This project ‘elephant conservation’ aims to assist local Government office named Pusat Latihan Gajah (PLG) in taking care of elephants and their conservation. PLG is a well known Elephant Conservation Centre, established in October 1992 and are taking care of 11 elephants (both male and female) currently. The centre is doing great job but due to financial hardship is not able to do enough and look up to other sources for help. The work involved at the project is rigorous and is mentally challenging due to the warm and humid climatic conditions (especially in summer). At the same time it is a very gratifying and rewarding experience. The program is ideal for those who are passionate about the conservation of animals including elephants. The participating GWC volunteers will perform various roles such as assisting elephant handlers (elephant mahouts) in caring and providing food to the elephants, cleaning, feeding, and bathing them. Volunteers will also assist in cleaning their enclosure in morning, prepare milk for them, and monitor their daily activities & health. Besides, the volunteers are also expected to participate in administrative tasks and those with knowledge of veterinary science may help with medical facilities given to elephants. Volunteers can take a break from the work by visiting nearby Parks and tourist spots for relaxation. GWC believes in its young volunteers who has the power and attitude to bring in change smoothly, so please come forward and join hands with us for this noble cause.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Bengkulu Airport, Sumatera, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation. You will be welcomed at GWC Indonesia Office, where you will be given a short introduction of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and social or political issues.
Day 2 – 6: You will leave for the project site where you will meet with the local villagers and will introduced about the project and environment and will start working in the project (Refer Project Highlights for details)
Day 7: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 8: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Indonesia will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in Elephant conservation center/kind of dormitory (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed). You will be served with 3 Indonesian meals a day. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Indonesian culture and lifestyle closely.