- What is the accommodation like?
Together with other volunteers and employees of the project, you will live in a research camp, located in the middle of Sabangau’s green foothills. The accommodation is very basic but provides everything you need. The camp provides shared single-sex dormitory huts, a kitchen, a laboratory, an office and sanitary facilities with bucket showers and squat toilets.
- Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?
If there are capacities left, you can share rooms with your partner. You should contact us as soon as possible, so we are able to consider your wish. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that you will actually share rooms with your partner.
- How is the food provided?
You will be provided with three daily meals which you will have together with other participants. Also, you have access to water and hot drinks (tea, coffee) all the time.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
It is possible to have vegetarian meals during the project but in the city it will be more difficult to get suitable vegetarian/vegan food. We recommend taking specific supplements, small snacks and/or multivitamin pills.
- How are work time and free time divided? How can I spend my free time?
As a volunteer in this project you do have leisure time at camp. There is electricity at night, so you can charge your phones and use the camp’s signal for internet to email and use WhatsApp. You can read, learn Indonesian, play board games or badminton at camp or photograph wildlife. Sometimes we there’s a projector in camp for film nights.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
There will be employees of the project on site all the time and you can contact NATUCATE at any time if there are any questions or problems.
- What kind of costs do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on site and do I have to pay in local currency?
As you are living and working in the Indonesian part of Borneo, the currency is Indonesian Rupiah. Payment is usually in cash. Traveller’s cheques are pretty much impossible to change in Palangka Raya; it is extremely difficult to exchange dollars, pound sterling or euros. This is why the best and easiest option to obtain money during the programme is withdrawing cash in the local currency at the ATMs (cash machines) in Palangka Raya or at the airport on arrival. Don’t forget that you may be charged a transaction fee of approx. $5 each time you’re using an ATM. You should contact your bank at home concerning this money issue before departing to Borneo. In case you do take cash with you, you should do so in Jakarta. Contact your bank or use an online converter to get to know the current exchange rate. The only time that you need money is when you are in Palangka Raya at the start and at the end of the project. We recommend about Indonesian 1.000.000 IDR for food costs in Palangka Raya during the programme, but for leisure time activities or if you want to travel before or after the programme, then you may need to bring additional money.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
Participants can contact friends and family, because the phone signal at camp is strong enough for calls, emails and WhatsApp. We recommend unlocking your phone before arriving and then buying an Indonesian SIM card to use for internet and calls. Our partner will be happy to assist in the purchase of this.
- What’s the climate/weather like?
Borneo is located in the Malay Archipelago and is shared by the states of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The project is located in the Indonesian part of the island. The climate of that region is tropical, divided into a dry and a wet season. In Borneo, the wet season is between October and April; the dry one between May and September. But you should expect sudden rainfalls and tropical storms at any time of the year. Sabangau National Park happens to be a peat swamp forest which is extremely humid compared to more arid rainforest areas. During monsoon season it can be flooded waist-high. Temperatures are relatively high: during daytime temperatures can reach 32°C in the city and in the camp, in the jungle it is about 27°C. In the evening temperatures can drop by up to 7°C in the rainforest. The location you will be working and living in as a volunteer is challenging but extremely rewarding as well.
- Is there a prohibition concerning alcohol?
It is prohibited to consume alcohol in the camp. Be aware: excessive consumption of alcohol makes you fragile for diseases, causes dehydration and can result in accidents.
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