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Care for Rescued Animals in Indonesia
  • Open Year Round
  • Animal Welfare | Rehabilitation | Release
  • Flexible Length Programs
  • 2019 Prices Start from £1325


“I have had so many opportunities here to develop personally and I feel more confident in my abilities. I learnt all about the animals, how to effectively rehabilitate animals using enrichment and the proper ways to undertake releases back into the wild.”

Renae Smith


“My experience at the Jogja Wildlife Rescue Centre was life changing. I found myself completing tasks and experiencing things I never imagined that I would. And I absolutely loved it! I learnt so much working with the animals and even saw some that I didn’t know existed. My only regret is that I didn’t stay longer.”

Sam Hunt

Care for Rescued Animals and Improve their Lives through Enrichment

Large parts of Indonesia’s rainforests are being destroyed. So, hundreds of orangutans and other critically endangered species are dying or losing their homes. The orphaned young are frequently sold into the illegal exotic pet trade. They are condemned to spend their lives in cramped cages. Often they eat unsuitable diets and have to perform dangerous and demeaning tricks for human entertainment. That’s where the Wildlife Rescue Centre comes in.

Rehabilitation and Release where Possible

Taking care of Wildlife

The Centre will receive and care for rescued animals confiscated from illegal ownership under the Protected Wildlife Law. Whenever possible, the centre prepares them for rehabilitation. Unfortunately, many animals cannot be returned to the wild due to health or behavioural conditions, so they make the Centre their permanent home.

As a volunteer you will have a unique opportunity to get close and care for rescued animals. You can observe and interact with them and contribute to their welfare including creating and implementing important enrichment activities for the animals. Please however remember, the centre doesn’t exhibit the animals to the public except under controlled conditions for educational programmes, and there is absolutely no touching.

Support and Educate the Community through your Care for Rescued Animals

The Centre enjoys a close relationship with the local villages. These are home to the majority of the centre’s staff. So, this provides employment opportunities for the villagers. Additionally, it also helps spread awareness of environmental protection and animal welfare at this critical local level.

A Note from Dan

“Jogja, one volunteer said to me, is the ritz of volunteering. The accommodation is nice, the food is fresh and healthy, and our in house chef can even cater for vegans. However, it’s the people are make the place magical. Rosa, who is the most fluent English speaker at the Centre, is a delight and one of the most hard working people I know. Renae has taken the programme to the next level and introduced lots of new fun and interactive sessions in the afternoon, for example, the gamelan session where you mix with local youths who teach you about Javanese culture and at the same time practice and improve their English. Another new addition is the weekly visit to sites where eagles who have been rehabilitated at the Centre are released. These visits to the release sites allow us all to experience the ultimate end that we want all our animals to achieve, the journey back to freedom. Randy the new vet is very knowledgeable and interactive and loves sharing his passion for the animals with the volunteers.”

Please Note

The Facilities Reflect the Limited Resources Available

Enclosures for many of the animals are small and not intended as permanent homes. The Centre receives no external funding. The management must do what they can with limited resources. Every effort is made to continually improve the facilities and the living arrangements for all wildlife. Your presence at the Centre to care for rescued animals enriches the animals’ lives. Especially, your financial support helps to improve the future for these wonderful animals.

Interacting with Wildlife 

As the centre is a rehabilitation centre there is a strict no touching policy. Physical interaction with humans can hinder their ability to be released into the wild again. Furthermore, as the animals are wild, they can act very unpredictably. A no touching policy assists to avoid injury.

2019 Pricing 

1 week $1,325 (£1,014)
2 weeks  $1,908 (£1,460)
3 weeks  $2,419 (£1,851)
4 weeks $3,074 (£2,352)

* Prices are based on USD ($). Prices in other currencies are subject to change dependent on the current exchange rate.

Includes: return airport pickup from Yogyakarta International Airport (JOG), food, shared accommodation in twin room with shared bathroom, cooking facilities, all volunteer activities.

Excludes: flight fares, private transfers, insurance, visa costs, food/activities not included in the project.

All arrivals are on a Monday, departures are on a Sunday

All year round each week, starting January 7th 2019.


Shadow an Animal Keeper

Working with a different keeper and group of animals each day, you will experience the full spectrum of wildlife at WRC Jogja. You will participate in enclosure cleaning, feeding, food preparation, maintenance and enclosure enrichment and spend a morning with WRC’s vet – the perfect opportunity to observe, learn about the animals and ask lots of questions!

Giving water to a lovely Orangutan

Building good sturdy and spacious enclosures for our wildlife friends, which is essential for the animals’ well being. Read more about building enclosures for our wildlife friends on our blog here.

Kids English Club 

Every Wednesday there is an English class for the children from nearby villages. The class has a local teacher who organises games and learning activities to encourage them to learn English as their third language. This is a fun and interactive session where volunteers will help to organise games to play with the children. You can also help raise awareness of environmental sustainability!

Don’t worry if you’ve never taught before – you won’t have to teach alone and your on-site facilitator will support you through every step.

Community English

One of the Centre’s newest programs is run by a local teacher who helps many youth (normally aged 15 – 30) in the direct community learn conversational English through fun interactive games. Volunteers will help as a “native speaker” to encourage the students to learn their third language.

Rehabilitation and Release

In the last 5 years the Centre has released 9 eagles back into the wild in Java, many close to the Centre. Other animals have been translocated to release programs on their native islands. One afternoon after work volunteers will have the opportunity to visit a previous animal release site and learn about the release program from the centre.

Playing with local children

Cultural Engagement

The centre is focused on building a strong positive lasting relationship with the local villagers. They do this by engaging in a number of cultural activities including a traditional gamelan (music) class and batik (wax art) class in a nearby local village. They also join traditional dances and performances near the village. As well as taking part in informal sports sessions in the village to encourage locals to interact with people from different cultures and practice their language skills. This is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to learn some simple Indonesian and make some new friends.

Javan Dinner

Friday evenings you will be welcomed into the home of a staff member from the local village where you will enjoy traditional, home-cooked Javan cuisine and maybe even try your hand at preparing some. Their smiles are infectious and the delicious food just keeps on coming, so be sure to work up an appetite during the day!

Example Itinerary

Following your arrival, airport transfer, orientation and safety briefing, a typical day will look like this:

6:30 Breakfast & Brief

7:00 Meet Your Keeper – Prepare for work

7:30 Enclosure Cleaning

9:30 Coffee Break and Snacks

10:00 Feeding Time

11:00 Enrichment or Maintenance

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Working with your keeper on Enrichment

14:30 Feeding Time

15:00 – 17:30 Kids English Club/Community English/Cultural Engagement/Release

18:00 Dinner

An individual daily schedule, including free days for sightseeing, will be created based on your length of stay and the animals’ needs at the time.

Skills & Opportunities

As a volunteer, you’ll learn about rescues, animal injuries, effective rehabilitation, enrichment and release. You’ll get to learn from Randy, the centre’s vet – and if any animals need treating, you may even get the opportunity to observe. On top of this, you’ll build practical skills through enclosure maintenance and building, as well as feeding and enrichment. Volunteers staying for multiple weeks can gain more responsibility by briefing new volunteers on the project and the animals.

The Centre offers a “Community English” class for all locals and a club for local children to further the educational role of the centre, and provide a valuable cultural exchange for both locals and volunteers. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to take part in these fun and informal sessions. You will also have the opportunity to join a range of traditional and local cultural experiences including gamelan lessons and batik lessons as well as visiting a local family for a traditional Javan dinner; a delicious way to truly experience life in the village.

Jogjakarta, Indonesia’s cultural capital

Yogyakarta is the cultural capital of Java and there are plenty of things to see and do on your days off: Visit the Sultan’s Palace, Prambanan temple or Borobudur (the world’s largest Buddhist temple), explore Mount Merapi (an active volcano), cycle through local markets and lush rice paddies or take in some traditional gamelan music and shadow puppetry – the choice is yours.

Relax with beautiful Scenary


Shared (single sex) twin rooms with en suite (cold) shower and Western style toilet. Rooms come with air-con, drinking water, and tea/coffee facilities.

Volunteers can opt for a double room for an extra charge of RM400 per week. This room is not always available so kindly confirm availability with Ecoteer in advance by contacting us directly.

There is a communal lobby area with a television, where volunteers can socialize and enjoy meals together. All meals are included but you will have access to the stove and refrigerator in the kitchen should you require them, as well as a washing machine.

All rooms have private balconies where you can dry laundry or simply relax overlooking the forest.

Internet access is available at the volunteer accommodation.

Since the Jogja Wildlife Rescue Centre has been running we have…

Rescued & housed  186 animals

Confiscated & rescued  38 animals from illegal wildlife trade

Working at the Centre

Released 20 animals back into the wild including a Javan eagle in 2016

Initiated & developed the successful kids club, focussing on environmental sustainability

Continued teaching at the community English club

Held information booths to teach tourists about animal welfare and keeping endangered animals out of the pet trade

Ecoteer have…

Reached out to 10 families through Javan dinners

Contributed RM3,600 to those families for hosting the dinners

Looking to the Future

The Wildlife Rescue Centre is constantly looking for new ways to help protect and care for rescued animals, as well as benefiting the local community. The dedicated team are continuing to build better enclosures for the animals, and are working hard to rescue and release more animals every year.
For 2019 the centre is planning to initiate Skype sessions with schools around the world to teach students about the wildlife at our centre, as well as the wildlife pet trade. 

Free Time with Volunteers

4 Easy Steps to Book Your Wildlife Adventure:

1) Contact us here with your initial inquiry – tell us about yourself and the project you would like to join.

2) You will receive an e-mail with more information and the application form to complete and send back.

3) On receipt of your application we will confirm your reservation and inform you how to make your deposit payment. Your reservation will be held for 2 weeks, after which it will be cancelled automatically if no deposit is received.

4) Full payment is required no later than 1 month before departure. You may pay online by credit card or a direct transfer to our account.

Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks for us to process your application and payment.

It’s that Simple!! Once your deposit has been paid you will receive our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide, which is packed full of useful information about your project and general tips to prepare you for volunteering.

1. What are the requirements to join this program?
Volunteers will need to be able to speak English or Bahasa Indonesia to be able to communicate with the staff/facilitator. The minimum age is 18 years old. Volunteers will need to provide evidence of the relevant vaccinations and medical tests including Hepatitis A, B and C and TB.

2. Do I need any wildlife experience/knowledge?
No experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm for wildlife and caring for them. Our friendly staff will teach you everything you need to know about wildlife care!

3. How do I get to WRC from Jogyakarta International Airport (JOG)?
Volunteers will be picked up from the airport and taken to the project site.

4. Is there internet access?
WiFi is present at the accommodation.

5. Is it possible to have our own room?
Volunteers can opt for a double room for an extra charge of RM400 per week. This room is not always available so kindly confirm availability with Ecoteer in advance by contacting us directly.

6. How long is the typical volunteer working day?
Activities with the animals normally run from 7am – 3pm, and after work (optional) activities are normally between 3.30/4pm – 5.30/6pm. There will be snack breaks and one hour for lunch.

For Qs related to insurance, visas, vaccinations or payment check out the General FAQs page and for more specific payment Qs have a look at the Terms & Conditions page
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