International Animal Rescue Volun-tourism Facilitator (Voluntary Position)

22 October 2016 Volunteer

As a volunteer you will get to experience new cultures, see some truly amazing places, work alongside passionate people and make lifelong friends, whilst helping to protect some of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet.


This voluntary role is for a Facilitator who looks after the guests who are participating in IAR’s volun-tourism programme.


Yayasan IAR Indonesia (IAR) operates programmes in Indonesia that aim to address various primate conservation and welfare issues. IAR manages two rescue centres, one in West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) for orangutans and slow lorises, and one in Java for slow lorises and macaques. The aim of both centres is to rehabilitate animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, poaching or habitat destruction, and release them back in to the wild


The IAR Volun-tourism programme aims to provide guests with an enjoyable experience that contributes to orangutan conservation efforts over a short period of time. This programme provides people with a unique opportunity to live in a remote area of Indonesia, work with local people, learn about orangutan conservation and support the rescue and rehabilitation efforts at the IAR orangutan centre.


Volunteer Position:


IAR Indonesia requires a facilitator to manage the day to day activities of the volun-tourism programme.


The position will be based at the IAR Orangutan Rescue and Conservation Centre in Ketapang, West Kalimantan (Borneo) Indonesia.


The guests engage in a structure programme of activities that support the work of IAR.  There is no hands on work with the animals (as this is detrimental to the rehabilitation process); however the guests will be involved with activities such as; construction work, painting and maintenance, building enrichments and platforms for orangutan rehabilitation, clearing water moats, making enrichment supplies for the orangutans.


This position would particularly suit somebody that has a keen interest in conservation and experience in hospitality but, is comfortable living in a remote part of the world.


The facilitator will:

  • Ensure that the guests are safe, informed and happy;
  • Maximise the opportunity for the guests to learn as much as possible about IAR, the issues facing the orangutan and the work that is being done;
  • Live with the guests at the accommodation;
  • Meet guests at the airport & escorting guests to their accommodation and daily activities;
  • Respond to guests’ queries;
  • Coordinate activities with IAR staff;
  • Ensure that IAR processes and procedures are followed;
  • Resolve any conflict with or between clients;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with local staff and suppliers (An advantage to learn Indonesian language);
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of IAR and its work (educational element);
  • Organise and accompanying guests on excursions and acting as a guide;
  • Keep basic accounts and records;
  • Coordinate logistics for the guests.


Other Details:

  • Minimum time commitment is six months
  • Candidate is expected to fund their own travel to and from Indonesia
  • Candidate must have appropriate travel insurance
  • Candidate must be fit to carry out, what can be, strenuous work in a remote, tropical environment and, prior to travelling, obtain travel medical advice regarding vaccinations and disease prevention
  • The position is voluntary and no salary is payable
  • IAR will provide food and accommodation, in-country visa expenses and in country travel expenses



If interested, please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All short-listed candidates will need to provide at least two references and will be interviewed via Skype.

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