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As a very diverse nation, Indonesia offers a broad range of regional cultures all over the country. To truly delve into the culture, why not step out of your comfort zone and have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and be one with the locals? Become a part of a tight-knit community in the idyllic Gesang Village in East Java and seize the opportunity for cultural exchange unlike any other.

Program Overview

The program assists the local community  which was initially established in 2014 as a community service initiative as a platform for creativity and innovation for youth.

The program aims to provide the learning opportunity for self-empowerment and capacity improvement for the village children/youth in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia.  The initiative has grown vastly from the first it was established. It has now opened new facilities, teaches more children and started new activities such as Permaculture garden to empower local villagers and improve their economy as well as promoting sustainable agriculture in the area.

Project Details

Take in all the new things you learn in this village and lend your expertise! The program hosts a wide variety of lessons, from traditional music and dance, arts and crafts, to cooking, where you can delve into the various aspects of the local culture that are exciting and enriching.

In this program, you are expected to share your knowledge and skills with the locals as a contribution to their empowerment as a thriving community through their volunteerism and social enterprise program.

It also features a permaculture garden, which is managed as learning ground and will be projected as a source of additional income from the harvest.

Highlights of the activities you will be doing in the project :

  • Providing assistance in setting up permaculture garden
  • Helping to build the construction for the garden
  • General Maintenance
  • Farming & assisting with eco – projects
  • Teaching English to local children and youths
  • Creating a module for alternative education (English, gardening, handycraft)
  • Cataloguing books at the community library
  • Providing contents for the website and the community’s official social media
  • Creating strategies to engage more youth involvement

Project Life

In this idyllic setting, you will never be short of exciting things to do. In the garden, you can provide assistance in setting up the area, building the construction, and experience firsthand farming in an eco-project.

The program provides ample opportunities to share your knowledge and culture to the local youths.  You will also be teaching English language to the children in a creative and fun way.

The program also focuses on empowering youth by actively engaging them through creative collaboration initiatives such as film production, digital familiarization, alternative education and many more.   You may also be involved in book cataloguing in the library, creating website and social media contents, as well as assisting in the general maintenance.

Project work generally runs Monday to Friday with weekends providing time to relax and explore the local area

Programma Details

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  • Highlights
    • Experience life in an authentic traditional community
    • Impart and share knowledge with local youths and children through creative fun learning
    • Contributing to environmental conservation in the community permaculture garden
    • Helping to empower the local community through education and sustainable efforts
    • Great opportunity for cultural exchange with locals and fellow volunteers
    • Enjoy the natural beauty of the tranquil Gesang Village and learn the East Javanese culture straight from the locals.

Wat is inbegrepen

  • Gastgezin
  • 24/7 noodondersteuning
  • Maaltijden
  • Assistentie bij inschrijving
  • Global Competence Certificate
  • Begeleiding
  • Oriëntaties tijdens je uitwisseling
  • Individuele contactpersoon
  • Onthaal op de luchthaven
  • Lokaal transport
  • Assistentie bij visumaanvraag
  • Plaatsing in een vrijwilligersproject
  • Project Materials

Waar ben je zelf verantwoordelijk voor

  • Retourticket vliegtuig, trein en/of bus
  • Medische verzekering
  • Inentingen
  • Culturele activiteiten

Start je avontuur

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Leer ons kennen

De beste manier om meer te weten te komen over dit programma is door langs te komen op een infomoment, een kennismaking te plannen of te praten met een ervaringsdeskundige (oud-deelnemer of vrijwilliger). We organiseren regelmatig infomomenten online of bij jou in de buurt.

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