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The Orangutan Project relies on volunteers in every State to promote the organization and raise funds to go directly toward saving the endangered orangutan and its habitat. The involvement of our wonderful volunteers enables TOP to raise critically needed funds for projects on the ground in Borneo and Sumatra. Every dollar raised for TOP goes directly toward saving the orangutans.

Each state is led by a State Representative who organizes functions and projects with a team of volunteers, usually on a monthly basis. Events often include:

  • Shopping Centre Stalls
  • Quiz Nights
  • Walkathons
  • Tin Shakes
  • Market stalls
  • Raffles
  • Art shows

The type of projects and activities operating in each state rely on the State Representative and the number of active volunteers they have, in most states each volunteer is also encouraged to organize one personal project each year.

Whilst the amount of time the volunteers spend with the TOP varies from state to state, four to five hours a month is an average commitment. As a volunteer you will also be encouraged to promote membership and adoptions and become a part of the TOP family.

Where a prospective volunteer lives outside of an area where our main state bodies currently operate, we encourage volunteers to set up a committee in their home town and have three or four functions a year with the support of the State Representatives team.

We now have 10 country teams throughout Australia!

Being a TOP volunteer means you can make a difference in protecting the orangutans and speaking for them. For further information contact TOP get in touch with your local State Representative.  

How can I help to volunteer with orangutans in Borneo?

IAR Ketapang Volunteer Project West Kalimantan, Borneo.

Volunteer work at an Orangutan Rehabiliation Centre
Expedition Grade :Medium to difficult (Manual labour required)
Accommodation : Lodges
Transport : Buses, private vehicles and boats
This volunteering program asks for participants who do not mind working incredibly hard to literally help to build a future for the orangutan of West Kalimantan, both those already resident at the centre and those that need protection in the wild.
Trip Duration (days) : 27 days - commencing on the 5th of every month
Price : $2,000

To participate on this project, a good level of fitness is required. The work is physical, and the heat and humidity add a challenging extra layer to this. Though there is a working schedule and plan for each volunteer group, please be aware you are coming to an operational rescue and rehabilitation centre, and we cannot predict what may happen each day, with potential new arrivals or any of the current orangutan under the centre’s care. We ask that volunteers are willing to be flexible, and are tolerant of potential delays in or changes to the planned work as different projects may get re-prioritised. For more information visit the Orangutan Odysseys IAR Ketapang Volunteer Project page.

The Orangutan Foundation's Volunteer Programme was established in 2000 in Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Our programme is like no other and promises some exciting opportunities for adventurous individuals; not only do volunteers participate in conservation fieldwork that really makes a difference, they also get a chance to see ex-captive (and maybe wild) orangutans in their natural habitat.

For more information visit the Orangutan Foundation Volunteer Programme.



The Orangutan Peatland Project
A limited number of volunteer places are available each year to participate in the research programmes of the Forest Dynamics and Ecological Monitoring Teams. This would particularly suit recent graduates or undergraduates wishing to gain fieldwork experience in a tropical forest environment. A willingness to work long hours in the field, a good level of fitness, and basic biological/ecological knowledge is advantageous. There are also several opportunities for students to undertake research for part of their undergraduate honours project or post graduate masters thesis. For more information please visit