RedR Indonesia Field Experience Trip - April 2019


RedR Indonesia Field Experience Trip - April 2019

Brief overview of trip

This two-week, hands-on experience in Indonesia will provide individuals with a unique learning opportunity and a chance to gain practical experience and a valuable insight into humanitarian response. By the end of the fortnight, participants will be more aware of whether they wish to continue with further and more formal training or not.

What will I gain by attending this trip?

Indonesia is a country which is regularly in the news due to its exposure to natural disasters. Due to its location and topography it is exposed a huge range of natural disasters. Typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions regularly strike the Indonesian Islands which have a direct impact on people’s lives as well as leading to flooding, landslides, tsunamis and mudflows. Indonesians have developed schemes and systems to mitigate the risks from such disasters and to cater for people’s needs when the worst does happen.

This field experience trip is aimed primarily at those potentially interested in working in the disaster relief sector. will be run by RedR Indonesia with support from Dr Mark Errington and Dr Robert Hodgson who both have practical experience of working in disaster areas around the world.

The experience will include living in field situations within local communities, practical exercises and meetings with many different actors in humanitarian relief from village level community groups, to government agencies, individuals with experience of disaster relief work and Shelter Cluster Coordinator.

Participants who would like to continue on the road to a humanitarian career will get suggestions on further steps they may take in applying for training to make them suitable for a field role.

Experience Objectives

-          To give people interested in disaster response work practical field experience to see if it is really for them.

-          To experience living in challenging conditions and working directly with those who have lived through disasters and those who help communities to rebuild following disasters.

-          To help the participants appreciate that disaster relief work is very complex and while they might have relevant backgrounds they will require further specialist training before they can be impactful in the field

-          To give participants authentic and real experiences of field work that they can use in applying for humanitarian courses or jobs

Who will be facilitating the event?

The trip leaders will be Mark Errington (RedR SW Group member and ShelterBox volunteer), Robert Hodgson (former RedR UK Chair and current RedR International Co-ordinator), Benny Usdianto (RedR Indonesia Board Chair) and Rinto Adriono (RedR Indonesia CEO).

Trip Structure: 

The trip will start and finish at the guesthouse and travel will be within East Java. The facilitators of the trip want to avoid providing a full itinerary as it is subject to change and not knowing what is going to happen is the nature of disaster work. Not everyone will stay at the guesthouse and those that do will only stay for a night or two so please be aware of this before purchasing your ticket. 


Tickets for this trip cost £550 per participant and this fee will cover all costs in Indonesia. From this £550 fee, a £50 administration fee per participant will be paid to RedR UK and £50 will also go to RedR Indonesia.

The cost includes all essential accommodation, food and transport from arriving at the venue close to Yogyakarta airport to delivery back to the airport. There will be additional costs for optional post-experience sightseeing according to participants’ preferences and participants may wish to bring additional cash to buy treats or souvenirs.

During the trip, there would be an optional cultural tour and that would be an extra charge of £95 for participants.

Please be aware that attendees will be responsible for paying for their own flight tickets to Yogyakarta.  

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at those with an interest in joining the humanitarian sector.

Health and Safety

All activities can or may pose some risk to participants or choose to take part in the trip. Specific hazards or risks to participants will be highlighted by the person in charge of the activity (RedR Indonesia staff, Mark or Rob).

Some activities may bring certain risks which can’t be completely removed, for instance activities which take place outdoors or tasks that are affected by weather conditions. It is assumed that all participants are in a good state of health appropriate for outdoor activities unless they have advised the facilitators of any particular conditions they may have. There will be a first aider present during activities and this will be Mark Errington. Despite there being first aid support available, all participants choosing to take part in the trip do so at their own risk and must take full responsibility for their own safety and actions during the event.

Although the Coordinators (Rinto, Benne, and other RedR Indonesia staff) and facilitators (Rob and Mark) will be in control of all activities, participants must agree to follow all Health and Safety instructions provided.

Participants who choose to take part in the Hands-on Disaster Relief activity do so at their own risk and RedR won’t be held responsible for any injuries, accidents or sickness that may occur during the trip.

Participants will be asked state their acceptance of the risks which may involved in the trip when booking their tickets through Eventbrite. There will be a box which ticket buyers must tick to confirm their consent to take part in the event, despite the potential risks. Please do tick this when prompted, otherwise the booking will not be considered and you will not be able to attend the trip. 

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The minimum age for this event is 21.

Other details 

A minimum of 10 and maximum of 16 participants will be attending the trip.

On the 10th January 2019 we will confirm if trip will definitely be running.

Please do not book your flight until you have recieved confirmation of the trip going ahead, from the team on the 10th January.

The trip will be cancelled if sufficient people have not signed up before this time.

Although tickets for the experience would be refunded in this instance, we won’t be able to refund flight ticket costs and any other related purchases that participants may have made ahead of the trip (for instance, specific clothing, footwear, equipment).

Please be aware that refunds may take up to 30 days to reach accounts.

  • Please note that we are only able to cover our local bank charges and not the recipient’s bank charges when we make refunds.
  • If we receive a cancellation one month or more prior to the trip starting, we will only be able to refund 75% of the fee and you will not receive a refund for any other purchases made (e.g. clothing and footwear purchased for the trip).
  • For bookings cancelled less than 4 weeks before a trip, no refund or transfer of value will be provided.
  • No refund will be made for non-attendance on a trip. Non-attendance includes: failure to cancel your place in time; cancelling your place after the close of normal office hours on the last working day before the course or less than 4 weeks before the trip; failure to attend the course, and; informing us of cancellation following the start of the trip

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this trip (e.g. more details on acitivities involved) or require further information, please contact Rob at:  or Mark

RedR UK is committed to making sure everyone’s needs are met, including people of different genders, ages and disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements or learning needs RedR are committed to try and make reasonable adjustments to support your needs, please email  or phone +44 (0)20 7840 6000 at any stage of the booking process to talk directly to RedR about your needs.

Course Overview

Course Length
14 days
Special District of Yogyakarta
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