At the field site, students sleep on single beds in single-sex dormitories at camp, equipped with mosquito nets, pillows, mattresses and sheets provided by BNF. Students should bring their own sleeping bag/sleeping liner. Shelves and plastic storage boxes are provided for personal belongings. Separate plastic storage boxes are provided for storing snacks. There is no air conditioning or fans available at the camp. There is a common area with a set of tables for the students to work at and a separate meeting/workshop area within the housing facilities for lectures to be carried out. Students are responsible for hand washing their own clothes. There is a large area with all washing equipment provided in camp.
At camp all toilets are squat toilets, the same as throughout Indonesia, and the camp is equipped with a sewage system. Toilet paper is provided for all students, but this is not flushed down the toilets; it is put in bins and disposed of separately. The bathroom in Indonesia is called a ‘mandi’. ‘To mandi’ is to take a shower – these are cubicles with a water supply, in a large bucket, which you pour over yourself. There is no hot water, but water is instead pumped from underneath the peat-swamp surface to be used for the bathrooms and washing facilities.
Camp is equipped with a generator, which runs from 5-10 PM every evening, providing time to charge equipment, phones and digital cameras. While at camp and within the forest, the internet signal is strong enough to send and receive emails sporadically and Whatsapp family and friends. There is no WiFi, so students need to simply unlock their US SIM card and purchase and Indonesian SIM card that is specifically for internet, which usually costs about US$5.
Meals are served at camp regularly at 7am, midday and at 6pm. Snacks are also available every day for students to bring into the field with them. Meals are traditional Indonesian food, which includes rice with every meal. Drinking water and hot water for tea, coffee and hot chocolate is freely available at camp. BNF makes every effort to accommodate vegetarian, vegan and any other dietary preferences/food allergies at camp. This will be more difficult for the time spent in the city of Palangka Raya, especially for vegans, so BNF recommends student consider bringing supplements/multi-vitamins along with them. Please note: a severe peanut, soy or egg allergy could be difficult to accommodate, as these foods are used frequently in Indonesian cooking, but BNF has no problem with accommodating gluten or lactose intolerant diets.