Pesantren Project (IDN-27)

Type: Education: Teaching languages - Country: Indonesia

Brief description and main aims

Pesantren or Pondok Pesantren are Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia. The pesantren education system originated from traditional Javanese dormitories to learn religious philosophies. Pesantren have played a major role over the centuries.
They emphasise core values of sincerity, simplicity, individual autonomy, solidarity and self-control. Young men and women are separated from their families, which contributes to a sense of individual commitment to the faith and close bonding with a teacher.
Most of pesantren provide Indonesian citizens with dormitory living at low or no cost for the students. The students start activities early in the morning with a prayer ending the evening with a study group in the dormitory.
During the day, the students attend formal school like any other students outside of pesantren (science, sports, English etc). In the late afternoon and evening they have to attend religious studies. The pesantren has possible components, such as traditional religious education, vocational skills training and character development.
Pesantren are used to receiving long term volunteers from Europe. By doing so, the volunteers will have better understanding about what Islam is. 

Volunteer tasks

  • Assisting local teacher in classes and organizing basic English conversation through non-formal education
  • Helping teachers in giving training
  • Motivating the students in their studies
  • Organizing activities that will enrich the life skills of the students
  • Getting involved in other various activities at the project site

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should love to work with young people and be open-minded, mature, respectful of local customs, tolerant, creative, flexible, patient, confident and independent. The volunteer should also be willing  to  accept  basic living  conditions  in  the  project  site.

The volunteer should have never been found guilty in a criminal case. It is strictly prohibited to possess narcotics, marijuana, opium, stimulants or other drugs. The volunteer should not have piercings on the face and no visible tattoos. A common hairstyle (not colourful, dreadlocks) is requested. Unfortunately, the volunteer cannot be vegan or a strict vegetarian, but a flexible vegetarian is still welcomed.

Please accept our apology that we are not able to host volunteers with mental disabilities or people with mobility and movement impairments, such as a limitation on physical functioning, blindness, deftness, epilepsy, sleep disorders etc.)


These projects are located on Java Island.

The terminal of Arrival: Semarang Airport, railway station (Volunteer is NOT ALLOWED to buy a flight ticket before getting the visa and confirmation from the host organization).

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The accommodation and food will be provided by a local host. The volunteer will stay in a dormitory or with a host family (to be confirmed). Facilities are simple and Indonesian style (no hot water, no internet, and no washing machine). 

More Information

1 volunteer each project

To respect all the regulation due to COVID-19 the volunteers should follow the health protocol obligated by the Government of Indonesia.

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