Our Volunteers


My name is Hanja and I’m volunteering in Yayasan Cipta Mandiri during the month of August.

‘What were your expectations before you came to YCM?’ I was asked by a student and that made me hesitate for a moment. I guess I was expecting something similar to a school where children come together to acquire some knowledge. But YCM is so much more than that. It is a place where friends meet, creativity runs free, prospects are shown, opinions are shared and dreams might come true.

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After finishing my study abroad and returning to Indonesia, I wanted to seek a volunteering opportunity to resettling in and readapting to how things are here. I was very lucky to have applied to YCM and picked up so much during my time here. The people here are very welcoming, passionate and amazing to collaborate with.

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Andrew Catton

Affiliated with the AVI (Australian Volunteers Indonesia) program, Andrew is assigned as YCM’s entrepreneur adviser for a year, where he is focused on the development and progress of our SOLA Kreatif Media business and recent-established cooperative, SOLA Rumah Karya.

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Lauren Cavanagh

Affiliated with Australian Volunteers International (AVI), Lauren is our new volunteer who is going to be our Youth Program Coordinator for the next year. “I am excited to be at YCM. I find the people friendly, and the atmosphere is lovely,” said Lauren.

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Long term volunteers

We have hosted a number of long term volunteers in the past.

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Workshop volunteers

We have also hosted guests who donate their time to provide specialized workshops. This is a non-exhaustive list of those who have contributed their time.

  • Immanuel Hotdo, Business using online platform workshop, 2017
  • Suzanne Rastovac & Jeremy Flohr, Music workshop, Netherlands, 2014
  • Peter & Delma, Science workshop, Australia, 2014 and 2016