A Gap Year in Indonesia

Why go backpacking in Indonesia?

The most popular spots in Indonesia for anyone taking a gap year are Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands, but with 18,110 islands making up the country, backpacking in Indonesia leaves you with a lot of choices. You can stop here briefly as part of a wider South East Asia trip, or spend months exploring everything it has to offer.

Indonesia is steeped in tradition and religious ceremonies are plentiful. It has the largest Muslim population in the world: bells ring for morning prayer and the smell of incense lingers wherever you go. The country straddles the Equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and is the largest archipelago in the world.

Indonesia’s tropical forests are the second-largest in the world after Brazil, and are being logged and cut down at the same alarming speed.

Anyone with any money shops and parties in Jakarta and Bali or enjoys the 108,000km of beaches with a cocktail in hand. Nevertheless, Bali is a great spot for anybody on a tight budget.

Indonesia is a beautiful country and is sure to be a favourite for anyone visiting on their gap year.

Things to do in Indonesia

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IAR Orangutan Project

from £875

11 - 22 days

Work with International Animal Rescue on the rehabilitation of Indonesia’s beautiful orangutans.

Java Island Orangutan and Wildlife Rescue Center

from £930

7 - 56 days

Volunteer in Indonesia at a center that has rescued 17 animals and released 20 others in 2017!

International Business Internship In Indonesia

from £1035

30 days

Indonesia is an excellent destination in Asia to pursue and undergo an international business internship.

Graphic Design internships in Bali

from £1050

56 - 168 days

The Indonesian island of Bali is known for stunning scenery, diverse arts and vibrant culture. As an internship destination, Bali...

International Journalism Internship In Indonesia

from £1035

30 days

Asia is the most populated continent on earth, making up about half of the world's total population.

International Arts Internship In Indonesia

from £1035

30 days

Indonesia in recent years has shown a tremendous growth in interest for the culture and arts industry.

International Marketing & PR Internship In Indonesia

from £1035

30 days

Indonesia is one of the emerging markets in Asia and is currently experiencing major economic growth

Volunteer in Teaching in Bali

from £240

7 - 180 days

Volunteer with International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) on the Teaching volunteer project in Bali - Ubud. The cultural mecca of Bali.

In-Class TEFL Course in Surabaya

from £1290

20 days

Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in Surabaya and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Bali Sea Turtle Rescue

from £780

14 - 63 days

Volunteer in Bali for sea turtle conservation!

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