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  • Donate | Bukit Lawang Trust

    Donate Thank you for being awesome and helping us to make a difference! Donate in Euros Donate in GBP What will your money pay for? From school resources, to fuel costs, to local staff salaries, to building repairs, donations are all gratefully received and keep us running day to day. £5 Is the cost of clean drinking water for all children, staff and volunteers at the Trust Hub for a week. £110 Is the salary of one of our full-time local Programme Coordinators for 1 month so they can deliver lessons and train our volunteers. £10 Is the cost of the petrol for 4 teachers' motorbikes to travel to the more remote villages where they teach classes in conservation and English. £15 Is the cost for the becak drivers to bring children who live in rural areas to our English and Conservation classes. £36 Is the salary of 1 part-time Kindergarten Teacher who runs our free school for 4-5 years olds. £25 Is the monthly electricity cost for our Trust Hub building. Thank you for your donation! Bank: NatWest Bank Account Name: Bukit Lawang Trust Sort Code: 60 – 12 – 03 Account Number: 26193000 IBAN: GB24NWBK60120326995271 BIC / SWIFT: RBOSJESH Now download your certificate in either French or English! Donation certificate in English Donation certificate in French We mention all donations in our monthly newsletter! Read our newsletter here!

  • Newsletter | Bukit Lawang Trust

    The Trust Times Your monthly about what's going on at our hub in North Sumatra! This month's newsletter! October Edition November Edition December Edition

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

    We are a grassroots Conservation & Education charity based in Rural North Sumatra, Indonesia. We are the BUKIT LAWANG TRUST Read our newsletter here! What we do... We want to facilitate an economically and environmentally sustainable and conservative balance between Human activity and the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem. Take action! Volunteer with us on a range of Education & Sustainable Development programs to create lasting positive change. Join as a Trust volunteer today and see how our young leaders are leading the charge in environmental conservation, education and climate action! Apply to Volunteer Now! Stand with us! Support our young leaders taking climate action into their own hands. Directly facilitate the delivery of free education to hundreds people living in rural North Sumatra and support the Trust in continuing its environmental conservation efforts. We are creating a generation of Active Global Citizens who are taking action NOW. Through the delivery of our range of volunteer led environmental conservation and sustainable Human development programs. Providing equal access to education, meaningful and sustainable enterprises and business start ups, protecting severely endangered ecosystems and combatting climate change. How you can volunteer with the Bukit Lawang Trust Volunteer in the UK! Check out our range of volunteer opportunities in the UK! from managing and coordinating volunteers and large scale events to creating content on your laptop at home, we've got something for everyone! Tell me more! Volunteer in the UK Tell me more! Active Global Citizenship Volunteer in North Sumatra Live and work in a Tropical Paradise! Experience a life changing cultural exchange on the very edge of the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem, the last place on Earth you can find Tigers, Orangutans, Elephants, Clouded Leopards, Rhinoceros and Sun Bears living together in the wild! ​ Make a significant impact through our Active Global Citizenship Volunteer Programs. Choose your preference from a range of roles including ESL teacher, Youth Ranger Instructor, Entrepreneurship coach and Ecological Farmer! Tell me more! Expert Advisors Become an Expert Advisor Got a degree in Environmental Conservation, Sustainable Development, International Development or something similar? ​ Put your knowledge and skills to use as one of our Expert Advisors. ​ The Bukit Lawang Trust board of advisors guide us in everything we do. Working alongside the board of Trustees and the Operations team, as an advisor you would have significant input into our delivery, operations and international portfolio. Help to ensure the Trust continues to do good, as it has for almost 20 years! Tell me more! Our Impact Partnerships for the Goals 19 years of service in over 16 rural communities Global Community of Alumni! With over 19 years running volunteer lead environmental conservation and sustainable development programs in North Sumatra our volunteers have definitely put in the time! The Bukit Lawang Trust currently partners with 22 different environmental conservation charities and initiatives around the world. Over 332,800 volunteer hours! With volunteers from over 25 different countries the Bukit Lawang Trust has a growing global community of alumni and activists. Since 2003 the Bukit Lawang Trust has served the people of North Sumatra in a wide range of humanitarian aid, sustainable development, environmental conservation, education and natural resource management programs! Almost 2 decades igniting Youth Led Action More than 19 years experience in igniting volunteer led action! 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. ​ 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. ​ ​ Ecological Farming: We've teamed up with the wonderful people at Erna's Eco-farm and PPLH Bohorok to promote environmentally friendly farming practices to help protect the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem in North Sumatra. ​ 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! Find out about our work! Get Involved Find a Program Make an impact, your way! With our wide range of environmental conservation, Education and Sustainable Development Programs we've got something for everyone! Be the Change. Sign up today! Take Action Lets go! 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! info@bukitlawangtrust.org 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 Sign up for our newsletter! Enter your email address Subscribe Thank you for subscribing! Our Partners

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

    We are a grassroots Conservation & Education charity dedicated to facilitating environmental conservation and sustainable Human Development in Rural North Sumatra, Indonesia. We are the BUKIT LAWANG TRUST What we do... We want to facilitate an economically and environmentally sustainable and conservative balance between Human activity and the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem. Take action! Volunteer Volunteer with us on a range of Education & Sustainable Development programs to create lasting positive change. Join as a Trust volunteer today and see how our young leaders are leading the charge in environmental conservation, education and climate action! Stand with us! Support our young leaders taking climate action into their own hands. Directly facilitate the delivery of free education to hundreds people living in rural North Sumatra and support the Trust in continuing its environmental conservation efforts. We are creating a generation of Active Global Citizens who are taking action NOW. Through the delivery of our range of volunteer led environmental conservation and sustainable Human development programs. Providing equal access to education, meaningful and sustainable enterprises and business start ups, protecting severely endangered ecosystems and combatting climate change. How you can volunteer with the Bukit Lawang Trust Volunteer in the UK! Check out our range of volunteer opportunities in the UK! from managing and coordinating volunteers and large scale events to creating content on your laptop at home, we've got something for everyone! Tell me more! Volunteer in the UK Tell me more! Active Global Citizenship Volunteer in North Sumatra Live and work in a Tropical Paradise! Experience a life changing cultural exchange on the very edge of the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem, the last place on Earth you can find Tigers, Orangutans, Elephants, Clouded Leopards, Rhinoceros and Sun Bears living together in the wild! ​ Make a significant impact through our Active Global Citizenship Volunteer Programs. Choose your preference from a range of roles including ESL teacher, Youth Ranger Instructor, Entrepreneurship coach and Ecological Farmer! Tell me more! Expert Advisors Become an Expert Advisor Got a degree in Environmental Conservation, Sustainable Development, International Development or something similar? ​ Put your knowledge and skills to use as one of our Expert Advisors. ​ The Bukit Lawang Trust board of advisors guide us in everything we do. Working alongside the board of Trustees and the Operations team, as an advisor you would have significant input into our delivery, operations and international portfolio. Help to ensure the Trust continues to do good, as it has for almost 20 years! Tell me more! Our Impact Partnerships for the Goals 19 years of service in over 16 rural communities Global Community of Alumni! With over 19 years running volunteer lead environmental conservation and sustainable development programs in North Sumatra our volunteers have definitely put in the time! The Bukit Lawang Trust currently partners with 22 different environmental conservation charities and initiatives around the world. Over 332,800 volunteer hours! With volunteers from over 25 different countries the Bukit Lawang Trust has a growing global community of alumni and activists. Since 2003 the Bukit Lawang Trust has served the people of North Sumatra in a wide range of humanitarian aid, sustainable development, environmental conservation, education and natural resource management programs! Almost 2 decades igniting Youth Led Action More than 19 years experience in igniting volunteer led action! 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. ​ 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. ​ ​ Ecological Farming: We've teamed up with the wonderful people at Erna's Eco-farm and PPLH Bohorok to promote environmentally friendly farming practices to help protect the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem in North Sumatra. ​ 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! Get Involved Find a Program Make an impact, your way! With our wide range of environmental conservation, Education and Sustainable Development Programs we've got something for everyone! Be the Change. Sign up today! Take Action Lets go! 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! info@bukitlawangtrust.org 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 Sign up for our newsletter! Enter your email address Subscribe Thank you for subscribing! Our Partners

  • Reviews | Bukit Lawang Trust

    Volunteer Reviews What our Volunteers say Unlike many sustainable development charities, our focus is on the Personal Development of our volunteers as well as the vital conservation and education work that we do. Our Reviews are testament to that ethos! Check out our most recent volunteer testimony from November 2022 Rosie Plummer ESL Program Manager - 2019 The Trust has given me a whole new family! My students at the Trust were the most fantastic and fun-loving group I could have wished for! I enjoyed teaching a real diversity of English classes during my time in Sumatra. I could go on about the Jungle Treks, the Weddings the motorbikes and the heat! but ill let you find out for yourself. The Trust has taught me that life really is one big adventure! Emma Johann ESL Volunteer I can honestly say it was the best time of my life! The team is amazing and I felt soon as a part of our own little Trust family. Staying at the trust means you actually do things, which is not so common for volunteers in the teaching field. For that I'm really grateful! I've learnt so much about teaching and working with children and am so grateful for everyone who made me feel so needed and loved here! ​ Terima Kasih Banyak! Venitia Acou Youth Livelihood Facilitator This experience has been wonderful and so rich! ​ I can't wait to come again!!! Nuria Golter ESL Volunteer 5 stars out of 5! The Bukit Lawang Trust is a wonderful place for the children of Bukit Lawang and surroundings. They don't only learn about the English Language, but about the world. I could see in their faces and their motivation, how they are always super happy and grateful to go there. It's a safe space for them and often the only possibility to get in touch with people from outside Indonesia. The volunteers always put a lot of effort in to doing their best for the kids! I think this school is a very important place and I hope it can stay alive! Kamilla Stumpe Youth Livelihood Facilitator An experience to bring you further! ​ I still know exactly how excited I was before my placement at the Trust and in the end everything turned out really beautiful and easy-going. Throughout my placement in the Youth-Ranger Program and the Sustainable Enterprise program I could learn a wide range of knowledge. I learned many new teaching skills, met such beautiful people, got to know the Indonesian culture and language and with all these I learned for life. Living and working in the Trust was such an enriching time for me and i loved seeing how warm-hearted and supportive everybody in the Trust and in Bukit Lawang was. I am really grateful for this experience and would recommend everybody who's seeking a beautiful adventure and is interested in environmental education. You'll find yourself welcomed with open arms. Terimah kasih semuanya and see you when i see you! ​ Vanessa ESL Volunteer This experience has taught me so many things and changed my whole life! ​ I can absolutely recommend this once-in-a-lifetime experience to everybody. I worked at the Trust for 3 weeks and most of the time I was teaching Kindergarten kids. I am a social Pedagogue now, but even if you don't have any experiences with kids, I'll promise you will like it. These kids are so amazing - they are so inquisitive and love school. It was always a pleasure to see the kids so happy during the lesson. It was also a quite good experience to see how you can teach things in a different way (no printing, go to copyshop..). ​ The people at the Trust and in Bukit Lawang are so friendly and heart-warming. They will always try their best to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Like i said I've learnt so much, especially that you don't need as much luxury as we have in Austria. People there are so happy. ​ We had a chance to go jungle trekking and you have to do it! Sleeping in the jungle, enjoying the food and sitting next to an orangutan - best experience of my life!! We have also visited elephants, it was so interesting to see them in real life! ​ Tony D'Amico Conservation Program Manager - 2018 Being able to volunteer with the Bukit Lawang Trust was the experience of a lifetime! ​ There are lots of options on what to do and no matter the person I am sure an unforgettable experience awaits! I volunteered from January to June 2018 and had several tasks ranging from managing volunteers to teaching Conservation Education and building relationships with like-minded individuals and organizations in the area. ​ For me, the time spent with people in the community and fellow volunteers ARE the experience. I wanted to volunteer and support a wonderful organization like the Bukit Lawang Trust, but the people you meet along the way will be the best part of your experience. The food is incredible and the river is fantastic but those relationships last far longer than your trip will. ​ Janine Oworu ESL Volunteer & PM Education The time at the Bukit Lawang Trust will always be one very important part of my life! I was involved at the school from 2016 to 2018. I decided to live in the village of Bukit Lawang when I fell in love with my local husband. That's what happen to many people... falling in love with culture and locals :) I always then had the idea of wanting to help the locals community and kids somehow and to some social and volunteering work. So the Education Centre was the perfect place! Being there for so long, bought me many different experiences (mostly cultural) and the chances to be involved with different projects. Thats what i always loved so much... the huge variety of different people and cultures you get to know, the diversity of jobs and projects waiting there (education, cooking, handicarafts, sports, arts, conservation, rubbish management, sustainability), the local food and nature, the many chances and possibilities, the potential of achieving meaningful and longlasting goals, the diversity of emotions coming along as well. some days will be challenging, but you learn so much about yourself and other people... i dont want to miss that time! Spending every morning with the kids was always my highlight, its so much fun and joy! The kids are the heartbeat of the Trust school, and together with the lovely staff members and community of parents, everyone soon feels like being part of a family. I can promise that leaving this place is hard, sad and emotional... cant remember one volunteer who wasn't crying :) What I also love is that there is a open door and place for everyone; i have met so many different and awesome volunteers, they all had their own great skills, they all were adored by the kids and became close friends with the locals. we all share the same mission. I highly reccomend to everyone to put yourself in this experience and adventure... its a life experience that will chance your way of thinking and living. Spending time in a developing country opens your heart and eyes to things you weren't aware of yet! I still follow up what the Trust is doing regularly, and its wonderful to see what the team has achieved during the last years! you need to check their homepage and learn more about the Trusts work and campaigns (for kids, for the elderly, for animals, for young leaders, for new independent businesses , to empower women, and so many more important categories). ​ And everyone can still stay involved from far away if you wish to and you miss it all :)

  • English as a Second Language | Bukit Lawang Trust

    English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher One of our most popular placements. The ESL Teacher placement gives volunteers an opportunity to hone their teaching skills and gain valuable experience that will help with future employment, all whilst exploring one of the last true wildernesses on Earth. On this placement, you will make a huge impact on the lives of children in North Sumatra by providing them with high-quality education in the English Language completely FREE! 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 which is 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 of giving all of our students equal access to English language learning and work to deliver a comprehensive ESL curriculum to students from up to 10 different rural communities across North Sumatra. You will spend most of your time at our community centre in Bukit Lawang delivering English classes to a wide range of classes of varying ages and abilities, including an adult class, advanced class and role specific classes! Your Impact During the course of your placement as one of our English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers, you will be delivering a comprehensive curriculum built around the University of Cambridge ESL curriculum. You will be providing FREE education to hundreds of students who otherwise may not have access to get themselves.Our ESL program has been designed from day 1 alongside the communities we serve to ensure that our program is needed and wanted by the local people. What's more all of our programs have been built upon the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. During your time on this program you will be contributing and working towards these goals. Placement Highlights Here at the Bukit Lawang Trust we don't teach, we facilitate. We believe that children should be trusted and empowered with the opportunities to learn on their own terms and this ethos extends to our ESL teachers too! As an ESL teacher at the Bukit Lawang Trust you will team up with one of our local Indonesian staff to deliver a comprehensive ESL curriculum completely in your own way. You will design lessons, activities and learning journeys to help nurture and inspire education. 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! Alongside your work as an ESL teacher, 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! "The Trust has given me a whole new family!" Rosemary Plummer, ESL 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. E very one of our placements includes a 2 day expedition into the Tropical Jungle! "I can honestly say it was the best time of my life!" Emma Johann, ESL Volunteer United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 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 Got a Question? We would 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

  • Meet the Team | Bukit Lawang Trust

    Meet the Team We pride ourselves on employing our international staff on a volunteer basis, to ensure that all of the money donated truly goes to the local community we serve here in Bukit Lawang. Rebecca Coley Founder & Trustee In 2003 Rebecca founded the Bukit Lawang Trust as an emergency aid station. In response to a disastrous flood that destroyed much of the community. Now almost 18 years on, she overseas the Trusts global growth strategy, manages donor and grant acquisition & is responsible for the Trusts vision and ethos. Charlie Rose Operations Manager As Operations Manager, Charlie is responsible for recruiting and coordinating all volunteers throughout their journey with us. She liaises with our lovely trustees, donors and partners and also leads training sessions here at the Trust. As she also manages our social media and marketing, it will likely be Charlie that says hello if you message us on any social media platform! ​ Clo é Dupont Conservation Program Manager As Program Manager for the Bukit Lawang Trusts Conservation Programs, Cloé is directly responsible for the delivery of a range of comprehensive environmental conservation & sustainable Human development programs and initiatives in communities throughout rural North Sumatra. Cloé is also responsible for volunteer management for all of our Conservation volunteers and taking a leading role in organising the Sumatran Conservation Festival! ​ ​ Harry Gunn Education Program Manager As the Program Manager for the Bukit Lawang Trusts Education Programs, Harry is directly responsible for the delivery of a range of comprehensive education and sustainable development programs and initiatives in communities throughout rural North Sumatra. Harry is also responsible for volunteer management for all of our Education and ESL volunteers and taking a leading role in the management of our kindergarten, and the organisation of our TK graduation! ​ Lailatussifa Program Coordinator: Education Sifa was actually a member of the Trust as a high school student! She then went on to study Public Health at the University of North Sumatra. As Program Coordinator for ESL at the Bukit Lawang Trust, Sifa works alongside our Program Manager to facilitate the delivery of our English teaching program. Sifa works closely with our project partners on the ground to deliver outstanding teaching and facilitate high quality learning for children and adults in the communities we serve. Additionally, as Programme Coordinator, Sifa line manages our Kindergarten teachers here at the Trust and helps to train and guide our ESL volunteers through their placements with us! ​ Rerimna Lea Program Coordinator: Eco Farming As Program Coordinator for Eco farming at the Bukit Lawang Trust, Gita works alongside our Program Manager to facilitate the delivery of out Eco-farming program. Gita works closely with our project partners on the ground to deliver outstanding and sustainable farming and permaculture initiatives. Additionally, as program coordinator Gita line manages our Assistant Teachers for the Eco-farming programme and helps to train and guide our Eco-farming volunteers through their placements with us! ​ Dea Ananda Program Coordinator for Youth Ranger Dea studied in medical school as well as learning German in her spare time before shifting over to working in the field of education. Dea gained valuable work experience as one of the Trust’s Kindergarten Teachers and is now one of our Programme Coordinators. She is responsible for delivering high quality Youth Ranger sessions in the communities we serve so can often be found river crossing and on jungle treks! She also supports the Programme Manager for Conservation with the development of our Youth Ranger Volunteers throughout their placement. ​ Selvia Putri Kindergarten Teacher Selvia is our newest member of the kindergarten teaching team as she joined the trust in August. She is one of our kindergarten teachers and is responsible along with the other kindergarten teachers in the delivery of the Indonesian ‘Saya Suka Membaca’ curriculum. She is also responsible for preparing our Lions Class students for primary education, through the delivery of a ‘Learning Through Play’ pedagogy. ​ ​ Rasimah Kindergarten Teacher The vast majority of Rasimah's work experience has been based around delivering education to children of all ages. Rasimah has also worked to adapt educational curriculum through the implementation of conservation attitudes and the ideals of equality and independence into pre primary education. ​Rasimah is responsible for supporting the other kindergarten teachers in the delivery of the Indonesian 'Saya Suka Membaca' curriculum. She is also responsible for preparing our 'Roses Class' students for starting the Indonesian curriculum with 'Roses Class' through the delivery of a 'Learning through play' pedagogy and running crafts and activity sessions alongside our other 'Roses Class' teacher Ida. ​ ​ Butet Halimah Kindergarten Teacher Butet has been working as a Kindergarten Teacher for the Bukit Lawang Trust for the past 8 years. She works with Selvia in our Lions Class and also delivers weekly fitness classes for all of the Kindergarten Students and Parents to take part! ​ Butet is responsible for delivering the Indonesian 'Saya Suka Membaca' kindergarten curriculum to our Lions class alongside our three other Kindergarten Teachers. She is also responsible for assisting in the delivery of the Education Program alongside education volunteers. ​ ​ 'Ida' Apridayani Kindergarten Teacher Ida has been working as a Kindergarten teacher for the Bukit Lawang Trust for the past 8 years. She works with our Roses Class and also delivers craft and circus sessions for the Kindergarten students. ​ Ida is responsible for supporting the other kindergarten teachers in the delivery of the Indonesian 'Saya Suka Membaca' kindergarten curriculum. She is also responsible for preparing our 'Roses Class' students for starting the Indonesian curriculum through the delivery of a 'learning through play' pedagogy and running crafts and activity sessions alongside our other 'Roses Class' teacher Rasimah. ​ ​ ​ Wati Hub Cook Wati is one of our newest team members, having joined us in early 2022. Wati looks after the staff team providing excellent Indonesian and international meals every day for the volunteers and staff. She also looks after the many tropical plants in the Trust watering and caring for them daily , and assists our Hub Caretaker with the cleaning of the Trust. ​ ​ Wati Sekar Hub Caretaker Wati is one of our most senior team members, having been part of our family for over 10 years. Wati looks after the school building and the grounds as well as looking after all of us! Wati is responsible for cleaning and site maintenance, She also assists with cooking and preparing class materials and events for the Bukit Lawang Trust. ​ You could be our newest team member! What can you bring to the trust? ​ Apply Today We are looking for passionate, and hard working conservationists with a interest in conservation and a determination to make the world a better place! If that sounds like you then hit the button below to see our amazing opportunities! Join the Team!

  • Our Story | Bukit Lawang Trust

    Our Story We have been serving the community of Bukit Lawang and many surrounding rural communities across North Sumatra for over 19 years. The Bukit Lawang Trust was founded in response to a flash flood in 2003. The flood, which was most likely caused by illegal logging in the Jungle, destroyed much of Bukit Lawang and killed more than 240 people, leaving approximately 1400 people without a home. ​ Founder and Trustee Rebecca Coley had visited the village a couple of months before the flood and decided to take action to help those she had met on her travels. Rebecca set about raising funds and went back with her family to provide basic aid to those affected. Initially, the Trust took the form of a medical clinic serving those who were suffering as a direct result of the disaster. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​ ​ In 2007, fourteen volunteers from Rebecca's home-country travelled to Sumatra to build a permanent structure for the Trust, along with local people and support from the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission. ​ In 2014, the Richard Cann Reading Room was added to our existing centre, following the tragic death of a close friend of the Trust, and volunteer at the local Orangutan Health Project. The 24-year-old, Richard was a friend of many at the Trust and we are very grateful for the generous donations and support from the Richard Cann Wildlife Foundation over the years. The Richard Cann Reading Room continues to honour Richard's passion for wildlife, providing a conservation outreach centre in the local community. ​ In 2020 The Richard Cann reading room became a conservation library that will be open to anyone in the community post COVID-19. What makes the Trust Special Over the years the Trust has touched the hearts of countless volunteers, visitors and local people. The people of Bukit Lawang and the surrounding area are at the heart of everything that we do. All of our programs are designed in consultation with local people, for the benefit of local people and indeed are also facilitated and delivered by local staff. As we are a small-scale charity, we are able to guarantee that all money donated to the Trust goes to those in the community who need it most, and not to international staff wages, administration fees or expenses. The Trust, while internationally funded, is truly locally driven. ​ 19 years in the making: Since 2003 the Bukit Lawang Trust has been supporting the bordering communities along the edge of the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem. Our programs have been developed over years and in partnership with a wide range of NGOs and education providers to ensure that the education you deliver on your placement is second to none! ​ Partnerships & Collaboration: We work with a community of project partners to deliver high standard conservation and education programs, see all of our partners at the bottom of the home page. ​ Flexibility: With up to five 'volunteer cycles' every year, our bookings are completely flexible. We also offer free cancellation and rescheduling up to 30 days before your placement start date, to give you extra peace of mind. ​ Outstanding Reviews: Our volunteer reviews speak for themselves! Find out what our volunteers thought by checking out the 'Reviews' page in the top menu. ​ Alumni Network: Our brand new alumni network and fully supported action at home projects ensure that your adventure doesn't end at the end of your placement. To find out more, head to our Alumni page! ​ Digital Opportunities: Because we understand that not everyone has the time or the money to travel to Indonesia we offer unique digital roles for our passionate eco-warriors on the home front! ​ Grassroots Family: We pride ourselves in being a grassroots family, and that's why all of our International staff are dedicated unpaid volunteers by choice, to allow us to invest the vast majority of donations directly to the people who need it most! As well as this, all of our programs are designed, from day one, with input from the community they will benefit, to ensure that the needs of the local communities are always at the very heart of everything we do. ​ Environmental Conservation: Environmental conservation is at the heart of everything that we do, and we are proud to share the incredible initiatives that we run in North Sumatra. By supporting Tree Nurseries & offsetting our carbon emissions and the emissions of our volunteers flights we directly support the regeneration of this endangered ecosystem. Here at the Trust, we proudly support an ethos of regenerative conservation, and believe that becoming sustainable is just the beginning, our goal is to regenerate the Earth and its natural environments. ​ ​ ​

  • Contact Us | Bukit Lawang Trust

    Contact Us How can we help? There are lots of ways you can get in touch with one of our dedicated team. choose from the options below and we will response as quickly as possible. Looking forward to hearing from you! Contact us on Social Media... Chat with us Live... Find this chat icon in the bottom right of your screen. Or if your on your mobile device click the three dots menu and then select chat, to chat with us live on our website, we will usually respond within a few hours. Read our newsletter here! Contact Form Contact Us Thanks for your message! one of our team will reply as soon as possible.  Submit

  • Our Story | Bukit Lawang Trust

    Our Story We have been serving the community of Bukit Lawang and many surrounding rural communities across North Sumatra for almost 20 years. The Bukit Lawang Trust was founded in response to a flash flood in 2003. The flood, which was most likely caused by illegal logging in the Jungle, destroyed much of Bukit Lawang and killed more than 240 people, leaving approximately 1400 people without a home. ​ Founder and Trustee Rebecca Coley had visited the village a couple of months before the flood and decided to take action to help those she had met on her travels. Rebecca set about raising funds and went back with her family to provide basic aid to those affected. Initially, the Trust took the form of a medical clinic serving those who were suffering as a direct result of the disaster. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​ ​ In 2007, fourteen volunteers from Rebecca's home-country travelled to Sumatra to build a permanent structure for the Trust, along with local people and support from the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission. ​ In 2014, the Richard Cann Reading Room was added to our existing centre, following the tragic death of a close friend of the Trust, and volunteer at the local Orangutan Health Project. The 24-year-old, Richard was a friend of many at the Trust and we are very grateful for the generous donations and support from the Richard Cann Wildlife Foundation over the years. The Richard Cann Reading Room continues to honour Richard's passion for wildlife, providing a conservation outreach centre in the local community. ​ In 2020 The Richard Cann reading room became a conservation library that will be open to anyone in the community post COVID-19. What makes the Trust Special Over the years the Trust has touched the hearts of countless volunteers, visitors and local people. The people of Bukit Lawang and the surrounding area are at the heart of everything that we do. All of our programs are designed in consultation with local people, for the benefit of local people and indeed are also facilitated and delivered by local staff. As we are a small-scale charity, we are able to guarantee that all money donated to the Trust goes to those in the community who need it most, and not to international staff wages, administration fees or expenses. The Trust, while internationally funded, is truly locally driven. ​ Development over the years: Since 2003 the Bukit Lawang Trust has been supporting the bordering communities along the edge of the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem. Our programs have been developed over years and in partnership with a wide range of NGOs and education providers to ensure that the education you deliver on your placement is second to none! ​ Partnerships & Collaboration: We work with a community of project partners to deliver high standard conservation and education programs, see all of our partners at the bottom of the home page. ​ Flexibility: With up to five 'volunteer cycles' every year, our bookings are completely flexible. We also offer free cancellation and rescheduling up to 30 days before your placement start date, to give you extra peace of mind. ​ Outstanding Reviews: Our volunteer reviews speak for themselves! Find out what our volunteers thought by checking out the 'Reviews' page in the top menu. ​ Alumni Network: Our brand new alumni network and fully supported action at home projects ensure that your adventure doesn't end at the end of your placement. To find out more, head to our Alumni page! ​ Digital Opportunities: Because we understand that not everyone has the time or the money to travel to Indonesia we offer unique digital roles for our passionate eco-warriors on the home front! ​ Grassroots Family: We pride ourselves in being a grassroots family, and that's why all of our International staff are dedicated unpaid volunteers by choice, to allow us to invest the vast majority of donations directly to the people who need it most! As well as this, all of our programs are designed, from day one, with input from the community they will benefit, to ensure that the needs of the local communities are always at the very heart of everything we do. ​ Environmental Conservation: Environmental conservation is at the heart of everything that we do, and we are proud to share the incredible initiatives that we run in North Sumatra. By supporting Tree Nurseries & offsetting our carbon emissions and the emissions of our volunteers flights we directly support the regeneration of this endangered ecosystem. Here at the Trust, we proudly support an ethos of regenerative conservation, and believe that becoming sustainable is just the beginning, our goal is to regenerate the Earth and its natural environments. ​ Find out more about what we are doing to protect the natural environment and preserve the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem by clicking the button below! ​ ​ ​ Lets go! Meet the team! We at the Bukit Lawang Trust are committed to supporting our host communities in every way we can. That's why most of our staff are recruited from the community for the community. Our Team

  • Youth Ranger | Bukit Lawang Trust

    Youth Ranger Instructor 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! 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. E very 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! "Being Able to volunteer with the Bukit Lawang Trust was the experience of a lifetime! Tony Damico, Conservation Volunteer United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 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 Got a Question? We would 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

  • Ecological Farming | Bukit Lawang Trust

    Ecological Farming 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. Placement Overview Your Impact: 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 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! 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. 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! Tony Damico, Conservation Volunteer United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Got a Question? We would 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 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