Volunteer Programs in Indonesia

About Destination and Volunteer Opportunities


Indonesia is a country located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and it is the world’s largest archipelagic state. The country is popular for its volcanic mountains and paradise beaches. It is also one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, hosting diverse ecosystems such as tropical rainforests, coral reefs, mangrove swamps and highland forests. These ecosystems are home to 10-15% of the world’s known species as well. Some of the most iconic animal species found in Indonesia include orangutans, Komodo dragons, Sumatran tigers and Rafflesia flowers. Unfortunately, Indonesia’s rainforests are in danger due to high rates of deforestation due to palm oil production, logging, infrastructure development, etc.

The Indonesian national motto is “Bhinneka tunggal ika” (“Unity in diversity”). It references the diversity of the Indonesian population that has emerged from the ongoing confluence of cultures. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world with much of the population living on the island of Java, making it one of the most densely populated places in the world. The official language of Indonesia is Indonesian, also known as Bahasa Indonesia.

Among Indonesia’s numerous islands, Bali is one of the most popular ones. There you can have a unique adventure that combines surfing lessons, island tours, and boat rides. Bali is also famous for its rice terraces known as “subak” which are a UNESCO heritage site. Bali is home to thousands of temples as well, some being small shrines while others are grand complexes overlooking the ocean.

Advice before volunteering in indonesia

Although English may be spoken in urban and tourist areas, learning some basic Indonesian phrases will definitely be very useful in connecting with the local communities as well as in showing respect for the local culture. Being culturally sensitive and respecting local traditions and religious practices will benefit your experience as well.

Be sure to look after your health and safety both before you leave and when you arrive at the project. Check with your doctor and the Pasteur Institute for any recommended vaccines and medications. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

When packing, remember to check the climate in the area where you will be volunteering. Take into consideration the time of year as well as the volunteering project you will be participating in.

Is it safe to volunteer in indonesia?

All of the projects are very safe and you will have 24/7 support, guidance and emergency assistance. Nevertheless, you should always exercise general caution when in an unfamiliar area. Petty theft such as pickpocketing can occur in crowded areas. Check with your doctor and take any necessary medications. Check that you are always drinking potable/purified water as well.

Requirements to volunteer in indonesia

In order to volunteer in Indonesia, you must be 18+, have at least proficient English, have a valid passport and have travel insurance.


Indonesia has a wide variety of volunteer projects to get involved in. If you are looking to get involved with community development projects such as teaching or renovation, Indonesia is looking for such volunteers. Indonesia is also very popular for volunteer work with animals or environmental protection volunteers.

Discover our volunteer opportunities in Indonesia. You can work as a volunteer on humanitarian missions in education, construction and renovation. Join an educational volunteer program in a Bali school or an animal protection program such as a sea turtle conservation program in Bali.

Join a volunteer program in Indonesia!

infos pratiques


A B211/C6B visa is now required to participate in projects in Indonesia, even for trips of less than 30 days. The B211/C6B visa is given for 60 days. It can be extended twice in country. Each extension lasts 60 days


Please check with your doctor or travel clinic in regards to the vaccinations you need for your project destination. You can also check the pasteur institute for the up-to-date health recommendation per destination at


For any international project, Freepackers Care requires the subscription of a travel insurance including the coverage of accidents, diseases, repatriation and includes civil liability in case of damage to third parties.

You can subscribe online with our partner CHAPKA, which offers 5% discount with this link. If you subscribe to another insurance, we will ask you to send us a copy of your certificate in English.

For complete protection during studies or an internship abroad, you can subscribe to Cap Student insurance online by following this link. This insurance also includes civil liability in the context of an activity abroad.