Whether you’d like to join the fight for a cleaner city or simply devote your time to helping animals in danger, there are more than enough volunteer organisations in Jakarta that need your assistance. Here’s how you can make a positive change.
Whatever your passion is – yoga, travelling, caring for animals, teaching – there’s a good chance someone in the Big Durian could use your enthusiasm and skills for a good cause. Not sure how to take the first step? Here are some awesome organisations that you can volunteer at in Jakarta.
Clean Up Jakarta
If you’ve always dreamt of a rubbish-free Jakarta, Clean Up Jakarta might just be the charity event you don’t want to miss. It’s an annual event that brings together volunteers to hunt down rubbish and make the city clean again. Back in 2016, over 20,000 people joined the troops to collect over 8 tonnes of rubbish in a day. (Hats off!) Set a reminder on your calendar as Clean Up Jakarta is back in town on Sunday 8 October 2017. #TeamClean, assemble!
Yeni Mulyaningsih was inspired to run Rumah Taufan after losing her 7-year-old son to leukemia. The community is a safe haven for underprivileged families suffering from similar situations. Volunteers are welcome to help out financially or by accompanying the organisation while they’re visiting the family homes of the patients. If you have any knack for performance at all, whether its stand-up comedy, story-telling or musical instrument, make sure to get these ready as the families could really use some entertaining company during their ordeals.
Rumah Taufan, Jl. Kayu Manis No.6, Condet, East Jakarta. t. +628 1282734932 (Yanie). e. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainbow Reading Garden (Taman Bacaan Pelangi)
Rainbow Reading Garden wants to spread the love of literature wider societies in need. After collecting all your used books from their drop boxes in Plaza Indonesia, Pondok Indah Mall, and Kelapa Gading 3, Rainbow Reading Garden will distribute the donated books to the Eastern part of Indonesia, where many amazing children are yet to be exposed to interesting paperbacks.
Rainbow Reading Garden, email@example.com
Yayasan Wisma Cheshire
Yayasan Wisma Cheshire helps people who are physically disabled through residential vocational training programmes such as carpentry, handicrafts, and computer studies. They make and sell the most amazing handicrafts and woodwork items, such as dollhouses and toy castles at their Red Feather Shop. Volunteers with skills in design, counselling, event coordination, and English language teaching are always welcome.
Yayasan Wisma Cheshire, Jl. Wijaya Kusuma No. 15a, Cilandak Barat, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 7692059. e. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re a natural with the littlies, sign up to Kampung Kids and join in the fun at their playgroup or teach English! You don’t need to be able to speak Bahasa or be a qualified teacher to help. Whizz on the computer? Kampung Kids are also looking for volunteer IT teachers who are fluent Indonesian speakers. If time’s not on your side but you would still like to help, Kampung Kids sponsor over 1,000 kampung students and are always looking for more sponsors.
Kampung Kids, Jl. Pejaten Barat IV No. 22, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 7194787, e. email@example.com
We love the work Rachel House is doing in Jakarta. They are a paediatric hospice providing end-of-life care for children with conditions such as cancer and HIV. Rachel House provides palliative care for kids from families who cannot afford medical care in a safe and loving environment. Contribute your skills and you’ll be making a child’s day brighter.
Rachel House, Graha Indramas, Jl. Aipda KS. Tubun Raya No. 77, West Jakarta, p. +6221 53652197, e. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jakarta Animal Aid Network
Those busy folks at Jakarta Animal Aid Network are always looking out for volunteers to help our local furry, scaly, and feathery friends! Help out in fundraising, running activities and events, and campaigning on behalf of local animal welfare organisations; any amount of time is appreciated. They are also always in need of donations of dog food, leashes, collars, old towels, dog shampoo, cleaning supplies, and building materials.
Jakarta Animal Aid Network, e. email@example.com
The Indonesia Heritage Society
If you’re a keen traveller and have been off the beaten track in Indonesia, why not share your experiences with The Indonesia Heritage Society’s Heritage Tours. They are looking for volunteer tour leaders who are enthusiastic and passionate about travelling. Other types of volunteering opportunities are available too; it’s a great way to use your skills, learn a thing or two, and meet new friends along the way!
The Indonesia Heritage Society, 17th Floor, Sentral Senayan 1, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 5725870, e. firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundation of Mother and Child Health (Yayasan Balita Sehat)
Yayasan Balita Sehat (YBS) was established in 2001 by a small group of expatriate nurses who wanted to improve the health and well being of children from lower income families. YBS is now fully run by Indonesian staff members and assisted by international and local volunteers. Experienced in website management, copywriting, data entry, graphic design, or advertising? They’re waiting to hear from you. They are also looking for volunteer yoga teachers for pre-natal yoga and volunteer EFL teachers.
Yayasan Balita Sehat, Jl. H. Naim 2 no. 10 Cipete Utara, South Jakarta p. +62 21 7232119, e. email@example.com
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Indonesia is always on the lookout for volunteers who are keen to get their hands dirty! As long as you can hold a hammer, a bucket, or a paintbrush, you’re welcome to join! Your time and energy as a volunteer means homes can be built at considerably lower costs for people struggling to work their way out of poverty.
Habitat for Humanity Indonesia, The Bellezza Shopping Arcade, 2nd Floor, South Jakarta, p. +6221 29916074, e. firstname.lastname@example.org
This article was originally published on 15 November 2013 and has since been updated.