Help with permaculture eco lodge in Raja Ampat, Indonesia



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    We are a young family building our home in Raja Ampat.
    Our names are Jack (English diving instructor with business in london) and Adecya (Indonesian) and Bodhin our little boy.
    If you google Raja Ampat you'll see it described as the the last paradise on Earth which is arguably sadly true but like most places is facing many issues with unsustainable growth.

    We are working with the local community to build our home as ecologically friendly as we can and use as many permaculture ideas as we can. We have a huge hugelkultur garden around 80 fruit trees and have planted over 250 trees in total and about the same amount of orchids and other plants. We work with the local community to protect the reefs and surrounding area and we’d like to start more projects with the local community.
    However, at the moment we are only looking for skilled work wood, electrics, plumbing, permaculture, arborist, grafting, cement work (building a pizza oven .)), tiling. We have a cook and nanny but if you have a lot of cooking experience we can also always use some new receipes :).

    The underwater pictures you can see are of our reef, 20 meters from the shoreline. Together with the locals we have protected it for the 4 years. We have sea eagles, birds of paradise, hornbills, parrots, cockatoos, maleo birds, cous-cous', sugar-gliders, many butterflies, turtles, octopus, giant clams, walking sharks, cuttlefish, mantas (if the season) baby black tip reef sharks, all kinds of reef fish all in our the garden/reef and 3 dogs called Chilli, Peppa and Rokok. I’ve put a list of birds a volunteer documented in our garden in the photos below.

    This website has some good local advice:

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Raja Ampat is arguably the last tropical paradise on earth so it's a great opportunity to see what other places like Thailand, most or Indonesia, the Maldives or the Philippines used to be like. There is a commercial fishing ban in place over all of Raja Ampat which is why the diving is so famous but there is lot's more that needs to be done.
    West papua is the largest conservation province on the planet and the Rainforest second only in size to the Amazon. It’s officially the most biodiverse area on land aswell as the sea.
    There are so many threats to this area but there are some really good people fighting to preserve it so I think the main thing you would gather from being here is seeing what tropical nature should be, how fragile it is and the dangers facing it and learning how easy it is to help.

    Also these are the Bird species observed in from the garden so far

    1.Dusky Scrubfowl
    2.Lesser Frigatebird
    3.Sooty tern
    4.Brown Noddy
    5.Crested tern
    6.Yellow Bittern
    7.Striated Heron
    8.Great-billed Heron
    9.Brahminy Kite
    11.White-bellied Sea-Eagle
    12.Grey-headed Goshowk
    13.Long-tailed Buzzard
    14.Common Sandpiper
    15.Brown Cuckoo-Dove
    16.Superb Fruit-Dove
    17.Beautiful Fruit-Dove
    18.Claret-breasted Fruit-Dove
    19.Pied Imperial Piegon
    20.Spice Imperial Piegon
    21.Eclectus Parrot
    22.Palm Cockatoo
    23.Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
    24.Black-capped Lory
    25.Violet-necked Lory
    26.Red-cheeked Parrot
    27.Moluccan King-Parrot
    28.Great-billed Parrot
    29.Blyth’s Hornbill
    30.Glossy Swiftlet
    31.Common Paradise-Kingfisher
    32.Oriental Dollarbird
    33.Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
    34.Beach Kingfisher
    35.Sacred Kingfisher
    36.Azure Kingfisher
    37.Rusty Mouse-Warbler
    38.Ruby-throated Myzomela
    39.Helmeted Friarbird
    40.Mimic Meliphega
    41.Olive-backed Sunbird
    42.Spectaclet Longbill
    43.Hooded Butcherbird
    44.Black Butcherbird
    45.Shining Flycatcher
    46.Willie Wagtail
    47.Glossy Manucode
    48.Torresian Crow
    49.Red Bird of Paradise

    And fruit trees planted so far:

    not including 100’s of decorative or nitrogen fixing trees like Sesbania grandiflora, moringa, frangipani, hibiscus, Bougainvillea, ylang ylang, flamboyants, orchids...etc

    All these trees are from cuttings (not seeds):

    3 kelengkeng merah (Ruby longan)
    2 kelengkeng (longan)
    1 manga
    60 cangkok manga (grafts onto old mango trees)
    1 jeruk limau (mini lime)
    2 orange keprok (tangerine)
    2 santang Matu (mandarine)
    1 jeruk Bali (pomelo)
    1 jambu air (rose Apple)
    2 jambu biji (guava)
    4 jambu merah (red guava)
    3 nangka (jackfruit)
    4 (Sukun) breadfruit
    10 alpukat (avocado)
    4 durian
    3 rambutan
    12 pohon kelapa (coconut trees)
    2 sawo (sapodillia)
    3 sirsak (soursop)
    4 cacao

  • Help


    We've already completed alot of the most difficult work like waste water garden, water, 24/7 electricity...etc.

    We have good local builders but the volunteers we ideally need are craftsman, Electricians, plumbers, professional gardeners, professional builders. People who might have a different perspective and knowledge and be able to offer ideas and insight. We also need a minimum of 4-8 weeks depending on skill level. The reason is Raja Ampat and our lifestyle are so different to most people that it takes about a month to get your bearings and settle in.

    I'm afraid if you don't speak Bahasa your social life will be a bit limited. But if a comfortable Robinson Crusoe life style surrounded by a pristine rainforest, great gardens, birds, insects, dogs, kids, internet, 1/2 hour trip into town, comfy bed, amazing snorkelling, yoga, guitars...etc is enough then you’ll be fine… we can help you find and sometimes do trips aswell.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Indonesian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have our house, 1 guest house (soon to be 2), 2 kitchens, 4 bathrooms, 2 staff houses and 1 volunteer house.

    Your house would be an iron wood house with composite roof.
    You will be staying In your own house.
    Nice bathroom fruits growing all around you.
    Food provided 3 times a day.

    The internet is just about good enough to stream videos but you need to unlock your phone and buy a Telkomsel SIM card before you come (about $5).

    10mins by boat to the nearest local village that has road access to the town.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    To get to our place you just need to book a flight to Sorong (Airasia from Jakarta is easiest) then take a ferry to Waisai town, from the town to the nearest village from our place is a 30mins car/bike ride and then take another 10 mins boat ride from the village to our place.

    We get around by boat but every two days we pick up supplies from a delivery guy with his motorbike on the road, if you need to go in to town you can go with him and it takes 30mins.
    We are arguably about as central as you can be in Raja Ampat, close to everything.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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