This is one of the very emotional and emotionally rewarding experiences this project has in store for the young kind hearted GWC volunteers. Like in the past the poor people of this beautiful country look up to volunteers like you for warmth, love and care besides other kind of interactions. At the project the volunteers could assist local staff in physical/occupational therapy sessions. At this project, you will teach these students simple Basic English and other subjects depending upon need of the project and your skills and qualifications. You could also help them with English kids rhymes and songs to improve their English language. You can also help in developing creative programs such as art, music, and dance etc. Besides this, you will also be involved in activities like doing simple renovation to the school such as making bookshelf for a library or painting the classrooms. You being young and energetic have the amazing ability to motivate these people and instill confidence in them. You may also help raise fund towards the welfare of these people.
This would be a very rewarding experience emotionally and will give you an insight into the lives of these poor people. You will get to interact with other international volunteers participating at the project. You could exchange view, opinion and learn from each other’s experience. Join hands with GWC and be part of the change that the young like you can bring to the lesser privileged people of Indonesia.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Bengkulu Airport, Sumatera, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation. You will be welcomed at GWC Indonesia Office, where you will be given a short introduction of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and social or political issues.
Day 2 – 6: You will leave for the project site where you will meet with the local villagers and will introduced about the project and environment and will start working in the project (Refer Project Highlights for details)
Day 7: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 8: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Indonesia will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed). You will be served with 3 Indonesian meals a day. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Indonesian culture and lifestyle closely.