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Top 5 Things To Do in Lombok While Volunteering Abroad

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Top 5 Things To Do in Lombok While Volunteering Abroad - IVHQ.

Known for its untouched beauty, Lombok offers a serene escape from the bustling tourist hubs. This island getaway promises an authentic Indonesian experience enriched with cultural insights, natural wonders, and meaningful volunteer opportunities.

If you’re planning your next trip this summer and want to combine volunteering with some adventure, Lombok, Indonesia, is the perfect destination. Read on to find out the top things to do in Lombok while you’re on your volunteering vacation.

1. Mount Rinjani

Climb Mount Rinjani in Lombok While Volunteering Abroad - IVHQ.

Climbing at 3,276 meters, Mt. Rinjani is the second-highest volcano in Indonesia and is one of the most popular attractions in Lombok. It is a must-visit for adventure enthusiasts.

The trek to its summit offers breathtaking views, lush forests, and a chance to experience the island’s diverse flora and fauna. The hike is challenging but incredibly rewarding, featuring stunning vistas of the Segara Anak Crater Lake and the surrounding landscapes.

  • Activity Highlight: Reaching the summit at sunrise for a panoramic view of Lombok and the neighboring islands.
  • Adventure Tip: Ensure you’re well-prepared with proper gear and a local guide to make the most of this adventure.

2. Bukit Selong Rice Field Viewpoint

Go to Bukit Selong Rice Field Viewpoint in Lombok While Volunteering Abroad - IVHQ.

Only an hour’s drive away from the town of Senaru, the Bukit Selong Rice Field Viewpoint offers a stunning panorama of vibrant green rice terraces set against the backdrop of rolling hills. It’s the ideal place for photography, relaxation, and soaking in the tranquil rural ambiance.

  • Activity Highlight: The unique patchwork pattern of the rice fields creates a beautiful mosaic effect.
  • Adventure Tip: Visit early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat and capture the best light for photos. Expect to pay an entrance fee when arriving at the area.

3. Sendang Gile Waterfall

See Sendang Gile Waterfall in Lombok While Volunteering Abroad - IVHQ.

Nestled in the lush jungles of Lombok, Sendang Gile Waterfall is a refreshing escape into nature. The cascading waters create a cool, misty atmosphere, perfect for a rejuvenating dip after a short hike through the forest.

  • Activity Highlight: The exhilarating feeling of standing beneath the powerful waterfall.
  • Adventure Tip: Wear sturdy shoes for the hike and bring a waterproof bag for your belongings.

4. Tiu Kelep Waterfall

See Tiu Kelep Waterfall in Lombok While Volunteering Abroad - IVHQ.

A short trek from Sendang Gile leads to the enchanting Tiu Kelep Waterfall. Known for its dramatic drop and the beautiful pool at its base, Tiu Kelep is a hidden gem that offers a more secluded and magical experience. It’s one for the gram!

  • Activity Highlight: The mesmerizing curtain of water that flows over the rocky cliffs.
  • Adventure Tip: Combine the visit to both waterfalls in one trip for a comprehensive waterfall adventure.

5. Gili Islands

Visit Gili Islands from Lombok While Volunteering Abroad - IVHQ.

Just a short boat ride from Lombok, the Gili Islands—Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air—are perfect for a day trip or an extended stay.

Each island has its own unique characteristics that cater to different kinds of travelers, from a touch cosmopolitan to a quiet and serene tropical getaway. Here’s what you can expect from each island:

  • Gili Trawangan. For volunteers looking to experience a lively party scene while in Lombok, Gili Trawangan offers a bustling strip of music, bars, and restaurants.
  • Gili Meno. Known for its tropical backwater vibe, Gili Meno is a sanctuary for stylish boutiques and accommodations with little nightlife. It’s known to be a go-to for honeymooners and couples.
  • Gili Air. If you’re looking for an even more authentic Indonesian experience, Gili Air is home to the country’s largest Sasak population, native to the island of Lombok.

Wherever you choose to visit, these islands boast pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life, making them ideal for snorkeling, diving, and relaxation.

  • Activity Highlight: Snorkeling or diving to explore the vibrant coral reefs and encounter sea turtles.
  • Adventure Tip: Gili Trawangan is known for its lively nightlife, while Gili Meno and Gili Air offer a more tranquil atmosphere.

When you plan for your itinerary in Lombok, be sure to include these amazing sites to maximize your stay, giving you a more authentic experience while you volunteer in Indonesia.

Volunteer in Lombok with IVHQ

Adjacent to these amazing activities, volunteers can also participate in numerous projects that benefit the local community and its environment. Here are some of the volunteer opportunities available:

Turtle Conservation

Turtle Conservation volunteer project in Lombok - IVHQ. Get involved in the protection and conservation of the endangered sea turtles of Indonesia. Establish protective hatcheries, treat injured turtles, conserve beaches from pollution, and collect vital data to understand the species and their habitats better.


Teaching volunteer project in Lombok - IVHQ. Help primary school children become global learners by teaching English-based subjects and lessons. Create a supportive and fun environment that teaches students the fun of learning English through interactive lessons, games, songs, arts, sports, and music.

Health Education

Health Education volunteer project in Lombok - IVHQ. Contribute to advancing healthcare in the country by teaching children basic health skills and sanitary habits. Be crafty by creating engaging and educational lesson plans that foster a fun and supportive learning environment.

Construction & Renovation

Construction & Renovation volunteer project in Lombok - IVHQ. Support small villages and communities in Lombok by assisting in the construction and renovation of essential infrastructure in the area. Gain hands-on experience in establishing schools, community centers, playgrounds, and public libraries.

Experience An Authentic Island Getaway in Lombok

Lombok offers an extraordinary blend of adventure and volunteer opportunities, making it an ideal destination for those looking to give back while exploring. From trekking up Mount Rinjani and discovering hidden waterfalls to teaching local children and conserving sea turtles, there’s something for everyone.

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