Volunteer in Indonesia
Volunteer in Indonesia
A wonderfully diverse archipelago made up of over 17,000 islands including the main island of Java (home to the capital city Jakarta) and the popular tourist destination of Bali, an artistic and spiritual Mecca as featured in the film Eat, Pray, Love. Containing beautiful beaches, lush tropical rainforests, smoking volcanoes, bustling cities, traditional rural communities and a rich blend of cultures and religions, Indonesia is a fascinating country to visit for your holiday or gap year and has a wealth of opportunities for volunteers.
Thanks to the geographical variety and tropical climate, Indonesia’s incredible biodiversity is second only to the Amazon in Brazil. Industry and agriculture have plundered these natural resources and an alarming rate of habitat destruction has left Indonesia with the world’s highest number of endangered endemic species. This makes it an ideal destination if you are a nature lover who wants to get involved with the numerous wildlife conservation programmes available, offering unique encounters with amazing animals, a chance to learn about them from the experts and of course, the satisfaction of helping to safeguard their futures.
If you prefer to work with people and communities there are also plenty of options available. Many of Indonesia’s small, rural villages remain untouched by Western development and the people live in very basic conditions. As a volunteer you can share knowledge and skills, teaching English or helping with schools and kids’ clubs, or join a community development project for the gratifying sensation of spirited labour with a visible end result.
Indonesian people are very warm and friendly and love to meet and interact with travelers. The national motto, ‘Unity through Diversity’ reflects their rich heritage and acceptance of cultural differences. Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus cohabit peacefully and each region has a unique language, stories and traditions that characterize local beliefs. The result is a country full of flavour, with a myriad of temples to visit, a colourful arts scene, breath-taking natural phenomena and regular celebrations and festivals, you will always find plenty to see and do in Indonesia!
Volunteer and gap year programs in Indonesia