Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago state, made up of an astounding 17,508 islands in Southeast Asia. Securing its independence after World War II, Indonesia has continued in its important role as a trade region, which dates back to the seventh century. Since declaring independence, Indonesia has been turbulent, with challenges posed by natural disasters, corruption, separatism, a democratization process, and periods of rapid economic change. Two monsoon seasons (rainy and dry) determine Indonesia’s climate for the year, with predominately warm temperatures except in the mountains. Hot springs, exotic animals, and beautiful rock formations leave little for volunteers to want in this magnificent country.
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Indonesia, you will be hosted by Dejavato, ICYE’s Indonesian partner organization. Dejavato was started in an effort to promote education and social welfare throughout the region when Indonesia’s government was unable to meet the needs of the residents here.
For the month of February, join us in celebrating David MacMurtrie, who participated in a 12-month volunteer Quest with United Planet in Indonesia during 2015-2016. During his time in Indonesia, he taught at a special education school and made the most out of the opportunity to immerse in the local culture from attending Muslim weddings and festivals to participating in Ramadan. “I learned a lot about the world in myself…My favorite way of describing my year in Indonesia is that it was ‘A heck of an experience’. That’s really the best way to sum it up. I had a lot of really awesome times and…stepped out of my comfort zone a lot. I feel much more a part of the world now… There’s no question about whether or not I will travel again. I have to.”
To celebrate David’s dedication to fostering cross-cultural understanding and building his global competencies, those who enroll for an individual Long-Term Quest to Indonesia during the month of February will save $150 off their Quest fee*
*Please note that this promotion does not apply to group Quests. To take advantage of the discount you will need to enroll between 2/1/17 and 2/28/17. Additionally, you must begin your Quest by August 31, 2017. This promotion cannot be combined with other United Planet discounts.
Volunteers assist English language teachers in schools ranging from kindergartens to universities. Volunteers are also asked to contribute to activities organized by the schools. In village schools where funding is limited, volunteers may be asked to assist local staff with repairing the facilities with projects such as cleaning or painting.
Volunteers have the opportunity to assist patients from disadvantaged economic backgrounds in local public health clinics. Additionally, volunteers may assist doctors and nurses in organizing medical checks for the local community. Please note that volunteers will be required to provide proof of medical school attendance or of medical practice.
Volunteers work in government-funded schools for children with mental and/or physical disabilities. Volunteers are needed to assist teachers with general class supervision as well as being involved in extracurricular activities such as cooking lessons, computer class, music, handicraft, English lessons, and more.
Volunteers work in local community centers with a variety of possible tasks such as teaching English, assisting local families in tasks on their farm or ranch, and organizing cultural activities for the community.
Stand close to the edge of rock ledges and get sprayed by the ocean’s mist, otherwise known as “the Devil’s Tears.” If you stay until the end of the day, this is a great spot to watch the sunset.
Visit the Taman Safari in Bogor and see wild animals like zebras, elephants, and hippos roam around.
Relax in the hot springs on Marisa Island or explore the rest of the lake by boat. Lake Ranau is famous for its fish, so make sure to try some while you are there.
Indonesia is a very diverse country with over 350 different cultural and ethnic groups. Take advantage of the opportunity to visit one of the many villages in Indonesia and see the traditional village crafts, food, and customs.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline||Late Deposit Deadline|
|August 2017||$7,850||$11,325||Monday, March 6, 2017||Monday, May 8, 2017||Monday, May 22, 2017|
|January 2018||$7,850||$11,325||Monday, July 31, 2017||Monday, September 4, 2017||Monday, September 18, 2017|
Enroll by the Early Bird Deadline and take $300 off your Quest fee.
Please note that deposits received after the Regular Deadline (before the Late Deadline) require an additional $150 fee.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don't just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.