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 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 squat ...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
School groups visiting south Buton move to the forest camp via a short drive on a large open back truck, followed by a 2 hr (dependent on group and weather conditions) trek across fairly steep terrain. Accommodation here is in hammocks with mosquito nets, covered ...Find out more
This camp is accessed via a 1 hr hike over fairly flat terrain. This hike includes several river crossings, so walking sandals (e.g. TEVA) are a necessity. The North Buton Forest Camp is set up with camp beds and mosquito nets inside large communal ...Find out more
The Central Buton Forest Camp is accessed via a 2-3 hour walk along a track (that can turn very muddy following rain). The trek in to camp involves 2 river crossings where walking sandals (eg TEVA) are recommended (to keep boots dry). Accommodation here is ...Find out more
Students joining this biodiversity assessment team will be trekking into the forest of the remote Langkumbe Valley as part of a small team of guides, field biologists and volunteers. An established though basic camp is used for the expedition that includes river washing, trench ...Find out more