Volunteer Experiences - The Great Orangutan Project

Volunteer Experiences - The Great Orangutan Project

Posted by Connor Whelan on 10th Feb 2016

For the latest in our series of volunteer experiences we spoke to Matt, a volunteer who went to the Great Orangutan Project in Borneo to see what he thought of it!

What was the highlight of your trip?

Big Orangutan

The whole thing! The experience was absolutely amazing and it was inspirational seeing how hard all the volunteers work just for the benefit of the animals.

Would you go back/to any others?

I'm already planning to go back to Borneo in 2017. I am considering doing the Indian Tiger Trails project as well.

Any tips for new travellers?

Just do it. You won't regret it. Travelling solo and doing this sort of work puts a new perspective on everything and inspires you do more.

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

Sun Bear

Yes, I'd love to go back and I am planning it now. I was already a keen animal rights supporter but this has inspired me to take it further and I'll do anything I can these days to support it.

Why do you think people need to travel?

It's healthy. Good for the mind and the soul. It gives you knowledge and inspires you. People claim you're immature for wanting to do it, but it's one of the most grown up and sobering experiences ever, you meet amazing people, experience amazing things, and once you've got the bug you don't want to do anything else. It's fantastic and if I could afford to I'd do it all year round.

As you can see, Matt thoroughly enjoyed his travels to Borneo on The Great Orangutan Project and you can do so too! This project is on special offer with 20% off until the end of the month so click here to find out more!


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