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STV 09 INDONESIA Cihampelas Village, Bandung Region. ENVI, EDU, SOCI 13/08/2020 26/08/2020

STV 09 Citarum River Conservation

13.08 - 26.08


Minimum 15 participants

Age: 18+


PROJECT: Supporting local organization in river conservation.

BACKGROUND: Citarum is the longest river in West Java runs over 300 kilometers from the Wayang Mountain to the Java Sea. There are 30 million people rely on the water source for agriculture, water supply, fishery, industry, sewerage, electricity, etc. However, unregulated factory growth since the area’s rapid industrialization in the 1980s has choked the Citarum with both human and industrial waste. The 5 million people who lived in the river basin are directly affected. Over 200 textile factories line the river banks and contaminate the river with lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxins, changing its color and lending the area an acrid odor. Moreover, the river is also polluted and filed with trash such plastic, styrofoam, even dead animals. 

In cooperation with BeningSaguling foundation working in Citarum river basin and Saguling basin since 2015, GREAT started the IVS intervention since 2017. We work together in the community development program through education, social, economic, and environment conservation. By using the trash as their potential product for making “TRASH BANK”, they also take advantage from the water hyacinth weed (pollutant plant) by making handicraft from that plant. Now, the community has their own forest in the river basin where they conserve some variant of bamboo trees and other local trees. Their home based has become a learning center for garbage management and water handicraft.


1. To support the foundation program in environment conservation, through social action and education

2. To promote the foundation as a learning center for environment conservation 

3. To spread out the idea of voluntary service and international work camp among the local people

4. To raise awareness about the garbage problem in Citarum river

5. To organize environment education for children in Citarum Basin Area


WORK: There are  two activities; Physical Work (Picking up garbage from Citarum river and Saguling basin, doing garbage management, planting trees, making organic fertilizer, gardening, and making handy craft) and Non-physical Work (Conducting language class, mentoring green school project, taking part in culture class, doing school visits, organizing an environment educational workshop or socialization, creating art activities and promoting mini library)

ACCOMODATION & MEAL ARRANGEMENT: House of local people.  Volunteers will share together sleeping space separately between females and males. No bed. Need sleeping bag. Sharing bathroom. Self cooking by the volunteers. Volunteers will make common rules & daily teams for their collective living group. 

STUDY THEME: River Conservation and local culture of Bandung

REQUIREMENT: Strong motivation and interest in environment conservation especially river issue.

LOCATION & LEISURE: Cihampelas Village, Bandung Region. Village view. 

MEETING POINT: Bandung Train Station on starting date at 12.00 midday. Contact Bandung Staff (Mr) DeniIrawan at +62821-7602-9017; Contact Incoming Staff at incoming.stv@greatindonesia.org

LANGUAGE: English with other volunteers. Bahasa Indonesia and Sundanese language with locals.


IDR 3.800.000 for volunteers from country with GDP > 10.000 

IDR 1.800.000for  volunteers from country with GDP < 10.000 


- HuseinSastranegara International Airport Bandung, IATA Code BDO

- SoekarnoHatta International Airport Jakarta, IATA Code CGK

REMARKS: Weather can be 20-25 Celcius