In Indonesia, the farther east one goes, the more distant the stereotype of a lush Asian paradise becomes, replaced instead with the harsh, dusty, incredibly rugged volcanic lands known collectively as Nusa Tenggara, the "East Islands." The centerpiece of these is the Muslim isle of Sumbawa, its remote, swell-blessed south and west coasts seldom visited by anyone but surfers. A core destination, Sumbawa offers several heavy world-class barrels, mostly lefts over sharp coral reef, all lying in a different swell window than that of Bali or the Mentawais. Like Lombok, Sumbawa is overshadowed by those two places; yet unlike Lombok, Sumbawa has more than one wave worth traveling to, and it's more than likely that you've heard of spots like Lakey Peak and Scar Reef, seriously perfect waves for the seriously tube-minded surfer.
Tourists are far and few between, the majority of travelers are surfers keen to take advantage of famous surf breaks like Lakey Peak, Yo-Yo’s, SuperSucks and Scar Reef. Even if you don’t surf, there are loads of things to do and see in west Sumbawa, though without a local and a car to drive you around, you might as well be looking for a needle in a hay stack.
Sumbawa is a beautiful part of the world and, thankfully, unspoiled by tourism. If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with an adventurous edge, set among stunning scenery, then Sumbawa could just be the spot for you!
Fair Nomad campsites are located next to the villages of Kertasari and Tuananga, in West Sumbawa Indonesia. In this part of the island, the surf spots are not only secret and not well known by tourists due to the relative difficulty in accessing them and the lack of touristic infrastructures such as hotels and restaurants, they are also of world-class, and break very regularly.
This is where we come into play.
Stay in a wild campsite, mere meters from the sea in one of several blissful locations selected depending on weather/swell conditions. Surf your brains out on empty beaches and spots, or if you're n0t into surfing, have a go at spear-fishing or snorkeling in the crystal clear ocean. Stay for free, but in exchange you will need to hire at least one guide per group of 2 or 3 guests, and volunteer for 2 to 3 hours a day in local schools or for one of our other projects.
We rely on our volunteering for everything we do. All funds spent on the ground go straight to the guides who look after our volunteers on a daily basis!
In exchange for staying with us and using our gear for free, the only thing we ask is that you give something back to the local communities . You will need to show initiative, be self-reliant and more importantly, understand the impact you can can have on the people you interact with on the ground. We can provide you with e-books and tutorial videos on how to teach English as a foreign language, support you from A to Z, and take care of the paperwork required. Just remember, this is an exchange of knowledge!
TEACH A SPORT
What we do and why
"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For indeed, that's all who ever have." -Margaret Mead
Hello fellow nomad.
My name is Khalil, and I am the founder of the Fair Nomad project.
Our mission is to help less fortunate communities around the world build a prosperous, sustainable future for themselves. We achieve this by catalyzing the generation of employment and education opportunities in and around these communities, through social tourism.
The concept is quite simple really. Instead of the standard charity model of asking people to give their time and/or money to support an altruistic cause, with nothing tangible being offered in return, we provide an incentive for this altruistic act - a real holiday. A real break from everything and everybody from the western world. A completely unique, and rare experience.
Fair nomads are first and foremost travelers, gap year workers, students, basically people like you and me. People tired of being a tourist, tired of seeing the same thing over and over again in different parts of the world, tired of busy places and tired of being ripped off wherever we go simply because we are not from there. Tired of being but a cog in the tourism machine, and being treated like walking ATMs. We are people who want to truly experience a different culture for what it really is, at its essence, and feel like we have experienced something that money cannot buy. We want to be alive, and not to simply live. All-inclusive hotel packages, bus tours, group activities - all these things we avoid at all cost and instead dream of being able to experience something truly unique, something that nobody else can or has done before. Something that gets the eyes of our friends and family open wide in disbelief. Something that changes your perspective on your own life, and everything that you have done up until now.
What we offer our volunteers is just this. In exchange for 2 to 3 hours of teaching in local impoverished schools and/or helping the local communities through various projects, our nomads are given the holiday of a lifetime. The locations that we choose to operate from are in some of the most beautiful, untouched places that I have ever seen through my own travels. Our volunteers experience living in and around wonders of nature, and have the opportunity to do a range of activities such as surf, hike, spearfish, snorkel etc. while there. What we offer is the chance to do whatever you want with your time. We bring you to the Wild West, and leave you to your own devices with all the gear you need, for free.
It is not for everybody, but if you are smiling while reading this, then you are one of us.
Now let’s talk of the employment opportunities that we generate. Whenever spending time with us at our sites, you will hire one guide who will stay with you at all times, personally recruited and screened by me. If we have a group staying with us, we ask every group of two to three volunteers to hire one guide. These guides are young people who have no qualifications, no real future ahead of them, but possess a wealth of knowledge about their surroundings and the local culture. Everything and anything our volunteers need or want while staying with us is taken care of by these guides. The average suggested wage for one guide is about 30 GBP per week.
That’s enough for now.
I would now like to invite you to browse through this website, especially the blog section, to find out more about everything we have done and our ongoing projects.
Thank you for your visit, and your time in reading this…if you do not feel this is for you, for whatever reason, I hope we have given you a slither of inspiration to seek out social tourism for your next adventure abroad, wherever you are. And dare we say, who knows, even start something similar of your own somewhere...
The Fair Nomad Mission
We are an enterprise aimed at providing education and career opportunities to the inhabitants of remote villages around the world through social tourism. Land around our sites is usually prospected by foreign investors at a very early stage; our mission is to encourage the development of a strong presence and sense of business in the communities we work with. We strive to give opportunities to these communities to create sustainable jobs for themselves before the inevitable invasion of mass tourism, when the choice will be taken away from them.
Check out our current projects and additional photos from volunteers and guests on our Facebook page under Fair Nomad Ltd. HERE
Surf ding repair training #1
The boys enjoying Bali!
Surf ding repair training #2
The young padawan at work!
First board repaired by Danny!
Huge congrats to Dany Warker and Upik Surf, our first guides nomads to benefit from what we do at Fair Nomad.
On the 15th of September 2016, Dany and Upik arrived in Bali for the first time of their lives after a 16h trip by bus and ferry from Sumbawa to start their 2-month long surfboard shaping and ding-fixing apprenticeship with a local master, namely Hary Rapair Pecatu. Their accommodation, fees and living/travel expenses are being fully sponsored by Fair Nomad; we are also sourcing all the materials and tools these two need to start their very own surfshop/ding repair business in West Sumbawa after finishing their apprenticeship.
Once Dany and Upik reach the term of their stay in Bali and return home, they will be the only ones in the whole of West Sumbawa with the knowledge, tools and facilities to fix and shape surfboards. We are very excited to find out what the future holds for these two hard working young men who used to truly struggle to get by, but never gave up on their dream to make a living from what they love.
Keep up the hard work guys...you're almost there!!