There is little in Indonesia that won’t enchant you. It is a nation of vast islands with a rich collection of nature and people. Colourful markets seem to take inspiration from the array of tropical birds and lush, green forests give way to idyllic sandy beaches on some islands and rugged, towering mountains on others. From sunrise to sunset, and from volcanic tip to corralled water, the nation is bursting with beauty.
Ragam (rah-gam) meaning diversity, is thus at the heart of Indonesian society. With 300 ethnic groups and 583 languages, the country’s people are born of a fusion of multiple indigenous and foreign influences across centuries. The basic principles, which guide life, include the concepts of mutual assistance or “gotong royong” and this makes for a harmonious and friendly society and ideal environment for volunteers in Indonesia to spend time in. Importantly, much of the existence is about being at one with nature, a philosophy that is very much needed across the world.