Stay in a small village near the Sumatran jungle & assist with coffee nursery work and coffee plantation management in the Batang Gadis National Park.
The Sumatra Rainforest Institute (SRI) is a grass-roots NGO that focuses on wildlife & rainforest conservation. One of SRI's programs is the Community Agroforestry Development Unit. This unit focuses on community development through agroforestry initiatives involving farmers who live around Batang Gadis National Park. It's projects provide the farmers with eco-friendly agriculture extension programs, conservation education and sustainable economic development solutions in North Sumatra.
In conjunction with typical agroforestry outcomes, the Community Development Unit also aims to:
The CAVO is an important conservation mission and a green incentive for local communities to protect the wildlife & rainforest of Batang Gadis National Park in Sumatra. Coffee smallholders will be empowered by the sustainable development of arabica coffee using an agroforestry approach around the Batang Gadis National Park.
The project aims to improve the farmers income generation by increasing coffee productivity & quality. The better income generation will assist to reduce the farmers' involvement in illegal logging and poaching as well as strengthen the ecological value's surrounding Batang Gadis National Park.
Possible volunteer tasks
During the volunteering mission, the Volunteer will join SRI staff and local farmers in the area to increase the efficiency of agroforestry production in mountainous villages. The work may include:
Maintaining the Nurseries containing forest tree saplings for reforestation and coffee seedlings for agricultural production
Reforestation/plant species enrichment planting
Coffee bean roasting with Lopo Mandheling Coffee or community roasting facilitities
Barista assistant in Lopo Mandheling Cafe
Informal English lessons in village schools on occasion (if interested)
Other activities related the project (including harvesting)
The surrounding jungle in Batang Gadis National Park provides for activities such as hiking, short walks along village paths, bird watching, photography and swimming in creeks. There are also many waterfalls and hotsprings in the surrounding areas closer to Mount Sorik Merapi (volcano). SRI will be able to pick up the volunteer and bring them back to Panyabungan City for the weekend. The weekend period for the village based Agroforestry volunteer is Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The volunteer might also be interested in visiting Bukittinggi (West Sumatra), the islands near Padang (west Sumatra), Bukit Lawang to see the wild orangutan or Lake Toba before or after the assignment is finished.
Our staff will pick up you up from Aek Godang Airport (AEG) near Padangsidimpuan or Dr Ferdinand Lumban Tobing Airport (FLZ) in Pinangsori. Both airports are in North Sumatra province with flights from Medan. The Pinangsori airport (FLZ) also has flights from Jakarta. Car hire and transport is available from Padang but will need to be covered by the volunteer (8 hour drive to Panyabungan).
SRI will also provide transport to and from the project site from Panyabungan. The base for the assignment is in Panyabungan where SRI's office is.
You will with a host family or in a dorm room in the mountainous rural villages. Both are simple types of local accommodation, but we always select the best available options for our volunteers.
Food is provided from Monday to Thursday during placement with a host family or in a dorm room at the project site. The food provided will be local Indonesian rural meals. Fish and chicken are the base of many dishes, along with tofu and tempeh. But vegetarian food can be catered too if you tell us bevor. Food is generally spiced with chilli. Rice is the staple served with most meals. Drinks are usually served hot such as coffee and tea. No dairy products are available in the area (UHT milk is available in some shops and so is processed cheese, some vendors sell brand ice cream such as Magnum). No alcohol will be present in the villages and nor should it be taken in for consumption. During the weekend (Friday to Sunday) you will be responsible for buying their own food.