Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Indonesia
Grassroots Volunteering in Indonesia
The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:
Bukit Lawang Trust
Bukit Lawang Trust is an education based community project founded in 2003 in North Sumatra. They focus on conservation education training and also offer a free kindergarten for the local community, free daily English classes, green classes, workshops on business, rubbish pick ups, jungle field trips for the children, free yoga, aerobics, sports and other classes on their roof. Volunteers are welcome for two months to teach or assist the teachers, or work on the eco farm. Applications should be made though Volunteer World. During Ramadan they do refurbishment work and advertise for a plumber in the jungle or an electrician to help about the place. Longer term roles, such as in media, recruitment and marketing, that come with free accommodation and a food allowance are also sometimes advertised on their website.
Where: Bukit Lawang.
Accommodation & Costs: £87 a week goes towards meals and dorm accommodation. Volunteers on the eco farm stay in the home of BLT’s project partner.
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Bali Animal Welfare Association
BAWA is a non profit organisation working to save, protect and improve the lives of all animals in Bali and beyond. BAWA directly relieves the suffering of animals by providing emergency response and rescue, food and medication, rehabilitation and adoption. Funded entirely by donations they rely heavily on a staff of dedicated volunteers. While they sometimes invite volunteers to assist with programmes such as street feeding, and welcome those with specialist skills such as graphic design, photography and film making, writing, social media projects, IT, event management and administration, mostly they need veterinary professionals to work alongside Indonesian vets as advisers and consultants.
Accommodation & Costs: Volunteers should be self funding but there is no fee to volunteer.
Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Indonesia
Hey, do you want to spam our website every few days with dozens of adverts we’ve told you several times are unwelcome? Do you want your volunteer experience to consist entirely, so it seems to us, of sitting at a computer posting adverts for more volunteers to come and sit at a computer which we will just ignore? Do you want to contribute to orphanage tourism? Then International Humanity Foundation (IHF) have just the programme for you.
SLV.Global is a mental health volunteering organisation operating in Bali, providing psychology students and graduates from around the world the opportunity to gain valuable, practical experience in the mental health sector whilst being immersed in a unique and exciting culture. While these placements do not fulfil our cheap volunteering criterea, SLV.Global cover living expenses and flights of volunteer supervisors. They also recruit volunteer peer mentor and coordinators who are reimbursed some of their total placement fees upon successful completion of the role. SLV also provide short term internships in Java, Sri Lanka and India but we not consider these to be inexpensive.
Help Exchange Networks in Indonesia
Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Indonesia
Stay for free in return for caring for local residents’ homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free Airbnb credit from us here.
Volunteer Travel in Indonesia – Heather Boylan used her experience to train teachers in South Sulawesi.
Spotlight on BAWA, Volunteering in Bali – Michael Huxley advocates working for the Bali Animal Welfare Society.
My Workaway Experience At Shankari’s Retreat In Bali – In her first week in Bali, Bogna suffered food poisoning and a motorbike accident but things perked up when she and her then partner volunteered for the owners of a hotel/resort and a jewellery business.
Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Center – Sadie gives us the lowdown on life as a volunteer in the middle of the jungle in North Sulawesi – animal photos included.
* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations