IIWC (Indonesia International Work Camp)
Ben Pramudya, LMTV Coordinator
Semarang, Central Java
Remark for Period
3 months participation from 02/01 and 05/01 is possible.
Local/ social situation/ needs for the project
Preserving natural diversity and sea shore from the erosion because of no more mangrove and too strong waves from the Ocean will be the main focus. The coastal side of North Java Sea in Mangkang is now in danger due to the abrasion of the sea, cutting mangrove by local factory and heavy force from the river flows. Before, many kinds of fish and shrimps are living there, but now since the condition of the mangrove forest is getting worse, it is quite difficult to find the species anymore. Fisherman also needs to go further to the ocean to fish and it means much work they need to do to earn money. IIWC also organizes World Tanabata Action in this place since 2008, a global common action initiated by NICE (Japan) with NVDA and CCIVS at UNESCO. where volunteers all over the world plant trees and hang their wishes in Tanzaku paper on a bamboo leaf. Mangkang is an area in the border of Semarang and not in touristic part. There are 2 villages, Mangkang Wetan and Mangunharjo which separated by Street.
Name and description of the local host
Lepas NGO, now called the BIOTA Foundation (biotafoundation.blogspot.com) and Bumi Lestari Mangrove Farmer Association plant mangroves in this area.
Aims and expected impact of the project
Goal: to save the 2 villages from flood due to erosion and rising of sea level in the coastal line. Aims (a) To prevent the rate of erosion in the 2 villages (b) to support the garbage issue as part of solving the environmental problem in the 2 villages.
Main voluntary work
- Planting Mangrove at coastal/green belt in muddy habitat, organizing environment educational activity with local schools, planning and campaign about environmental Issue, promote Mangrove issue to some local school and university, organizing weekend workcamp for mangrove planting and education, Raising awareness among community, making fund raising action.
- Since 2014, the previous long and middle term volunteers from different countries in this project together with IIWC members develop the project addressing issue garage management system. Therefore in this AVS we expect the volunteers to contribute the development of the project. Meaning not only doing something but also to see, understand the whole context and give ideas on the strategy of making appropriate approach to local people in Mangkang to pursue garbage management system there.
- Approximate working hours: 6 days a week. Free day is Friday. However, this is not time based activity; instead this is task based activity. Volunteers should be flexible.
Type of building: Volunteer house
- Sleeping: Sharing with other vols.
- Meals: Cooked by vols.
- Smoking: Only at smoking area, limited not in front of children
- Internet access: NO. Volunteers should provide their own internet access via smartphone or modem
- Any other points: Sometime electricity is black out due to lack of resources.
Semarang is located in Java Island between latitudes 11°S and 6°N, and longitudes 95°E and 141°E. It has a tropical climate with wet and dry seasons. Average annual rainfall in the lowlands varies from 1,780–3,175 millimeters (70–125 in), and up to 6,100 millimeters (240 in) in mountainous regions. Humidity is quite high, averaging about 80%. The average daily temperature is 26–45 °C. Mangkang area is religious muslim with high tolerance for differences
- Nearest international airport: A Yani Airport Semarang (IATA Code: SRG)
- Transportation from the capital or other major city (mode, time, cost): From Jakarta to Semarang by plane for 50 minutes, price starts from 40 US$. By train from Jakarta Gambir station for 7 hours, price starts from 30 US$.
Possible free time activities in Semarang down town are: School visit, local festivals for new year (to be confirmed), visit to other IVS projects in Semarang or out of Semarang including our World Heritage Volunteers project in Borobudur temple in Magelang. It is 80 km away from Semarang.
Qualification for volunteers
- Required: Healthy body for high humidity and hot weather. Interest in environment issue. Strong commitment in learning Bahasa Indonesia. Flexible and relax. Easy going with new people and new culture.
- Preferable: Coastal area conservation. Community development.
Attraction for vols.
Sharing culture with local people and peer volunteers for eternal friendship. Join the seedling-harvesting Mangrove trees from different species. Cooking skill with Mangrove as based ingredients. This is new thing even in Indonesia and still being developed.
- Participation fee to the host NGO: 600 Euro for 3 month (200 Euro per month)
- 370 Euro for 3 months ((123 Euro per month) for those coming from less expensive countries where the annual GDP per capita is less than 10,000 US$).
- On arrival training (place, length, etc.): in Semarang city, located in IIWC volunteer house. For 4 days upon volunteers’ arrival.
- Special care during Project: Staff visit, buddy system we call them peer volunteers, 24/7 emergency response.
- Evaluation meeting: Monthly meetings with staff and other international volunteers from different projects in Indonesia. Middle and Final evaluation with local partners. Location to be confirmed. Each meeting is for 1 day.
- Open to Non-Asian if the places are not full at 2 months before the starting date.
- JAVS (Japan ASEAN Voluntary Service) will be also held in 02/01-04/15 where AVS and JAVS volunteers will work and live together.