Get a real insight into how islanders live and help at our off-grid place in Karimunjawa, Indonesia



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  • Description


    We're an Indonesian/English couple who have been running a simple little off the grid guesthouse for over 2 years, in the heart of Indonesia's first Marine National Park. We are looking for brave and independent volunteers to cat and house sit at our guesthouse during the rainy season, while helping to clean up the nearby beach.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers will have a lot of time to reconnect with nature, and therefore themselves. Island life during the rainy season has many challenges, which volunteers can experience and learn from during their time here. Travellers can also tackle the worlds ocean plastic problem head on and see the issue from the locals point of view too.

  • Help


    We are mainly looking for someone to take good care of our cat who lives at the guesthouse. Our place is made entirely of wood and is above the sea in a little bay on the East side of the island. We will be closed for tourists during January and February as its the rainy season. The monsoons aren't too bad on this side of the island, but our cat still gets spooked by the strong winds, especially when she's alone. We moved back into town last year as we have just welcomed our first child into the family. We are currently rebuilding our kitchen and staff area, and this work will probably continue into January and February too. Other than cat sitting and being a general presence at the guesthouse, we'd also love for volunteers to help clean the nearby beach, which is sadly the oceans dumping ground. Anyone who can implement an effective system into how to clean up and maintain the beach is very welcome. We'd also love to get a website going for our guesthouse, so any web designers are very welcome!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and Indonesian

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers can stay in the rooms which we normally rent out to guests when we're open. We have two double bedrooms with a balcony, which look out to the sea and the coral reef below. We have a temporary kitchen where volunteers can prepare their own food as and when they like. It is very important that guests are competent at riding a scooter and they must rent their own to get to and from town, which is a 10 minute drive away.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have kayaks and snorkelling equipment on site which are free for volunteers to use. There is a live coral reef surrounding the guesthouse, a turtle sanctuary and white sand beach all in the same bay. An island hopping trip is the most popular activity on the island, along with beach hopping, mangrove trekking and a general exploration of the main island. There are also camping and diving opportunities.

  • A little more information

    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

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