VOLUNTEER NEEDED: Restoration of World Heritage Site (Indonesia)

This project follows the important global initiative to preserve World Heritage sites since 2006. Arriving from all across the world, the volunteers will discuss issues related to world heritage and cultural diversity while actively engaging in the preservation of World Heritage sites. The volunteers will be introduced to the World Heritage Centre’s activities and campaign, as well as the history and dynamics of World Heritage sites worldwide.

Guided visits to Prambanan will be organized in cooperation with the site’s management. The Heritage Centre renders a symbolic dimension to heritage through debates and reflections, contributes to the restoration and preservation of cultural heritage, and improves accessibility and availability of information. The Centre also raises the awareness of the local population by creating a sense of ownership and identification. It also promotes cultural heritage among international volunteers and organizations.

The volunteers will work on restoration projects in the Prambanan temples under the supervision and guidance of the Archaeological Department. Before the restoration work begins, the volunteers will have a one day orientation. This orientation will teach participants how to perform restoration work and will provide information about the history of the temple. This is a truly educational process, which will enrich the volunteers with cultural understanding and a lot of knowledge about the temples and the process of restoration.

Since the volunteers will be living in the local community of Bugisan, they will also engage in activities with the students of the local school. Volunteers will help promote preservation of the temples and do some activities like student competitions, culture exchange, etc. The volunteers will also campaign about world heritage preservation and preservation of Prambanan Temple in particular among the local community and visitors to the world heritage site.

Study theme: The volunteers will be introduced to the Indonesian heritage site of Prambanan Temple. They will learn why and how this temple was built long time ago. Volunteers will also be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the Javanese particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.
Leisure time: Visiting the nearby World Heritage site, the temples of Prambanan and/or Yogyakarta City.
Language: English
Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in Indonesian host families (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed).
Location: Bugisan Village is located in Klaten regency, 25 km east of Yogyakarta.
Terminal: Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport (JOG) or Yogyakarta Railway Station
Age range: 18 and over
Extra fee: 220 Euro (the extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.)

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