Bagus* started as a volunteer at OICBack in March 2004, Bagus was still a student at the Forestry department in University of North Sumatra. He saw a flyer of an NGO looking for volunteers; he signed up and joined ten other volunteers.
That was how Bagus first became involved in OIC. He was among the first volunteers recruited by OIC, and has been with OIC ever since.
“I have been with OIC for thirteen years and I know OIC is among very few conservation NGOs in Sumatra which has contributed real efforts in conserving Sumatran Orangutan and their forest habitat”
Much of Bagus’ work was spreading awareness and education from school to school, village to village, around North Sumatra and Aceh. For years he had been doing education and awareness, and at the same time was exposed to the reality of how the people living in the borders of Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP) are very much dependent on the Leuser Ecosystem.