Do things together with the local community and help with our guesthouse in East Java, Indonesia



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    Hi, my name Santosa. I live with my son.

    At this time, We are getting 30% the authority to manage the heritage of the guest house of my late parents. But, this responsibility is not easy for us. We must maintain every day although we do not get a guest into our guesthouse. So, we have made a decision to make an additional income to become a farmer.

    We have planted vegetables. At this time we are planting tomatoes, still ongoing, and we will sell it to the local market near our place.

    Again, that is not enough for us, we must make an additional plan for our future. We are having the ideal to become a writer in English. We have been learning English since 2012. We would like to write a lot of short fiction stories, even, the true stories in English.

    We work starting in the morning at 06.00 or 06.30 in the garden until 09.00.

    Take a rest for a while, then, we continue to take care of our guesthouse. My son 'Kusuma' cleaning the rooms, floor, etc, and I work in the kitchen, cleaning the dishes, etc. It will take one hour. Then we take our nap until 12.00

    After a nap, we wake up, lunchtime, and we continue again to work in our garden until at 16.00

    This is the time for us to cool our minds and our feeling because next at 18.30 my son must learn English and learn how to be a writer, me too.

    Those are our activities at our guesthouse. If you are interested to join us in those activities, please for coming to help us. For exchange, we will provide accommodation and food for you and the feeling of thank you, happiness, and gratitude feeling from us.

    Yours sincerely,
    Santosa and Kusuma

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    These days Asia is becoming more and more westernised, and it's very difficult to find a very authentic Asian experience in an area that hasn't been touched by tourism yet, this is your chance! I believe you will benefit from this by soaking up the local culture, meeting the local community and being treated very well by the friendly locals, who will be amazed to see you! Not only that, with your writing you could bring a huge benefit to us and our dreams, by potentially bringing more tourists into the local area, and to help us improve and create a guest house that can welcome travellers and friends from all over the world! You will experience the beauty of the surrounding nature, with waterfalls, fruit trees, fresh springs and forests!

  • Help


    When you come into our guest house, you will help us to work only for 4 hours, 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. You can choose, work in the garden or at the guesthouse or in the kitchen or in our writing learning. As you like. We will always say, thank you so much to you.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Indonesian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    I have 12 rooms in my guest house that can be filled by 3 and 5 peoples for each and a large kitchen for cooking.
    In return for your help we will provide 3 meals every day that we will prepare for you, all you have to do is turn up to the table!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Of course, what's most important to me is that you enjoy your time here and i hope that you will appreciate the culture and way of life here. I will guide you around the local villages, introduce you to locals and family, hike to the foot of the mountain and enjoy the fresh air, or if you like you can travel to the beach which is about two hours from my property! thank you for your time and i hope to hear from you soon!

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    As long or short as you like

Host ref number: 247282224498