Jiwa Damai Agro-permaculture and retreat centre benefits the local Lagu Damai foundation to support action projects and study programs for Indonesian youths. Our vision is to create a pilot project integrating biological permaculture with water preservation, waste recycling and application of solar energy.
We have a permaculture garden practicing sustainable biological gardening based on EM (effective microorganism) technologies. One focus is to preserve rare species of indigenous plants, another to harvest coconuts and use local traditional methods to produce a pure virgin oil. One area contains a variety of medicinal plants, another commercial vegetables and fruit. The land is blessed with springs which produce high quality water, which is naturally circulated into the ponds surrounding the buildings and then flows into the agro gardens; no water is wasted. A large compost area was introduced in order to produce healthy fertilizer. A six part open septic tank recycles human waste. Solar energy is presently being looked into. Many permaculture projects are currently being developed to serve as active demonstrations of how permaculture theory can be applied.
An organic compliment of permaculture and honoring the earth is the construction of Earthship-style builds, built with natural and recycled materials. One project is that we are looking for volunteers to participate in an Earthship-Inspired building project. This Earthship-Inspired building project will take place separate from the Jiwa Damai property, in a location that is beautiful, isolated, and difficult to access in the mountains, about 2-hours away. Project begins mid-July and will last for several months. If you are interested in sustainable-design, using recycled materials for building, learning how to live off-grid, eating organically, and getting hands-on building/learning experience, we invite you to visit Jiwa Damai’s website link (posted on the profile) and review our detailed “Earthship-Inspired Building” information for volunteers (a link on the main page).
In December we are offering a Permaculture Design Course Through the Heart. Experiencing Permaculture through the heart presents a unique opportunity to combine the theoretical Permaculture design method with “hands-on” experience, complementing the active physical engagement with the soil with an inner attitude of appreciation and loving alignment with the earth.
Volunteers generally help 6 -7 hours a day, 5 days a week in return for accommodation and all meals. Free morning yoga and evening meditation are also offered to volunteers when teachers are available.
A variety of skills are welcome at Jiwa Damai. However, our need for certain skills changes over time. When you write to us, please let us know about the skills you offer and the dates you would be available. Please also include your email address when you write as we would like to send you our volunteer information pack as an attachment.
All volunteers, in addition to their main area of support for Jiwa Damai, are invited to share in some cleaning duties during their stay.
We are welcoming:
Carpenters (natural building work and maintenance), electricians, plumbers, DIY skills
PR, sales and marketing skills (blogging, publications, newsletter, social media and online mailings)
Communication skills, video-film makers,
Graphic design skills and photography,
Website design and maintenance (especially using Continedo),
Technical computer skills, IT hardware and software (Mac or PC),
Handling/serving food, waiting tables
Raw vegetarian/vegan food chefs (general cooks not required),
Permaculture designers, horticulturists, organic farmers and gardeners,
Solar technology or other alternative ecological technologies
Grey water system development and management skills
Our garden work is ongoing through the year and for this you don't necessarily need experience but should be fit, physically capable and enjoy working outdoors (experience of doing manual activities in humid tropical weather is preferred!).
We offer our volunteers basic clean accommodation either indoors in a room with windows and door, or in our gardens embraced by nature under a grass roof in an open style hut on mattresses surrounded with large mosquito nets. Indoor beds may be bunk beds or single wooden beds with a mattress.
All volunteer rooms have access to electricity (lights and socket) and fans. Toilets and showers are Balinese style (squat toilets) and showers taken from large basin with a scoop to pour water over yourself. There is no hot water. Please be aware, we are situated in a forest – jungle setting with its abundant flora and fauna. This includes befriending and respecting the local wildlife, such as geckos, snakes, spiders and other insects. If you can feel comfortable in this environment and with the facilities we offer, you are invited to apply. By the way, we also offer excellent Balinese organic food, mainly vegetarian, to our volunteers.
We connect with possible volunteers via skype interview to get a feeling for each other and to see if it can be a match before we agree to offer an invitation. The experience for the volunteers as well as for Jiwa Damai should be a win-win situation. Therefore we carefully and caringly select our volunteers matching their skills and suitability with our current activities and the place.
Volunteers are usually invited about 3 months in advance. Please check our calendar to see when we are open for new volunteers. The calendar applies only to openings for volunteers. People wishing to do an internship program with us are invited to write to us at any time.
We prefer our volunteers to have experience of being in a tropical environment and are at least 21 years of age, and preferably older. We ask for a minimum period of one month commitment, subject to a review after one week to make sure it is a positive learning experience and a win-win situation as mentioned above, for both parties. Couples and people travelling together with relevant skills are welcome to apply. However, we are not able to offer a suitable accommodation for families with children at this time.
We also offer internships in bio-agriculture, permaculture, psychology, marketing, hospitality, alternative health care, environmental research and many other subjects to students from all countries, who wish to experience working side by side with local people and explore the local culture and the wealth of tropical vegetation. Please contact us for further details of our internship programme if you are interested in undertaking your own project or research at Jiwa Damai. We offer expert guidance and intensive support to all of our interns.
Volunteers and interns will work and share with our Balinese staff team and we will develop a schedule and content of work and learning as well as time for participation in local cultural events if any are taking place.
An Indonesia tourist visa issued on arrival is only valid for 4 weeks, after four weeks you have to either exit and come back again, or apply for a one month extensions through an immigration agent. You may also be able to get a 60 day tourist visa at an Indonesian Embassy before entering Indonesia.
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