Trip Details

Explore the beautiful island life in Labuan Bajo, a unique harbour city in the East Nusa Tenggara which is one of the biggest islands in Indonesia.

Visit this beautiful Island town of Labuan Bajo in Flores in Indonesia. Explore the history, culture and traditions. Visit local markets. Learn the local language. Learn the cooking style of Flores. Enjoy the sea breeze. Visit a traditional village in Flores and witness the lifestyle in this beautiful island.

Indonesia is one of the most interesting countries in the world for cultural learning and experiences. Though being an island in Indonesia Flores is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. This program offers you to experience the typical life and style which is different from the rest of Indonesia. You will see learn the life and style in this city, learn how to make a traditional meal, join a Bahasa class to learn some basics of the local language. You will also visit Mirror caves which is a fascinating creation of nature. You will also visit a traditional village in Flores and explore the simple lifestyles which is still not completely affected by the modern world.

Aims & Objectives
The aim and objective is to introduce you to the authentic culture of Flores and immerse you into it. By doing so, you will experience the best and the closest you can get to this impressive culture.

Trip Itinerary

Monday
On Monday, you will have breakfast and then get an introduction about the local traditions and culture. Then you will go on a walking tour of the city of Labuan Bajo to get to know the neighbourhood, see the harbour and go up a hill and see the view of the city from the top.

Tuesday
Tuesday is for you to learn about the local culture and traditions. In the afternoon, you will visit the fascinating Mirror Cave. This cave is a amazing creation of nature. The sunlight comes through a hole in the wall into the cave and creates a mirror like reflection on the inner walls of the cave which is a mesmerizing sight.

Wednesday
Today you will travel to a traditional village in Flores where you can explore their unique culture, traditions and lifestyle. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a traditional cooking class where you can learn to make a local meal.

Thursday
This morning you will have a language lesson to learn the basics of Bahasa. In the afternoon, you will visit a traditional dance school.

Friday
On Friday, you will continue your Bahasa class in the morning. In the afternoon, you can visit the city and explore in your own.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Flores has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life. Indeed, this is the place you need to be if you want to experience the Komodo Dragons at the Komodo National Park. In Flores, we are located in Labuan Bajo. It is located in the City of Labuan Bajo, Flores. Flores offers everything for a tourist destination.

Flores is a multi-religious and multi-cultural island where 60% of the people are Christian, 20% Islamic and 20% Hindus and Buddhists. The holidays for Flores are similar to the general Indonesian calendar.

We have so much to do here as Flores, though it is one of the main islands in Indonesia, is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. Evidently, its exceptional natural treasures need more care and its warm hearted people need more support.

In Labuan Bajo, your accommodation will be in a dorm style center on a sharing basis. It is located in the City of Labuan Bajo, Flores. Flores offers everything for a tourist destination. It has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life.

Accommodation & Food

You can expect to share a room (dormitory style) on single gender basis. The bathroom is shared and western toilets are available.Private rooms are available on request, please speak to a TRU agent if you would like a private room.

Standard Room

  • Persons per room 4 – 8
  • Wifi in public areas

Food Arrangements
Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during their stay. Typical dishes included mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soybeans), we also provide for some of western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc.

Three Meals on Weekdays and Two on Weekends.

Facilities
Our accommodation is located in the city of Labuan Bajo where you can find laundries, groceries, restaurants at a walking distance. There are also ATMs and mini marts.

Sights & Surroundings
Since the weekends are free, you are able to go wherever you would like to go. Famous for its legendary Komodo dragons, Flores would offer you a unique experience which you cannot get from anywhere else in the world. The places of interest in and around Flores include Komodo National Park,Kelimutu lake, tribal villages and much more.

Trip Country Info

Indonesia

Capital: Jakarta
Language: Indonesian (official)
Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
Time zone: UTC +8

Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.For learning culture and gaining experiences you’ve never thought of, there is Indonesia, one of the most interesting countries in the world. With around 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese and European sources, Indonesia has many cultural experiences ready to be discovered.

Bali
Dubbed the Island of the Gods, Bali is one of the more than 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Due to its location off the coast from the mainland and unique culture and religion from the rest of the country, Bali is often treated as a destination of its own, “if you’ve only been to Bali, you’ve never been to Indonesia”.

With its pristine beaches, its unspoilt waters ideal for surfing and diving, its lush mountains, its never-ending rice terrace and volcanic hillsides, its spiritually-infused culture and more, Bali has quickly become a must-visit and it often makes its way on everyone’s bucket list.

Flores
Flores is located the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life. And if you want to see the famous Komodo Dragons alive, this is the only place in the whole world which gives you the experience. You can visit the Komodo dragons in their natural habitats in the Komodo National Park islands. Here you will witness the natural treasures still trying to survive in its purest forms.

Flores is a multi-religious and multi-cultural island where 60% of the people are Christian, 20% Islamic and 20% Hindus and Buddhists. The holidays for Flores are similar to the general Indonesian calendar.

Flores, though one of the main islands in Indonesia, is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. Evidently, its exceptional natural treasures need more care and its warm hearted people need more support.

Climate
Temperatures are pleasant, varying from 20-33 degrees celsius year-round. The monsoon season strikes in November and makes its way until March, bringing in humidity and a significant amount of rain. However, this usually does not stop people from visiting, as the rain usually begins in the late afternoons and evenings, meaning the daytime remains sun-filled. From June to September, the weather is dry and there is not too much humidity in the air.

Culture
Indonesia is a haven for customs and this can be seen in every corner of the islands. Not to mention the fact the these islands themselves have their own traditions and customs which are different from one another.

A good example of this can be experienced in Bali, where small offerings containing flowers, rice and even cigarettes (sesajen) are found in every house, restaurants, stalls and even at the check-in desks at airports. The offerings are set with burning incense sticks and sprinkled with holy water three times a day before every meal.

There are roughly 20,000 temples spread around the Bali island and, because the Balinese are masters of sculpture, the temples are guarded with statues of gods and goddesses.

Keep, in mind, however, that the Hinduism you will see in Bali is often different than the one seen in India.

Take a look at our latest gap year volunteer projects in Indonesia below or get in touch with any questions you have about volunteering in Indonesia.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa