Volunteer in Indonesia


Mangrove planting for coastal protection in Central Java
Mangkang, Central Java       2 projects of 2 wks in July and August

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.

All available dates for this project:
July 13 - July 26, 2018
August 10 - August 23, 2018

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Urban farming in Semarang
Semarang, Central Java       July 18 - July 31, 2018

Volunteer project: The Urban farming movement was initiated in Semarang City in order to optimize the usage of household waste and raise public awareness of environmental protection. However, the movement has some problems spreading the spirit because of lack of awareness on how important farming is in urban life and unwillingness of city residents to invest time in it. In the last couple of years the movement cooperated with family empowerment programs where most members are housewives as it turned out that this group has most chances to join the movement.

The aims of this project are to increase the community’s participation in the Urban farming movement; to realize a community vegetable garden and propose it to the city governor as a sample to be implemented in other areas; to increase the interest of urban communities for greening programs in Semarang city and proper garbage management.

The volunteers will take part in farming activities with urban communities, making tools for vertical gardening, educational farming program in some schools and get to know the life of local communities.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a house, sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Semarang

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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Literacy camp for disadvantaged children
Ternate, North Maluku        July 20 - August 2, 2018

Volunteer project: The famous Eastern Indonesia region has abundant natural wealth. Ternate city is located in North Maluku Province. The city is surrounded by sea and consists of eight small islands and three of them are uninhabited. It is a gorgeous, swathed with jungle and wild clove trees area. The magnificent tourist sights of Ternate do not compare with the conditions of marginalized children who live in the city. There are at least 50 kids who live in vulnerable groups without enough access to studies, as books are expensive, and the libraries are only available in schools or in public places. This triggered the start of the Street Library program. The Street Library provides access to books and learning for the marginalized kids.

The volunteers will assist the kids to learn by storytelling, games, cultural exchanges, in four different locations. As the Street Library has no shelter, activities will be held on the street and traditional markets.

Language: English

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

Location: Ternate City, Ternate Island, North Maluku Province

Nearest airport: Sultan Babullah Airport, Ternate City, North Maluku

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 3.250.000 Rp. (about 190 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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Elephant conservation in Sumatra
Lampung, Sumatra       2 projects of 2 wks in July and January

Volunteer project: Currently the conflict between elephants and humans is rising because there's less area for the elephants to live in. Elephants are being squeezed into a smaller area, since the local farmers plant the crops and elephants like to eat them. The elephants frequently raid and destroy the crops which causes a conflict between people and elephants. Due to this reason, the local government and organizations, concerned about the wildlife are working together to save and conserve the elephants and reduce the conflict.

This volunteer project aims to assist the conservation efforts of the Elephant Conservation Centre in Way Kambas National Park in Lampung province, Southern Sumatra Island. This is not a safari place, but a sanctuary for the conservation of elephants facing problems of critical decrease in population. The park consists of swamp forest and lowland rainforest, and covers around 1.300 square kilometers. Presently, there are about 60 elephants and 60 mahouts in the conservation center (one mahout is responsible for one elephant).

The volunteers will help local mahouts daily to take care of the elephants including bathing/showering, feeding, health checking and grassing the elephants. One local mahout will be accompanied by one volunteer in doing the daily job.

Study theme: The volunteers will learn about the life of elephants, how local people take care of them and what they do for their conservation.

Leisure time: During free time, the volunteers will have an opportunity to enjoy exciting attractions in Lampung such as a beach, home industry, traditional market and fruit plantation.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in the Elephant Conservation Centre, dormitory style accommodation (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed). Food will be provided with catering service. There will be also a homestay in the nearby village.

Location: The project will take place in Lampung, on the southern tip of the island of Sumatra.

Terminal: Radin Inten II Airport (TKG) in Lampung

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 380 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.

All available dates for this project:
July 23 - July 31, 2018
January 14 - January 22, 2019

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Teaching English and improving educational facilities on Bali Island
Bali Island       10 projects of 2 wks from July to February

Volunteer project: Bali Island is popular as the island of gods and is very famous for its culture and nature attractions. The project takes place in the western part of Bali. Unlike in the east where tourism is the main source of income, in the west there’s more rice farms and plantations, and fishing is a major activity. The busy seaport in Gilimanuk is the gateway that connects Bali and Java island through Bali sea. Most of the area is mountainous and consists of primary monsoon forest. The West Bali National Park has a total area of 19.000 ha and is an important place for conserving rare and endangered plants and animals.

We organize the international volunteer project to support schools in the western part of the island. We aim to meet the need of local students and teachers for improved communication and opportunities to interact with people from other countries. The schools provide basic compulsory education in math, languages, social studies, science, art and music. School hours are from 7 am to 1 pm, Monday to Saturday.

The volunteers will teach the students basic English and introduce some English kids songs. They will also do simple renovations in the school, such as making bookshelves for the library and painting classrooms. The volunteers will be also involved in extracurricular activities with the children like cultural exchange, playing, sport, art, scouting, music and traditional dance.

Study theme: The volunteers will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local culture particularities in Bali. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: During free time, the volunteers will have the chance to visit diverse and exciting attractions in Jembrana and Bali, which are popular all over the world. The volunteers may visit beaches, temples, handicraft making centres and traditional markets.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in Indonesian host families (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed).

Location: The project takes place in the western part of Bali Island, 3 hours by car or bus from Denpasar.

Terminal: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), Denpasar, Bali

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 230 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.

All available dates for this project:
July 23 - August 3, 2018 | Melaya
July 23 - August 3, 2018 | Buleleng
August 6 - August 17, 2018 | Mendoyo
August 6 - August 17, 2018 | Negara
August 20 - August 31, 2018 | Melaya
August 20 - August 31, 2018 | Gilimanuk
January 14 - January 25, 2019 | Negara
January 28 - February 8, 2019 | Melaya
January 28 - February 8, 2019 | Gilimanuk
February 4 - February 15, 2019 | Buleleng

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Restoration and preservation of Prambanan World Heritage site
Klaten, Central Java       2 projects of 2 wks in August

Volunteer project: This project follows an important global initiative for preservation of World Heritage sites since 2008. Arriving from all across the world, the volunteers will discuss issues related to world heritage and cultural diversity while actively engaging in the preservation of World Heritage sites.
Prambanan temple compounds is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia which is one of the largest temple compounds in Southeast Asia. It was built in the 9th century dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Wishnu and Brahma). The Prambanan temple compounds consist of Prambanan temple (also called Loro Jonggrang), Sewu temple, Bubrah temple and Lumbung temple with a total of about 240 temples. The temples were damaged by the earthquake in 2006 and volcano ashes from Kelud mountain eruption in 2014.

The volunteers will be introduced to the World Heritage Centre’s activities and campaign, as well as the history and dynamics of World Heritage sites worldwide. The Heritage Centre renders a symbolic dimension to heritage through debates and reflections, contributes to the restoration and preservation of cultural heritage, and improves accessibility and availability of information. The Centre also raises the awareness of the local population by creating a sense of ownership and identification. It also promotes cultural heritage among international volunteers and organizations.

The volunteers will work on restoration projects in the Prambanan temples. Before the restoration work begins, the volunteers will have a one-day orientation. This orientation will teach participants how to perform restoration work and will provide information about the history of the temple. This is a truly educational process, which will enrich the volunteers with cultural understanding and a lot of knowledge about the temples and the process of restoration.

Since the volunteers will be living in the local community of Bugisan, they will also engage in activities with the students of the local school. Volunteers will help promote preservation of the temples and do some activities like student competitions, culture exchange, etc. The volunteers will also campaign about world heritage preservation and preservation of Prambanan Temple in particular among the local community and visitors to the world heritage site.

Study theme: The volunteers will be introduced to Prambanan temple compounds and will learn about the value of history and culture. They will learn why and how this temple was built long time ago by visiting temples and heritage sites around. The volunteers will also be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the Javanese particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: Visiting the nearby World Heritage site, the temples of Prambanan and/or Yogyakarta City.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in Indonesian host families (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed).

Location: Bugisan Village is located in Klaten regency, 25 km east of Yogyakarta.

Terminal: Adisutjipto International Airport (JOG), Yogyakarta or Yogyakarta Railway Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 240 Euro for the first project (Aug.6-17); 200 Euro for the second project (Aug.20-26);
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
August 6 - August 17, 2018
August 20 - August 26, 2018

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Support a children's shelter in Tegalrejo red-light district
Tegalrejo, Central Java       2 projects of 2 wks in August and September

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.

All available dates for this project:
August 6 - August 19, 2018
September 12 - September 25, 2018

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Raising awareness for the preservation of Borobudur - the world's largest Buddhist temple
Borobudur, Central Java       August 8 - August 21, 2018

Volunteer project: Borobudur Temple Compounds is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Nominated as a World Heritage, the Borobudur Compounds has the most complete Buddhist relief. There are approximately 2.9 million people who come every year to see Borobudur and learn about its history and philosophy. However, people living nearby the site see Borobudur only as a tourist attraction. Local people, who are supposed to be the first guard line for sustainability and preservation, mostly work as vendors at the Borobudur Temple Compound. We want to raise the awareness of local people to be more involved in preserving their own cultural site. We believe that Borobudur Temple Compound should be preserved not only by visitors who come to Borobudur, but also by people living nearby.
The project aims to raise the Borobudur heritage issue among the local community and to improve local participation in preserving Borobudur as their own culture.

The volunteers will create fun atmosphere for children in the village for studying about Borobudur Temple Compound and its history by storytelling, games, drawing, etc. The team will prepare creative media and will run a campaign for promoting the local heritage and raising awareness among local people.

Language: English

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

Location: Karanganyar Village Borobudur, Magelang Regency, 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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Raising environmental awareness and preserving the Gedong Songo temple
Semarang, Central Java       September 5 - September 18, 2018

Volunteer project: Gedong Songo is one of the national heritage sites in Central Java. There are 5 temples in the area which attract a lot of people during the holidays, especially regional tourists. The site is also known for the display of the intangible cultural heritage through traditional dances, music and festivals. However, some aspects still need to be improved, such as the environmental awareness, socio-economic background, sanitation and hygiene of the local people. Most of the locals are earning a living from their vegetable gardens. The increasing number of visitors each year not only results in littering, but also vandalism on the temple, which has become a serious problem.

Volunteers will help out with education and sharing knowledge on recycling through school visits, managing waste dumping, cleaning the temple, environmental education for children, and campaigns about environmental issues.
The project aims to increase the awareness of local people about garbage problems (especially non organic garbage), to support tangible and intangible heritage preservation programs, cultural exchange with local people and educating students and local people to take care of their environment.

The volunteer team will mainly work for changing attitudes and behaviour of local people towards their environment such as recycling garbage, personal hygiene practices related to the environment, organizing English lessons and school visits, and playing games with the children. There will be also possibilities for physical work such as cleaning the temple, planting trees, gardening, or making sign boards and garbage bins.

Language: English

Accommodation: With a host family, sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Candi Village, Gedongsongo, Bandungan, Semarang Regency, 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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Long-term projects in Indonesia