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

Indonesia

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

Architecture & Design Internships in Bali

from £1420

84 - 168 days

Indonesia

Bali is known for stunning scenery, diverse arts and vibrant culture. As an internship destination, Bali offers diverse opportunities for...

Education and Community Work in Bali

from £680

14 - 63 days

Indonesia

Volunteer in beautiful Bali to partake in one of several education or community projects in the town of Ubud.

Bali Sea Turtle Rescue

from £780

14 - 63 days

Indonesia

Volunteer in Bali for sea turtle conservation!

Graphic Design internships in Bali

from £1050

56 - 168 days

Indonesia

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

Marketing & Media Internships in Bali

from £1050

56 - 168 days

Indonesia

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

NGO Management & Administration Internships in Bali

from £500

14 - 168 days

Indonesia

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

South East Asia Highlights

from £1550

44 days

Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand...

From the hustle and bustle of some of South East Asia’s most dynamic and modern cities to tropical rainforests and...

In-Class TEFL Course in Surabaya

from £1

20 days

Indonesia

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

Turtle Conservation Volunteering

from £210

14 - 168 days

Indonesia

Join other volunteers and nature lovers in Bali with International Volunteer HQ. The popular IVHQ Turtle Conservation project is located...

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