Heritage restoration and conservation

Preserving a traditional village and local culture on Sumba Island
Sumba Island, Indonesia       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: 220 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:
February 1 - February 14, 2019
September 9 - September 22, 2019

Join now  ►

Raising environmental awareness and preserving the Gedong Songo temple
Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia       2 projects of 2 wks in March and September

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: 180 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:
March 1 - March 14, 2019
September 4 - September 17, 2019

Join now  ►

Raising awareness for the preservation of Borobudur - the world's largest Buddhist temple
Borobudur, Central Java, Indonesia       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.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a volunteer house, 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: 180 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:
March 20 - April 2, 2019
June 11 - June 24, 2019
August 7 - August 20, 2019

Join now  ►

Explore and promote Southern Thai culture at the Folklore museum on Yor Island
Songkhla, Thailand       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: The officers of The Institute for Southern Thai Studies are enthusiastic to have a language and culture exchange with international volunteers and they welcome international volunteers’ contribution in their culture seminar activities. The Folklore museum of the Institute of Southern Thai Studies is located on the hill on Koh Yor island, Songkhla with fantastic views over the Songkhla Lake and aquaculture farms.

The volunteers in this project will support the activities of the Folklore museum. They will learn about Southern Thai culture, will receive tour guide training and will assist tourists visiting the site, will clean the antiques in the museum.

Special requirements: Cultural respect, open mind and love for learning and sharing is needed.

Leisure activities: Visiting the Water Park in Songkhla zoo, Songkhla Beach, local temples and Songkhla city

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in the museum’s accommodation or home stay with the Museum staff.

Location: Yor Island, Songkhla. Songkhla is both one of Thailand's most important port cities and a coastal province known for its ethnic diversity and its unique traditions, dialect, and folk entertainment.

Terminal: Hatyai International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 14,000 Bath per month for the 1st month (including orientation week); 12,000 Bath per month for 2nd, 3rd and 4th month; 10,000 Bath per month after the 4th month.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Join now  ►

Historic heritage of Buganda kingdom
Kasubi, Kampala district, Uganda       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The Buganda kingdom dates 200 years back and has a very rich history. One of the outstanding treasures of Buganda is the Kasubi Tombs which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 2010 some parts of the site were almost completely destroyed by a fire. After this tragedy, the Buganda Kingdom has vowed to rebuild the tombs of their kings, and the kingdom is looking for motivated volunteers to help rebuild the former glory of the kingdom by conserving, protecting and promoting the heritage site in all aspects. The Kasubi Tombs is the only Heritage Site of its kind in Uganda. The volunteers will be partnering with the kingdom to rebuild, restore, and document some of the activities of a two decade legacy.

Volunteer tasks include: restoration, promotion and protection of cultural values and sites; intercultural exchange; social work; educational support; raising awareness; guiding and counseling; tree planting.

Study theme: Protection, preservation and promotion of historic heritage, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihoods of local communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: The site is located in the Central region of Uganda, Kampala district, which surrounds the capital city.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Join now  ►

Support the Management Boards of UNESCO Protected Sites in Vietnam
Vietnam       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Placement on this project can be on one of 8 UNESCO protected sites in Vietnam:
• My Son World Heritage site
• Can Gio Biosphere Reserve
• Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve
• Dong Van Global Karst Plateau Geopark
• Lower U Minh Ha National Park (under Mui Ca Mau Biosphere Reserve)
• Cat Tien National Park (under Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve)
• Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve (under Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve)
• Citadel of the Ho Dynasty

The volunteers will support the staff of the site management board. Volunteers' tasks include: giving English training course to the staff and the local community; conducting research about sustainable tourism development and management, and protection of the tropical forests; writing handbooks, leaflets and guidebooks…

Special requirements: Background/experience in environmental management, heritage management or tourism management is preferred.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will be provided with accommodation at the site. They need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Ha Giang Province, Nghe An Province, Quang Nam Province, Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh Hoa province, Ca Mau Province, Dong Nai Province, and Quang Ninh Province.

Terminal: depends on the site

Age range: 21 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Join now  ►