Volunteer

Click here for a list of current volunteer positions.

Individuals from all walks of life – and corners of the world – have helped the ASRI programs by donating their time. We are gratefully indebted to our highly skilled team of volunteers, both in West Borneo and abroad. We couldn’t do it without them.

Medically trained volunteers are in high demand to assist in teaching at our rural clinic, as well as provide trainings for local government medical facilities. Foreign physicians do not provide direct patient care, but instead learn from and teach their Indonesian colleagues.

Due to the diversity of our programs, at times our needs list can be quite varied. Past participants have shared their expertise in medical care, organic farming, writing, biology, midwifery, data analysis, architecture, conservation education, teaching English and beyond.

If you have interest in helping our program, either in Borneo or from abroad,  see our current volunteer positions. or contact us and tell us how you would like to contribute.

Considering a trip to Indonesia?
Below is a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions from prospective volunteers.

  • Due to limited space, we can accept only a limited number of highly skilled volunteers. Thus, we cannot accommodate medical students and undergraduates at this time.
  • Travel from the US to Sukadana usually takes a minimum of 2 days, so short trips are  not feasible. We ask for a minimum time commitment of 6 weeks.
  • Many visitors from abroad have found the living conditions in Indonesia quite challenging in its difference from their usual life.  You will share a house with Indonesian staff members, use squat toilets, have pumped water, and sometimes be greeted by insects or small animals that find their way in.  The program has rented some of the nicest houses in town for staff members, but these houses would still be considered basic by Western standards.
  • Indonesian food is naturally vegetarian-friendly, and most meals include tempeh or tofu as well as a vegetable dish. Meat is available, but not served at every meal.
  • ASRI staff members use bicycles for local transportation (between the houses and clinic and to the market).  The project has bicycles available for volunteers as well. Life in Sukadana necessitates squatting, sitting on the floors, bicycling, stepping in and out of boats, or walking up to a few miles at a time, so volunteers need to be physically strong and flexible.
  • Sukadana is a conservative Muslim area.  Respect in Indonesia is shown by dressing nicely.  Respect for the beliefs of the community is an important principal at ASRI and visitors must dress accordingly (long pants or skirts, ¾-long sleeve shirts).
  • There is satellite internet in the clinic, but it can be  slow and is not reliable as it goes out when the electricity goes out or when it is raining heavily. Volunteers are asked to bring their own computers.
  • Indonesia has a number of communicable diseases.  In the area of our program, malaria and TB are common. Dengue fever is present but uncommon. Diarrhea is extremely common. With the exception of TB and dengue, you can avoid these diseases through immunizations, proper hygiene, and careful supervision of what and where you eat and drink.
  • Volunteers who smoke cigarettes cannot be accommodated, as we are actively working on an anti-smoking campaign.
  • Most of our volunteers have found their time in Sukadana to be one of the best experiences of their lives despite its occasional difficulty (or maybe because of it).

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us. We can also put you in touch with previous volunteers.

See below a video that was made by one of our volunteers, Rebecca Sananes: