Please meet Amber Castle, BOS Australia’s new Orangutan Enrichment Volunteer Coordinator, who has vast experience and can’t wait to welcome you to Borneo.

Are you excited about your new position?
I am ecstatic to be appointed the new Orangutan Enrichment Volunteer Coordinator. This position is a dream role for me, allowing me to use my skills and passions in conservation, animal care, environmental education, travel and tourism, and volunteer engagement. I am eager to contribute to BOS Australia’s mission of creating a world where Orangutans are free from the threat of extinction and can live in the wild, unharmed by humans.

Where did you work before joining our team?
I have had a long-term career working in zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, and National Parks as a Guest Experience Coordinator, Education Manager, Animal Care Trainer, Keeper, Teacher, and Volunteer Program Coordinator. I have worked with many species around the globe, including orangutans, chimpanzees, birds, reptiles, horses, insects, dolphins, seals, and all Aussie natives. I have also been a dog trainer along the way. The other side of my career has been working as an Adventure Guide, Trip Leader and Tourism Manager for most of my life.

Amber has vast knowledge and experience in taking care of animals and travellers all over the world.

What motivates you?
I am in awe of the wonderful people I’ve met along the way who inspire others by educating and walking the talk to do everything possible to save our wildlife and planet.

Assuming someone is still undecided about participating in our Orangutan Enrichment Volunteer Program, how would you convince them to join you in Borneo?
It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet like-minded people, share our stories, and enrich the lives of many orangutans and sun bears. You will make lifelong memories that challenge, amaze and motivate you to keep educating others about the plight of one of our closest living relatives. Experience something hands-on differs so much from reading about it or watching a video. So, don’t think twice! I can’t wait to show you the natural and cultural wonders of Borneo.

What takeaways and experiences do you hope volunteers will gain from participating in our program?
I would love our volunteers to understand how vital orangutans are for a healthy forest ecosystem and our lives in general. I want them to get out of their comfort zone, immerse themselves in nature, look into an orangutan’s eyes from afar and be changed forever. I hope they come home knowing they have made a real difference in our world and can now inspire others to do the same.

Join Amber in Borneo! We still have spots on multiple start dates for our Orangutan Enrichment Volunteer Tours from October 2024 to March 2025. Explore all the details here.

How Can You Help

There are lots of ways you can support orangutans and help ensure the survival of this precious ape.

Adopt an Orangutan

Adopt an Orangutan

Orangutans are endangered and at risk of extinction. Habitat destruction results in hundreds of orphaned orangutans, who rely on our care every year. You can help by adopting one. Their dedicated ‘nannies’ teach them everything they need to know for when it’s time to release them back to the wild. You can follow their progress through Forest School.

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Make a Donation

Make a Donation

Please help the Orangutans in their struggle for survival. Your donation is important and goes directly to BOS Indonesia. By donating, you are helping bring this noble yet endangered species back from the brink of extinction and on a path to freedom - from rescue to rehabilitation and release.

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Visit Our Shop

Visit Our Shop

The perfect gift for any occasion! Choose from our selection of instant gifts that directly support our orangutans. You can buy a wheelbarrow, provide food for an orangutan for two months or lots more. You will receive a certificate, personalised with the name of your choice - perfect gift for you or a friend.

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