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Indonesia Adventure, Teaching & Orangutans (Sumatra)

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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 US$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 US$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 US$2,045

6 weeks US$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 2019:

19 Jan to 27 Jan
16 Feb to 24 Feb
16 Mar to 24 Mar
13 Apr to 21 Apr
18 May to 26 May
15 Jun to 23 Jun
20 Jul to 28 Jul
17 Aug to 25 Aug
21 Sep to 29 Sep
19 Oct to 27 Oct
16 Nov to 24 Nov
14 Dec to 22 Dec


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
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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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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