Help us with field trip and grow our own food using forest permaculture methods in rural Mempawah, West Kalimantan, Indonesia



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    First of all a big thank you to everyone who has made the success of Workaway possible, My Name is Umar, I`m 51 yo and I work at Government Palm Oil Plantations Company, We live in the capital city (Pontianak) of West Kalimantan. We are a family of 5: Uwie/my wife (running a shop), and 3 kids (Abil-25yo has already graduated University n working as an employee now, Abdun-22yo still at 7th Semester, Alma-16yo third grade at Junior High). This means everybody busy…so they only occasionally visit the farm field.

    We have 3 lands of coconut plantations at a small villages (desa sungai nipah & desa peniti), one with restaurant and near a big main road (while u're sleeping the bed might shake :) we call it the base camp and Camp 2 is peat soil 4ha, about 3 km away we planting coconut trees+, camp 3 is clay soil 1,5ha, just in between the two lands at the seashore side that mostly for planting rice and other vegetables & fruits also surely coconut trees. It's a very quiet place, surrounded by nature and some other farmhouses. But it’s not far from the capital city (Pontianak) and only 45 km away from Supadio International Airport or 18km from the equator monument, which is reachable with public transport. As I realized I really prefer practical work like a landscape-gardener and during the last view years I intend learning by doing to grow organic food and running the restaurant organically.

    The idea is that people come here to contact the great nature around and take time for themselves. While I am away from the farm, at least please keep planting seeds from the kitchen and keep watering our mini kitchen garden, new ideas for our project are always welcome, being creative and enjoy your stay!

    In 2020 we are doing some bigger CHANGES in our farm,
    1. Planting 300 more coconut trees at camp 2 (already planted 360) using the forest-permaculture method
    2. Planting some more vegetables n fruits at any place we can do also taking care all of the plantations
    3. Running VCO Tour (Training Center for producing Virgin Coconut Oil in the traditional way)
    4. Building more facilities to increase infrastructure
    5. Running Restaurant (Hopefully organically)
    6. Running farm stay (hostel/Airbnb)
    7. Running field trip (homeschooling)
    So there will be lots of field works, great combination feeling with passion n love the mother nature would in harmony so all our tasks full fill the never-ending learning lesson of a happy life.

    On a long-term, through our eco Sustainable living that will inspire us to live a more earth-friendly lifestyle, we would like to take care of the grandma or grandpa or older people or others (especially who have already been around to the fancy hospitals for health care services, but still no result even worse) on our farm stay, by feeding them with our own natural tropical foods and also some little physics exercise (meditation & yoga), into a separate holidays with unique restoration of the environment also offering practicing together to produce Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) in traditional way for fun (as we all know the benefit of VCO for life).

    We have some wild cats
    Smoke-free home (for smokers: none minds outdoor smoking)
    We going to start beekeeping

    You would help on the farm about 25 hours a week, We are looking forward to getting to know many interesting people.

    If possible, please bring eco-friendly products (soaps, shampoos, washes) to help keep our soil free of chemicals.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will have the opportunity to experience producing virgin coconut oil and all the local culture as we are located in a very culture village, In our village you'll easily get in touch with the local culture, I have traveled a lot before settling down. Reason why? We like it a lot to meet new people and have nice exchanges. We had many travelers who came for last couple of years - they know the area very well, we all learned and we all work, we all practice together, you could be in a nice team of travelers!
    Base Camp is near the main road that exposes to the real everyday life in West Kalimantan as they interact with the others. We hope that this is an incredible eye-open enrichment opportunity for cultural exchange.

  • Help


    Planting coconut trees at serenity (camp 2) or gardening/ landscaping: moving some small bushes and trees, watering, picking, weeding, seeding, planting, composting or house cleaning, building work in the field, or a nice mix of them, you are free to do what you really care about. we let you manage your time as you preferred!
    We learn we all work, just let's do it together with us (learning by doing to never end possibilities).

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Indonesian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    If you like a "back to the nature" experience, you'll love our place, You have your own room(our beds facilities maximum occupied for 6 people), 2 shared showers and cooking together in the kitchen (the restaurant), cooking our own food is the best healthier food, we provide vegetarian with eggs (natural foods). We drink rainwater, you are free to boil it experiencing the jungle leaf tea if you like.
    We also provide bicycles so you can cycle in your spare time around the village or use my motorcycle when I am around.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Sungai Nipah & Peniti are a small villages at the seashore with a lot of energy, there's always something to do or to see here and around, enjoying the full moon and the five billion stars, walk around, jump to the public bus and go somewhere further, fishing...etc, Let's enjoy the life, finding great eco-projects allowing people to connect around the world and developing tools to facilitate that. etc.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours , 5 days a week

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