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
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
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
19.Pied Imperial Piegon
20.Spice Imperial Piegon
49.Red Bird of Paradise
And fruit trees planted so far from cuttings (not seeds):
3 kelengkeng merah (Ruby longan)
2 kelengkeng (longan)
60 cangkok manga (grafts onto old mango trees)
Various citrus grafts
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)
2 sawo (sapodillia)
3 sirsak (soursop)
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.
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.
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.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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