Work-Study Volunteer opportunity in Indonesia

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The International Humanity Foundation (IHF) is seeking forward-thinking, dynamic individuals of all ages/backgrounds to contribute to our education centers in Indonesia as part of our Work-Study Volunteer Program.

We have four centers in Indonesia, in Bali, Jakarta, Medan and Banda Aceh. Our Jakarta and Aceh centers provide homes to a small number of children, while all centers offer English, math and computer classes to disadvantaged children.

Your work as a volunteer with IHF will be divided between local and international tasks. Locals tasks are teaching English, computer and math classes, and assisting with the care of our children and organising activities. There are also additional projects to help with. All volunteers manage one or more of our international task teams such as university relations, fundraising and media; working together online with volunteers in other centers.

Questions & Answers

No, english does not have to be your native language, but you should be able to communicate effectively (both verbal and written) using it.

Hi Tessa, the minimum age is 18 for this program.


based on 18 reviews
  • Impact 8.6
  • Support 9
  • Fun 8.8
  • Value 8.6
  • Safety 9.3
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Yes, I recommend this program

You will meet the most amazing kids at IHF Jakarta

I first volunteered at IHF Jakarta while I was still an undergrad, and I think it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The six children who lived at the orphanage welcomed me so warmly into their family, and I fell in love with them all within a couple of days. They are the most caring, funny, smart, responsible, mature kids I have ever met. The work-study program can be a little demanding, but I definitely learned so much more than I could have imagined about NGO management, volunteer coordination, and the kind of determination and passion it takes to keep a grassroots organization running. I would wake up in the morning, do some administrative work online, teach classes in the afternoon, and finish up some more administrative work, then hang out with the kids. They are always laughing and singing and goofing around- I miss them even now, and keep in touch with them when I can.

Teaching the classes are always a lot of fun too, and the students are very eager to learn. They are always hanging out around the orphanage, and always eager to communicate. I was fortunate to be able to visit some of the students at their houses, and saw that many of them come from the slum areas- which was a very moving experience for me.

I loved my first volunteer experience at IHF Jakarta so much that I returned to volunteer again in the summer of 2012. And I will hopefully be returning again in the future!

What would you improve about this program?
Sometimes the classes were difficult to prepare for and manage because of limited resources and tons of kids. The staff and the IHF children were a great support, but if there was a more concrete curriculum and teaching resources, I think it will make the teaching experience a little easier.
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Yes, I recommend this program

It was a pleasant experience

I had a very good time working for IHF Jakarta center.
I was in Indonesia for an exchange program in Spring 2012. I love interacting with the culture and kids so I search for a suitable program and there was IHF. I taught English for about 3 months in the center. The environment was safe and comfortable. The staffs and people around were so nice and kind. The kids were amazing and cute. I could not imagine I would have a better time in Indonesia without them.
I would recommend anyone this program. I'm sure it will be great.

What would you improve about this program?
Better arranging class schedules
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Yes, I recommend this program

One Month at the Jakarta centre

Living and working in the IHF centre in Jakarta for one month was a fantastic experience and a real eye opener. It was the first time I had travelled outside of Europe on my own but as soon as I arrived at the centre both the staff and in house children made me feel very welcome, making it easy for me to settle in.

The centre operates as both an orphanage and school, my primary role as a volunteer was to teach English to the children. I found this both a challenging and rewarding experience. Communication with the younger children was quite difficult, I would definitely recommend trying to learn a few basic Indonesia phrases before arriving at the centre to make teaching easier.

As English is my mother tongue I was primarily teaching the older (high school) children. These children came to the centre eager to learn making them very attentive. They were an absolute pleasure to teach and I am glad to say that I still keep in contact with some of the children.

I would recommend volunteering with IHF to anyone who wants a rewarding experience working with young persons. Leaving the centre after growing close to all the children can be upsetting though so have your tissues at the ready.

What would you improve about this program?
Making the class a bit more organised through providing a set weekly schedule could benefit to the children's learning.