Join a hostel and restaurant on the sandy shores of Baloho Bay, Nias, Indonesia

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  • Last activity: 19 Jul 2024

Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a small western-style hostel on the sandy shores of Baloho Bay on Nias island. The hostel and restaurant are still in their early stages, which means lots of exciting building projects, creative, art projects and cooking ideas! We are also hoping to set up an English course for children in the local village. We are situated just 20 minutes from the best surfing waves in the world while still central to waterfalls, lush rain-forest valleys, pristine beaches and fish-filled, coral-laden coastline. Nias Culture, unique in all of Indonesia, offers the only active Megalithic culture in the world, hidden in the jungle away from civilization. You can visit beautiful traditional villages, learn about Nias warrior culture, and jump off waterfalls. Or spend your afternoons driving along the coast, through the jungle and amidst the rice fields.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Nias offers a great variety of spare-time activities. From spear-fishing to jungle walks, chasing waterfalls and boating trips to surrounding tropical islands with world class waves and snorkeling, playing a soccer tournament, playing volleyball, we offer adventure and relaxation. Spend your time bathing in the ocean or surfing it, or learn more about Nias' unique culture: visit one of the many ancient megalithic sites, hike up to one of the traditional villages in the jungle where you can admire or even spend a night in beautiful traditional wooden buildings, watch young warriors perform the stone-jumping ceremony, and hear stories about tribal wars and headhunting.

    We interact a lot with the local Nias people, and they are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Prepare to have lots of pictures taken and be surrounded by groups of little children who have never seen a Westerner before! The locals really appreciate you being here and will happily invite you into their home: you can make lots of Indonesian friends playing chess, visiting one of the local karaoke bars or going to the local gym!

    One of the most unique things about Nias is that there is virtually no tourism: staying here you will have a truly authentic experience of Indonesian culture, integrate into the local community, and become part of a committed group of people who truly care about this beautiful island.

  • Help

    Help

    We are planning to renovate the hostel, which reopened this year. We have many different building projects going on. There's always room for new exciting ideas! In addition there are some general cleaning duties, some gardening, cute puppies to take care of, and decorating walls and signs. We also need to continuously improve our online presence so that skill set will not go unnoticed. We always try to let people choose the work or projects they enjoy most, while also giving them the opportunity to learn some new skills.

    We also plan to open a English class in town, but we are still in the planning phase. Every year we also do fundraising and build a house for a family who really needs it. In 2022 we built our first house for a family near the hostel. In these ways we try to help the local community and improve their lives.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Indonesian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will sleep in one of our dorms and share a bathroom and kitchen with the others volunteers and guests.
    We offer a free simple breakfast, coffee or tea plus clean drinking water.
    You can go to the lokal market and buy some stuff to cook or you can go to one of the restaurants arround the hostel. They offer really good and cheap food.
    We also have Scooters and surfboards to rent.
    We have a small canteen with cheap local food and you can purchase alcohol, cigarettes, snacks and fruit shakes/cocktails here. Recently we have started weekly pizza nights, and burger nights!
    We have cold and clean rain water with western toilets, showers and A/C.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    For more information please contact us.

  • 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

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 712942826422

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