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Ohayo, Hola, Bonjour, Ola, Hello, Halo we a not for profit organization run by young people. We are located in and focusing our activities in the city of Malang, East Java province. We started to get along with local community by conducting empowerment program since 2010, we do this because a community need to get along to know themselves, to know they need and we do it all so that the community can be empower
While getting along with local community, we want to invite and involve the international counterpart to later become a global volunteer. We believe, by enabling community participation, the capacity of the community will be optimized. As a global volunteer, you will learn and at the same time create an impact on society by running a community empowerment program. In carrying out community empowerment programs, we have four main focuses as follows:
1. Improvement of quality of Education
2. Economic empowerment
3. Improvement of health and quality of life
4. Institutional enhancement
Sometimes a community empowerment program doesn't work because is not appropriate with community needs, so on our organization always use research base if we do community empowerment program.
Regarding the location of the activity, from the beginning we decided to focus our activities in Malang. The city is similar to a Melting Pot, a place where many young people from various parts of Indonesia gather to study. This is because the city of Malang has an identity as a city of education with more than 30 state and private higher education institutions. Moreover, Malang is known for having unique diversity in nature, society, history, culture, economics and other aspects that makes it relatively similar to most of the diversity in Indonesia.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Indonesia is famous as a country that is rich in culture. This account also applies to the city of Malang. When you become a volunteer or workawayer, you will carry out programs both in urban and rural areas so that you have the opportunity to meet many people from different backgrounds. Our volunteers are generally young people from various regions of Indonesia. They will become your friends or partners while living in Malang. This occasion will certainly add up to your experience in collaborating to perform empowerment programs.
Malang has a relatively cool temperature for a certain time compared to other cities in Indonesia due to its location which is on the highlands and enclosed by several mountains. If you are into hiking mountains, Mount Semeru or Mount Bromo will be on your top list of places to visit. Mount Semeru is the highest volcano on the island of Java while Mount Bromo is one of favorite destinations. In addition, there are still some mountains that can be climbed around the city of Malang
Hiking mountains is not appealing enough? Don’t worry. You can visit scenic beaches such as Tiga Warna beach, Balekambang beach or others, or you can track down to a lot of waterfalls in Malang like Coban Pelangi, Madakaripura waterfall, or Tumpak Sewu Waterfall and many others.
Besides being known for its beautiful nature, Malang city also has a variety of destinations of historical relics such as the Singhasari temple, a heritage of the Singasari kingdom that was built in the 11th century and also old buildings from Dutch colonisation era and many more.
As your workawayer, together with our volunteers, we will conduct community empowerment programs. There are various community empowerment programs that we do for the community including:
Science and Social Fair and Festival
We initiate this program because oftentimes children assume that learning science or social science is difficult and not fun. Therefore, through this program, we want to provide a fun and interactive science or social learning experience for children with emphasis on experiential learning . In this program, we use Educational Teaching Aids (ETAs) to facilitate understanding of science and social aspects. What makes this program unique is all of the ETAs that we use are made by our own through recycle of waste products.
Waste is one of the serious problems at this time in our city, Malang. Zero Waste Management is one of our efforts to support the creation of a minimum waste environment aiming at changing people's behavior in managing waste. In this program, we intervene the habits of people that may increase the amount of waste resulted. The mission run in daily activities. The work starts from sorting waste based on its type to make it easier for recycle. Finally, the waste will be converted into valuable goods. Children and adults are the targets of this intervention.
Kelasuka Bahasa Asing (Foreign Language Class)
Foreign Language Class is a weekly activity created to assist children in learning foreign languages. We realize that the ability to speak a foreign language, especially English is much needed to open access and network with other people worldwide. You can share your knowledge of English or other foreign languages with the children here. Your presence will help them to learn better.
Gelar Baca (mobile library)
We own and manage a community library in the office with a total collection of more than four thousand books. There is no fee imposed to get access to these books. One of our library activity is that we routinely take our collection of children books to school every Tuesday and Thursday. Usually, when we hold other community empowerment activities, we also bring these books, not only books for children but also for adults. We do this in the hope that the wider community can access the books that we take care of.
Making A Vlog
This is the most special part. After running the program with us, you have the opportunity to tell your interesting experiences while in Malang in the form of Vlog or Video Log. If you have never made a Vlog before, this is a good opportunity to learn.
Actually, there are still many more programs or other activities await. Our available programs may be adjusted to your expectations as a volunteer and we do not require you to be an expert in that field, but we do expect you to have a strong willingness to learn and help contribute to surrounding environment.
English, Indonesian, Javanese
When you decide to join as a volunteer in our organization, we will help and inform you to prepare every thing you need while staying in Indonesia. After arriving and just before running the program, you will join volunteer orientation session. This is our effort that may help you understand about the program that you will run, some terms that you must catch up to while in Malang or in Indonesia and how you plan to live while in Malang.
While volunteering in our place, you will live with host families who are local residents around our neighborhood. We do this as an effort to invite the community to participate in this program. Living with the locals give you firsthand experience of living together Indonesian family.
When you stay with a host family, you will get a private bedroom with supporting amenities, you will be provided daily meals by your host family. Since there is no rate that you need to pay during your stay, we hope you will contribute to your host families like help them cook, wash the dishes, etc. We arrange the house of host families not too far located from our office (maximum 2.5 km) that will allow you to simply walk to reach the office.
When running a community empowerment program, a workawayer will be provided food and beverages. Even so, we suggest you to prepare some money if you want to buy something during the activity, while to start a community empowerment program you are required to visit our office first, then go to the project location together with our volunteers.
Here is a piece of information about living in Indonesia. Not all families in Indonesia set up air conditioning in their house and many of them use squat toilet. Normally, in Indonesia, we use water instead of tissue in the toilet. We hope that you can adjust yourself to this condition.
In terms of food, Malang has a variety of appetizing meal, ranging from our specialties such as Bakso (meatballs), Tahu Campur and of course the ones you may discover all around Indonesia such as Nasi Goreng (fried rice), satay, rendang and if you like healthy food you can try pecel or Urap-urap which is made from vegetables. Talking about the price, it is relatively cheaper than other cities. It only cost you US$ 1-2 to get a portion of good food.
During 2019 we have received 17 global volunteers from various countries such as Vietnam, Japan, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Denmark and the United States, with different types and duration of programs, generally focusing on education.
Usually what we do with foreign volunteers during their day off programs is to spend time together such as touring the city, looking for a unique place to eat or going to coffeeshop to have chats. It is not hard to locate cozy coffeeshops in Malang. In addition, volunteers can spend their time with host families. In this occasion, you can take the time to get to know more about your host family. Often host families ask to spend time together with volunteers.
To get to the city of Malang, many public transportation can be chosen. Get here by train, bus, airplane, and all of the terminals are close to our office location. It only takes approximately 15-30 minutes from the train station, bus terminal, or airport to reach the office. As for transportation while in town, you have some selections. Starting from riding public transportation, renting a motorbike or car through ride-hailing apps such as Grab or Gojek or you can travel with our volunteers.
If you are a smoker, please be able to adjust to our rules because our office is a smoke-free area. The rule also applies when running a community empowerment program outside our office. Furthermore, we live in a Muslim community where drinking alcohol is prohibited, and if you come with your spouse or family you cannot live together in one house or live with the same host families.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, time and types of activities will adjust to the program that we run