VOLUNTEER PROGRAM INDONESIA
Since 2010 we organize volunteer activities in Sumatra. Green & Blue program offers knowledge and active participation in the conservation of rainforest and coral reefs in the Pulau Banyak archipelago in the Indian Ocean. You will get acquainted with the work of anti-poaching patrols and you can meet orangutans, sea turtles, crocodiles and other rare animal species.
The Green & Blue Volunteer Program does not deal with humanitarian aid. All activities aim to protect nature, animals, Gunung Leuser National Park and the underwater world of the Pulau Banyak archipelago. These activities include environmental education and training programs for children and adults.
We thank you for respecting our environmental program, which aims to bring out a new generation of children that is better connected to nature than their parents. Their greatest gift is to understand nature and the context that will bring them back to a true understanding of nature.
What awaits me at Green?
Involved in working in the Green Life Reserve (cutting paths, maintaining and servicing forest camps, painting cabins and the Tiger House base), you will join the monitoring program Eye of the Tiger (deploying trail cameras and collecting data, including sorting and evaluating). You will be part of the patrol activity (Green Life Reservation and Gunung Leuser National Park with our anti-poaching patrol). You will find out how little you need to live (life without electricity in the forest, without a fridge, often without signal, water from the forest, toilets overlooking the jungle).
What awaits me at Blue?
You will test your patience during a long Sumatran transport and crossing to Pulau Banyak (along the sulfur bath). You will become a part of beach cleaning from alluvial plastic and other garbage. You will explore the underwater world, help protect sea turtles and coral reef. Of course there is involvement in the camp activities and familiarization with the anti-poaching team Blue Patrol and their activities. You will learn basic cooking skills and find that it is possible to cook without meat and animal produce. You work in a team of people in the wild and get a break from civilization.
2022 Volunteer Program
Volunteers spend half of their time on the Green Life project (12 days) in the rainforest at Gunug Leuser NP and the other half (12 days) on Blue Life in the Pulau Banyak archipelago on the Indian Ocean. The volunteers will learn about five unique tropical ecosystems, which are rainforests, coral reefs, seashore (beaches, rocks, mangrove forests…), tropical wetlands and lowland rainforest.
PRICE OF THE PROGRAM: £700.00
WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO VOLUNTEER?
Our organization does not receive any subsidies or grants. For this reason, the programs are paid. The balance is used to support the operation of the reservation and anti-poaching patrols. It’s entirely financed by public.
PRICE AND DATES
WHERE WILL I TRAVEL?
Although all activities are optional, the VISITORS OF PROJECT are priced on the assumption that you will help with the upkeep of the reserve. Most days we get up around 7:00am, have a leisurely breakfast, and work from 8:30-11:00am and then stop for a long lunch during the maximum heat of the day. In the afternoon, we usually work from 14:00-17:00pm, depending on the weather. Showers are usually late in the day and do not last long. The Tiger Patrol likes to set off early, around 7-8am. There is no set time for sleeping, but VISITORS OF PROJECT will be expected to make sure they get sufficient rest for the next day’s activities.
The Green Life reserve is part of the forest and we try to minimise our impact on it. Apart from requiring all visitors to use environmentally friendly washing products, we also have rules about the playing of music and noise generally. Music or radio may only be played through headphones and we ask everyone to make as little noise as possible, especially at night. The forest itself is not quiet, and you can enjoy a variety of bird and monkey calls during the day and a concert of cicadas and crickets in the evening.
If you want to go into the forest without a guide, it is essential that you tell someone where you are heading and your expected return time, or it can be written in the camp book. It should be remembered that the Green Life valley and surrounding forest is tiger territory, therefore we recommend that you do not go walking in the evening or after dark.
All participants must be 18 years of age or over. By agreement, younger people may participate if an adult who is responsible for them at all times accompanies them.
All participants are responsible for their own actions and must comply with the advice and instructions of Green Life representatives and the Gunung Leuser authorities.
In the case of gross violations of decent behaviour towards other visitors or nature, any participant may be expelled by a majority decision of the other participants.
We do not recommend that anyone who suffers from panic attacks or extreme phobias, or who might have a life-threatening allergic reaction, to join the program.
The terrain can be quite challenging in places, so you must be confidently able to climb and descend steep hills, and wade through moving water. The website photos show typical examples. If you have any concerns about your abilities please contact us for more information.
ORANGUTANS IN GREEN LIFE AND BUKIT LAWANG
During your stay on the Green Life reserve there is a good chance you will see wild orangutans but we cannot guarantee it. Visitors of project may want to visit the orangutan rescue station in Bukit Lawang. While we recognise the value of their work, we do not promote this organisation, as we are opposed to it as an attraction. We believe that the regular feeding and human contact disturbs the natural behaviour of orangutans and prevents their full return to the wild. It also exposes them to human diseases.
VISITORS AND WILD ANIMALS
The Green Life project is committed to the preservation of the rainforest in its natural state and seeks to minimise any disturbance to wildlife. We ask you to follow these basic rules:
The feeding of animals is prohibited. They do not need it. The action creates an unnatural attachment between animal and human, and there is a risk of human disease being passed to animals. The capture or manipulation of animals for study or photographic purposes is prohibited. Fishing for sport or food is prohibited. The collection of plants or seeds is prohibited.
Any breach of these rules will be reported to the Gunung Leuser authorities with the intention of prosecution.
Project blue-life is based on initiative to protect ocean from pollution and devastation. Fishing, consumption of any sea animals or walking on coral reefs is not part of the program. We are an ethical bunch, mindful of Ocean life and its inhabitants. Vegans, vegetarians and people with an ethical way of life, started the project blue life; therefore, meat consummation is out of the question. Let us find a common ground and take a global responsibility, which will be natural to the human race in the future.
Thank you very much for your interest in Green & Blue Life projects. We look forward to work with all people whom are concerned and interested in protecting world’s natural heritage of Rainforests, critically endangered animal species and oceans.