Indonesia is an incredibly large country, made up of approximately 18,000 islands, and stretching across 5,000km! It has a population of around 260 million people. As Indonesia is so diverse, there are around 730 different languages spoken. On the islands where we work, people will speak a slightly different language to those living in the next village to them. However, the official language of Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesia, which is generally spoken by everyone.
Students based at the Hoga Island Marine Research Station will be living on an idyllic tropical island surrounded by white sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs. Traditionally-built wooden houses serve as accommodation on the island and are complete with their own bathroom (mandi-style, with ...Find out more
The Bau Bau marine site is located in the south of Buton Island. As this site is on Buton Island, it requires less travel to get to than the Hoga site, and all travel is overland from the airport, or the forest camps. The ...Find out more
The main base for the university students doing the jungle training course, and the starting point for school students in south Buton is the village of Labundo. Accommodation is in picturesque local village houses with a mandi (bathroom) in or near the house, consisting ...Find out more
For school groups visiting south Buton, after their first night in Labundo they will move to the forest camp. This will involve a short drive on a large open back truck, followed by a 3-6 hr (dependent on group and weather conditions) hike across ...Find out more
This camp is approximately an 8hr drive from Bau Bau and is accessed via a 1-2 hr hike over fairly flat terrain. This hike includes several river crossings, so river shoes (marine booties) are a necessity. The north Buton forest camp is set up ...Find out more
This is the newest of our forest camps. It is approximately a 6hr drive from Bau Bau, followed by a 1-3hr trek (dependent on the group and weather conditions). Accommodation here is in hammocks with mosquito nets, and there are basic washing facilities ...Find out more
Students joining the rapid biodiversity assessment team will be trekking into the forest in northwest Buton as part of a small team of guides, field biologists and volunteers. There is an established base camp for this expedition, and fly camps will be run from ...Find out more