Program Details

Pesantren Project

  • Start Date 2017-01-15
  • End Date: 2017-12-17

  • Location: Balekambang Jepara & Gunungpati Village, Central Java

Pesantren or Pondok Pesantren are Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia. The pesantren education system originated from traditional Javanese dormitories used to learn religious philosophies. Pesantren have played a major role over the centuries in Indonesia. They emphasise fundamental values of sincerity, simplicity, autonomy, solidarity and self-control. Young men and women are separated from their families, which contributes to a sense of individual commitment to faith and close bonding to a teacher. Most Ppesantren provide to Indonesian students dormitories at low or no cost . The students start activities early with a morning prayer and end the evening with a study group in the dormitory. During the day, the students attend formal school like any other students outside of pesantren (science, sport, English etc). In the late afternoon and evening they have to attend religious studies. The pesantren has possible components such as traditional religious education, vocational skills training and character development. The project sites will be in Pesantren Roudlotul Mubtadiin Jepara & Pesantren Al Madina Gunungpati (both located in rural areas).


The accommodation and food will be provided by a local host. The volunteer will stay in the dormitory or with a host family (to be confirmed). Facilities are simple and Indonesian style (no hot water, no internet, and no washing machine). No vegan (strict vegetarian), but flexible vegetarian is still welcomed


Provide education, formal and non formal English conversation activities, entertainment activities for students, and a better understanding of Islam.


No piercing on face, no visible tattoo, common hair style (not colorful, dreadlocks, rasta, etc.). The volunteer should be open-minded, tolerant, creative, sharing, flexible and patient. He/she must respect the local customs and rules. He/ she must be skilled handleing adolescent and youngsters. He/she must be willing to accept basic living conditions in the project site, and be confident.He/she must not have any criminal records in his/her home country or in another country. It is strictly prohibited to posses narcotics, marijuana, opium, stimulants or other drugs. No vegan (strict vegetarian), but flexible vegetarian is still welcomed.

How to get there?
Terminal: Semarang / Ahmad Yani Intl. Airport
International Airport: Semarang / Ahmad Yani Intl. Airport
Domestic Airport: Semarang / Ahmad Yani Intl. Airport


6 months - 1,400.00 EUR

12 months - 2,500.00 EUR