GroundRocks Indonesia Gap Year Volunteering Travel Programs
Volunteer in Indonesia and become a part of local Indonesian culture and engage with a rural community on one of our GROUNDRocks Indonesia volunteer programs aimed at students looking for a unique travel experience. Through our Indonesia gap year programs students have the opportunity to travel to far-flung corners of the country where they can take part in one of our ongoing community development projects – learning to solve practical challenges and adapting to different customs and environments on one of our volunteering in Indonesia programs.
Volunteer in Indonesia and Experience Sustainable Community-Based Development
Joining one of our Indonesia gap year programs is a great way for young people to become empowered, build resilience and strengthen their leadership skills. Each of our Indonesia gap year programs includes key elements where students learn to understand and work with people from different cultures, while at the same time demonstrating through practical implementation the importance of sustainable community-based development through Indonesia volunteer work.
Gap Year Volunteering in Indonesia, One of the Most Culturally Diverse Countries on Earth
Indonesia is a vast archipelago of diverse islands and peoples that straddles both sides of the equator between the Indian and Pacific oceans. The most populous country in Southeast Asia it is home to some 260 million people. This vast country is made up of over 18,000 islands and there are more than 300 different languages spoken, making it one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth and a perfect country to experience a gap year volunteering travel program.
To the north it has land borders with Malaysia, while to the east it borders East Timor and Papua New Guinea, and to the south – Australia. Islam is the most popular religion in Indonesia with over 87 percent of the population identifying themselves as Muslim. The largest ethnic group is the Javanese people, accounting for about 41 percent of the country’s population.
However, these numbers fail to capture Indonesia as a uniquely harmonious country with an astonishing variety of cultures. The majority of Javanese are found on the island of Java, but millions of them have migrated to other parts of this huge archipelago. Malay, Madurese and Sundanese make up the next largest ethnic groups in the country and most local languages have their roots in the Austronesian language family, although a substantial number – especially in Papua – come from Papuan languages.
Indonesia’s multicultural character could be equated with India in many ways – rooted in a society of older interethnic relations and developed in a 20th century struggle with European imperialism – which began in the early seventeenth century with the arrival of the Dutch. While Indonesian culture is a shared one that is found in its historical roots, beliefs, values, customs and even its institutions, the upheavals during the communist purges of 1965 to 66 that led to the fall of President Sukarno and three decades of authoritarian rule under President Suharto, have left their mark and continue as particular stresses in the country’s progress today. If you are looking for a gap year experience our Indonesia voluntary programs will not let you down.
Enjoy the Stunning Landscapes of Indonesia with our Gap Year Programs
Indonesia has some of the most stunningly beautiful landscape of Southeast Asia with many of the larger islands boasting mountain peaks of 2,700 meters or more. There are also some 400 volcanoes, of which about 100 are active. The majority of Indonesia’s islands are today multiethnic, with large and small groups forming geographical enclaves. These include Sumatra, Java, much of Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), Halmahera, and Papua – the western half of New Guinea. There are also many smaller islands, with Bali – just east of Java – the best known as a holiday destination and ideal for Indonesia gap year programs. Java, Madura and Bali, the inner islands are the largest population centers in the archipelago, with Java one of the most densely settled places, accounting for 60 percent of the country’s population.
Find Out More Today About the GroudRocks Volunteering Options in Indonesia
So why not join us in Indonesia and explore volunteer options in Indonesia or one of our student travel programs – an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime! At GROUNDRocks we understand the value of cross-cultural sharing and providing an environment in which our educational tours and student travel programs can help you grow and mature intellectually – setting you up for life, ready to lead the next generation into a healthier, cleaner and safer place for our children and future generations.