Help with permaculture eco lodge in Raja Ampat, Indonesia



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    We are a young family building our home in Raja Ampat.
    Our names are Jack (English diving instructor with business in london) and Adecya (Indonesian) and Bodhin our little boy.
    If you google Raja Ampat you'll see it described as the the last paradise on Earth which is, arguably sadly true but like most places is facing many issues with unsustainable growth.

    We are working with the local community to build our home as ecologically friendly as we can and use as many permaculture ideas as we can. We have a huge hugelkultur garden around 80 fruit trees and have planted over 250 trees in total and about the same amount of orchids and other plants. We hope however that the main produce will be mangos as we cut and grafted 12 old mangos trees when we arrived and we hope soon to have our first harvest.
    We work with the local community to protect the reefs and surrounding area and we’d like to start more projects with the local community.
    At the moment we are mainly looking for skilled work wood, electrics, plumbing, permaculture, arborist, grafting, cement work (building a pizza oven .)), tiling. We have a cook and nanny but if you have a lot of cooking experience or a are good with help that’s also useful.

    The underwater pictures you can see are of our reef, 20 meters from the shoreline. Together with the locals we have protected it for the 4 years. We have sea eagles, birds of paradise, hornbills, parrots, cockatoos, maleo birds, cous-cous', sugar-gliders, many butterflies, turtles, octopus, giant clams, walking sharks, cuttlefish, mantas (if the season) baby black tip reef sharks, all kinds of reef fish all in our the garden/reef and 3 dogs called Chilli, Peppa and Rokok. I’ll put a list of 50 birds you can see in our garden below if you’re interested in bird watching

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Raja Ampat is arguably the last tropical paradise on earth so it's a great opportunity to see what places like Thailand, most of Indonesia, the Maldives or the Philippines used to be like. Raja Ampat if the heart of the coral triangle and mostly a marine park which is why the diving is the best in the world.
    But it’s not only diving West papua is the largest conservation province on the planet and the Rainforest second only in size to the Amazon. It’s officially the most biodiverse area on land aswell as the sea
    There are so many threats to this area but there are some really good people fighting to preserve it. Many of these people believe agroforestry and subtropic farming is the best and maybe only way to really preserve Raja Ampat and West Papua and that is the heart of what we are trying to work with here but that spins off into many offshoots.

    So, I think the main thing you would gather from being here is seeing what tropical nature should be, how fragile it is and the dangers facing it and learning realistic ways to help.

    These are the Bird species observed in from the garden so far

    1.Dusky Scrubfowl
    2.Lesser Frigatebird
    3.Sooty tern
    4.Brown Noddy
    5.Crested tern
    6.Yellow Bittern
    7.Striated Heron
    8.Great-billed Heron
    9.Brahminy Kite
    11.White-bellied Sea-Eagle
    12.Grey-headed Goshowk
    13.Long-tailed Buzzard
    14.Common Sandpiper
    15.Brown Cuckoo-Dove
    16.Superb Fruit-Dove
    17.Beautiful Fruit-Dove
    18.Claret-breasted Fruit-Dove
    19.Pied Imperial Piegon
    20.Spice Imperial Piegon
    21.Eclectus Parrot
    22.Palm Cockatoo
    23.Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
    24.Black-capped Lory
    25.Violet-necked Lory
    26.Red-cheeked Parrot
    27.Moluccan King-Parrot
    28.Great-billed Parrot
    29.Blyth’s Hornbill
    30.Glossy Swiftlet
    31.Common Paradise-Kingfisher
    32.Oriental Dollarbird
    33.Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
    34.Beach Kingfisher
    35.Sacred Kingfisher
    36.Azure Kingfisher
    37.Rusty Mouse-Warbler
    38.Ruby-throated Myzomela
    39.Helmeted Friarbird
    40.Mimic Meliphega
    41.Olive-backed Sunbird
    42.Spectaclet Longbill
    43.Hooded Butcherbird
    44.Black Butcherbird
    45.Shining Flycatcher
    46.Willie Wagtail
    47.Glossy Manucode
    48.Torresian Crow
    49.Red Bird of Paradise

    And fruit trees planted so far from cuttings (not seeds):

    3 kelengkeng merah (Ruby longan)
    2 kelengkeng (longan)
    1 manga
    60 cangkok manga (grafts onto old mango trees)
    Various citrus grafts
    Pomegranate (dilima)
    1 jeruk limau (mini lime)
    2 orange keprok (tangerine)
    2 santang Matu (mandarine)
    1 jeruk Bali (pomelo)
    20 grafted old citrus Trees’s which will be a mixture of the ones on this list
    1 jambu air (rose Apple)
    2 jambu biji (guava)
    4 jambu merah (red guava)
    3 nangka (jackfruit)
    4 (Sukun) breadfruit
    60 grafted alpukat (avocado)
    4 durian
    3 rambutan
    2 sawo (sapodillia)
    3 sirsak (soursop)

  • Aide


    We've already completed alot of the most difficult work like waste water garden, water, 24/7 electricity...etc.

    We have good local builders but the volunteers we ideally need are craftsman, Electricians, plumbers, gardeners, builders syntropic or agroforestry farmers. We also need a minimum of 4-8 weeks depending on skill level (if you have professional skills we don’t mind staying a shorter time). The reason is Raja Ampat and our lifestyle are so different to most people that it takes about a month to get your bearings and settle in.

    I'm afraid if you don't speak Bahasa your social life will be a bit limited. But if a comfortable Robinson Crusoe life style surrounded by a pristine rainforest, great gardens, birds, insects, dogs, kids, internet, 1/2 hour trip into town, comfy bed, amazing snorkelling, yoga, guitars...etc is enough then you’ll be fine… we can help you find and sometimes do trips aswell.

    Most of the people who write to us mainly want a diving holiday, to do some yoga and to get some good photos which is understandable and of course you can do what you want on your time off. But we mainly want people who understand this kind of project, appreciate the work that’s gone into and are genuinely interested and want to help.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Indonesian: Courant

  • Hébergement


    We have our house, 2 guest houses, 2 kitchens, 4 bathrooms, 2 staff houses and 1 volunteer house.

    Your house would be a private tropical hardwood house with composite roof.
    Food provided 3 times a day.

    The internet is just about good enough to stream videos but you need to unlock your phone and buy a Telkomsel SIM card before you come (about $5).

    10mins by boat to the nearest local village that has road access to the town (waisai) in 20mins. Or a boat straight there in about 25mins.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    To get to our place you just need to book a flight to Sorong (Airasia from Jakarta is easiest) then take a ferry to Waisai town, from the town to the nearest village from our place is a 30mins car/bike ride and then take another 10 mins boat ride from the village to our place.

    We get around by boat but every two days we pick up supplies from a delivery guy with his motorbike on the road, if you need to go in to town you can go with him and it takes 30mins.
    We are arguably about as central as you can be in Raja Ampat, close to everything.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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