Indonesia

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered with IVHQ for 2 weeks in Ubud, Bali. The support from IVHQ is great, they check in to see how you're doing and are happy to help with any changes or info needed. The accomodation was amazing! I stayed in Moming house and quickly learnt it had the best community feel to it. We played cards every night together and became great friends. There was room for 18 people but there was usually less than 10 people there. The house was located at the back of a family's compound, so we got to know the family as well (who were so lovely).
The first week was orientation, which enabled us to get a grip on the culture, the surrounding area, the food, and also to get to know the volunteers also starting that week.
My second week was spent doing construction and renovation. We reconstructed a wall at a nearby school. We spent about 4 hours each day on our projects.
The food was great and served at a canteen not far from our accomodation. The canteen was a great place to see and meet other volunteers.
All in all, the experience was one of the most enjoyable things I've done in my life and I'd endlessly recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to go back!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Mar 18, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Nomadic

Program:
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Mar 14, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

International Humanity Foundation

I had volunteered a little before, but never for an actual NGO. When looking for possibilities in Asia, I found IHF and was inspired by the work it does for children and the local communities. I needed NGO work experience for my future and IHF seemed like a good choice, so I applied and was placed at Medan. I work on my international online tasks in the morning and early afternoon, then in the evenings, I help teach English to some of the classes. The center here offers additional education to supplement the lacking school system. On Fridays, I lead the Special Activities class that allows the children to experience things outside of standard curriculums, such as arts and crafts or cultural exchange programs. The center also visits TEP students who don’t attend the evening classes, but who have sponsors to help them with daily living and their school costs. The children are full of energy and always smiling and the volunteers enjoy being with them. In my short time here as a Work-Study Volunteer, I’ve learnt a lot about how an NGO works with it’s staff and community and skills that will be useful in my future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Oct 29, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
9

Ecoteer

I volunteered at the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Jogja through the Ecoteer program. I originally chose this program because of the comfort level that I felt with all my correspondence with the Ecoteer staff and founder Dan Quilter. However, I went back for a second stay because of how wonderful my experience was. I was drawn to the Centre by the animals, but I found that the staff and locals were the ones that made the most impact on my experience. The Centre is very beautiful with many surprise amenities, such as air conditioning in the rooms, wifi on site, and a private local chief to make all the meals for the volunteers. Each morning is spent with a different animal keeper, where you act as their assistant while they care for their specific animals. The afternoons were for “special assignments”, which could consist of animal enrichment activities, building nests, assisting the onsite Veterinarian, and other necessary daily tasks for the well-being of the animals. After the work day is finished, the volunteer coordinator has cultural activities set up for each evening. During my stay there was the option to learn to play Gamelan (Music of Indonesia), visit a local animal release site, kids club with local school children, teaching English to local adults, and participate in a batik arts class. The volunteers have the weekends off so they can explore the local area. The volunteer coordinator will also set up a local driver for you to go wherever you desire, at a very fair and low price. Over all, the energy at the Centre is tranquil, welcoming, and secure. All of the staff are so friendly, easy going, and happy to assist with any needs you may have. And my favorite is that there are constant sounds from animals that became like a harmonious song always playing in the background. If you decide to volunteer at the Animal Rescue Centre in Jogja… be prepared to work, be prepared to learn, and be prepared to leave a better person.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Oct 22, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Humanity Foundation

I am Ilya Katrinnada from Singapore and I am a student at Yale-NUS College. Over the summer, I interned at the IHF Banda Aceh center in Indonesia as a work-study volunteer. Since I was in elementary school, I have been wanting to work at an international NGO that deals with poverty, and being there meant that my childhood dream had come true. I decided to apply for an Indonesian center because I can communicate in the local language, and also because I wanted a place to comfortably experience my first Ramadan (the Islamic month during which Muslims fast from dawn till dusk) outside of my home country. And also because Indonesia, for various reasons, has a special place in my heart. Three months ago, when I first told some of my friends that I was heading to Banda Aceh, I received mixed reactions. A handful warned me about the strict enforcement of Shariah Law, some told me that there is nothing much to do here, and many others were really excited for me. Regardless of what people had said, I was very happy to be spending my summer break with IHF Banda Aceh. From teaching introductory sentences to kids as young as seven years of age and facilitating intellectual discussions amongst high school students, to receiving an Acehnese birthday bash involving flour, bird eggs and water from the drain, and smiling at passers-by while riding through the countryside en route to watching the sunset at the beach, my days were nothing short of amazing. My experience had taught me so much. Firstly, I learnt the intricacies of running an international NGO. My online tasks exposed me to what occurs behind the scenes, such as promoting IHF to people all over the world and finding sponsorships for deserving children (which is always very rewarding). On the other hand, my at-center tasks showed me the importance of being spontaneous and flexible – no matter how many students turn up for lessons or activities, the show must go on. Secondly, I learnt that in order to win a child’s heart, it is important to know how to play his game. During my time there, I taught taekwondo to some of the younger kids. Some of the boys already had some knowledge of martial arts, and I feel that this common ground really helped me establish a connection with them. We moved from martial arts to playing football and volleyball, and just talking about life. Thirdly, I learnt the value of community. There was a strong sense of community in Aceh, and this was portrayed every day when kids and volunteers from various ages and backgrounds walked through IHF’s gates. We taught each other and learnt from one another. We always had a good time together, and the more people there were, the merrier it was. To me, IHF was more than just a center – it was indeed a family. And the moment you decide to join us, you will immediately be welcomed with open arms.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Aug 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Humanity Foundation

I am a rising senior at a college in New York, United States, who is nearly finishing her volunteering time for the International Humanity Foundation in Bali, Indonesia.
At school, I am studying politics, with an international focus so traveling experiences are a huge supplement to my education. I decided to volunteer for IHF to learn more about the running of NGOs, live in a different part of the world, and contribute my time to the betterment of others.
IHF is an international NGO that has education centers (Indonesia) and children homes (Thailand, Kenya) where people can volunteer and donate money towards improving the lives of young ones in need. The IHF Bali location hosts activities and supplemental English, math and computer classes for locals in the neighboring areas. As a volunteer, I am awarded the opportunity to help teach these classes and host activities to have fun with the kids.
It has been an enjoyable experience to interact with so many sweet kids. Everyone in the community is so friendly, as it is impossible to walk past someone without expecting a greeting. I have learned that, despite cultural difference, the Indonesian children are very much similar to ones back in my country. Indonesian kids love to dance, sing, play around, and learn from volunteers, such as myself, and others of IHF. Overall, I feel that I have learned a lot from the experience and appreciate the chance to have lived in such a nice community in Bali.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Aug 3, 2015
Overall:
7
Support:
7
Value:
7

International Humanity Foundation

My name is Lhamo and I am a student in Swansea University in Wales doing media communication subject. I was originally following the one-month program, but after all the fun that I had I have changed my program to 6 weeks. This has to be one of the best experiences I have ever had so far. I can never imagine I could have this much fun teaching and traveling at the same time. It is one of the best things to see kids' smiles and how much they are keen to study just shocks me. I would make the same choice again if I ever get a chance like this. And now I just feel that one month is not enough at all.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Jun 27, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Humanity Foundation

My name is Clara Lo, and I am currently an accounting major from Queen’s University in Canada. It was through my university’s job board that I found out about the International Humanity Foundation (IHF), and I am so glad I applied to be a part of this organization.

I volunteer at the Bali Center for IHF, and this center offers English, math and computer classes to students of all ages and castes. At the center, I spend my mornings doing online work for IHF, my afternoons preparing and teaching English and computer classes, and my nights with my fellow volunteers and the locals from the village nearby. Together, there is a deep sense of community here such that I have never experienced before in my life.

I came here with no expectations of being a part of such a community, as I simply just wanted the experience of working for a NGO. However, I am so glad my experiences have been so much more than that, and I can sincerely say I found happiness in volunteering for IHF.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Jun 3, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Abroad China

My Volunteer Experience in Bali
Hi,I’m Yang,a junior student at university. I am a current volunteer for IHF at Bali center in Indonesia. I have been volunteering (teaching English and Computer) since I arrived at IHF in Buitan which is on the east coast.Places like Ubud, Kuta and PadangBai are fairly close(within 2 hours). During the mornings and evenings it's really quiet as Buitan is quite a remote village, so you could focus on your own stuffs. In the afternoons,I give lessons to local studens. Although the weather is humid and sometimes I’m very tired,our passionate students always cheer me up. They are eager to learn and often ask me interesting questions. Being their teacher as well as friend is one of the most wonderful experiences I ever have in my life. Sundays are our day off, so we usually do a trip to Kuta or Ubud because they are the places one must visit in Bali. We also try special Balinese food and diving. Candidasa is a ten-min drive with restaurants, shops and ATMs.
IHF stands for International Humanity Foundation and they have 6 centers in Indonesia,Kenya,and Thailand. They are always looking for volunteers(couples can do it) to join them. IHF is devoted to make the world better for the future generation. IHF needs many kinds of volunteers,including medical intern,nurse,co-director,math teacher,voluntourist,and workstudy. Our center has power and internet and most of us either read or do online work for the organization at night/during the mornings,so it's really peaceful.
My friend was a volunteer for IHF and she told me her story. It inspired me so I want to do it myself. I love kids and always do community work at home. Besides,Bali is the place I want to visit from a long time ago and it’s better than 7-day trips people usually do. My first week was rough but with the help of other volunteers and co-directors,I gradually get used to my life at Bali. It’s my first time to volunteer abroad,I’m truly grateful to my students because they let me know that only knowledge can’t be taken away and to my collegues because they help me patiently with my work and we share a lot of happy hours at center.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Feb 4, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Humanity Foundation

My Name is Vijay and I was an IT Professional. Now I am changing my career to Teaching English after completing the TESOL Course.

After having completed the TESOL Course in Bali, Indonesia, I was privileged to spend a month of quality time at IHF, Bali among the children and volunteer's of IHF.

I had the opportunity to be an hands-on English Teacher for Young Learners and Teenagers from the age of 8 to 16. It was very educational, and I learned alot of teaching knowledge from the time I spent here. Mainly, the different ways the Kids interact and the enthusiasm for learning.

There is so much satisfaction teaching kids and nothing can surpass the joy of helping others. Its great volunteering at IHF, Bali. I was really touched by the kindness of the kids, and I also had a chance to give back to the community in a meaningful way.

IHF in Bali gave me a opportunity to volunteer in the education center, to teach English classes to different ages of students as the students get to learn only a minimal English at the School. The friends I made at this center will surely live in my heart for a long time. The experience has been a very good experience in my life. Anyone looking to make a difference in the world, help children, the community and make great memories with some amazing people should join IHF.

This experience is a very good memory which will always remain throughout my life. All the volunteer's at IHF helped me very much at making this experience a success and also very educational.

IHF provides good meals and housing. The living conditions were suitable for any person from any part of the world since there were volunteer's from almost all parts of the world.

As a work-study volunteer, you get to be part of a team and complete tasks assigned by the respective Team Director. This is helpful for every volunteer to work as a team and communicate with other team members for a real life work experience.

At IHF, I had managed a class with around 4 students to a class with more than 20 students. Its a satisfying experience in my life. Through volunteering in IHF, around the most underprivileged families, you can become down to earth and also know the amount of facilities that the underprivileged families have. I highly recommend IHF to all who want to make a difference in their life and give back to the community and be selfless.

It's a experience that I will always cherish for the rest of my life and will do the same in your life too.

Wish you all a very Happy New Year 2015.

Best Wishes
Vijay

Program: TEFL
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Dec 26, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

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