My name is Natsir and I live with my family in a small village called Rembon - about 8km away from Makale, the main town in Tana Toraja. I am an organic farmer and an English teacher. I teach English in a public school in Makale and also run a free Nature School (where we teach English and run classes on the environment, arts & crafts, music, etc...) for kids living in the surrounding villages. I also, as on ongoing volunteer for an international organisation, help children born with cleft palet to receive free surgery. My project is non-profit and is based on the principles of learning, sharing and empowering.
We offer a caring and friendly environment and are open to you helping us in ways that interest you and that match your abilities. The help in the garden involves anything from weeding to landscaping, planting, digging ponds, building goat stables or anything else that's required at the time. We are also looking for people to help in our Nature School with English lessons, arts & crafts, music - basically anything that involves creativity and imagination.
Although not the expectation, resources for the classroom are greatly appreciated, for example colouring pencils/pens, non-permanent white board markers, A4/A3 white paper, pencil sharpeners, scissors, glue sticks etc. Should be able to bring something, please contact me prior to your arrival, when I will have a better idea of what we are running low on.
Since I also teach in a public school in Makale, volunteers may sometimes get to accompany me to my classes (once a day) in the school, where English based lessons will be taught.
While staying with us, we will provide you with three delicious, healthy meals each day, prepared by my lovely wife Diana (vegans and vegetarians are easily accommodated). You will have the choice of staying in one of the rooms in our house, or in one of the 4 bamboo bungalows overlooking the garden. We provide a mattress, a mosquito net, electricity and warm sheets and pillows. The bathroom is local style (cold shower and squat toilet).
You can reach us by taking a flight to Makassar (UPG) and a direct bus from Makassar Daya Terminal to Makale Terminal.
We will pick you up at the terminal and take you to our house atop a beautiful mountain overlooking rice fields.
UPDATE - June 2019
In addition to the regular stream of volunteers, we are currently looking for a person (or pair!) who could make a longer term commitment - somewhere between 3-6 months would be perfect. In particular, we need someone to help promote and build the existing project, for example updating the social media, fundraising, helping organise tours of Tana Toraja, marketing the project via leaflets and visits to neighbouring villages etc. For motivated, self-starters, we would be willing to waive the Workaway fee for food and accomodation (currently $4 per day).
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Tana Toraja is full of history and culture, with many places to visit. You may have the opportunity to learn and see a lot about our traditions and culture. You may also have the opportunity to see and learn traditional Torajan dance, music, art etc.
When teaching the local children, please free to incorporate your own ideas. Although we have a book here that collates the ideas of our past volunteers, teaching ideas seem to work best when the teacher has ownership of the creative input.
Please remember that the children will often come to class straight from school so keeping the sessions fun and interactive is the way to go! The child love learning new skills, so if you have a particular artistic skill - a recent volunteer made her own jewellery and taught the children to make their own - you could base some of your sessions around this skill/hobby.
Volunteers can get involved in the process of making our raw chocolate, from harvesting the cacao to customising the chocolate with the flavours they prefer (ginger, peanut, chilli and coconut) and of course enjoy the results!
We also roast our own coffee, make "crazy tea" and grow traditional medicinal plants, turmeric, lemongrass, ginger and many other varieties.
We have 4 bamboo houses next to each other, so you can choose in which one you want to stay.
Volunteers will get a private room with mattress, blanket, pillow and electricity.
Toilets and shower are local style (cold water only), but always clean!
We provide cold or hot drinking water, tea and coffee and the 3 local meals everyday (rice, vegetables, fish, eggs, tempe, tofu...)
Our house is on top of a small hill with a great view and nature is all around the place (very quiet).
It really is a great way to discover our lifestyle - you will live with the family and be a part of it!!!
Tana Toraja is one of the largest tourist destinations on Sulawesi Island, less than 10 km from our place. In the area, you can do cultural visits, sports (trekking, motorbike, fishing, rafting, ...).
From Toraja you can also reach other destinations by bus, plane or motorcycle.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Average 4 hours a day, to be discussed.
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.
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