Volunteer in Indonesia

Elephant conservation in Sumatra
Lampung, Sumatra       2 projects of 2 wks in January and February

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 Sumatera 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.

Leisure time: During the free time, the volunteers will take part in a wildlife and eco tour. The volunteers can enjoy the beauty of the landscape and wildlife around the project site.

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.

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

Terminal: Tanjung Karang or Raden Intan II, Lampung

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 295 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 25, 2017
February 6 - February 15, 2017

Help preserve Prambanan World Heritage and experience traditional Bali culture
Klaten, Central Java and Ubud, Bali       January 16 - January 27, 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 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.
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 information about the history of the temple, so that they can learn about the temples and the restoration process. As the volunteers live in the local community of Bugisan village, they will also have activities in the school with the local students. 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 among the local community and visitors to the world heritage site and especially the Prambanan temple compounds.

On day 8th, the volunteers will move to Bali by airplane to take part in cultural activities in Ubud. They will get introduction about the traditions and culture of Ubud and 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. To complete the cultural activity and learning part of the program, the volunteers will have cooking exchange as a way to learn about the different cultures represented in the group.

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 the town of Ubud, in the uplands of Bali.

Terminal: Klaten

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 490 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.

Teach English and explore local culture on Bali Island
Jembrana, Bali Island       January 16 - January 27, 2017

Volunteer project: Jembrana is one of the regencies in Bali Island. It is located in the western part of the island. Jembarana can be reached in 3 hours by car or by bus from Denpasar. Unlike the capital city of Denpasar, Jembrana is a peaceful and quiet place. There are a lot of rice field stretches along the regency. Moreover, the local community is very open and warm to visitors.

We organize an international volunteer project to support a rural school in the western part of the island. The school provides 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. The volunteers will also do simple renovations in the school, such as making bookshelves for the library and painting classrooms. They will be also involved in cultural exchange, playing with the kids and other extracurricular activities such as sport, art, scouting, music and traditional dance.

The volunteers will have a special two-day cultural experience activity in Denpasar, 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.

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

Bali Island is a densely populated island, with more than 3 million inhabitants all together. The population is almost entirely Indonesian; 95% are of Balinese Hindu descent and could be described as ethnic Balinese. Bali is also a tiny, extremely fertile and dramatically mountainous island which measures 140 km by 80 km. The tourism boom, which started in 1970s, has brought many changes and has helped pay for improvements in roads, telecommunications, education and health care. Although tourism has had some marked effects, Bali’s unique culture and custom has proved remarkably defined.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 290 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.

Support for disabled children on Bali Island
Jimbaran, Bali Island       February 6 - February 15, 2017

Volunteer project: Bali Disabled School was founded to cater to the needs of disabled children and youth in Bali and the surrounding areas. The school accommodates education for special children and youth from Kindergarten until Senior High School age level. In order to meet education needs for special children and youth, the school provides several educational services such as autism education, mute education, and mental health education. The subjects of the studies are taught based on the student’s specialties. Except the compulsory subject studies, the teachers also provide them with extra activities in order to lead them to become independent in the future. In general, the school curriculum or education system is similar to other schools, but there are various programs implemented in this school in order to support or encourage students’ life skills as well as their motivation in the specific fields.

The role of the volunteers will be to assist local teachers in classes by teaching basic conversational English and helping out in the physical activity training of the disabled students. This could involve handicraft-making, playing games, or performing simple sports, among others. Through the influence that this help will identifiably have on the students, it can be expected that the volunteers themselves will gain a deeper knowledge of the completely different reality of the disabled kids and will develop an overall sense of the local culture. Additionally, the project will educate the volunteers about the treatment that families of these disabled children should provide, and may even improve a volunteer’s own perception of themselves and what they can achieve.

Leisure time: During free time, the volunteers will have the chance to visit the diverse tourist attractions in Bali, which are popular all over the world. Volunteers may visit beaches, handicraft making centres, or traditional markets.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in the school (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed).

Location: This project will be held in Bali disabled school. Jimbaran is a well-known village that offers beautiful natural beaches and keeps unique culture and traditional dances.

Bali Island is a densely populated island, with more than 3 million inhabitants all together. The population is almost entirely Indonesian; 95% are of Balinese Hindu descent and could be described as ethnic Balinese. Bali is also a tiny, extremely fertile and dramatically mountainous island which measures 140 km by 80 km. The tourism boom, which started in 1970s, has brought many changes and has helped pay for improvement in roads, telecommunication, education and health. Though tourism has had some marked effects, Bali’s unique culture and customs has proven to be remarkably defined.

Terminal: Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

Long-term projects in Indonesia