This life-changing program gives you direct access to the grass roots conservation groups and locals who help protect fragile ecosystems and endangered species in Way Kambas National Park. We meet in Denpasar, Bali, and fly to Southern Sumatra where our base for the duration is the comfortable Satwa Eco Lodge, conveniently positioned at the gateway to the park. Daily activities and field trips are coordinated with ALeRT Indonesia, a non-profit organisation, dedicated to nature conservation through the facilitation of SIES (Save Indonesia Endangered Species). Through direct assistance, presentations and hands-on activities, we engage with local communities, park rangers and land owners to assist with environmental and eco-tourism projects. Discussions focus on deforestation, forest fire, elephant-human conflict, reforestation and evaluating how village ecotourism can help conservation. It’s not all work and no play as we spend time pampering orphan elephants - bathing, walking and feeding these precious creatures. We lend a hand at the Bungur reforestation area with tree planting, seed collection and water supply. Early morning forest walks, following the sounds of Siamang gibbons and other endemic species, allows us to hone our observation skills. We spend time with ecologists, veterinaries and scientists at the Elephant Conservation Centre and Rhino Sanctuary, learning about animal behaviour and breeding programs. The program raises funds for life sustaining items such as food, ongoing medical and professional care for endangered wildlife and rehabilitation of habitat destruction. Your energy, compassion and skills can make a real difference to the environment, animals and the lives of the people you meet.