Volunteer in Indonesia
The most popular volunteer locations are Sumatra, Java, Bali, Borneo, Sulawesi, and West Papua. The category of your volunteer work will steer your destination options.
Java is the island that houses over fifty percent of the country’s population and the country’s capital, Jakarta. Jakarta is the largest city and has any volunteer opportunity you can imagine.
Bali is a beautiful, ecologically abundant island where tourists flock in search of serenity. The majoritively hindu locals have a colorful culture and lend to the island’s relaxed atmosphere. Popular volunteer opportunities in Bali consist of working with various community members, including children and hands on conservation of sea turtles.
The island of Borneo is home to the oldest forest in the world which has over 15,000 types of plants. It also contains the highest peak in southeast Asia - this island is a treat for the eyes. Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, anti-poaching operations, and environmental conservation are amongst the popular volunteer opportunities offered in Borneo. This island is known for its extensive orangutan presence and offers many opportunities in conserving the population.
With so many volunteer options, what exactly is it you want to do? Volunteering in conservation is a way to help conserve the lands of Indonesia. Because of the country’s biodiversity, many people unfortunately sell orangutans, sun bears, turtles and more on the black market. Help save these animals and join forces with an anti-poaching or rehabilitation organization. There is also opportunity to volunteer in anti-deforestation, coral reef and marine life protection, environmental education, and recycling.
Other popular volunteer opportunities lie in relief efforts. Due to the country’s volcanic activity, natural phenomena like earthquakes and tsunamis occur often. There are always ongoing relief efforts, and a little extra help goes a long way in the lives of those who have been negatively affected. By volunteering in disaster relief you can build/perform community development, educate children or work in other service organizations.
Volunteering in Indonesia will provide you with the chance to help an ecosystem and a people that would benefit greatly from a helping hand. Get to know the diversity and dense beauty of this unique cluster of islands while possibly learning a few languages along the way! Volunteering abroad in Indonesia will be an adventure impossible to forget! read more close
I couldn’t wait to witness the lucky little fella be released at the end of the week. It was so exciting, knowing that one of the turtles that had been in our care was soon going to start his life in the "big blue." I couldn’t hide my anticipation, regardless of the fact that we release a turtle (or two), every week.
Orientation week was conducted in Ubud. I stayed in a homestay with cottages, family temples and yards. The yards were the playgrounds for the children, the places for making handicrafts as well as the farmhouses for the chickens and dogs. I felt like I was living on a farm! With the cocks crowing nonstop, I got up by 6 am every day! What a countryside living style!
Volunteering in Indonesia was more than a simple experience, it was an opportunity I had to challenge myself as I have never done before. I have met some of the most interesting and passionate people on the planet and shared with them my life, my interests, my pictures and my dreams. Together we had the unique opportunity to discover the country, its people and its amazing environment from the privileged viewpoint of a volunteer.
This first week was an introduction week which was a great way to meet new people and familiarize oneself with the surroundings that I would be living in for a month. During this week we visited the Monkey forest, had a tour around Ubud, went to some rice fields, learnt some Balinese language and cooking and went to the Holy Water temple. It was a jam packed first week but a great way to really embrace the Balinese lifestyle. We also went and watched a Balinese dance show and had a Balinese offering and painting class. All of which contributed to a great first week.
Another trek we did was for two days in Batu Kapal. In this area we were very lucky because we got rewarded with wild orangutans. It was so impressive and beautiful to observe them and to see how they were acting and communicating with each other. It was definitely a memory that I will never forget.
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