Join a community permaculture program on the sandy shores of Baloho Bay, Nias, Indonesia



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    Small beach-front western style hostel engaged with local Community to be involved with our Permaculture program. Located on the sandy shores of Baloho bay on the island of Nias. Situated just 15 to 20mins from some of the best surfing waves in the world while still central to waterfalls, lush rain-forest valleys, pristine beaches and fish filled, coral laden coastline. The cultural hub of Nias Culture, unique to all of Indonesia, offers the only active Megalithic culture in all of Asia, hidden in the jungle, away from civilization. Be one of the first to endure our awful roads that end with breathtaking world-class sunsets. Don't take our word for it, just look at the pictures.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This cultural hub offers various, spare-time activities. From spear-fishing to jungle walks, chasing waterfalls and boating trips to surrounding tropical islands with world class waves and snorkelling, we offer adventure and relaxation. Spend your time bathing in the ocean or surfing it, or perhaps the local village's countless festivals dotted around this untouched gem of Indonesia.

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    We have now engaged with a certified permaculture practitioner. We have 28 acres of land 10 minutes from the hostel that will be developed to vegetable permaculture and a second smaller site for Fruit and biodynamic farming. These are the first of its kind in North Sumatra. ..We are in the early stages of this programme so lots of clearing, composting, construction of grow beds and shelters, harvesting materials for layering of beds and planting.. lots to do here and a great opportunity for any volunteer wanting to learn the critical parts of developing a successful Permaculture garden. We have already established a number of successful grow beds so plenty 100% organic vegetable are on the way.
    This is a self funded Community Program wanting to engage with local farmers interested in developing new skills in Organics and biodynamics. We intend to showcase this through our Hostel to attract more funding and gradually increased work contribution.
    In addition to the permaculture programme there are General run-of-the-mill hostel duties. Some gardening, tending to the on-site vegetables and seedlings nursery, building, entertaining guests and booking in/out and cleaning duties. We also need to continuously improve our on-line presence so that skill set will not go unnoticed.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Bahasa Indonesia and Nias, English

  • Accommodation


    You will sleep in the hostel with the guests.

    Breakfast consists of (self serve) fruit, egg and toast, local sweet cake(when available) and free coffee and tea throughout the day plus clean drinking water. Lunch and dinner is up to you however we have a full open kitchen for your use where we provide gas cookers, refrigeration and freezer, some basic cooking condiments (Oil, salt, pepper etc) and all utensils to prepare your locally priced and sourced fresh produce. Most workaways choose to pool the cost of there meals (mostly vegetarian) and share cooking and cleaning duties and they all say that this is an extremely cheap and healthy way to eat.

    We have cold and clean rain water with western toilets and showers , A/C and fan. We have a small canteen with cheap local food and you will also have the opportunity to purchase alcohol and fruit shakes/cocktails here. You will have a shared dormitory bed.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Your spare time will be your own and your work schedule will be given at time of arrival and built so you can enjoy both evenings and days alike.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Permaculture community program underway
Bay View Dorm
Bay view
Once was Warrior..
Our road is crap but our sunsets are amazing.
Communal area, Dining, Kitchen, Pool Table and Library
in the top 10%
Secluded Beach..Mission to get there but worth the trip.
Chasing spectacular waterfalls is a must do and couples up well with cultural excursions. We know the best of the best in this area
catch n eat
This waterfall is really amazing and no tourists is a bonus
hammocks to chill
on Golden Pond
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