Indonesia, is the world's fourth most populated nation. It is 86 percent Muslim and the largest Islamic country, though it is a secular state. Indonesians are separated by seas and clustered on islands and shares bordered with Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor. Of its 17,508 islands, only around 6000 are inhabited by people and a huge 60% of the country’s population live on the Island of Java (which is where the project is based). It's tropical wilderness supports some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world with mountains, dense rain forests and a country that is visually stunning.
It is home to around 250 million people and there are over 740 different languages and dialects spoken in the country. Shaped by a long interaction of indigenous customs and foreign influences (largely due to the ancient trading route between the Far East and the Middle East), the different traditions make it a very multicultural place.
AIMS OF THE PROJECT
DETAILS OF THE PROJECT
The entire Indonesia project will last four weeks over summer 2016. The exact details of the project this summer are being finalised but it will be similar to last summers project which is detailed below.
Volunteers will spend their first two weeks at Cikapundung Camp in the Bandung region of West Java. The Cikapundung is one of the dirtiest rivers in the world due to the large amounts of waste dumped into it every year. During Indonesia’s rainy season, the river frequently bursts its banks and flooding can be a real problem. The project at Cikapundung Camp works to educate local people about environmental issues and carries out efforts to clean the river itself.
While there, volunteers will divide their time between activities ranging from cleaning the Cikapundung River to raising environmental awareness amongst local people, students and children. Volunteers will stay with a host family while working at Cikapundung Camp.
Aims of the Project at Cikapundung Camp:
BATU LONCENG ENVI CAMP
Volunteers will then move to Batu Lonceng Envi Camp - in the neighbouring Lembang region of West Java - for their final two weeks on project. The environment of the Lembang area suffers from a lack of environmental awareness and understanding amongst the local populace. This is a problem that the project at Batu Lonceng Envi Camp is trying to solve through its work with Ekolink – an NGO concerned with environmental issues in the region.
While there, volunteers will be focusing on producing organic decomposer as well as seeding and planting trees in the forested area near to the project site. Volunteers will also be taking part in activities to raise awareness of the environmental issues within the local community. Volunteers will stay with a host family while working at Batu Lonceng Envi Camp.
Aims of the Project at Batu Lonceng Envi Camp:
Project costs to be fundraised per volunteer are approximately £600, although fundraising is done as a group throughout the year. Flights to Indonesia vary dependent on airline, budget airline flights, they will be somewhere in the region of £700-£750. Immunisations are around £150 in total and insurance approximately £60-80.
This year the Indonesia project is taking 10 volunteers.
NGO: INDONESIA INTERNATIONAL WORK CAMP
Indonesia International Work Camp, commonly known as IIWC, is a non-profit non-governmental organization headquartered in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. IIWC organizes various international voluntary services in the framework of strengthening voluntary values.
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