Solar Energy Trainer

Your activities

 As a volunteer you can be a resource person in our solar lighting training, assist our solar training trainers, do presentation of power point in a small meetings, give lectures on solar energy, supervise an installation of solar panels, make a survey on capacity requirement of solar energy installations, and do all other activities contributing to the knowledge of local people. The volunteers could be an expert, engineer, or scientist, but non experts are also welcome. Basic knowledge about solar photovoltaic, solar cell, solar module and related equipments, as well as firsthand experience on solar energy usage will be useful.

Eligibility

You should be at least 18 years old, in good health, enjoy being in a different culture and way of live, enjoy communicating with people, and enjoy transferring your knowledge to other people. You are also required to cover your travel expenses and insurance cost prior to your arrival.

Price and coverage

The price will cover picking up at the airport, room/accommodation, meals twice a day at home if accommodated by host family (volunteers have to spend about USD 4 a day for meals if accommodated in a guest house), maximum three days city orientation, and consultation whenever necessary during the whole stay. Please contact us for a quote.

Registration Procedure

Please send your application stating when you would like to start and for how long, your cv/resume, copy of passport if you already have, and a passport photograph. Please send the scanned copies to our E-mail address first, then the printed version to our postal address.

Living Arrangements

You will live either in a host family, homestay, or a guest house, based on your preference, depending on the availability of each. Your payments include breakfast, and upon request, dinner, if you stay with a host family.

Leisure Activities

In the weekends you can visit touristic sites around Makassar. We offer Ecotours to either around Makassar, to Kahyangan excursion island, Malino tropical forest, Bantimurung waterfall, Bira white sand beach, or Toraja cultural village with ancient catacomb and festivities.  A selection of these Ecotours is free for volunteers depending on the length of your stay. During one week vacation given each month, you can explore other beautiful places in Indonesia such as Bali, Toraja, and Lombok.  If applicable you will also be invited to traditional wedding ceremonies or family/neighborhood gatherings, as a means to experience Indonesia’s beautiful and fascinating culture.

Background

Indonesia is facing problems of electric shortage marked by frequent blackouts from power houses. Even though short term solution has been applied, a long term solution is still needed. Alternative source of energy has to be considered, and as Indonesia is ample in sunlight supply the whole year through, solar energy becomes a potential source. However, the potential and benefit of solar energy still needs to be socialized to Indonesian people, to increase their interest in solar energy, which in turn hopefully will increase the utilization of the more environmentally friendly solar energy in this country.

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