Hi my name is Muna, here we are running a small business; it’s a newly opened cafe located right in the middle of the city center. The taste of coffees here are great. The food is also excellent. Indeed, we have good menu to serve. However, what makes this cafe special is that we are creating it as the place where locals can meet up and hang out together with foreigners from different countries. We are also providing specialized training course helping out guests and staff to improve their English. It is a non-classroom setting where they can practice language skills through authentic conversations as well as exchange cultures with them. We are doing this because we understand that we don't get a lot of international tourists in this city. So our goal is to help the local, providing a friendly space where they can meet each other, share ideas, learn language and cultures, have fun and make friends. This combination of cafe and English is of course a great way that they can learn and practice their English in a relaxed setting - over a cup of coffee or tea.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
1. We’ll help you to learn our language, cultures, religion, etc.
2. We’ll bring you to taste local foods, attend any cultural events and learn daily local life.
3. We’ll invite you to join trips on weekend along with the students to several tourism object or interesting places in Palembang or other towns within South Sumatera Province.
We are still in the process of making this cafe more popular among locals. We need to get more and more customers and we need to invite more people to join the English program. We have good menu, good place and good program but we need more ideas on how to promote it. Hope you can share ways to help us on this matter.
We’re are now looking for individual who are willing to help us to teach English. We need you to join in the English program. The job is not hard because we mainly want to learn some basic foreign language and cultures. So you do not need to be professional teacher or to have a teaching background.
Besides, we are looking for volunteer who can sing or if you can play guitar or other musical instruments as we usually have an acoustic musical performance every weekend.
1. We offer a place to stay, a house which is attached to ours. It is equipped with Fan, free unlimited Wi-Fi, comfortable Mattress, and bathroom.
2. We provide free daily meals (three times), either at home or in the cafe, normally; we eat local rice, vegetable, soup, chicken, fish, beef, etc. or alternatively we can cook together to taste your own local food. You may use the kitchen yourself too for any extra needs you have.
3. We don't charge anything to our volunteer.
Where can you go and what can you do
South Sumatra has an amazing natural beauty. Palembang is the capital city South Sumatera.
We will stay here in Palembang. It is a lovely historic town and has some interesting attractions e.g. the Musi River, Ampera Bridge, Kuto Besak Fort, Kemoro Island, Riverside Food Center, Jakabaring Sport Centre, Kampong Pelangi, etc. Sure, we’ll take you to visit all of this spots.
Palembang is known throughout Indonesia as a songket-weaving center for Malay heritage clothing. We’ll go to the place where you can see and learn how to make this traditional Songket.
Palembang is also known for its special food namely mpek-mpek (fish cake). Mpek-mpek has been spread throughout Indonesia, and it’s very delicious. We’ll taste this local food and also other local Indonesian foods like laksa, tekwan, ragit, rendang and martabak, and at the same time learn how to make them.
We’ll go to Ampera Bridge. The bridge that connects the Seberang Ulu and Seberang Ilir areas separated by the Musi River. It’s the city landmark, the pride of the people of South Sumatera. It’s very good to see it at night, cause the bridge will look very beautiful when the light glowing it. Not very far under the bridge, near the river bank, there is a fort called Kuto Besak. The fort was built from 1780 to 1797 during the reign of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, ruler of the Sultanate of Palembang. There are many food stall along this river. A variety of delicious foods are sold at affordable prices. The fort is also often used as a place of festivals, entertainment stage and cultural event, especially on weekend.
You can visit nearby towns on your day off. If you like more challenge, you need to have an extra time for a drive 7 to 8 hours for a visit to a mountainous area like Pagar alam or Lahat. Pagaralam and lahat are the most attractive area for vacation, they are the hidden gem of Indonesia.
In Pagaralam, you can swim in many different waterfalls. There are more than 70 beautiful waterfalls, such as curup maung, curup tujuh tingkat, curup embun, curup mangkok, curup bidadari, etc., but, depends on the waterfall you’d like to visit, some are easy to reach directly by car and some are few kilometers from the parking lot. So be ready for a long walk. To get to some of this spot you still have to walk down the cliff and the paths aren’t very easy to walk on.
We will accompany you to drive and guide you to your destination (around Palembang or within South Sumatera). However, if you like, you are also free to go anywhere without our company, so you can also arrange your schedule during your time off.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week