Volunteer in Indonesia

Mangrove planting for coastal protection in Central Java
Mangkang, Central Java       2 projects of 2 wks from January to April

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: 2.500.000 Rp. (about 160 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:
January 16 - January 29, 2018
March 28 - April 10, 2018

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Elephant conservation in Sumatra
Lampung, Sumatra       January 15 - January 23, 2018

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.

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Youth empowerment camp
Indramayu, West Java       January 25 - February 7, 2018

Volunteer project: Karangsong village in Indramayu Regency is located in a fishing region, near to the biggest fish auction in West Java. Most of the local people work as fishermen and ship makers and they have low economic standard. After school, the children mostly go to the fish auction - an inappropriate environment for a playground. Local volunteers from Karangsong village collaborated with the local Community Library to address this issue.
The project aims to provide activities for the children in Karangsong village together with the library, to exchange culture between international participants and local people, to empower local people to be more aware about children’s education, especially character building.

The main focus of the public library is to provide space for children to participate in positive activities, such as reading books, English classes, handicrafts, etc. International volunteers in this project will organize activities for children together with some local volunteers in the library including educational activities with the kids, character building, teaching them good manners, community visits to promote the library and recruit local volunteers.

The volunteers will create a fun learning atmosphere with non formal education and some art activities to promote the spirit of volunteerism to local people. The activities will take place in fishing and slum areas. The volunteers will teach the kids English, character building, making handicrafts.

Special requirements: The project is open for female volunteers only.

Language: English

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

Location: Karangsong village, located in Indramayu Regency, West Java

Nearest airport: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 2.500.000 Rp. (about 160 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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Music camp for slum children in Semarang
Semarang, Central Java       February 1 - February 14, 2018

Volunteer project: The project will take place in Bangun Harjo which is very close to Johar Market, the biggest traditional market in Semarang. Most of the local people are poor. The housing areas are dirty and often flooded by seawater. The children mostly live in stalls inside Johar Market, without official house address and using the market as their playground, while their parents serve the customers. Usually the kids also try to beg people who come to the market for money.

The main focus of the program is to give space to the children to get involved in other activities, such as reading books, handicrafts, etc. Since 2014, a special Music Camp has been organized to teach the children to play music and explore their artistic talents.
International volunteers in this project will organize activities for the slum children in the Johar Market area, will participate in cultural exchange activities with local people and will raise awareness about arts and education for children.

The project activities include studying with kids and participating in arts activities; community visits to promote the program and the spirit of volunteerism; and holding a mini concert for children to appreciate their music talent. The group will create fun learning atmosphere with lots of art activities, especially music. The volunteers are expected to teach the kids about music, either with traditional instruments from their country or international music instruments.

Language: English

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

Location: Bangun Harjo village, which is located in Semarang City, Central Java

Nearest airport: Ahmad Yani International Airport, Semarang

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 2.500.000 Rp. (about 160 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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Teaching English and improving educational facilities on Bali Island
Jembrana, Bali Island       February 5 - February 16, 2018

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.

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Teach English and explore local culture on Bali Island
Jembrana, Bali Island       February 5 - February 15, 2018

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.

On the days 9th to 11th the volunteers will have a special cultural experience activity in Denpasar and will visit cultural attractions in Bali. They will learn and practice local traditions and customs, and will support local people in their effort to protect and conserve the local culture.

Study theme: The volunteers will be introduced to the rich local culture and nature. They will interact with local people and will learn about the importance of local culture.

Leisure time: During free time, the volunteers will have the chance to visit diverse and exciting attractions in Jembrana. 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). During the special cultural activity in Denpasar, the volunteers will stay at a local accommodation for two nights.

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: 320 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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Education for children in Semarang’s red light district
Semarang, Central Java       February 7 - February 20, 2018

Volunteer project: More than 100 families live in the red-light district in Semarang Regency and they mostly work as sex workers or food sellers. This volunteer project has been running since 2006, with the aim to improve the quality of life of marginalized kids so they can be treated fairly and be less discriminated. Most of the children living in this area don’t have birth certificate, since their parents don’t have any identity documents. They cannot afford higher level of school and must face high-risk sexual activity scenes such as violence, sex bargaining or sexual exploitation. A Study Center in the area is providing space for children to read books, make handicrafts, have fun, study and experience cross cultural activities with volunteers.

Volunteers’ main task will be organizing non-formal educational and character building activities for children in the red-light district. In a fun atmosphere, the kids will learn about personal hygiene and moral values through storytelling, games, drawing, etc. The volunteers will also help the kids learn English and about world cultures.

The volunteers will also take part in school awareness campaign and open public discussions to raise local people’s involvement in education, to minimize children’s discrimination and address other local issues.

Special requirements: This project will be held in a red-light district. Be open minded, leave prejudice behind, and bring lots of love for children.

Language: English

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

Location: Jatijajar village, Bergas Municipality, Semarang Regency, Central Java

Nearest airport: Ahmad Yani International Airport, Semarang

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 2.500.000 Rp. (about 160 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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Urban farming in Semarang
Semarang, Central Java       February 22 - March 7, 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: 2.500.000 Rp. (about 160 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       March 1 - March 14, 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: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 2.500.000 Rp. (about 160 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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Support the work and raise awareness of the archaeological research site in Semedo
Tegal, Central Java       March 7 - March 20, 2018

Volunteer project: Semedo is the name of a village currently being a laboratory for archeology and it has started to build up an archeology museum. The first fossil was found here in 2005 by a group of farmers who used it as an ornament in their house. Day by day, many more fossils are being found. In 2013, the rarest fossils, dwarf elephant (Stegodon) and giant ape, were found by The Yogyakarta Archaeology Agency. The discovery of these fossils in Semedo proves that the ancient giant ape species--around 3 meters tall (between 9 and 10 feet) -- also lived in Java. The fossils that were found were from 700.000 BC. We would like to raise awareness of the local community to take care of the fossils. The project aims to raise awareness of Semedo archeology sites and to educate local people to have eco-friendly lifestyle.

The volunteers will observe local potential by visiting sites, have discussions with local people, take part in a campaign about eco-friendly living so the sites are kept clean, and join local activities, educating local people and kids about fossils and archeology.

Language: English

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

Location: Semedo, Tegal Regency, Central Java. Semedo is a small and quite religious traditional village.

Nearest airport: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 2.500.000 Rp. (about 160 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: 2.500.000 Rp. (about 160 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