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There are 1603 reviews for 150 Hosts and organizations in Indonesia.
150 Hosts in Indonesia were rated at least 4.9/5!
What an amazing Workaway experience. Martin and Maria were super welcoming and I immediately felt like part of the family. I've been travelling south ...
by Jasmine , 23 Feb 2024
Actually my best ever Workaway experience, and I've done about 7/8.
Gandis was so enthusiastic for me to come and was messaging me on WhatsApp before ...
by Oliver , 23 Feb 2024
Wow! What an incredible Experience! This has been my best Workaway experience so far. The family was great from beginning to end and made me feel like...
by Charles , 21 Feb 2024
I have wonderful teaching experience in Indonesia!!All of the students in the school are very enthusiastic and friendly.During the classes I will intr...
by Qi , 21 Feb 2024
I stayed at this workaway experience for 2 weeks and had an amazing time :) Robi, Anna, and all their friends are so genuinely kind and funny, and loc...
by Brenna , 19 Feb 2024
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Although it’s one country, Indonesia is made up of an impressive 17,000 islands, over 300 ethnicities and 700 spoken dialects! Not to mention it has some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world thanks to rainforests, volcanoes and vibrant marine life. We have over 200 hosts in Indonesia with the majority in Papua, Sulawesi, Java, Kalimantan and Sumatra. When a country’s motto is “unity in diversity” you know it’s going to be a special destination, so let’s dive in!
It’s no question that as an archipelago made up of thousands of islands, Indonesia showcases astounding diversity and natural wonders. Lush rainforests, unspoiled beaches, and vibrant coral reefs coexist with bustling cities and ancient temples. It really is paradise on earth. With a population of over 270 million, it's also the world's fourth-most populous country, adding to its diverse offering of cultures, languages, and traditions.
As well as one of the most populated, Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse nations on the planet, as 10% of the world's known species call Indonesia home! From the famous Komodo dragons (found only here!) to 130 active volcanoes, the surreal landscapes of Indonesia can feel like another world at times.
Such unique surroundings means equally unique volunteer opportunities. Fancy protecting orangutans in Borneo? Teaching English in local villages? Or engaging in marine conservation on the Gili Islands? Explore these islands’ hidden gems and get to know the people while helping to protect the precious ecosystems. It’s time to discover more than the Insta-infamous Bali and discover the true Indonesia.
In recent times, Indonesia has been associated with over tourism which has led to exploitative practices and overdevelopment. As an influx of tourists and resorts take over, the country has struggled to conserve its precious natural resources, traditions and wildlife.
With many of the ecosystems at risk, social inequality rising and varying levels of poverty it is vital now more than ever to make a meaningful impact during your visit. This country doesn’t need more selfie-snapping tourists demanding avocado toast. It needs travellers who want to make a difference. Here’s why:
Good news! Indonesia has a relatively low crime rate, but petty theft (especially in busy tourist areas) can occur. For a safe and uneventful trip, follow the usual advice (solo travellers, check out these tips) such as safeguarding belongings and avoiding poorly lit or isolated areas, particularly at night.
It should be noted that Indonesia sits between the world's most active seismic region — the notorious Pacific Ring of Fire — as well as the world's second most active region — the Alpide belt. This means the islands can experience strong earthquakes and powerful volcanic eruptions.
Due to population density, more than 60 percent of Indonesians live in earthquake-prone areas. It’s not uncommon for the country to experience several per day. This means you should always have the correct travel insurance, and familiarise yourself with local tsunami evacuation routes and designated safe zones.
How do you know where to begin when exploring the world’s largest island country? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! This vast country can be divided into seven geographical regions. We’ve rounded up the highlights and hidden gems for each region to inspire your Indonesia bucket list.
Provinces: Banten, Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, S.R. Yogyakarta, East Java
Some would say Java is the bustling heart of Indonesia. It is the world's most populous island, with approximately 145 million people, so over half of Indonesia's total population call this region home! As the nation's most developed region, Java is a dynamic blend of old and new. Here are a a few highlights to consider:
Provinces: West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Kalimantan
Fun Fact: Borneo (the third largest island in the world) is politically divided between three countries: Malaysia and Brunei in the North, then Indonesia in the South. The Indonesian part of Borneo is called Kalimantan. The region is an ideal destination for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure in a land of untamed beauty. It is a haven for nature enthusiasts who want to encounter indigenous culture, and access remote, pristine wilderness.
Provinces: North Maluku, Province of Maluku
It’s going to be tough to summarise what to see and do here in a few sentences as The Maluku Islands are actually around 1027 islands! Although the total area of this region is 850,000 square km, over 90% of it is sea. This means it's a haven for underwater adventures! Ambon is the largest island in the archipelago in terms of population, and foodies are attracted to the region as spices like mace, cloves, and nutmeg originated here in ancient times.
Provinces: Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara
The Sunda Islands consist of The Lesser Sunda Islands and the Greater Sunda Islands. In total there are over 900 islands within the Sundas that are divided among four countries: Brunei, East Timor, Malaysia and Indonesia. The majority fall under the jurisdiction of Indonesia.
Due to the unique location and landscape you will find flora and fauna here that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. This includes the world's largest lizard (the Komodo dragon) and 74 species of bird that exist nowhere else! While Bali and Lombok are renowned tourist destinations within this group, there's so much more to explore, such as:
Provinces: West Papua, Province of Papua
Western New Guinea, also referred to as Papua and West Papua, is considered somewhat of a “ hidden gem” in Indonesia. While it may take some effort to reach, the region's unspoiled natural beauty, vibrant culture, and unique wildlife make it an authentic off-the-grid destination.
Provinces: North Sulawesi, Gorontalo, Central Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi
Sulawesi is the 11th largest island globally and is a captivating region of Indonesia. It is home to over 18 million people as well as a treasure trove of natural wonders. This includes eight Indonesian national parks, four of which are marine parks, showcasing its immense biodiversity and unique ecosystems. Like most of Indonesia, this region is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore and encounter the splendour of Indonesia’s natural heritage.
Provinces: Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau, Riau Islands, Jambi, Bengkulu, South Sumatra, Bangka Belitung Islands, Lampung
As the world's sixth-largest island, Sumatra features towering mountains, active volcanoes, expansive plains and mighty rivers. The equator runs through its central heart, blessing this region with tropical beauty. However, Sumatra's remarkable biodiversity is under threat, with its precious flora and fauna facing challenges from deforestation.
Much of the island's pristine rainforests have been cleared for human development, in particular, coffee plantations. This means it is both a place of natural wonder and environmental concern, highlighting the need for volunteers to visit and contribute to conservation efforts.
With such contrasting regions and thousands of islands to explore, this means a vast range of volunteering opportunities. From the spiritual and artistic communities of Ubud to the divers’ dream of West Papua – you’ll be spoiled for choice!
As the world’s leading community for volunteering and cultural exchange, Workaway is the perfect platform to connect with locals, discover their way of life and make a difference. Whether you are a solo backpacker trying to find a travel buddy, recently retired or setting off on a grown up gap year – your perfect host is only a few clicks away.
Best of all, you can join solo, as a couple, or even as a family, avoiding expensive agency fees. In exchange for a few hours of work each day, your host will usually provide free accommodation, meals and a cultural exchange money can’t buy.
Whether you want to protect orangutans in Kalimantan, discover the indigenous dialects of Western New Guinea or support ecotourism from hostels in Bali – with Workaway you can do it all!
Hopefully we’ve persuaded you that volunteering in Indonesia is the ultimate win-win. You get to soak up the amazing culture, explore the diverse landscapes, and experience the incredible local hospitality. Plus, by sharing your time and skills, you're part of something big – creating lasting change and making a real, meaningful difference in communities all over the country. It's the best way to give back the right way!
Unsure where to start? Check out our guide to the different types of volunteering which includes a fun quiz to match your personality with your dream project.
There are endless ways you can make a difference in Indonesia, but these are the most common examples:
Firstly, you can use the destinations and regions above as a guide or you can use your skills and interests as keywords in the search box. For example, do you want to support indigenous tribes on Western New Guinea? Protect the rainforest and rhinos on Sumatra? Share your skills with diving schools on the Maluku Islands? This will help you to find your perfect Workaway host in Indonesia.
Perhaps you can’t decide? The good news is, when you join Workaway you are not limited to just one Workaway experience or host. Your membership allows you to access over 50,000 volunteer opportunities across 170 countries. This means you can island hop all year long from one host to the next. A few favourite places for onward travel include, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia as all three countries are less than a 3 hour flight away.
From the mystical Borobudur temple to the popular shores of Bali, there is no question that Indonesia is an incredible backdrop for your volunteer journey. Whether you're working on coral reef conservation in Raja Ampat or supporting local education initiatives in Yogyakarta, you'll experience the resilience and unity of the Indonesian communities. Are you ready to embark on a meaningful adventure in this remarkable archipelago? Join Workaway to be part of something truly extraordinary!