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Construction and educational activities with students on Kemujan island
Kemujan, Karimunjawa Islands         August 22 - September 1, 2014

Volunteer project: Karimunjawa Islands is a national park with beautiful beaches and coral reefs. Kemujan is one of the islands of Karimunjawa. Kemujan village’s population is around 4.250 inhabitants. Most of the people live as fishermen and grow sea weed. Since most of the island is not fertile, only the cultivation of rice and vegetables is possible. There are many coconut farms. Most of the islands are hilly and surrounded by coral reefs. The biggest mountain is called Mt. Karimunjawa. Different tribes live on the islands, like Javanese, Maduranese, Mandarnese, Butonese, Makasar and Bajo. You can also still find the traditional houses of the local people made of wood.

 

The international volunteers will work with the students of the High School in Kemujan. The school has around 100 students, mostly coming from the nearby islands. It has 3 levels of classes: VII, VIII and IX. Usually each class consists of around 20 to 25 students. The school has 17 teachers and administrative workers. The education system managed by the school is very open and responsive to new ideas and knowledge.

The volunteers will help build sanitation facilities for the local school. The volunteers will also join the education process in the school by teaching basic English to the kids, introducing some English kids songs, organising cultural exchange activities and games.

Study theme: The volunteers will 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: During the free time, the volunteers may experience the real attraction of Karimunjawa Islands by visiting Menjangan Island which has white sand beaches, good snorkeling and is within easy reach of Karimun town. Moreover, Karimunjawa Island is very well known for its white sand and beautiful beaches.

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 Kemujan island which is part of Karimunjawa Group of Islands. The islands are located in the Java Sea on the north of Java Island, about 100 km from Semarang City and around 80 km from Jepara City.

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station and bus terminal.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 205 € (3.280.000 IDR)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Support for disabled children on Bali Island
Jimbaran, Bali Island          August 23 - September 6, 2014
Jimbaran, Bali Island          January 31 - February 14, 2015

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 several extra activities in order to lead them to become independent personalities 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.

Study theme: The volunteers will be introduced to the education activities of the disabled students. The project also relates to Indonesian culture and customs in general.

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: 190 € (3.040.000 IDR)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching and playing with deaf and mute children in Wonosobo
Wonosobo, Wonosobo regency          August 30 - September 13, 2014

Volunteer project: Wonosobo is a regency located in Dieng Plateau, 129 km from Semarang, the capital city of Central Java. Wonosobo is located in a picturesque mountain landscape  surrounded by twin volcanos: Mount Sindoro and Mount Sumbing, with green valleys and tea plantations that flourish in between. The are is famous for its natural tourist attractions and old heritage, such as the Dieng Temple.

Our project will be working together with the local congregation which takes care of deaf and mute children. Each of students has different family background; some are from broken families or with parents who don't take care of the children. The congregation has a dormitory house which provides shelter for the children and a school to educate them. The presence of international volunteers, bringing happiness with intercultural dimension, would be a greatly beneficial and meaningful experience for the children.

The project will combine educational and manual work. We will teach English to the local kids and organise other activities such as playing games, making handicrafts, assisting the students with their homework, help with cooking, etc. In the afternoon, the group will work on painting the orphanage building.

Study theme: The volunteers will 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: During free time, the volunteers will have the chance to visit Dieng Plateau and Rainbow Lake which are quite famous in the area.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a dormitory house (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed) where they will have their meals together with the children.

Location: This project will take place in Wonosobo Regency which is 3 hours drive from Semarang.

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station and bus terminal.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 190 € (3.040.000 IDR)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 


Telling a story                                                        Hooray

 

Support the erosion control and waste management efforts in Japara regency
Teluk, Jepara regency          August 30 - September 13, 2014

Volunteer project: During the last 5 years environmental issues became important among local people in Teluk Subdistrict, Jepara Regency. This place is situated in front of North Sea of Java Island. Several environmental problems rise such as garbage problem in the seashore and also erosion in the local village. Many of the local people have not put their concern yet due this situation while some of them are trying to deal with this problem by co-operating with local stake holder who are concerned about the environmental problems.

The volunteers will help making dump for garbage and also planting mangrove due to the erosion problem. Volunteers will also have a chance to conduct teaching program with a local school in order to give them early education related to environmental issues.

Study theme: The volunteers will 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: During free time, the volunteers will have the chance to visit Bandengan Beach and Kartini Beach which are famous tourism places. You will also have a chance to do some sport activities with the local youths.

Language: English

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

Location: This workcamp will be held in Teluk village, Jepara regency which is 50 kms away from Semarang city.

Terminal: Semarang airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 190 € (3.040.000 IDR)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 


Making a garden                                              Making a sign

 

Elephant conservation in Sumatra
Lampung, Sumatra          December 6 - December 15, 2014
Lampung, Sumatra          January 31 - February 9, 2015

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 humans 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. Presently, there are about 65 tamed elephants being taken care of by the conservation center, while 200 elephants live wildly in the forest.

The volunteers will help local mahouts daily to take care of the elephants starting from bathing/showering, feeding, health checking and grassing the elephants. One local mahout will be accompanied by two or three volunteers in doing the daily job.

Leisure time: During the free time, the volunteers may have a forest safari with a local mahout with a camp fire, fishing, as well as swimming in the middle of the forest. 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: 260 € (4.160.000 IDR)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Educational and agricultural activities in rural Central Java
Kopeng, Semarang regency          January 17 - January 31, 2015

Volunteer project: Getasan is a sub-district of Semarang regency, located in the valley of Merbabu Mountain, which is an old passive volcano in Java, Indonesia. The location of the village provides fresh and quiet cold weather, with a nice green and mountainous view around it. Most of the people in the area are working in agriculture. Kopeng is called "The Vegetable Garden of Central Java".

Here, a group of international volunteers will cooperate with the local people and a local school, Getasan elementary school. There are about 180 students, ages 6 to 12, divided into 6 classes, 30 students per class. 11 teachers teach in the school. This school is located near the only road to Kopeng from Salatiga.
In the morning, the volunteers will teach the kids in Getasan elementary school. In the afternoon, they will help the local people with planting and harvesting chili, tomato, cabbage, etc. in the local garden nearby.

Study theme: The volunteers will 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: In the free time, you will have the chance to visit the Kalipancur waterfall. You can also do some sport activities with the local youths or try to milk a cow.

Language: English

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

Location: The volunteer project will be held in Getasan village, Salatiga, Semarang regency, 65 km away from Semarang city.

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station and bus terminal.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 190 € (3.040.000 IDR)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 


Look at the kids!                                                        Donation recipients

 

Support for blind children in Surabaya
Surabaya, East Java          January 24 - February 7, 2015

Volunteer project: Surabaya Blind Children Community was established by Mr.Prof.Dr. M.Soetopo, the first Indonesian Minister of Health in 5th March 1959. The aim of establishment this foundation is to solve the problem of blindness in Indonesia which has not been taken care seriously and as a result of high incidence of blindness will continue to prevail. The loss of sight doesn’t mean that they lose their right to receive equal education. They have the right to expect the opportunity to develop their talents and become useful citizens to gain the ability to work.
The foundation has blind school levels from kindergarten (10 students), a primary school (38 students) and junior high school (24 students) and is located in Surabaya city. We would like to host foreign volunteers because we believe that their interaction with the children, during education and vocational classes and other activities will be of great benefit as our students have little or no chances to meet people from other cultures. The intercultural dimension that their presence will generate will also be welcomed and valued by the local staff. The support that the volunteers will give to our teaching staff, particularly those teaching English, will be invaluable.

The volunteers will build a wall along the small canal in the school area in order to avoid landslide as well as to protect the blind children from danger. The volunteers will also help teachers in giving training on physical activities to the disabled students like making simple handicrafts, playing music, doing simple sport etc. Volunteers' influence on students is expected to create a sense of knowledge of other realities for the disabled kids and other cultures in a way that improves their own perception of themselves and what they can achieve. Also to open the mind of international volunteers that the disabled students also need attention to face their future. It will also give opportunity to the international volunteers to learn about the treatment that should be provided by the families of blind children.

Study theme: The volunteers will be introduced to the education activities for disabled students related with Indonesian culture and customs in general.

Leisure time: During free time, the volunteers will have the chance to visit the diverse tourism attractions in Surabaya. Volunteers may visit Madura Island, handicraft making centre or traditional market.

Language: English

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

Location: Blind Children Foundation in Surabaya

Terminal: Juanda International Airport, Surabaya

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 190 € (3.040.000 IDR)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

School renovation and teaching English in Sulursari
Sulursari, Grobogan regency          February 14 - February 28, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will be based in Sulursari. International volunteer projects have been organized here in the past three years. The interaction between foreign volunteers and the children, during education and vocational classes, is of great benefit for the students, teachers, as well as the local people. The intercultural dimension that their presence generates is also welcomed and valued by the local staffs. The support that the volunteers provide to the teaching staff, particularly those teaching English, is invaluable.

The international volunteers will be involved in renovation work in the school. They will lay out a parking lot for the students. They will also teach English and organize games for the kids.

Study theme: The volunteers will 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: During free time, the volunteers will have the chance to visit the Bleduk Kuwu, a small mud volcano, used by the people in the surroundings to make salt from its water. You can also visit Purwodadi city and take part in some sport activities with the local youths.

Language: English

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

Location: This project will be held in Sulursari village in the Grobogan Regency, 100 km east of Semarang.

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station and bus terminal.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 190 € (3.040.000 IDR)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

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