Volunteers will typically start work with the animal keepers after a self-serve breakfast at 7:15am, beginning with cage cleaning duties. Snacks are provided at 10am for a break time. The first daily animal feeding is after morning break. At 12pm you will be provided with a traditional Indonesian lunch followed by daily animal enrichment activities at 1pm. This includes making food / cage activities for the animals, and may include construction projects or other tasks around the centre.
In the afternoons are spent teaching English and doing fun educational activities with local school children. You will be involved with our English community group, participating in English-learning activities or just socializing with locals. Once per week, you will be invited to a local Javan home for dinner where you can ask questions and immerse yourself in local traditions. Saturday and Sunday are reserved for rest or excursion days.
Your schedule may fluctuate based on the current needs of the centre, but we can always guarantee that you’ll get the most out of your time here!
You will stay in a single-sex twin room with en-suite shower and western style toilet. All the rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, a private balcony, laundry rack, and clean towels and bedding are provided. You may be asked to share a room with another volunteer, or if you’re traveling as a pair or group. Volunteers can opt for a double room for an extra charge, but availability may be limited. There are laundry facilities on-site with detergent provided for a small fee.
The communal lobby area contains a kitchen that you may use at your leisure, and is where all meals will be served. Drinking water, tea, and coffee are available at any time. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by our housekeeper, and consist of a variety of traditional food. We are happy to cater to most dietary requirements.
The centre is located in a small rural village, with only very basic shops nearby selling snacks and beverages. We advise you to bring your own ‘comfort food’ or anything else you may need.
The local region
WRC Jogja is based in the small, traditional village of Banjaroya of the Kulon Progo district, West Yogyakarta. The region has a rich culture and is known for art and a wide variety of delicious food. By visiting Yogyakarta, you have the opportunity to explore waterfalls, beaches, and stunning tropical forests. In your free time, ride around nearby villages on a rented bicycle, learn the traditional art of batik, take a Jeep tour around an active volcano, or go cave tubing! Just an hour drive away, Yogyakarta city (often pronounced Jogjakarta or Jogja) teems with history, restaurants, traditional markets, and is close to the magnificent ancient temples Borobudur and Prambanan. It is the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia, after Bali, and it’s easy to see why. Weekends are yours to plan, and we can arrange transportation wherever you wish to go!
The Local Culture
WRC is based in a traditional Muslim village and therefore you will be expected to dress conservatively during your stay here to respect the local culture. This means for both men and women, full T-shirts and knee length (as minimum) pants should be worn during any interaction in the local area. For women, a headscarf is not required. While Jogja city is a bit more relaxed, you should still be respectful of the culture and dress conservatively. As the area holds traditional Muslim culture, greetings should consist of a handshake. Public displays of affection such as hugging, kissing, holding hands (unless married) should be avoided.
Tojeiro volunteered at WRC in 2018 and instantly fell in love. He decided to leave his job in the Netherlands to work alongside our keepers, managing projects and making sure all the animals get the best care possible. During the relocation period, Tojeiro studied animal health management to increase his capacity in the field of animal welfare.