also a traditional Sumatran Mandi (Bucket Shower). in each of these. There is no hot water, however, with the tropical climate, we have never had a complaint! The Kitchen is equipped with a double hob gas stove for cooking and a water cooler in the dining room. Most of the cooking is done by Ibu Erna but she loves to try European recipes if you are feeling creative! ​ There is a large living space on the first floor and an outdoor work space with a large whiteboard adjacent to the house where volunteers prepare and deliver coaching sessions. There is also now a Pizza Oven build by two of our previous volunteers!!! Flights & Arrivals Once you book your placement with us you will receive a 'volunteer Handbook' that will guide you through the stages of preparing for your placement with the Bukit Lawang Trust. ​ Included in this will be details of how to arrange your flights. We will arrange with you your arrival window to ensure you are arriving a similar time to your fellow volunteers so that you wont be alone. One of our staff team will meet you at the airport and bring you back to the Hub in Bukit Lawang. ​ Our staff will also assist you with exchanging money, getting sim cards and mobile phone data as well as a welcome meal from one of our favourite traditional Indonesian Restaurants. Support From the moment you book your placement, to the moment you arrive in country. You will be guided through your pre deployment journey by our Media Recruitment & Marketing intern. Otherwise known as the MRM. Your MRM will guide you through everything from getting insurance, booking flights, vaccinations and visa applications to what to pack and answering those important questions like "How spicy is the food?". ​ You will be provided with visa sponsorship as well as guidance on things to do before your placement to prepare! ​ Additionally, throughout in country phase of your placement you will have access to 1-1 support from your Program Manager (PM) from the day you arrive until the day you leave. Safety For all of us here at the Bukit Lawang Trust, your safety is our priority. That's why we maintain a comprehensive 24/7 emergency response system, which all staff are trained in. ​ All of our staff are first aid trained, and receive regular refresher training in country, including your refresher training during your volunteer induction! ​ Additionally, all staff are background checked and you are required to provide a background check before arriving in country for the start of your placement. ​ Throughout your In country placement with us our staff maintain a 1-4 ratio of staff to volunteers, above the industry standard. That's is to ensure you are safe and supported for the duration of your placement. Training: First Aid Training: During your volunteer Induction you will receive First Aid refresher training as part of standard volunteer training. Requirments: Criminal Background Check As part of our safeguarding policy we require all staff and volunteers to provide an in date criminal background check. Exploration! For all of our volunteers your weekends are free and that means its time to explore! ​ The Leuser Ecosystem is a tropical paradise with wild Elephants, Orangutans, Rhinos, Tigers and Bears living together in the Jungle surrounding Bukit Lawang. ​ There is so much to do in your spare time from Visiting the traditional market, to Day trips to Bohorok, Jungle Trekking, Jungle River Rafting, Elephant washing at the Tankahan Elephant sanctuary and much much more! Jungle%202_edited Jungle%203_edited jungle 6 Jungle 2 jungle 5 Jungle 4 Jungle 1 Jungle 3 IMPACT Earth is our home, and its the only one we've got. that's why one of our long term objectives is to reverse human climate change by 2050. ​ Your Ecofarming Placement is directly contributing towards this. ADVENTURE Explore the tropical rainforests of Sumatra in your spare time to see the Orangutans or immerse yourself in the local culture at the traditional market or any of the many guest houses bars and restaurants. ​ ​ TRAINING Included in your placement is High quality training and education in a wide range of topics. developed and refined over almost 20 years ensure excellence. ​ ​ ​ COMMUNITY Become part of the Bukit Lawang Trust Family. Join us on Social Media and join our growing Alumni network. ​ Continue making a impact when you return home by hosting a community project of your own! ​ Type - Volunteering Duration - from 8 Weeks Fundraising target - £800 Got a Question? No worries! we love to hear from you! You can email us at info@bukitlawangtrust.org or chat with us live by clicking the chat icon in the bottom right of your screen. APPLY NOW

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