Volunteerism is highly regarded by the government, which employs the concept of Gotong Royong, the collective shouldering of burdens or “working together”, the chief ideology of national philosophy. Volunteers are supported throughout the country. There is a large variety of projects volunteers can take part in.
The wildlife refuge projects deal with animals saved from illegal commerce involving orang-utans and macaques. Such rescued animals need protected and rehabilitated. Wildlife refuges in the country depend heavily on the efforts of volunteers. The refuge offers volunteers a rare opportunity to work with some of the most fascinating animals.
Indonesia has environmental issues like deforestation, water pollution, air pollution, excessively populated urban locations. Volunteer help is required in working in waste disposal, preservation of portable water and slowing the pace of deforestation.
Tsunami relief projects are another area that can use volunteer help. Indonesia sits on three major fault lines. It has suffered five very destructive earthquakes in the last one decade alone. The resulting tsunamis leave behind a lot of devastation and scattered debris which takes years to clean up. Helping to rebuild the lives of those most affected and cleaning up after natural disasters requires a lot of volunteer help.
Teaching English volunteer programs are common in Indonesia, especially in tourist areas where the locals need to be well versed to interact with tourists from all over the world. Volunteers are also placed in local schools to teach in schools ranging from Kindergarten to university levels. In village schools, where help is most need but funding is very limited, volunteers also take on additional duties of helping to maintain the facilities. Volunteers with medical training are always welcome to help patients from lower economic backgrounds in public health clinics. Volunteers assist doctors in running medical checks in local communities.