Spice Journey Program in Eastern Indonesia

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Indonesia is known to be an agricultural-based country, with miles and miles of lush fields sprawling wide on its lands. From their staple food such as rice, such as rice and corn, to coffee, spices and oils, Indonesia has got it all. However, as times change, many youths are encouraged to leave farming and become civil servants or corporate workers. Dive head-first into this seemingly basic but incredibly unique field, and find out what you can learn about conserving the natural biodiversity through community-based agricultural work in this modern era.


The initiative was founded to help smallholder farmers preserve the agricultural ecosystem and maintain an attractive, lucrative, and self-sustainable business in a highly competitive global industry. Discover a different side to the local heritage by working with indigenous farmers, food artisans, and dedicated volunteers in creating high-quality, community-based artisan food products. From building the farmers and artisans’ capacity to working in the field firsthand, get to know the traditional culture in a way you’ve never seen before!

Project Life

This program consists of both outdoor work and general office activities. Start your day bright and early in the field, where you learn the concept of permaculture and various types of cultivation in the farm. You will also be involved in the process of making, testing, and packaging the products, as well as the service aspect of the industry. Outside of the entrepreneurship itself, you will also contribute in the capacity building of the farmers by sharing your skills, be it in teaching English, organizing events, or developing social media contents!

Project Details

The program is located in one of the organization's facilities in Ende, Nusa Tenggara, one of Indonesia’s best kept secrets. Home of the grandeur Mount Kelimutu, this city boasts the pristine shorelines on the south of Flores island. Experience the idyllic coastal life where you combine the centuries-old farming traditions with innovative methods for self-sustainability.

Program Details

Program Type


Program for an individual or for a group
Indvidual or Group

Program highlights
  • Wonderful opportunity to travel to some of Indonesia's most stunning areas

  • Experience learning and working in the field

  • Insightful look into the artisanal food production

  • Take a taste of the exotic Indonesian spices

  • Contribute to the improvement of smallholder farmers' capacity and welfare

Volunteering Fields
Agriculture,Business Development,Children and Youth,Community Development,Education,Environment

Instructional hours per week
40 hours/week

Working days per week
5 days
Educational Requirements
No necessary minimum level of education. Knowledge in project management, micro business, community empowerment and social media marketing would be an advantage.

Language at project

Language details
Programs are operated in English. Ability to speak Bahasa Indonesia will be an advantage, though you are not required to be able to speak Bahasa. You will learn some basic Bahasa Indonesia once arrived in Indonesia and opportunities to engage at your volunteer work assignment and in the community in Bahasa Indonesia

Soft skills and other requirements
Community engagement skills, interpersonal skills, open minded.
Housing Type
Host Family, Single Room

Meals included
2 per day

Housing / meals details
Meals (breakfast and dinner) will be provided by the host family. Lunch during weekdays will be provided at the project site. A typical Indonesian meal consists of steamed rice and one or two main dishes made of fish, meat, chicken or vegetables.
Social Life
Indonesia prides itself on the diversity of their regional cultures, making this the perfect opportunity for you to experience that through one of the nation’s most valuable heritages. There is so much to learn from the significance of every ingredient harvested and produced in their farms. Such processes have been passed down from their ancestors as a heavily communal activity that is filled with long-standing values and traditions. Become a part of the local community and experience their traditional culture in the most authentic environment ever!

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