Volunteer in Indonesia

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

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 campaign.

Language: English

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

Location: Mangkang Wetan and Mangunharjo Village, Tugu Municipality, Semarang City, Central Java

Nearest airport: Ahmad Yani International Airport, Semarang

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 2900000 IDR
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:
February 10 - February 19, 2020
July 15 - July 24, 2020

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Preserving a traditional village and local culture on Sumba Island
Sumba Island       2 projects of 2 wks in February and September

Volunteer project: Prai Ijing is a megalithic village on Sumba Island, most famous for its traditional houses. The houses are unique with their structure and meaning. Prai Ijing has a lot of stories and traditions that the local people still observe.
The village has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Sumba with many local and foreign visitors coming every day. However, this traditional village is in need of better infrastructure and cleanliness. Most locals don't speak English which limits the opportunity for communication and sharing about their culture and traditions.
The project aims to empower the Prai Ijing community by raising awareness of the potential of local culture.

The volunteers will help local people to beautify and manage their village by fixing and setting up infrastructure and will help provide information about local culture to tourists. The volunteers will also teach English to local people so that they can effectively communicate and tell about Sumba culture to visitors who come to this traditional village. Other activities within the project include mapping the village, weaving and handicrafts with local women and school visits to speak with young people about traditional culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a traditional Sumba house in Prai Ijing village, sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Prai Ijing Traditional Village, West Sumba Regency, Sumba Island

Nearest airport: Tambolaka Airport, Sumba Island

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 3600000 IDR
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:
February 14 - February 27, 2020
September 9 - September 22, 2020

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Carrying on Kartini's education empowerment legacy
Rembang, Central Java       2 projects of 2 wks from February to September

Volunteer project: Raden Adjeng Kartini was a prominent Indonesian national heroine during the Dutch colonial era. She was a pioneer in the area of education for girls and women's rights for Indonesians. Born into an aristocratic Javanese family, Kartini had the unusual opportunity to attend a Dutch school, which exposed her to Western ideas and made her fluent in Dutch. Javanese tradition at the time required girls to leave school after the age of 12. In her years of seclusion, Kartini continued to educate herself and began to correspond with friends in Europe and Dutch officials. Through her letters, Kartini voiced her concerns about the condition of women who were being left behind in education, culture and politics. In 1903, she opened the first Indonesian primary school for girls that did not discriminate on the basis of their social status.

This project is intended to introduce Kartini's struggle and legacy, and to increase the enthusiasm for learning among local children and youth. The project activities include outdoor teaching, studying with kids, school visits, fun non-formal educational activities.

Volunteers' main work will include teaching activities (language classes, handicrafts, arts workshops, etc.). Volunteers are expected to encourage and motivate students and local residents to pursue educational opportunities and preserve their culture. The group will also promote the local youth center among youth clubs, high schools or university in order to attract local volunteers who could join the educational activities in shelters and in the community.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay with the local community, sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Rembang Regency, Central Java

Nearest airport: Ahmad Yani International Airport, Semarang

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 2900000 IDR
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:
February 25 - March 5, 2020
September 21 - September 30, 2020

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Raising environmental awareness and preserving the Gedong Songo temple
Semarang, Central Java       March 2 - March 11, 2020

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: 2900000 IDR
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       3 projects of 2 wks from March to September

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 non-formal education 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: With a host family, 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: 2900000 IDR
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:
March 13 - March 26, 2020
July 21 - August 3, 2020
September 15 - September 24, 2020

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Raising awareness for the preservation of Borobudur - the world's largest Buddhist temple
Borobudur, Central Java       3 projects of 2 wks from March to August

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. Participants will also join efforts with local people for environmental protection and managing garbage disposal.

Language: English

Accommodation: With a host family, 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: 2900000 IDR
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:
March 23 - April 1, 2020
July 1 - July 10, 2020
August 5 - August 18, 2020

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Preserving the unique culture of Sasak people on Lombok
Lombok Island       August 11 - August 24, 2020

Volunteer project: The project takes place in a Sasak village on the border of Lombok Tengah regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Lombok Island. It is one of the tourist villages in Lombok with traditional customs and many handicraft products made from Lontar leaves, pipe, bamboo and songket. The village has social and cultural potential, and strives to preserve its culture, develop tourism and eliminate exploitation of children.

The main focus of the project is preserving the local Sasak culture which is almost forgotten by the people. The volunteers will help strengthen the local culture by joining various activities with the community. The aim is to empower the community by raising awareness and providing education about local culture to children and youth.

The volunteers will learn about Sasak culture from the perspective of the local community and will help residents in guiding their children to learn about the culture. They will also organize English classes for youths and the villagers, will take part in community activities such as intercultural learning, and will assist local people in promoting their village and culture on social media.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay with the local community, sleeping bag is needed.

Location: The project site is 5 km from Mataram in Labulia Regency, Central Lombok

Nearest airport: Lombok International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 3600000 IDR
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