Volunteer Instructor - Youth Ranger

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The Youth Ranger program was developed in partnership with the team at Darwin Animal Doctors, and aims to inspire and instruct the next generation of jungle rangers. As a volunteer Instructor you will lead groups of 'Youth Rangers' out into the jungle to witness spectacular wildlife and learn all about it!




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 devastation and deforestation, by inspiring an empathy and love for the natural environment in our Youth Rangers. 

You will spend most of your time at our Hub in Bukit Lawang as well as out and about in the community of Bukit Lawang and of course in the Jungle! 

  • 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 Training in Jungle Ranger patrol duties 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'. 


During the course of your placement you will be directly contributing towards the maintenance of the local ecosystem by inspiring the next generation of Jungle Rangers

You will be delivering training in topics such as animal & plant recognition, tracking, river crossing, and non verbal communication, as well as leading expeditions into the jungle alongside our qualified jungle guides.  

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This program was designed in partnership with Darwin Animal Doctors.


Jungle Trekking
Safe River Crossing Technique
Knot Tying session
Knot Tying Session
At the end of a Jungle Expedition
Jungle Trekking
Bahorok River
Sumatran Rhino

Life at the Trust:

Whilst volunteering with us you will be staying in one of the three volunteer rooms at the trust, these rooms have three or four beds to a room (bunk & single bed) Each room has electricity and WIFI is available on every floor. Your Hub staff will provide you with bedding, however you are advised to bring your own bed sheets and pillow cases.

There are four washrooms at the school, two located on the ground floor, with traditional Indonesian Mandi (bucket shower) and Long Drop (squat toilets). And two on the first floor, with European style shower and toilets. There is no hot water however, you will learn to love a cold shower! The kitchen is equipped with two hobs, an oven, a fridge and freezer plus a blender. We are lucky to have running water at the school; the water is pumped up from a well in the back garden.

Our building is fitted with WIFI. We do have a volunteer laptop, but this is for lesson planning & preparation, therefore you may wish to bring your own. There is a printer and many teaching resources as well as a television with a HDMI to connect your laptop. Additionally, we have two bright afternoon classrooms, a playgroup and kindergarten classroom, a library, a handicrafts rooms, a staff office and a large and colourful roof space with hammocks to relax in the warm tropical evenings.

Bukit Lawang Hub Tour

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. 


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.


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. 



First Aid Training:

During your volunteer Induction you will receive First Aid refresher training as part of standard volunteer training. 


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Criminal Background Check

As part of our safeguarding policy we require all staff and volunteers to provide an in date criminal background check. 


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! 





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Jungle 4

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Jungle 3


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 Youth Ranger placement is directly contributing towards this.


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.


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.


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 - 8 Weeks                                Fundraising target - £800

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