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Indonesia Community Development, Teaching & Orangutans (Sumatra)

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Indonesia Community Development, Teaching & Orangutans (Sumatra)

Live and work at the heart of the village community before heading into the jungle and discover how to live in harmony with your natural environment.

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 amongst towering trees interlaced with creepers and hanging with vines, where the sound of the whistling thrush drifts through the canopy? Join our Sumatra teaching and community project for a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget, as you discover this enchanting tropical world. Sumatra's forests are overflowing with wildlife including species as diverse as sun bears, elephants and the tallest individual flower in the world. They are also home to several small indigenous communities that exist much as they have for thousands of years; live amongst these fascinating and hospitable people whilst building your teaching skills and experience and exploring this atmospheric corner of the globe.


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


Location Sumatra, Indonesia
Activities Teaching English
Coaching sports
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 certitifcation
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 may have the opportunity to 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! Running alongside the teaching element of the project is the community development aspect, which may invlove a range of environmental awareness or reforestation initiatives depending upon the focus of the project at the time of your visit. 

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.


Airport pickup will be provided form Kuala Namu International airport. Once collected you will be escorted to your placement and briefed on the days ahead. Please aim to arrive at the airport 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 by sleeping in hammocks (no hammocks, just under tarpaulin) 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 Sumatra teaching and community 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


The start date for this project is flexible, however the four weeks must include one of the sets of dates below for the jungle trek:


20th Jan to 28th Jan 2018
17th Feb to 25th Feb 2018
25th Mar to 2nd Apr 2018
6th Apr to 14th Apr 2018
26th May to 3rd Jun 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

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


4 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • TEFL training day (if appropriate)


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


Nearest airport(s): Kuala Namu (KNO)


  • 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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