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DJ-2311 INDONESIA Way Kambas National Park, Lampung ANIMAL CONSERV 08/01/2024 16/01/2024

ELEPHANT CONSERVATION |DJ-2311| 2024-01-08 - 2024-01-16 ANIMAL CONSERV  |Age: 18-35

Currently the conflict between elephants and human are rising because they have less area to live. Elephants are being squeezed into smaller area, since the local farmer plant the crops and elephants like to destroy and eat them. As a result, the elephants frequently raid and destroy the crops which will cause a conflict between human and elephant. Due to this reason, local government and organization which concerns about the wild life are working together to save or conserve the elephants and reduce the conflict. This project aiming to assist local governmental office named Way Kambas National Park which located in Elephant Conservation Centre to conserve the sanctuary.

Our project IS NOT a safari place, but it is mostly as a place for elephant conservation which facing problem of critical decreasing population and threats due to illegal lodging which endanger their life. The PKG is located inside and managed by the Balai Taman Nasional Way Kambas / BTNWK (Way Kambas National Park) covering round 1.300 square kilometers in Lampung Province, Southern Sumatera Island. The park consists of swamp forest and lowland rain forest.

There are around 60 elephants with 60 mahouts for each (1 mahout responsible for 1 elephant).  All of the elephants in the PKG are chained when they were in the stall during the night. The purpose of putting chain in one of their legs is for monitoring, handle the elephants when they are stress, to distinguish between the PKG’s elephants and the wild one. The mahout using special tool called “gancu” (little iron hammer with curve point) to handle the elephant. The way how to use the gancu is by touching gently behind the elephant’s ear and sometimes on its head.


Work: Volunteer will help local mahout (a person who takes care and train an elephant) daily to take care the elephant starting from bathing/showering, feeding, health checking and grassing the elephant. One local mahout will be accompanied by one volunteer in doing his daily job.

The volunteers could learn about the animal’s life and how local people take care of and handle the conservation.


Accommodation and food:  The volunteers will be accommodated in Elephant Conservation Centre / kind of dormitory (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed). Food will be provided with catering service. Also the volunteers will stay at the homestay in the village nearby the conservation center. Prefer no vegan (strict vegetarian)


Location: Elephant Conservation Center, Way Kambas National Park, Lampung province, Sumatera Island.


Location and Lesiure:  Elephant Conservation Center, Way Kambas National Park, Lampung province, Sumatera Island. During free time, the volunteers will have opportunity to enjoy exciting attraction in Lampung such as beach, home industry, traditional market and fruit plantation.


Requirements: As the participants will stay and live in the area of PKG and BTNWK, then everybody should be open minded, understand and accept the way of local mahout in taking care of the elephants and MUST follow all the project regulations without any exceptions. The volunteer accept all the rules and condition of the project which listed on the preliminary information of the workcamp (attached). Volunteer is recommended NOT to buy flight ticket at least 2 months before the project start, to avoid the cancellation of the project due to lack of participant, please contact and confirm again to the organization for last update information. The project will be run ONLY if the minimum participants are 5 people. The requirements for entering Indonesia for international travelers (foreign citizen) are as follows: Fully vaccinated (second or third doses) at least 30 days prior to departure; Take possession of Proof of Vaccination or Vaccination Certificate (physical or digital); Download and make use of app of Peduli Lindungi; There is no need to present a Negative proof of RT-PCR test.; Travelers will be interviewed and may be subject to additional checkups at the point of entry; All additional regulation and mitigation that might be change anytime depends on the situation in Indonesia; If you test positive, you may request to isolate / quarantine for 5-10 days (according to current regulation which may subject to change dependening the case of pandemic)  at your own expense. These procedures are strictly enforced. If you want to make sure, please check the website of the Indonesian embassy in your country about the latest regulation entering Indonesia. It is still recommended to wear a facemask in public and many public spaces require proof of vaccination to enter. Fines and other penalties may apply for violations of the restrictions. The fee must be paid in CASH upon arrival. Failure of full payment upon arrival, the participant is not allowed to join the project for any reason.


Terminal: Raden Inten II Airport (TKG) Lampung.

Language:  English

Extra Fee: 400 EUR