My group of 4 are 50+ year old travellers and I felt it was time to try to give something back to someone or something. I chose orangutans. I chose the sanctuary because it provided the short stay that I was after, plus allowed up close access (not hands on) to the orangutan.
My group came grudgingly and we didn't know what to expect.
We found a small, dedicated team of people who are working tirelessly, under difficult conditions, and on a shoestring, to save the animals. Animals included sun bears, monkeys, birds, deer and orangutan.
We worked very hard in the very hot and humid climate, cleaning cages, preparing food, working on enrichment for the animals, collecting greenery etc. Individual skills were put to use repairing refrigeration and concreting.
We stayed at the accommodation at the sanctuary and found it comfortable enough.
My short stay has given me something to think about. I have been left with a sense of helplessness that these beautiful creatures are not long for this earth without help. Certainly, without the team at the sanctuary, and without donations and manpower, they will be just a memory in the near future.
If you are looking for a cute and cuddly photo opportunity, this is not the place. If, however, you are looking to spend some time up close to the orangutans and provide hands on, day to day, cleaning and food, this is the volunteering trip for you.
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