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Nr. Bukit LawangMedan, North Sumatra ID


The Orangutan Health Project (OHP) is located in North Sumatra, Indonesia and investigates the special behaviours and ecological conditions necessary for the maintenance of health in wild orangutans, using parasitic infections as a measure of this health. As a Project Assistant you will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator/Manager and assist in all aspects of the project's work. The procedure is to come as a paying volunteer for the first 3 weeks. This initial period gives you a chance to see how you feel about the project and your responsibilities, and equally important, it allows you and the Project Coordinator to assess your working relationship. If you and they decide that you should stay on, then there will be no extra charge for the rest of your six-month stay.

Possible Responsibilities:

Organising and supervising short-term volunteers

Email correspondence for project

Coordinating with referral organisations

Data entry

Specimen collection (faecal samples, herbariums)

Preparation of sample bottles

Other related research tasks as needed.

Assistance with grant writing

Assisting Project Coordinator or Project Assistants with any other tasks as needed.

Possible forest trekking and observation of wild orangutans in the jungle with staff and volunteers, including overnight camping for several days.

Important Note: the opportunity for trekking and orangutan observation is not guaranteed; it is totally dependent on the needs of the project at the time (i.e. the number of staff required, weather, the physical fitness of the assistant, etc.).

Also note: there is no physical contact with orangutans.


University graduate

Good problem-solving skills and ability to take the initiative

Outgoing personality, patience, flexibility and a sense of humour!

Ability to live under basic conditions with limited amenities

Openness to, and acceptance of, non-Western ideas and cultures

Fluency in English language

Basic computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel)

Leadership skills are an advantage.

Salary/funding: Participation fee payable by volunteer = US $950.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): You will be asked to make a contribution to the project to cover costs incurred by you at the project as well as a donation to the project's research. While employed you will receive accommodation, three meals a day, drinking water and all transport costs associated with the work.

Term of Appointment: Six Months. Ongoing recruitment.

Comments: Please see our website for more information, or find us on Facebook. Any applicants who can commit to start within this time frame will be given priority. Applications for all availabilities are welcomed as positions are ongoing. A great opportunity for the right person!

Contact Information: Ivona Foitova

Telephone Number: (+62) 0822-7290-7813


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  • Research
  • Environmental Education
  • Data Entry
  • Program Management
  • People Skills
  • Grant Writing / Research

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • 6 months
  • Good health and fitness

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