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Elephant conservation in Sumatra
Lampung, Sumatra          May 30 - June 8, 2015
Lampung, Sumatra          January 16 - January 25, 2016
Lampung, Sumatra          February 27 - March 7, 2016

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. 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 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 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: 290 Euro

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 English and renovating a school in Magelang
Magelang, Central Java          August 8 - August 22, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer project takes place in Magelang, between Mount Merbabu and Mount Sumbing. Magelang is located in a fertile agricultural area and one of the most densely populated regions on Central Java. Moreover, it is the closest town to the monumental Buddhist Temple Borobudur. Magelang is 75 km from Semarang and 42 km from Jogjakarta. The regency is surrounded by mountains and hills such as Sindoro-Sumbing Mountain, Merbabu Mountain, Merapi Mountain, Andong hill and Telomoyo hill.

The volunteer project will be working together with a local elementary school in Magelang. The intercultural dimension that the volunteers' presence will generate would be welcomed and appreciated by the school community.

This project will be focusing on educational and manual work. The volunteers will help teach English and organize activities with the local kids such as playing games and singing songs. In the afternoon, the group will help with construction work and farming.

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 will have the chance to visit the great Borobudur Temple and also go white water rafting on the Elo River.

Language: English

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

Location: Magelang Regency, 42 km north of Yogyakarta

Terminal: Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport (JOG) or Yogyakarta Railway Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 205 Euro

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

 

Encourage children to learn English and improve educational facilities on Bali Island
Jembrana, Bali Island          August 8 - August 22, 2015
Jembrana, Bali Island          March 12 - March 26, 2016

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.

This year, 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. After school, the students are encouraged to get involved in extracurricular activities such as sport, art, scouting, computers and traditional dance.

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 activities and playing with the kids.

Study theme: The volunteers will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local culture particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: During the free time, the volunteers will have the chance to visit 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 Indonesian host families (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed).

Location: The project will take place in the rural area of Jembrana Regency, in the western part of 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: 210 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Restoration and preservation of Prambanan World Heritage site
Klaten, Central Java          August 22 - September 5, 2015

Volunteer project: This project follows the important global initiative to preserve World Heritage sites since 2006. 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. 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. Guided visits to Prambanan will be organized in cooperation with the site’s management. 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 under the supervision and guidance of the Archaeological Department. 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 the Indonesian heritage site of Prambanan Temple. They will learn why and how this temple was built long time ago. 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: Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport (JOG) or Yogyakarta Railway Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro

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

 

Conservation and management of mangrove forests in Central Java
Rembang, Central Java          August 22 - September 5, 2015
Rembang, Central Java          December 5 - December 19, 2015

Volunteer project: In the past, many fishponds were damaged by the heavy waves from the sea in Banggi village. It was because the mangroves were damaged and there was no barrier to protect the coast. The local people have been working to restore the area by planting mangroves since the 1960’s. Now they can take advantage of a mangrove forest that reaches about 80 hectares. The conservation work continues and the locals are planting more than 100 hectares of mangroves. Besides, they also have a mangrove cluster to help conserve the mangroves by providing the seeds.

The volunteers will be helping the local people in their mangrove conservation work by making polybags for the seeds, planting mangroves, and taking care of the mangroves. The volunteers will also have a chance to join the early education program of a local school and teach the children about 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 the free time, the volunteers will have the chance to visit Kartini Beach which is a famous tourist place. There's also an opportunity for 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: The project will be held in Banggi Village, Rembang Regency, which is 100 km east of Semarang city.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 205 Euro

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          January 30 - February 13, 2016

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: 215 Euro

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 the erosion control and waste management efforts in Japara regency
Teluk, Jepara regency          January 30 - February 13, 2016

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 create a barrier to fight 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: 205 Euro

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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