Matang Wildlife Centre Volunteer Project

  • Destination: Malaysian Borneo

 Departs: 5th and 19th of every month

 Duration: 14 or 28 days

 Price: £1280 (14 days); £1865 (28 days)

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Matang Wildlife Centre is located in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. It is unique among the orangutan rehabilitation centres in being a rescue centre for all protected wildlife, as well as the orangutan, and aims to rehabilitate and release any animal where possible. This is a very ambitious task, and Orangutan Project have committed to helping this centre for the foreseeable future in terms of providing food, building infrastructure, assisting with releases, commissioning research where required, providing expert consultation and assisting with the daily management requirements. This centre is owned by the Sarawak government, and managed by Sarawak Forestry Corporation, who is our partner in this endeavour.

See where your money goes

Day 1

Arrive in Kuching, Malaysian Borneo

Transfer to Basaga Lodge, a comfortable and stylish guest house, to meet Orangutan Project staff and your fellow volunteers for a welcome dinner and briefing. Make the most of the hot shower, air conditioning and swimming pool before departing to more simple amenities!

Day 2

Move to Matang

You will settle into your accommodation before being taken on a tour of the park by resident Orangutan Project staff to meet all the animals and start to get to know the resident orangutan. Your day will finish with a trip to the shops for groceries, local SIM cards and anything else you may need for your time at the centre.

Day 3-14 / 3-28


Much of the work on this project is physical, and the heat and humidity add an extra challenging layer to this. You will be carrying out a variety of tasks including husbandry, construction work, enrichment, maintenance and farming. The ‘best’ jobs are not saved for the volunteers – you are treated as pseudo-staff members for the time you are with us, and wherever you may be useful is where we will task you!

Day 14 / 28

Return to Basaga

The last day of your tour (either day 14 or 28) sees you enjoy your final night with your group at the Basaga Lodge.

Day 15 / 29

Travel onwards

Additional Information
Start Date 5th and 19th of every month
Duration 14 or 28 days
Cost 2 weeks – £1280
4 weeks – £1800
Price Includes All essential food and drink
Airport transfers
Contribution to the project
Some tourism activities
Price Excludes International flights
Travel insurance
Booking Please note that bookings directly with us means that a significant proportion of the money you pay is a donation to our work here on Borneo, and no ‘admin fee’ is levied. However, we have an administrative team of one, and they are based at Matang Wildlife Centre. So if you do not hear back within 30 minutes, please bear with us – we will always endeavour to respond within 48 hours maximum. For more information please contact us. 
Your money 31% of the project cost covers food, accommodation and transportation of you, the volunteer
11% is a contribution to Sarawak Forestry Corporation
58% of the project cost is a donation to the orangutan and our work on Borneo


Project Ethos
If it has always been your dream to hold a baby orang-utan, this is not the project for you. We are aware that to give rescued orang-utan the best chance of rehabilitation, they need to remain as far removed from people as possible. Having these animals exposed to mass market tourism and countless volunteers only serves to decrease their chance of returning once again to life in the trees. We believe that volunteer projects with a stated mission to help these endangered animals should do just that, and not simply provide photo opportunities for Western visitors. With that in mind, your work on this project will always be contributing to the progression of this centre, and not necessarily tailored towards what the volunteer may most enjoy! In saying that, participants to date have found this project incredibly worthwhile and enjoyable – please contact them via our Facebook group Project Orangutan to hear from them first-hand. Also please read our No Contact Policy for more information