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Indonesia Adventure, Teaching & Orangutans (Sumatra)

Indonesia Adventure, Teaching & Orangutans (Sumatra)

Combine an incredible experience of community and teaching work with an intense and exhilarating trek where you perfect jungle survival skills and spot a wealth of enigmatic wildlife.

Prices from $2,045

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live amongst an indigenous forest community, in one of the most spectacular locations on earth? To wake up to the sight of a delicate mist hanging between towering rainforest trees, interlaced with creepers and vines, with the sound of the whistling thrush drifting through the canopy? Combine four incredible weeks of community and teaching work with an intense and exhilarating trek where you will benefit from the expert knowledge of your local guides, perfecting jungle survival skills and spotting a wealth of enigmatic wildlife. Sumatra's forests are overflowing with fascinating creatures including species as diverse as sun bears, elephants and the tallest individual flower in the world. Live amongst a north Sumatran community, teaching English, and experience the magic of various Sumatran cultures common to this area and discover how these people exist in harmony with their natural surroundings with an unforgettable guided trek.


  • Explore Sumatra's jungles
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Work at the heart of the village community


Location Sumatra, Indonesia
Activities Teaching English
Coaching sports
Environmental education
Arts & crafts
Jungle trekking
Survival skills
Transport Transport to & from the airport
Accommodation Tarpaulins, guesthouse or homestay


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL training and ceritification
In-country Food
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


You will live and work at the heart of the village community, forming strong bonds with your hosts as you learn more about their way of life and ancient traditions. You will teach the younger members of the community who will be fascinated to learn from someone who comes from a hugely different culture. You can bring a teaching experience that is unique to you, by basing your lessons around your own particular skills and knowledge.

As well as teaching English you can run basic sports coaching and environmental education lessons, as well as encouraging them to be creative – try an arts and crafts session or a put on a play!

Once this phase of the project is over, you will head into the jungle equipped with a new sense of how the people of the region survive so successfully within the untamed rainforest environment. Led by your expert local guides, the trek will take you along little known jungle paths dripping with exotic creepers, strange and delicate flowers, and a plenitude of unusual insects, birds and mammals. Along the way you will be taught survival skills that have been honed and perfected over thousands of years to enable a safe and successful passage through the unforgiving forest – including collecting and processing medicinal plants!

This project is an unmissable chance to learn from those who live in harmony with their natural home – whilst giving something back in the form of invaluable community work.


You will be collected from Kuala Namu International airport and escorted to your project location and briefed on the days ahead. Please aim to arrive before midday on the Monday.


For the community phase of the project, you will either have the privilege and fun of living with a local family who will provide you with an insight into the culture in this secluded part of Indonesia or we will accommodate you in a local guesthouse. While on the adventure trek, you will be living an authentic jungle experience sleeping under tarpaulins; after a strenuous and rewarding day in the rainforest you will drift off to sleep lulled by the night sounds of the jungle and awake, refreshed, to a symphony of exotic bird calls.


Basic, filling meals of rice and vegetables for most days. When out of the rainforest you can try and sample other Indonesian delicacies cooked with coconut milk, served alongside noodle soups and tantalising chicken. When living with the family as you complete your teaching assignment, you will enjoy home-cooked food made from locally sourced and fresh ingredients, providing you with the chance to sample the delicious local specialities. You will also be provided with family food if you stay in a local guesthouse.

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Volunteers on the Indonesia Adventure, Teaching and Orangutans Project can get a TEFL certificate for only an additional $340! This will help you to teach anywhere in the world and is great for demonstrating your experience to foreign language education employers.

Your TEFL training will take place over a day at our London Office. We'll take you through everything from basic grammar and punctuation to lesson plan development and communication skills! This is also great opportunity to meet other volunteers and learn more about Frontier.

You might be worried that you don't have any teaching experience. Don't be! This course is designed for people who are teaching for the first time. We'll take you through the basics, making sure that you are comfortable with the material at every step of the way.


4 weeks $2,045

6 weeks $2,745


Weekly on a Monday.

Please arrive before midday on your project start date and ensure departing flight is after 3pm on the final day of the itinerary.

Start Date 2018:

17th Jun to 25th June 2018
21st Jul to 29th Jul 2018
18th Aug to 26th Aug 2018
15th Sep to 23rd Sep 2018
5th Oct to 13th Oct 2018
17th Nov to 25th Nov 2018
15th Dec to 23rd Dec 2018

Jungle treck availability and start dates:

17th Jun to 25th June 2018 (5 places left)
21st Jul to 29th Jul 2018  (3 places left)
18th Aug to 26th Aug 2018  (7 places left – TBC if the trek will go ahead)
15th Sep to 23rd Sep 2018 (1 place left)
5th Oct to 13th Oct 2018 (5 places left)
17th Nov to 25th Nov 2018 (0 places left)
15th Dec to 23rd Dec 2018 (7 places left)


From 4 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment if appropriate
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Medan (MES)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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