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Volunteer in Jungle

Realise Your Potential

About Us

Welcome to ATOVA, where we bring together passionate individuals like you to make a meaningful impact in one of the world's most vulnerable habitats, Sumatra, Indonesia. Through our comprehensive programs, we offer opportunities for volunteering, internships, and studying, allowing people from all backgrounds to contribute and learn. Our programs are led by local partners who are deeply connected to the communities we serve, ensuring data-driven and sustainable outcomes. 

With ATOVA, you gain more than just theoretical knowledge. We provide hands-on, practical experience that can kick-start or advance your career. Our unique Volunteer Journey known as the 'ATOVA Path' offers an immersive cultural exchange, fostering genuine connections and personal growth. 

At ATOVA, we firmly believe in the potential of every individual to be a force for good. That's why all our programs are volunteer-led. As a participant, you take the lead in driving our sustainable development initiatives, empowering you to make a lasting impact while forging lifelong connections with like-minded global changemakers. 

Join us at ATOVA and realise your potential while working alongside dedicated local partners, creating positive change in Sumatra and beyond. Together, we can make a difference. 

In 2022, ATOVA was launched with a team that collectively boasts over a century of experience in driving significant and sustainable change within international not-for-profit organisations, charities and businesses worldwide. As a non-profit organisation, our mission is to harness the power of ordinary individuals, enabling them to become the leaders of tomorrow and collaborate in creating a better future together. 

Now more than ever, global unity is essential to address one of the most pressing challenges humanity faces: climate change. At ATOVA, we recognise the urgency of this issue and aim to empower individuals to take action. 

Each year, we dedicate ourselves to training, mentoring, nurturing, and connecting hundreds of motivated individuals who are driven by their inspiration, passion and desire to tackle the most pressing issues of our time. 

As a newly-formed organisation, we are committed to making a genuine and long lasting positive impact. We invite you to join our pioneering team and be the change you wish to see in the world. Together, we can make a difference and forge a path towards a sustainable and thriving future. 

Arial view of Leuser Ecosystem

Volunteer Today!

Get your hands dirty in one of our volunteer placements here in rural Sumatra, Indonesia! 

Our Philosophy

At ATOVA , we take pride in being problem solvers who are not afraid to take risks. We believe that with boldness, and creativity and heart, there is nothing we cannot accomplish. But above all, our strength lies in teamwork. Each and every one of us has the capability to contribute no matter their experience or background. With this strength behind us, just imagine what we can achieve together.

Realise your potential 

Our Mantra "Realise Your Potential" speaks of our commitment as an organisation and culture of changemakers to help you to develop both on a personal and professional level. We believe that every Human being on Earth has the potential to be a significant force for good, and that sadly many of us do not find the confidence, motivation or opportunity to realise our own capacity.

"Every Human being on Earth has within themselves the capacity to do good. Now in the 21st century, the survival of our species, and every other species on Earth depends upon our ability to realise that potential" 

Samuel Oakes | CEO & Founder

ESL Class
ESL Class
ARTC Training
ARTC Junior Rangers
Program Leaders
Adventure Training
Local Children
Scenery photo from Samosir
Jungle River
Crossing rope bridge
Exploring woodland
ARC Rangers


At ATOVA we believe in the power of you! That's why our volunteers take the lead on the delivery of all of our programs around the world. 

Unlike traditional not for profit organizations we give you ownership over your own experience, giving you the training, skills and development you need to deliver our programs on the ground yourself. 




We know in todays post COVID world, it can be really difficult to pin down travel plans, and sometimes things just come up. That's why we offer free cancellation & rescheduling on all of our volunteer placements up to 30 days before your placement starts, to give you peace of mind when you need it most. 


Next Gen Development: 

ATOVA is a new breed of Charity, built upon a collective 150 years of experience in a range of practical, vocational and educational fields. Our programs reflect this, with curriculums designed in line with the latest research surrounding environmental conservation, sustainable development and education provision. 

Partnerships for the goals: 

We work with a growing community of Project Partners to deliver high quality climate and education solutions in all of our target communities around the world. 

Alumni Network: 

Our brand new Alumni family and fully supported Action @ Home projects ensure your adventure does not end at the end of your placement. To find out more, head to our Make a Difference Page! 

Digital Opportunities: 

In a changing world we are ready to change with it, that's why we are offering you the opportunity to become one of our Ambassadors and help us to drive positive change around the world. 

People First: 

Here at ATOVA people are at the heart of everything we do. Our dedicated team will guide you through an authentic cultural experience we call 'The Volunteer Journey' where you live and learn with the local community you are serving. This Culture of people first, comes from our belief in the inherent untapped potential within each and every one of us, and our teams confidence, in their ability to help you realise it! To find out more check out our Make a Difference Page! 

Volunteer with us! 

Take a step out of your comfort zone and experience one of our life changing volunteer placements. It's time to realise your potential! 
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What makes ATOVA Special?

We provide the next generation of sustainable development solutions. Find out what makes us different.

Our Impact

Find out how our work impacts not only the natural world, and the communities we serve, but also our amazing volunteers! 
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