Cultural Experience in Lombok
The perfect way to start your adventure in Lombok. The Intro Culture week can be added to start any volunteer project or adventure.
Lombok Introduction week produces a fascinating tour of Senggigi Town. You will experience the local way of living and, of course, immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of the Lombok people – referred to locally as “Sasak”.
During the week you will be participating with local staff and attend both the Culture and the Bahasa classes. You will also explore the town where you’ll discover the pottery of Lombok and traditional cooking methods, including cultural Ketupat making.
You will also visit the Islamic Centre in Lombok and the Forever Young Temple. At the latter you can cleanse yourself spiritually with Holy Water.
Today would be the first day of your introduction week where you will learn about the do’s and don’ts in Lombok take a walking tour around Sengigi town before lunch. Then in the afternoon, you will take part in a special cultural introduction class to dig deeper about the culture of Lombok.
Today you will learn to make ketupat like a local! In fact, the morning hours would be reserved for you to master in the traditional ketupat making. Then, you will also learn to cook a local meal so that you can try that out once you go back to your country.
On Wednesday, you will be visiting a pottery village to explore about the traditional pottery making styles of the locals. After lunch, you will then join the Bahasa class where you will learn the basic language phrases so that you can utilize them when you spend time with the locals.
Today, in the morning, you will master in the local language thoroughly and after lunch, you will then visit the Islamic Center in Lombok. The evening would be reserved to welcome the newcomers to our program and also to bid farewell to the participants who back to their countries after spending some quality time in Lombok.
Today you will be visiting one of the many exciting places in Lombok which is known as the ‘Forever Young Temple’. At this temple, you will be able to drink holy water which is also known as ‘Forever Young Water’. Once you spend some time here experiencing the traditions, you will return to your centre. In the evening, you will take part in the project week to find out more about your coming weeks in Lombok.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Approximately 35 kilometers east of Bali at its closest point, lays the island of Lombok (80 km by 70 km) populated mostly by the Sasak people. Lombok is an Indonesian island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa known for picturesque beaches and prime surfing area. The motor-vehicle-free Gili Islands, off Lombok’s west coast, offer more beaches, reefs for diving and snorkeling, and a sea turtle hatchery. It differs considerably from its neighboring islands, with lots of wide-open spaces and unspoiled beaches, and much less traffic and pollution. The island’s northern area is dominated by the remarkable bulk of Gunung Rinjani, and trekking at least part of the way up is the reason many travelers come to Lombok. Lombok does not receive as much display as its hugely popular neighbor Bali. Nevertheless, many Indonesians prefer vacationing in Lombok over Bali for many reasons: prices for accommodation, food and attractions are often a good deal cheaper, and the island’s scenic spots are still unmolested by the gated villa developments, cheap cocktail bars and souvenir shops that have spread across so much of Bali, at least for now.
Accommodation & Food
Participants will stay at our Centre in Senggigi. The accommodation is dorm style with bunk style beds.4-6 people per room on a gender basis. Private rooms are also subject to availability on request. prior to booking.
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 (soy beans), we also provide for some of western dish Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc.
ATM’s: There are many ATM’s in Senggigi center which is about a 10 minute drive from the house.
– Personal Sim card for your mobile: You can buy at the local shop.
Sights & Surroundings
You can visit beaches, go diving, surfing, trekking, visit historical temples and handicraft villages.
Sengigi – Lombok’s traditional tourist area Senggigi enjoys a fine location along a series of exotic and extensive bays, with light-sand beaches sitting pretty below a backdrop of jungle-clad mountains and coconut palms. The Senggigi area spans 10 km of coastal road; the upscale neighborhood of Mangsit is 3 km north of central Senggigi. The point at central Senggigi has good waves for surfers. This place has a colorful reef which provides shelter to a variety of marine life and exquisitely shaped corals and makes it a perfect place to snorkel. In the late afternoon a setting blood-red sun sinks into the surf next to the giant triangular cone of Bali’s Gunung Agung. Most travelers arrive in Senggigi because many hotels are located over here. It’s also great for going out at night or eating. One of the most popular surf spots for locals and tourists alike is Senggigi Beach. At this beach the vendors and locals aren’t pushy at all but you can have a nice small talk with locals.
Trip Country Info
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.
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 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.
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.
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
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance