Volunteer in Indonesia

Support a children's shelter in Tegalrejo red-light district
Tegalrejo, Central Java       March 13 - March 26, 2018

Volunteer project: This project was initiated in 2006 because of the need of prevention of STI and HIV/AIDS in Tegalrejo and Sukosari, the two prostitution areas in Semarang uptown. After the pilot project, this project turned the focus more on the education especially highlighting the mental side of children in the red-light district.

The international volunteer group will support a shelter in Tegalrejo, where children learn their school subjects and gain soft skills such as handicraft, dance, singing, etc. assisted by volunteers. The aims of the project are:
- to introduce and promote the shelter among the local youth or students
- to motivate the children about the importance of education
- to organize activities for children in the red-light district
- to exchange culture between participants, local people, and local students.

Volunteers’ main duties involve running daily teaching activities in the shelter (language classes, handicraft, arts, dance, etc.), promoting the shelter to be recognized by local youth (youth club, high schools or university) in order to involve local volunteers who could help with daily teaching in the shelter, and organising activities with local people.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a volunteer house in Tegalrejo, sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Tegalrejo sub-village, Jatijajar village, Semarang, Central Java

Nearest airport: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 2.750.000 Rp. (about 165 Euro)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Literacy camp for children
Pemalang, Central Java       March 15 - March 28, 2018

Volunteer project: Pemalang is one of the regencies on the north coast of Central Java province in Indonesia. The northern part of the regency is lowland, while the southern part is highland, with the peak of Mount Slamet, the highest mountain in Central Java. People living in this area mainly work as farmers, sellers, teachers, but most of them chose to work in a big city or even abroad. A group of young people living in one of the villages initiated a movement to maximize local potential trough literacy. Literacy determined as ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that allows people to communicate effectively. It is fully essential to social and human development.
Pemalang Village Library provides a shelter for kids to read books donated by people from all over Indonesia. A Mobile-Library brings books to children living in remote areas nearby. It is also important to raise local people’s involvement in education through open discussions, public campaigns through community visits and cultural exchange.

The volunteers will create fun atmosphere for kids to learn in the Library by storytelling, games, drawing, etc. They will take part in a school campaign about the importance of literacy and other local issues. Volunteer will also help kids learn English and world culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a volunteer house in the community, sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Banyumudal Village, Pemalang Regency, Central Java

Nearest airport: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 2.750.000 Rp. (about 165 Euro)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Mangrove planting for coastal protection in Central Java
Mangkang, Central Java       March 28 - April 10, 2018

Volunteer project: Mangkang is a fishing and farming village located in West Semarang. This project is answering to the needs of preserving the coastal side of the North Java Sea in Mangkang. About 1,1 km costal line in the Mangkang area is now in danger due to erosion, cutting of mangrove by local people and heavy force from the river flows. Before, many kinds of fish and shrimps lived there, but now since the condition of the mangrove forest has worsened, it is quite difficult to find these species anymore. Fishermen also need to put in more work and go further into the ocean to fish.
The garbage problem was raised again in the recent years. Lack of local awareness about environmentally friendly lifestyle destroys the nature slowly. People also face problem with the garbage management system, moreover there is no daily garbage pickup in the area. The local community started an initiative for creating stuff from recycled materials to decrease the impact of garbage to the nature.

The main focus of the project is preserving the natural diversity and the sea shore from the erosion because there aren’t any mangrove anymore and the currents from the ocean are too strong. The aim is to initiate protection of the sea shore by planting mangroves and to increase the awareness of local people, fishermen and local students to protect their environment as well as their future.

The volunteers will be planting mangroves and other trees on the beach. They will also get involved in environment education and garbage management discussions with local people and local children. There will be some manual activities to support the garbage management program in this area, school visits for environment education, green campaigning in the city centre, and promoting the mangrove fruits as snacks or foods.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a volunteer house, sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Mangkang Village, Tugu Municipality, Semarang City, Central Java

Nearest airport: Ahmad Yani International Airport, Semarang

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 2.750.000 Rp. (about 165 Euro)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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