Tourism Development Internship in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta, Indonesia Children & Youth Development



Based on the island of Java, this internship invites you to help develop the tourism potential of the Kulon Progo Regency, which is located about 30km from Yogyakarta city. As a new international airport is being built in the area, there is a greater interest in tourism, and a greater need for development of cultural attractions and tourism infrastructure.


Through this internship, you will play a part in developing the local community’s tourism sector by working alongside the local government on initiatives to boost the economy and make the town welcoming for tourists. Over the longer term, this can be a major benefit for families and small businesses that depend on services in the tourism sector.

Field conditions

As an intern, you can expect to work in the mornings and afternoons at the local Tourist Information Center in Kulon Progo, where you’ll discuss activities and initiatives to help develop the tourism industry in the area. You will generally be based at the office, where you can help with such activities as marketing, product analysis, web development, photography, writing, and job training. You also may find yourself surveying locations, interviewing locals, and more.

Arrival and orientation

Once you arrive to the airport, GROUND staff will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for the evening. They’ll also brief you on the local culture, do’s and don’ts, safety, emergency contact information, and details about the area where you will be staying.

During the first full day of your program, you will meet with your program leader to learn about your project’s history, the organization you’re working with, and important information about your role as a volunteer. You also will have the chance to meet the local people you’ll work with, and start developing your plan and goals for the duration of your trip.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

During your trip to Indonesia, you will stay with a local host family close to the Tourism Information Center. The house you will live in is basic but comfortable, with a private bedroom, shared bathroom with a squat toilet and bath with a boiler. There is no air conditioning, but there are fans throughout the house.


Volunteers will be working on a variety of tasks that will boost the tourism industry in Indonesia.


from $228 USDper week

from $228 USDper week


What’s included

  • Transportation

  • Some meals

  • Airport transfers

  • Activities

  • Accommodation

What’s not included

  • Visa

  • Travel insurance

  • Some recreational activities

  • Sim cards

  • Airfare

Start dates

This program starts on Mondays year-round, though you should arrive on Saturday to complete orientation and become familiar with the area.

GROUND partners with local communities across Asia to assist in their sustainable development. Through customized journeys, GROUND helps students and business teams to strengthen leadership skills, build resilience, and teach cross-cultural understanding. These transformational programs leave a lifelong legacy for both GROUND participants and local communities.

GROUND started as a department of the award-winning destination management company, Khiri Travel, helping Khiri’s tour operators and travel agents worldwide organize educational trips in Southeast Asia. As demand for these trips grew, Khiri Travel created an educational travel department and expanded from its original base in Indochina to additional countries such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.

In 2008, Khiri Travel came across the remote community of Sambor Prei Kuk on the main road between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Afflicted by poverty and far away from the big cities, this community sits close to archaeological treasures from the pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom of the 7th century. A coalition including university, government, and international NGOs was created to help improve the local residents’ livelihoods in a sustainable way. Khiri Travel was asked to participate as the tourism sector partner to organize community-based tourism to help alleviate poverty and promote conservation.

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