We are delighted to announce the launch of our amazing new Orangutan Enrichment Competition here at The Great Projects! In return for creating a new and exciting form of enrichment for the orangutans at the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Sanctuary, you have the chance to win a two week volunteering holiday to Borneo to create your enrichment idea at the project and watch the orangutans interact with it! This page will tell you all you need to know about the competition and its rules and regulations, so read up, start thinking of an idea, and enter it in! (Oh, and be sure to read until the end of the page - you might be able to see which other entries you're up against!)
Should you be lucky enough to win, the prize for this competition is a fully paid for two week volunteering trip to the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo in June or July 2017. With flights, food, and accommodation paid for, all that’s left for you to worry about is how much the orangutans will like using your enrichment idea! Be prepared to get your hands dirty though as you will be spending the two weeks volunteering at the sanctuary and making a difference to the lives of over 200 orangutans! You have until the 31st March 2017 to get your entry in, so take your time and perfect your idea!
Your task is to design a new and exciting piece of enrichment for the orangutans to use at the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Centre. Once you have decided upon the design and the way in which your enrichment will stimulate the orangutans, all you have to do is make a short video for us! This video can consist of you either creating a prototype of your enrichment idea at home, or talking us through a plan of how you will make your enrichment if you are unable to get hold of some of the equipment! It’s that simple!
To help you learn a little more about exactly what orangutan enrichment is and how it is currently used over in Borneo, our volunteer coordinator Kate has created a helpful video telling you everything you could ever need to know! In this short video you'll see the orangutans at Samboja using some of their favourite enrichment items, so please feel free to use these as inspiration for your ideas! If you would like a little more information on enrichment, read our blog post which looks at things in a little more detail.
The Items Available To You - As you will see in the list below, the remoteness of the project means that certain pieces of equipment are very hard if not impossible to come by! This means that the project is limited in what it can use to create enrichment and that you will need to be creative with your enrichment idea! You can use materials including (and similar to):
The Equipment - As for the equipment that will be available to you out in Borneo, it is very similar to the items you would have at home and these include:
The Limitations - There are some limitations to consider too when planning your enrichment idea. There are over 200 Orangutans at the sanctuary, so ideally your enrichment idea should be:
The Orangutans Themselves - You also need to remember that the orangutans are wild animals and that:
The winner of the competition will be chosen by our resident orangutan expert Kate, who also just happens to be the volunteer coordinator at Samboja! She will sit down and watch each of the entries, judging them on inventiveness, usability for the orangutans, and how easy they will be to create out in Borneo. Once she has chosen the most worthy and well thought through idea, the winner will be notified and will be able to start planning their trip! Kate will be making her decision after the competitions close date in March, so keep your eyes peeled for an update!
*Please note that in the event of a large number of entries coming in, the TGP team in the office will be creating a shortlist from which Kate can choose her eventual winner. She will still be using her expertise to pick the deserved winner though, so don’t worry!
There is one prize consisting of a 12 night volunteering holiday for one person to the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project in East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo on either the June 4th or 18th, or July 2nd, 9th, or 30th start date in 2017. The prize will go to the person who has created the best piece of orangutan enrichment as decided by a chosen judge.
To enter this prize draw, entrants must submit a video of themselves making their enrichment idea with some explanation of their thought process or submit a design of their idea, again with an explanation of how it will work. The video must then be submitted onto The Great Projects’ Facebook wall or to [email protected] remembering to leave contact details. Entries must consist of items which can be found on the list on the Enrichment Competition Page.
The prize includes: return economy flights from the winning entries most appropriate airport to Balikpapan in Indonesia; a 12 night stay at the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project in a twin share room at the Samboja Ecolodge, 3 meals a day whilst on the project, return airport transfers from Balikpapan Airport to the project site, and the chance to create the winning piece of enrichment and witness the orangutans interact with it.
The prize does not include: travel arrangements between the winners place of residence and the departure airport, visas or travel documentations needed for the winner to fly to/enter Indonesia, any vaccinations needed by the winner or travel insurance.
The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and non-refundable. There is no cash alternative. No purchase necessary for entry.
Winners/claimants of holidays are responsible for ensuring that they hold valid passports and any necessary visas or other necessary travel documentation for the trip in question.
Only one entry per named entrant and contact details must be provided.
The winner agrees that their name may be used in promotional material relating to the competition.
The prize draw is open to residents worldwide aged 18 and over. The competition closes on 31 March 2017 at 11.59pm GMT. The winner will be decided by a judge from the project site in Borneo. The winner will be notified within 15 days of the competition closing.
Flight Terms & Conditions:
*The competition is not open to employees of The Great Projects or their family members.
Check out some of our competition entries now!