'An Experience of a Lifetime' - See What Our Volunteer, Natalie, Had To Say About Her Time At Samboja!

'An Experience of a Lifetime' - See What Our Volunteer, Natalie, Had To Say About Her Time At Samboja!

Posted by Leanne Sturrock on 5th Sep 2017

In light of this month's offer (where you can save 15% off of your volunteer trip to Samboja Lestari!), we thought it would be a good idea to give you all a volunteer's insight into this incredible orangutan project. As one of our most well-loved trips, the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Volunteer Project frequently receives first-class reviews from previous volunteers. We're happy to have one of those volunteers, Natalie, feature on our blog today - read on as she shares a few words about her unforgettable volunteer experience!

What was the highlight of your trip?

My personal highlight has to be the wonderful team that works at Samboja Lestari, who are dedicated and passionate about what they do. Of course, foraging for ginger leaves and creating enrichment foods for the orangutans was rewarding, as well as being able to observe the orangutans in their natural environment.

Would you go back, or to any other projects?

Absolutely! I am looking forward to volunteering with on the sloth program in 2018.

What are your tips for new travelers?

Pack accordingly. and just have fun! An experience of a lifetime.

If you had to describe your trip in 3 words, what would they be?

Rewarding, profound, commitment.

Did the trip inspire you to help animal conservation in any other ways?

I am a conscientious consumer and do my best to avoid conventional products that impact wildlife, especially when it comes to palm oil. Power belongs to the consumer.

Why do you think that people need to travel?

Travelling opens your eyes and mind to how big the world is and all its diversity. Not just the people you meet, but the varied cultures and the abundance of natural environment that we need to stay committed in protecting. We are all connected and we are all impacted.

Want to get involved with orangutan conservation? Head to the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Volunteer Project page to find out more. Remember, you can save 15% on the price of this project until the end of September, but be quick - spaces book out fast!

All pictures courtesy of the BOS Foundation.


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