Frequently Asked Questions – Volunteers

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

  • Am I allowed to touch the animals in the rescue center?
    • No.
    • Please read the volunteer guide for more information on our hands-off-policy
  • 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 professional medical advice on vaccinations and medicine before traveling to Cikananga
    • As a minimum requirement, you must:
      • Be fully vaccinated for CoVID-19 (following Indonesian national requirements).
      • Be vaccinated for Hepatitis A, B; Tetanus; Rabies, and Typhus (make a timely
        appointment, some vaccinations need a booster).
      • Take a Tuberculosis (TBC) test (Mantoux) or an X-ray of your lungs to prove that you
        don’t have TBC. TBC can easily spread to animals and our animals are all tested and
        TBC free!
      • We ask you to send us a copy of your vaccination card and the result of the TBC
        test before your arrival.
      • Please bring your own medicine. In Indonesia medication is not always widely
        available as you might be used to at home e.g. Paracetemol and Ibuprofen.
      • Malaria is NOT present in the area around CWRC, Dengue fever however is present
        everywhere in Indonesia.
      • For Dutch Volunteers/Interns please check as they are
        completely informed and cheaper than for example the GGD.
  • I do not have a Rabies vaccine, what to do?
    • We won’t bar you from coming here, but you are traveling completely at 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 the 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 fulfill 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 to 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.
  • Option 2 (Pick-up by car at Jakarta Airport)

Please find the Volunteer Guide below for more details on the latest options.

  • What kind of Visa do I need?
    • Visiting the Cikananga Wildlife Center on a Tourist / ‘Free Visit Visa’ is not possible.
    • A visa to be able to stay in Indonesia as a foreigner is required.
    • It is your responsibility to check the latest requirements.
    • The following information is general but you can always contact us if you have any queries
      during this process
    • A passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry is required.
    • A visa to be able to stay in Indonesia as a foreigner is required.
      • For more info on the Visa please read the Volunteer guide below.

Click here to download the Cikananga Volunteer Guide 2023