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Zack Petersen on Volunteering and University Applications


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College admissions officers are looking to build the most interesting and intellectually diverse class possible, so why set yourself apart from a hypercompetitive applicant pool by showcasing your passion and concern for something larger than yourself.


Volunteers make a difference. And what better way to tip the scales and demonstrate to colleges and universities in the US that you have gone above and beyond to improve your community and the lives of those around you than to talk about your invaluable volunteer experience right here in Indonesia.


More broadly, volunteering also helps solidify your resume, develop new skills and prove to admissions officers that you are a leader dedicated to making the world a better place through volunteering. After all, you have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.


Taman Bacaan Pelangi: Rainbow Reading Gardens, which has built 29 children’s libraries across 14 islands in Eastern Indonesia, is a is a non-profit social project created to foster of a love of reading and provide access to books for children in some of the most remote areas of Indonesia. What can you do to help? Collect children’s books, help find ways to transport books to the 29 libraries, travel with a cause…are you heading to Komodo to see the dragons? Why not bring along a box or two of books for the kids of Taman Bacaan Pelangi, there are three Pelangi libraries inside Komodo National Park.

Nila: 81510099013


Komunitas Taufan: Never look at children with cancer the same way again. Komunitas Taufan is changing the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves. Ibu Yanie and her volunteer team educate, encourage and empower mothers and children battling the deadly disease through weekly visits to RSCM, one of the poorest hospitals in Jakarta. Spend a day with the beautiful kids of Komunitas Taufan and your world will never be the same.

Yanie: 081282734932


Clean Up Jakarta: When action meets compassion lives change. Clean Up Jakarta is a great way to give back to the city we love by cleaning her streets and spreading the word about proper rubbish disposal. Volunteers take to the streets most weekends to clean streets and walkways while educating and inspiring others to think twice about where they throw their trash.

Angela: 08128387458


Sahabat Anak: Are you passionate about education and empowering street children? Sahabat Anak has seven locations throughout Jakarta where volunteers can spend the day educating and encouraging street kids to stay in school and achieve their dreams. Learn more about why giving street kids money only keeps them locked in the poverty cycle, why birth certificates are so important to early childhood education and give a brighter future to Jakarta’s street kids.

Frisca: 08567826351


The Ciliwung Institute: From Puncak to downtown Jakarta, the Ciliwung Institute is dedicated to cleaning up and preserving one of Java’s most important waterways. Perfect for the anyone looking to escape the city, the Ciliwung Institute is the ideal fit for volunteers looking to return to nature and give back to the environment. Activities include, river clean-ups, educational programs, trash removal programs and various other environmental and biodiversity specific programs.

Sudirman Asun: 081212125108 or Milad: 085710036594

January 21, 2015

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