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We are a young family with an eco-lodge in Raja Ampat. Our names are Jack, Adecya, Bodhin (2.5yo) and Isla (1yo)
If you google Raja Ampat you'll see it described as the the last paradise on Earth. We are in a bird sanctuary in a marine park.
The underwater pictures you see are of our reef, 20 meters from the shoreline. Together with the locals we have protected it for the 4 years. There are sea eagles, birds of paradise, hornbills, parrots, cockatoos, maleo birds, cuscus, 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.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Raja Ampat has the most marine biodiversity in the world.
But it’s not only that, West papua is the largest conservation province on the planet and the Rainforest is the biggest in Asia. It’s officially the most biodiverse area on land as well as the sea
We can teach you how to protect the coral reef and about agroforestry, permaculture and off grid living.
So 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 realistic ways to help.
These are the Bird species observed in from the garden so far
19.Pied Imperial Piegon
20.Spice Imperial Piegon
49.Red Bird of Paradise
And fruit trees planted so far from cuttings (not seeds):
3 kelengkeng merah (Ruby longan)
2 kelengkeng (longan)
60 stek mangga (grafts onto old mango trees)
Various citrus grafts
1 jeruk limau (mini lime)
2 jeruk keprok (tangerine)
2 santang madu (mandarine)
1 jeruk Bali (pomelo)
20 grafted old citrus Trees’s which will be a mixture of the ones on this list
1 jambu air (rose Apple)
2 jambu biji (guava)
4 jambu merah (red guava)
3 nangka (jackfruit)
4 sukun (breadfruit)
60 grafted alpukat (avocado)
1 star fruit
1 manggis (mangosteen)
1 pete (stinky bean)
2 sawo (sapodila)
3 sirsak (soursop)
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
At the moment we are mainly looking for skilled work wood, electrics, plumbing, permaculture, arborist, grafting, drone pilot, video editing, cement work (building a pizza oven)
We have a cook and nanny but if you have a lot of cooking experience or are good with kids, maintenance, gardening, tidying it up a bit now and having ideas on how to improve, Furniture, decorations, pizza oven, also showing people what’s here via drone (which we have) and photos would be great, try something new with what’s here also doesn’t mind to get their hands dirty.
We need a minimum of 4-8 weeks depending on skill level (if you have professional skills we don’t mind staying a shorter time). 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.
Most of the people who write to us mainly want a diving holiday, to do some yoga and to get some good photos which is understandable and of course you can do what you want on your time off, but we ideally want people who understand this kind of project, appreciate the work that’s gone into and are genuinely interested in trying to help.
Basic but comfortable room.
Food provided 3 times a day
The internet is good enough to stream videos but you need to unlock your phone and buy a Telkomsel SIM card before you come (about $5).
We have wifi set up, with some condition you can use it.
On your time off you can do snorkelling, stand up paddling, trekking in the forest, bird watching, fishing with local people etc
To get here is quite a long journey
Jakarta -(airplane)- sorong -(ferry)- waisai -(car/motorbike) - saporkren(the village) -(boat)- Our paradise!
We get around by boat, usually pick up groceries from delivery guy, if you need to go in to town you can go with him and it takes 30mins
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 and beautiful reefs is enough then you’ll be fine
We are arguably about as central as you can be in Raja Ampat, close to everything.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
The internet is good enough for uploading, downloading or streaming but there are times when signal just disappear for some time and it’s unpredictable because our location are in between two hills.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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