Merle shares her experiences from her time spent volunteering at the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project in September 2022, including the time she spent with the resident sun bears.
World-famous for its lush rainforests, expansive beaches, and unparalleled natural diversity, Borneo is an enchanting destination in which to begin your volunteer adventures. Not only is the region home to some phenomenal landscapes, there are also a number of incredible wildlife sanctuaries in Borneo. The endangered orangutan, for example, can be found deep within the rainforest and visiting Borneo as an animal volunteer could prove to be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of your life.
We are proud to offer a number of exciting volunteer projects in Borneo, allowing you to make a real impact on animal protection across the island. You can join Borneo’s conservation efforts by visiting any of the amazing projects shown below: spend a week or more at the renowned Samboja Lestari orangutan sanctuary; join the world-famous Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation in their mission to save orangutans in Nyaru Menteng, or visit the award-winning Matang Wildlife Centre on The Great Orangutan Project! Alternatively, you could explore the rainforest in search of both orangutans and pygmy elephants; or perhaps you’d like to spend time with the locals on one of our signature tours? However you’d prefer to visit, a volunteer holiday in Borneo promises to be an extraordinary experience that you’ll never forget. Begin your wildlife adventure by getting in touch today!
Borneo's luscious rainforests provide the perfect home for over 1,400 different species of animal, and well over 10,000 species of plant, meaning the biodiversity found on the world’s 3rd largest island is second to none. Some of the animals which call Borneo home include:
Borneo is home to a phenomenal array of wildlife, and with a new species of mammal being discovered as recently as 2012, who knows what you could see on this island paradise? Visit one of Borneo's animal sanctuaries to make a real difference to the lives of some of the region's most vulnerable inhabitants.
Bornean culture is varied and has undergone a variety of influence over the years. The island is split between different ethnic groups, but the largest percentage of these is the Malay. That said, it is Borneo's indigenous tribes that are most famous in the region. The dominant tribal groups are the Dayak, and they reside in traditional longhouses. The Dayaks are either classified as the Ibans (Sea Dayaks,) or the Bidayuh (Land Dayaks). Visit Borneo and you could be immersed in:
Borneo’s history and culture is fascinating to say the least, so why not spend some time learning from those that know it best? By volunteering on one of our projects, you may have the opportunity to live alongside the locals - a rare experience to cherish forever.
Borneo’s premier attraction for most is the abundance of wildlife on the island, but there is so much more to offer the intrepid traveller. Some of the amazing places you can visit in Borneo are:
A holiday to Borneo is something that everybody should try to experience at least once in their lifetime. This incredible island is one of the most interesting places in the world to visit, so start planning your dream adventure today!