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Volunteer Program - Save Orphan Elephants - Walking Holiday

Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 06 - 16 April 2019
Volunteer Program - Save Orphan Elephants Walking Holiday

The mission of interNATIONAL PARKtours and Save Indonesian Endangered Species Fund (SIES) Volunteer Tourism Conservation Program is to protect fragile ecosystems and endangered species by working with grass roots conservation groups internationally and in Australia. The 2019 'Save Orphan Sumatran Elephants' project is based in Sumatra, Indonesia. We commence with one night in Denpasar to assign tasks, followed by nine nights at Satwa Elephant EcoLodge, the gateway to Way Kambas National Park. Here we work closely with local NGO (Non-Government Organisation) ALeRT (The Alliance of Integrated Forest Conservation), the Elephant Conservation Centre and local communities through direct assistance and hands-on activities to ensure important projects are completed. Duties vary ranging from painting, renovation, rubbish retrieval to rehabilitation of habitat destruction and creation of gardens and observation towers. There is time to meet with national park rangers and local villages, as well as participating in the daily care of orphan baby elephants - truly a life-changing experience. This trip raises urgently needed funds for life sustaining items such as animal food, ongoing medical and professional care for endangered wildlife and animal carers. All you need to be is passionate about wildlife, have a sense of adventure and be ready to get your hands dirty in remote rural areas. Your energy, compassion and skills can make a real difference to the environment, animals and the lives of the people you meet. For more information on upcoming conservation volunteer programs contact interNATIONAL PARKtours.

Overview

The mission of interNATIONAL PARKtours and Save Indonesian Endangered Species Fund (SIES) Volunteer Tourism Conservation Program is to protect fragile ecosystems and endangered species by working with grass roots conservation groups internationally and in Australia. The 2019 'Save Orphan Sumatran Elephants' project is based in Sumatra, Indonesia. We commence with one night in Denpasar to assign tasks, followed by nine nights at Satwa Elephant EcoLodge, the gateway to Way Kambas National Park. Here we work closely with local NGO (Non-Government Organisation) ALeRT (The Alliance of Integrated Forest Conservation), the Elephant Conservation Centre and local communities through direct assistance and hands-on activities to ensure important projects are completed. Duties vary ranging from painting, renovation, rubbish retrieval to rehabilitation of habitat destruction and creation of gardens and observation towers. There is time to meet with national park rangers and local villages, as well as participating in the daily care of orphan baby elephants - truly a life-changing experience. This trip raises urgently needed funds for life sustaining items such as animal food, ongoing medical and professional care for endangered wildlife and animal carers. All you need to be is passionate about wildlife, have a sense of adventure and be ready to get your hands dirty in remote rural areas. Your energy, compassion and skills can make a real difference to the environment, animals and the lives of the people you meet. For more information on upcoming conservation volunteer programs contact interNATIONAL PARKtours.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Raise funds for life sustaining items such as food, medical & professional care
  • Participate in daily care by bathing, walking & feeding adult & rescued orphan elephants
  • Observe elephant behaviour at play, in the pond & in the field
  • Contribute to health & safety of community with litter education program
  • Lend a hand on beautification activities - planting, painting & gardening – bring your gloves
  • Meet Elephant Response Units, National Park Rangers & Veterinarians
  • Learn about daily challenges facing local villagers & National Park Rangers
  • Contribute to improving elephant & villager security
  • Life-changing unique experiences from daily life activities in local villages to caring for elephants

Details

Details:

06 - 16 April 2019 (10 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Denpasar)
Regular: A$2,750
Additional Compulsory Contribution: $A1,000 (per person)

Single Supplement: On application based on availablility
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 6 guests

Accommodation:
3 star hotel & comfortable eco-lodges with private western facilities

Special Interest:
Volunteer, Wildlife, Botanical, Conservation, Culture

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 2-10km per walking day (humidity, swamp crossings, agility required for entry into small river boats). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.



Tour Itinerary

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Leader

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  • Dr Claire Oelrichs
    Dr Claire Oelrichs is a scientific advisor, founder of “Save Indonesian Endangered Species Fund (SIES)” and veterinary surgeon. SIES supports conservation of National Parks, protected areas and other wild places of Indonesia by working with communities and supporting local Indonesian initiatives in long term development projects. To save Indonesia’s unique wildlife including orangutans, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros, birds and turtles, SIES has projects to protect and reforest the great rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. As conservation coordinator, she travels to Indonesia several times a year to monitor these projects, working closely with national parks and guide training courses to raise awareness of protecting local wildlife and their habitat. With intimate knowledge of wildlife and conservation issues, she has a true connection with local people from all walks of life and is the driving force behind numerous grass roots projects that have delivered true change to the lives of local communities and increased the safety of wildlife. On tour Claire utilises the services of specialist local guides and National Park Rangers to enhance the touring experience.

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