Frequently Asked Questions – Volunteers

Please check the questions below before e-mailing us or check the volunteering guide:

  • Do I need a Mosquito net?
    • It is not necessary, but many people like it
  • What kind of vaccinations do I need?
    • We can only advise you to seek for professional medical advice on vaccinations and medicine before traveling to Cikananga
    • At least you have to be vaccinated for hepatitis A, B; tetanus; rabies and typhus. (make a timely appointment, some vaccinations need a booster)
    • Please bring your own medicine, medicine in Indonesia are not always widely available as you might be used to at home
    • Use skin lotion with DEET to avoid the mosquito bites and insects.
    • Malaria is NOT present in the area around Cikananga 
    • Dengue is present everywhere in Indonesia
  • I do not have a Rabies vaccine, what to do?
    • We won’t bar you from coming here, but you are traveling completely on your own risk. Please note that Indonesia had lots of problems with rabies and the supply of the required medicine after a possible transmission.
  • What do I need to bring to Cikananga as a volunteer?
    • A complete overview can be found in de volunteer guide, but don’t forget to bring your own breakfast and toilet paper. Lunch / diner / water/ coffee / tea is provided.
  • How do I need to pay?
    • Payment for your stay at Cikananga has to be done in advance by bank transfer to the Wanicare bank account. We will sent you an invoice with the total amount for the length of your stay.
  • Do I qualify as an Intern or a volunteer?
    • Interns fulfil a specific assignment that is related to the official curriculum of their university / school as a part of or next to the normal volunteering activities. A proposal for the assignment needs be included in the application. The intern tariff applies to interns who stay 4 weeks or more.
  • How do I get to Cikananga?

Traveling from Jakarta or Bandung to Cikananga will cost you at least 5 hours, whatever way you are traveling. 7 hours is about average by car.

  • Option1 (Public transport): Pricing as listed below is indicative. Always bring enough cash.
    • 1 You can very easily travel by Damri airport bus directly from the airport to the city of Bogor which is about 60 km (~2 hours). (70.000Rp)
    • 2 A From Bogor take a angkot (minibus) to Sukabumi (~3 hours). The angkots are located in front of Botanic Square in Bogor. (30.000Rp)
    • 2 B From Bogor you can also take a train (‘Pangrango-line’, ~2 hours) to Sukabumi. You need to book in advance on eng.tiket.com. Only 3 trains travel to Sukabumi per day. (50.000Rp – executive class)
    • 4 From Sukabumi (in front of RAMAYANA supermarket) you can take an angkot to terminal Jubleg. (20.000Rp)
    • 5 From Jubleg you take another angkot (minibus) to Nyalindung (~1.5 hours), close to Cikananga. Please note these angkots don’t run after dark (6:00pm) (20.000 Rp)
    • 6 From here you can take a motorbike taxi (Ojek) (~20min) to Cikananga. (40.000Rp)
    • On Tuesday and Saturday the CWC staff will go to Sukabumi for food for the animals. On these days you only have to pay the gasoline 150.000 rp for the car. Make sure you be in Sukabumi at 1PM maximum.
    • On other days the fee is 350.000 Rp to be picked up in Sukabumi.
  • Option 2 (Pick-up by car at Jakarta Airport)
    • An airport pick-up at Jakarta Soekarno Hatta can be arranged for a fee of 1.300.000 Rp per car. (1 car = maximum 4 people)
    • Depending on the traffic, the journey to Cikananga will be at least 5 hours, but it can several hours extra due to traffic jams
  • What kind of Visa do I need?
    • Visiting the Cikananga Wildlife Center on a Tourist / ‘Free Visit Visa’ in not possible.
    • A visa to be able to stay in Indonesia as a foreigner is required. Within the new regulations of the Indonesian immigration since January 2018, Cikananga can only act as a sponsor for a social cultural visa (Social Budaya visa) and can no longer be a sponsor for 60-day tourist visas. This means that you will need to apply for a social cultural visa in your home country, or abroad with a letter of sponsorship from Cikananga. A social cultural visa is valid for 6 months, and after the first 60 days, every 30 days thereafter can be extended with help from our staff at the immigration office in Sukabumi.
    • For more info on the Visa’s please read the Volunteer guide.
  • Where will I be picked up at the Jakarta Soekarno Hatta Airport (when I arrange a pick up)?
    • FOR TERMINAL 2: Meeting point with our driver is at the Alfa Supermarket at Terminal D2 / 2E, AT ARRIVAL LEVEL.
    • FOR TERMINAL 3; The Information stand in the hallway.
    • The driver will have a paper with your name on it.

Click here to download the volunteer guide 2019 for all information