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'Voluntourism': When young professionals travel, teach in remote parts of Indonesia

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 17, 2019   /  04:20 pm
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About 1,000 students from Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara, perform the 'sanggualu' dance to commemorate National Education Day on May 2.(The Jakarta Post/Markus Makur )

Amid a growing interest of Indonesian youths in traveling, there is a new trend called “voluntourism”, which sees them travel to remote areas of the country and support local residents. Voluntourism is a portmanteau formed of the words “volunteer” and “tourism”. The voluntourists usually sign up to NGO programs that allow them to teach children in underdeveloped parts of the archipelago. One of the organizations running such a program is 1000 Guru (1000 Teachers). Established in 2008, 1000 Guru invites Indonesian youth to become aware of the uneven distribution of academic resources to the detriment of less fortunate groups. Its founder, Jemi Ngadiono, said he was inspired to build the volunteer group when he saw children drop out of school while traveling around Indonesia. “The youths love to travel, and they’re frequent users of ...