Volunteer in Indonesia

Teaching English and improving educational facilities on Bali Island
Jembrana, Bali Island       4 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 24 - August 4, 2017
August 7 - August 18, 2017
August 21 - September 1, 2017
February 5 - February 16, 2018

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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 24 - August 1, 2017
January 15 - January 23, 2018

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Sustainable community development in rural Central Java
Kandri, Central Java       July 24 - August 4, 2017

Volunteer project: Kandri village in Central Java is one of the villages that still keep the original culture and way of life of its villagers. They live peacefully in the traditional way without any conflict with the modern world. The village is surrounded by beautiful nature with views over hills and trees and a dam with clean water. Most of the villagers work as farmers. There are still many problems in the village that need to be resolved. The facilities in particular need more attention from the government and residents. It is also important to raise awareness among the villagers about protecting the environment through sharing knowledge, experience and training. Villagers need to learn about waste management and garbage separation.

The volunteers will help villagers with daily activities such as farming, planting trees, harvesting and renovating village facilities. The volunteers will assist teachers and villagers in teaching children about environmental conservation. The volunteers with also teach the children basic English and some English kids songs. The group will take part in other activities like cultural exchange, playing with the kids after school and some extracurricular activities such as 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 Central Java. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: The volunteers will get to know the daily life of the villagers, will experience traditional farming and educational activities with children related to Indonesian culture and customs in general.

Language: English

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

Location: The volunteer project is held in Kandri village in Central Java.

Terminal: Achmad Yani International Airport (SRG) Semarang or Semarang Railway Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 240 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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Restoration and preservation of Prambanan World Heritage site
Klaten, Central Java       August 7 - August 18, 2017

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
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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River School program
Klaten, Central Java       August 7 - August 18, 2017

Volunteer project: Rivers have important role for human life and civilization and are very important for the balance of nature. The Indonesian government, recognizing the importance of conserving nature and especially rivers, has initiated a special River School Program for children in Klaten. This is a pilot program in Indonesia. The program itself will be focused on education for children with the main theme being nature and river conservation. It aims to educate the next generation about the importance of rivers in nature and for the future. International volunteers are expected to take part in this remarkable program and contribute with their ideas. During the program, the volunteer will live together and interact with local people and will learn about local wisdom and Javanese culture.

The volunteers in the project are expected to bring in and propose their best ideas for managing the River School Program. They will design various environment conservation activities for the children. The volunteers will also assist local teachers in teaching English specifically on the theme of environmental and river conservation. There will be also activities on the Woro Purba river such as cleaning the river from rubbish, planting trees, construction of needed facilities.

Study theme: The volunteers will be introduced to the educational activities for children at the river school which are based on environmental conservation, Indonesian culture and customs in general.

Leisure time: Visiting the nearby World Heritage sites, 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: Kemudo village is located in Klaten regency, 25 km east of Yogyakarta City and 95 km south east of Semarang.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 260 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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Help preserve Prambanan World Heritage and experience traditional Bali culture
Central Java and Bali Island       August 21 - August 31, 2017

Volunteer project: 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 consists 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.
In collaboration with Central Java Archeological Site Management, volunteers from all over the world will come together to help to preserve and restore the temple. We will conduct a heritage project in Plaosan Temple which also belongs to Prambanan temple compounds. 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.

Bali, also known as the island of gods, is a wonderful place with rich culture and nature. Many people from around the world travel to Bali to see the beautiful nature and to learn about its fascinating culture, traditional dance and music. The nature itself is amazing with the rainforest and the terraced rice paddies with the special irrigation system called Subak as intangible UNESCO world heritage. The volunteers will be introduced to the local knowledge in protecting and conserving the local culture and nature.

In the first week, the volunteers will be involved in restoration work at Plaosan temple. They will have a one-day orientation about how to do the restoration and will be given information about the history of the temple, so that they can gain a real knowledge about the temples and the restoration process. 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. They will promote the preservation of the temples among the students and will organize some activities like teaching, playing games, cultural 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.

On the 9th day, the volunteers will move to Bali by airplane to take part in cultural activities. They will get introduction about the traditions and culture of Bali in general. In the village, the participants will interact with local people, will learn and practice local traditions and customs, and will support the local people in their work to protect and conserve the local culture.

Study theme: In the first week, 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 heritages sites around. While in Bali, 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: The volunteers will visit the nearby World Heritage Site and temples of Prambanan and/or Yogyakarta City. During the free time in Bali, the volunteers will have the chance to visit diverse and exciting attractions which are known all over the world. The volunteers may visit beaches, a handicraft centre or a traditional market.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the first week, the volunteers will be accommodated in host families (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed) nearby the temple. While in Bali, the volunteers will stay in a typical local accommodation.

Location: Bugisan village in Klaten regency, 25 km east of Yogyakarta and Bali Island.

Terminal: The volunteers should arrive at Adisutjipto International Airport (JOG), Yogyakarta and depart from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), Denpasar, Bali.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 430 Euro
The fee includes one way domestic flight ticket from Yogyakarta to Denpasar, Bali.
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       2 projects of 2 wks in August and 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.

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.

All available dates for this project:
August 21 - August 31, 2017
February 5 - February 15, 2018

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Long-term projects in Indonesia