Volunteer Opportunity

Youth Ranger - Volunteer Instructor

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Bukit Lawang Trust
Kecamatan Bohorok, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia
Published 1 month ago
Youth Ranger  -  Volunteer Instructor

The Youth Ranger program was developed in partnership with the team at Darwin Animal Doctors, and aims to inspire and instruct the next generation of jungle rangers. As a volunteer Instructor you will lead groups of 'Youth Rangers' out into the jungle to witness spectacular wildlife and learn all about it!


  • Receive 1 - 1 support from one of our recruitment team, from the moment you apply until the moment you arrive. 
  • Extremely competitive rates on education volunteer placements. 
  • Receive comprehensive in country training at our Bukit Lawang Hub prior to starting your program.
  • Receive Training in Jungle Ranger patrol duties worth over £1270. 
  • Experience traditional Sumatran culture and cuisine. 
  • Live and work on the edge of the Tropical Rainforest.
  • Spend your weekends Trekking in the Jungle or visiting the Elephants at nearby Tankahan. 
  • Receive a professional reference and certificate of completion at the end of your placement. 
  • Have access to a wide range of teaching materials & equipment. 
  • Participant and lead a range of 'supporting projects'. 

Placement overview:

Travel to the very edge of the wilderness to our Hub in Bukit Lawang. Situated on the edge of the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem, the last place on Earth where you can find Elephants, Tigers, Rhino's Bears and Orangutans living together in the wild!

You will contribute towards our program objectives by reducing human caused devastation and deforestation, buy inspiring an empathy and love for the natural environment in our Youth Rangers.

You will spend most of your time at hour Hub in Bukit Lawang as well as out and about in the community of Bukit Lawang and of course in the Jungle!

Your Impact!

During the course of your placement you will be directly contributing towards the maintenance of the local ecosystem by inspiring the next generation of Jungle Rangers. You will be delivering training in topics such as animal & plant recognition, tracking, river crossing, and non verbal communication, as well as leading expeditions into the jungle alongside our qualified jungle guides.

A day at the Trust:

Volunteering at the Trust is no gap year holiday, our volunteers typically work from 08:00 to 18:00 on week days, and occasionally on weekends for training events and action days. We maintain an ethos of hard work and selfless commitment and all of our volunteers are here to serve the local community. However, that doesn’t stop us having a life changing experience whilst were at it! A typical day starts at 07:00 with breakfast. This is prepared by our amazing Hub Chef Fitri, and is served until 08:00. At 0800 is our morning meeting. This happens every weekday and includes all of the operations staff and volunteers. Here any extra tasks or responsibilities will be shared out by the program managers. On Monday, we have a Hub meeting where all of the staff join as well as our Director of Operations, who gives an update on the week ahead and our progress so far. Following this, you will begin your sessions. If you are on the ESL program, you may be teaching or assisting in Kindergarten, which begins at 08:30 or you may be teaching English classes in the afternoon, which start at 14:00. For conservation volunteers on the Youth Ranger or YSE program, you will be delivering sessions in the afternoons, so the morning is your planning and preparation time. Lunch is served at 13:00 each day. Weekends are your own, however occasionally, for example on events such as volunteer induction, phase review and volunteer debrief you will be required to work. Your program manager will give you plenty of prior warning if you are required to work on a weekend. The weekends are a great opportunity to explore North Sumatra! Many of our volunteers have gone on weekend jungle trekking, white water rafting, walking with the elephants and more! In the evenings we run a cooking rota, so we all take it in turns to cook for each other. This is a great way to try lots of exciting international recipes, and often the Indonesian staff join in to try new foods! Extra activities include several aerobics sessions a week, ran by our very own Director of Operations Sam! As well as a weekly running club, movie nights, karaoke and pub quiz!

The Youth Ranger program was developed in partnership with the team at Darwin Animal Doctors, and aims to inspire and instruct the next generation of jungle rangers. As a volunteer Instructor you will lead groups of 'Youth Rangers' out into…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
  • Time Commitment
    Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
  • Fee Required: $2024



Yayasan Bukit Lawang Trust

Jl. Bukit Lawang, Sampe Raya, Kec. Bohorok, Kabupaten Langkat, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

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To apply, simply send us your CV and a brief motivations letter detailing why you would like a place as one of our Youth Ranger Instructors here at the Bukit Lawang Trust and we will get back to you soon!

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