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5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer in Indonesia

Despite being the fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia is a bit of a hidden gem. Comprised of over 17,000 islands, the nation is definitely on the rise to make its name in the international scene. With its inhabitants’ strong desire to learn and improve, Indonesia is perfect for you who wishes to travel to a new and exciting place with a purpose!

From environmental conservation to community development, there is so many fields for you to choose from. This is the place to pursue the cause you are passionate about in the most exciting places! As if that’s not enough, here are 5 more reasons that will snag you into volunteering in Indonesia:

1. Picturesque landscape
This archipelago has grand mountains, pristine shores, and lush rainforests sprawled all over it. Wherever you go, the scenery will be something out of a painting! Being surrounded by this stunning view will truly evoke a newfound sense of appreciation for the environment and how important it is to take care of it. Surely, we want to immortalize such beauty for generations to come, right?

Calm water at Mandeh Island, West Sumatera. One of the locations of GGI volunteering programs

2. Rich culture
Comprising of over 300 ethnic groups, Indonesia is known for its cultural diversity, which means that each region has their own unique customs and traditions unlike anything you have ever seen. From little gestures of respect upon meeting the elders, to a week-long celebration of a holiday that occurs nationwide, Indonesia has no shortage of new things for you to learn each day!

One of the key celebration in Bali. Bali is one of the GGI volunteering program locations.

3. Friendly locals
Although each of the communities can be very unique and particular, that doesn’t mean that they are closed off from the outside world. On the contrary, Indonesian people are very warm and welcoming –they love people who are eager to learn more about their heritage and are happy to give you an insight to their community and lifestyle.

Volunteers at one of our partner organizations, Yayasan Cipta Mandiri in Bogor. Photo credit: Yayasan Cipta Mandiri

4. Scrumptious cuisines

It is indeed the land of spices, so it’s no surprise that their local dishes are so rich in flavor. Your home-cooked meals with your host family is sure to be a feast for your taste buds. That being said, what is served on a plate before you might still surprise you –in the best ways possible

Balinese Rice Platter with Crispy Fried Duck. Photo credit: Herman Saksono at

5. The strong sense of community
Community plays such a big part in Indonesian people’s lives. Volunteering means that you are contributing in the improvement of their community, which they would greatly appreciate. Moreover, spending time among them also means that you become an honorary member of their community. You will feel at home in no time!

Teaching the benefit of building permaculture garden to kids. One of our NGO partner programs, Omah Sinau, in Lumajang, East Java. Photo credit: Omah Sinau

What are you waiting for? Join Go Global Indonesia now on our volunteer hosting programs in many exciting parts of Indonesia, and experience a life-changing journey to make a change in the most exquisite place in the world! For more information, check out the GGI website or contact