Asia and Pacific Featured Program: Indonesia
The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago of the world. It consists of 17,508 islands—6,000 inhabited—that straddle the equator. The climate in Indonesia is tropical, but more moderate in the highlands.
Bahasa Indonesia (official), English, Dutch, local dialects.
Housing is a constant challenge, as Indonesia is home to more than 234 million people, making it the fourth most populous nation in the world. Population densities, especially on the main island of Java, are as high as 12,635 per square kilometers. Nearly 18 percent of the population lives below the poverty level.
Land shortages and hard-to-access credit for housing, particularly in urban areas, are major reasons for the amount of substandard housing. High land prices and construction costs are also key impediments to improved housing; often land accounts for up to half the total cost of a house.
The United Nations estimates that Indonesia needs 800,000 new housing units a year and needs to repair 420,000 units annually. According to a study conducted for the World Bank, at least 375,000 of the new housing units would be for low-income groups that cannot afford access to formal markets. The United Nations estimates that 70 to 80 percent of all housing is built incrementally in the informal sector.
The occurrence of natural disasters in recent years also increased the urgency for housing. In December 2004, the northern province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam on Sumatra Island was devastated by the Indian Ocean Asian tsunami. Less than 18 months later, in May 2006, Yogyakarta, a city in the eastern part of Java, was shaken by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. In February 2007, major flooding in the capital Jakarta damaged thousands of houses.
Habitat for Humanity Indonesia built its first houses in 1999 in Yogyakarta and operates in both rural and urban areas throughout the country.
Habitat for Humanity Indonesia has served more than 40,000 families through its affiliates. In addition to the Yogyakarta earthquake response, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia helped build and repair 1,000 homes after flooding in Jakarta. In Aceh, Habitat continues to work with families affected by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Some 5,200 homes have been rehabilitated and built to date.
Types of construction for volunteers
The core, first-stage home typically measures 24 square meters. Houses use cement slab foundations and are made from concrete blocks and plywood with wood frames and clay tiles for roofs. It can take up to a month to build a house.
Volunteers may work on existing home renovations, complete home construction or water sanitation. Volunteers may help transport materials; fill foundation with dirt, stone and sand; compact floors; mix mortar; lay bricks; and clean and paint doors and windows.
The team stays in a hotel or guesthouse, typically with double-occupancy rooms (two twin beds) with shared bathrooms and toilet.
Food in the village or building site is generally simple. If your team has special needs such as diabetic requirements, vegetarian needs or food allergies, please let the host coordinator know.
Breakfast: Breakfast is provided by the hotel or the community and is generally simple, such as fruit, cereal and toast. Tea, coffee, drinking water and fruit cordial will be included.
Lunch: On working days, teams will have lunch at the work site (rice with vegetables and meat, fruits, drinks, etc). Lunch will be provided by the organizing committee and supervised by the affiliate coordinator. On non-working days, the team will dine at a local restaurant or other locations, depending on the activities.
Dinner: Some dinners will be at pre-arranged restaurants.
Day 1 (Typically Friday): Depart for Indonesia.
Day 2 (Saturday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday, Arrival day): Check into hotel; welcome dinner; orientation.
Days 4–8 (Monday–Friday, workdays): Work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Days 9–10 (Saturday–Sunday): Cultural activities in local community.
Days 11–15 (Monday–Friday): Work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities; farewell dinner on Friday.
Day 16 (Saturday): Departure for home.
Starting at US$2,170
View what is included in the standard budget.