FNPF Kalimantan (Tanjung Puting National Parks)

FNPF Kalimantan (Tanjung Puting National Parks)

What is: FNPF Kalimantan (Tanjung Puting National Parks)

Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) is an Indonesian nonprofit organization that works at the intersection of environmental protection, community development and wildlife rehabilitation. Our unique three-pronged approach ensures that our conservation work is holistic and sustainable, while also ensuring that it benefits local communities. We run projects across three islands: Bali, Nusa Penida and Kalimantan. These projects include wildlife rehabilitation, the breeding and release of critically endangered birds, habitat protection, reforestation, and agroforestry – agriculture integrated with cultivation and conservation of trees. Our community development work includes environmental education, teaching sustainable ways to make a living such as ecotourism and organic farming, and reducing reliance on illegal and palm oil plantations as major factors of deforestation. Tanjung Puting National Park is located in the province of Central Kalimantan, near the south coast of Borneo. During Dutch colonization, the park was used as a hunting reserve and it was not until 1982 that the area was declared a national park. The park covers an area of more than 400,000 hectares of dry land, peat swamp, heath forest, mangrove forest and beach forest. Within this land, orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus), gibbons (Hylobatidae), macaques (Macaca), clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa), sun bears (Helarctos malayanus), crocodiles (Crocodylinae), hornbills (Bucerotidae), and countless insect species still waiting to be discovered call the park home. Despite its status as a national park, the area has been heavily degraded by illegal logging, slash and-burn farming, and animal poaching. As a result, much of what was supposed to be a safe haven became inhospitable for wildlife. FNPF’s activities at Tanjung Puting National Park encompass habitat restoration, community development programs, agro-forestry, and organic farming. We continue working to stop the expansion of palm oil lantations in the area and have focused on local communities in an attempt to create economic alternatives to illegal logging and palm oil plantations. We employ local community members to help us in our reforestation program, introduce students to environmental education, and study the endangered rainforest environment.




💵 From 175 USD/week

Staying time

⏳ From 1 week to -

Language spoken

🇬🇧 English

Accommodation provided

🏡  Yes

Food provided

🥗 No


🇮🇩 Indonesia


🌏 Asia

Type of habitat

🌿 Rainforest


Typical day at the center

Weekday Activities (Monday – Friday) • Wildlife monitoring • Forest Nursery • Filling polybag with dirt • Watering • Collect seed and seedling from nearby forest • Transplanting seedling • Weeding • Tree planting • Weeding and mulching on the earlier planting site • Monitoring and replanting • Organic garden (depend on the rainy season) • Land preparation • Weeding • Composting • Collect food for our cattle and feeding • Planting • Teach English to our staff (daily), to the local people and students at Sekonyer village once a week. Weekend Activities (Saturday and Sunday) This is free time and volunteers are invited to participate with our staff in: • Food gathering around our center • Traditional cooking • Fishing • Learning how to make traditional bracelet, mats etc. • Learning about traditional music and dance • Touring around the area (at an extra cost) • Visiting orangutan rehab and release centre • Canoeing


Activities change depending on our current requirements, but below is a list of some of the activities: tree planting filling polybags weeding watering collecting seeds and seedlings garden composting collecting food for cattle teaching English to staff working in the nursery building Important: volunteers will not handle orangutans Please do not apply if you are hoping to handle orangutans during this project. Volunteers who want to visit Camp Leakey to see semi-wild orangutans can arrange a tour. FNPF is happy to assist with this request.

The volunteers in this animal rescue center generally get 2 day(s) off a week. In regards to working hours, the volunteers work per day 8 hours/working day.

Food and accommodation

We will provide local food (3 times a day) cooked by our local staff. Volunteers are also free to access the kitchen to cook their own meal.


The animals they take care of in this center are:

Orangutan, Other small mammals, Crocodiles, Gibbons, Hornbills, Leopard, Macaques


Qualification required

- You must be 18 years of age or above (unless accompanied by a parent or supervisory adults) - You must be in reasonable physical condition, and prepared for hands-on manual work in a hot equatorial environment - You are responsible for your own vaccinations and should optionally bring antimalarial prophylactics and medications, as well as creams/lotion for protection from mosquitoes and sun - You must bring a copy of your passport - We are open to all the skills. Please be ready to work hard and get dirty!

How to apply?

Email us with your preferred dates and any questions you might have. Please send email to info@fnpf.org. We will then review your request and confirm whether we have availability. To secure your placement, you will then be asked to pay a deposit of 50%. Please note that we cannot secure a place without a deposit (we receive many requests to volunteer from people who change their plans).

Practical information

Internet access

No Wifi

Cost details

The volunteer fees are as follows: 1 person in dormitory room = 175 USD/week 1 person in single room = 300 USD/week 2 people sharing twin room = 425 USD/week please let us know if you come in group, we have special price. The rate includes : -Transport airport to working site return -Accommodation at FNPF site office -Full board meal similar with our staff -Police permit -Transportation in conjunction with the work Not Included – the fee (Tanjung Puting National Park) : -Park entrance fee (if required) approximately 250,000 rph/day. -Insurance -Other personal expenses Please note that we are not a commercial operation. All proceeds from guests are “donations” and 100% of the money is used to fund FNPF’s project work. By staying with us, you get to stay in a unique environment, participate in conservation and community development work, and provide funds that help FNPF to continue its work.

How to get there?

By air – direct flights from Jakarta, Semarang and Surabaya Please contact us on the following email address for assistance with your domestic flights and booking: info.kalimantan@fnpf.org Our staff will meet you at the airport. Please ensure you notify us of the arrival time of your flight By sea – ferry from Semarang or Surabaya directly to Kumai harbor.

Is there a minimum age?

To volunteer in this center you will have to be at least 18 years old

When can volunteers join?

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