Partners FAQs

We work with organizations, companies, universities and host families to co-create unique and positive results and experiences for everyone involved. 

We work with organizations to help them find high quality volunteers to support an ongoing project or begin a new one.

We partner with university programs and career centers to offer continuously refined internship opportunities for their students. 

We welcome connecting with host families who seek intercultural experiences and connections.

Below are our most frequently questions. 

As always, do not hesitate to reach us with questions, ideas and feedback. 

Who are our partners?

Our partners are private corporations, non-government organizations, universities and Indonesian families who are interested in working with an international student. For example, our partners in the past have been career centers, Asia-focused academic programs or graduate school programs at various universities in the United States who help students find opportunities to extend learning and collaborate with teams on the ground. Our partners are also organizations who would like support in a general or a specific area of their work. Whether you have a project you would like to collaborate on, or you have an extra room to offer, we would like to explore possibilities.

What kind of organizations are students looking for?

Padi interns seek a wide-range of opportunities to learn and contribute. Sometimes graduate and undergraduate students are attracted to an existing opportunity which we have advertised or discussed informally, while other times they approach padi staff with requests for work that aligns closely with their interests and areas of study. All padi interns are looking for "real work" with tangible and demanding work. Padi interns are not students who are looking for a place to spend a summer and travel for leisure. Some students are looking for hands-on-practical experience in a corporate environment. Others are looking for cutting-edge, innovative work. Some interns are looking for work in a remote area, or work in an underprivileged community. Yet others, are working for experience in a specific area, such as writing, cultural exchange, community education, etc.

What do I have to do if I want to request a volunteer for my organization/company?

You can start by sending us an email and having a talk with us. Then, you will need to come up a specific project (or more) in mind and a mentor/ supervisor who will work directly with the intern. You will then need to fill out an inquiry form and work with our internship coordinator to design an intern schedule and a list of specific objectives and goals.

Do I have to pay to host a volunteer at my office?

Padi runs on voluntary basis and the contributions of partners and supporters. We charge a placement fee of 1 to 3 million rupiah (about $75-$250) for placing a volunteer which covers the cost of online management and site maintenance. Many of our volunteers are qualified students with relevant and strong work experience and skills. Since these students cannot be paid for their work in Indonesia, we are looking for ways to pay for their room and board expenses by asking host organizations or host families for support. Please see Get Involved.

What are my responsibilities as a host?

Depending on the arrangement, you will have different responsibilities. If you are hosting a volunteer at your office, we will work with you to prepare a detailed job description and list of responsibilities for your volunteer, to ensure that they achieve the results you are hoping for. You will also need to designate a mentor, who will work closely with the volunteer and our internship coordinator to ensure work is done and experiences are positive for everyone involved.

What are my responsibilities as a host family?

As a host family you’d be expected to provide room and board for the volunteer which may include a room, bathroom (can be shared), and a meal. Depending on your particular circumstances, and those of the volunteer, we will work out a plan that works best for everyone. Volunteers appreciate greatly staying with a host family and sharing cultural experiences, discussions, and language exchanges.

How are Padi Internships different?

Padi is interested in deepening the process of learning which is why we work to bring a greater measure of reflection, intention- and goal-setting for candidates. Padi also cares to complete internships that have a real and positive impact on the host organization, which is why Padi works hard during the pre-internship stage, to clarify goals, design an effective program, and SMART goals. Throughout the program, Padi stays closely engaged with interns and their mentors to provide assistance and support to their professional and personal wellbeing.

What kind of projects have worked well in the past?

The best projects are those that match the goal and needs of an organization with the skills and interests of the intern. Our students come from rigorous academic environments with fresh and cutting edge theories that seek practical testing. Our host organizations have teams who are seeking collaboration, human connection, and new ideas. In the past, our partners have requested help with: - curriculum development of community-based pre-school - modeling the social impact of a fintech enterprise - assessment of a youth development programs in Jakarta's rusunawans. - market research for local social enterprises outside Jakarta - strengthening organizational management of an organization providing psychological services to women in Jakarta - data analysis for a health clinic provider in Kalimantan - social media strategy for an environmental youth group and others.

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