Indonesia

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My high school age daughter has traveled with GLA for the past two summers. Her first trip was the Galapagos program, and she did Bali this past year. She does not have enough great things to say about her trips, and when she got home from the airport after her trips, she could not stop talking about it for hours. Even still she tries to bring her trips into conversation whenever possible. As a parent, I was originally worried about letting her go, even though we had done significant international travel as a family before. We went to an alumni open house event before her first trip, and that solidified my confidence in GLA. She was able to talk to a girl who had gone on trips before, and her parents were able to speak to me about their experience. I was impressed at how well prepared GLA was in helping prospective students feel comfortable and excited about an adventure abroad. While she was abroad, we got frequent updates on the program blog, and seeing her smiling face in pictures reassured me. She has found a new passion for travel, and has been begging me for a third summer with GLA.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Oct 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I have spent the last two summers traveling with GLA - Ecuador in 2016 and Bali in 2017. I absolutely loved the time I spent abroad on these programs and I would do anything for just one more day on either of my trips. The people I met, the mentors who supported me, and the experiences I had were all unforgettable. I truly believe that I am a better person, in knowledge and action, as a result of my travels with Global Leadership Adventures. I have gained so much self-confidence from this type of travel, going to a new place, with new people. I wouldn't trade my trips for the world and I highly recommend GLA to any prospective students. They do an amazing job of making the trips extremely meaningful and enjoyable, at the same time. I have learned so many lessons from my travels abroad and not a day goes by that I don't think about my summer trips.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Oct 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I Volunteered in Ubud, Bali in the Wayan House for 3 weeks in August and then explored Bali for a week solo. My project was construction and renovation.
I have to say it was the best month of my life! I met some amazing people that felt like family by the time I was set to leave. I didn't want to go! I also formed a great relationship with the staff who were all young and felt like friends. Our construction site was walking distance from the volunteer house and we worked from 9am - 1pm Monday - Friday. Your work can vary depending on the project for that month but we were mixing cement, carving sidewalks,building walls and painting a community center/temple. It was so cool seeing the progress as we go.
One awesome thing to keep in mind if your considering IVHQ is you have LOTS of free time to explore! Like i said, you get off at 1pm for construction and have weekends free! I got to expplore basically all of Bali withing that month with my new friends!
If you are considering going to BAli and you are over age 30 then you may want to re-think, unless you like haning out with a bunch of kids! haha I would say the age range was from 18 - 30 which is awesome but most volunteers were early twenties. TRANSPORTATION was the easiest part. Although it says on the IVHQ site that you can't rent mopeds and motorcycles, you CAN. It is absolutely the #1 way to get around in Bali and is the Cheapest. you can pay about a $1.50 USD A DAY for a moped depending on where you rent from. The traffic takes a little getting used to but it is not hard. Almost every volunteer had a moped so you can just follow someone experienced and you'll be fine! NOTE: if you do not want to rent one then IVHQ provides a TAXI service.
I will definitely volunteer with IVHQ again. It was amazing!
Thanks Guys,
Matt Dahlberg
Instagram _Matt_Dahlberg

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Sep 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Involvement Volunteers International

Thank you. This was an amazing trip and probably the most rewarding experience of my life. I really enjoyed every aspect of it. Here is my feedback:

Highlights of the trip:

The cultural experience and being able to live with locals and having the opportunity to experience the local life style. I also really enjoyed my teaching project. My highlight was teaching my grade 6 class and being able to notice an improvement in their English during my 2 weeks. This really made me happy to see that I have made a difference.

Comments on the team, food and accommodation:

The coordinators at Green Lion were very friendly and always helpful if I needed help with something. Some of the coordinators’ English wasn’t that good but communicating with them was still no issue. The food was mostly at high standards. I enjoy Indonesian food so this was no problem for me, I only would have liked more choice for breakfast. The accommodation was overall good, the bedroom was cleaned regularly and the bathroom was in good condition.

Any improvements to help us be better:

Overall my whole experience was always reaching my expectations and I would not have changed anything. However, I there was an issue at the airport pick up as I was waiting for 5 hours until my driver arrived, even though the coordinators were there when I arrived, and they even told me to come at 2pm. That was not the best start for me but when I got to Lovina everything was fine.

I would also suggest that the coordinators should give more guidelines to the volunteers as others and I were sometimes lost. But in the end we always figured it out.

I hope this helps, I would again like to say that this was an amazing and mind-opening experience. I have learnt a lot from the locals, fellow volunteers and also the kids that I was teaching. I will never forget this and I am looking forward to volunteering again, perhaps in a different country next time.

Best regards,

Alicia Hartung

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Jul 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

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

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