Training on Website Management

BIOMA already has a website and have gotten benefits from it for organizational promotion, program advocacy, and other communication activities. Nowadays, a website is generally the most effective and powerful tool for communication. The existing website is managed and updated regularly, but all contents are still in Bahasa Indonesia. The web presentation remains the same from time to time, and they feel their web is not attractive and need to be improved.

BIOMA has 2 staffs assigned specifically to maintain and to update the content of the website regularly, but it is done in a very simple way because of the limitation on technical skills. In the process of updating, there is no prior verification or check by the Management team so there are frequent mistakes, incomplete contents, etc.

Websites and the internet are the most effective and powerful communication tools for reaching broader audiences. BIOMA realizes they must aim at reaching international appeal because the environmental issues they are working on has to be taken into account at a broader scale .

Today, the organization needs to improve the lay out and content of the website and use the internet tool to manage the website properly. The staffs assigned by BIOMA currently have limited technical skills on the internet, so the mission on website management/development is highly relevant and suits to the needs of the organization.

In addition, BIOMA wants to have a website in English so that the volunteer missions are expected to help the organizations in creating pages in English.
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The mission should cover the improvement of knowledge and technical skill on website management of BIOMA staffs, which is in turn, will improve the organization’s web performance. The mission is expected to include:
- Introduction to website and communication strategy
- Website development and maintenance
- Improving design and lay out
- Improvement of web presentation.
- Other relevant technical skills (how to use SEO - search engine optimizer, how to increase web visitor, make link with other relevant website, monitoring number of visitors)
- Interactive page with audience
- Integration of website with social media The method of the mission will be preferably interactive and promoting hands-on experience. The training schedule will be flexible but, but in general can be conducted during office hours.
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It is preferable if the volunteer have background in website management or website development.

Samarinda is a hot city (temperature), so we suggest the volunteer to bring light clothes. In general, there are two seasons in a year rainy season (October - April) and dry season (May to September), but recently the weather cannot be predicted.

The mission will be conducted in Samarinda City. In general the organization of the mission is as follow:
- The mission/training will be conducted in the BIOMA Office where standard training equipments are avilable (whiteboard, marker, LCD projector, flip chart).
- Before training there will be general briefing from Planète Urgence Indonesia and BIOMA in the first day the volunteer arrive in Samarinda City. Likewise, the day before leaving Samarinda, there will be debriefing session.
- The training will be 5 days in week 1 and another 4 days in the week 2. In general the schedule of the training is from 9 am to 3 pm. The session in Saturday is 9 - 12. The detail of the schedule will be discussed during the briefing. The training will be conducted in informal situation.
- Sunday is free day, and the volunteer could explore the City of Samarinda, accompanied by BIOMA Staff.
- The volunteer will stay in a budget hotel near the BIOMA Office. A BIOMA staff will be assigned to pick up and drop from the hotel to the office by using motorcycle.
- The training will be divided into two types; general training in about 2 days with participants of 10 persons, and the rest of time will be dedicated for intensive training (and practice) for 2 staffs who are responsible for website and communication.

Most of the participants don’t speak English well (they only speak very basic English), therefore, a translator will be hired for some crucial session.
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Intensive training will be addressed to 2 staffs (Web master and communication officer) The general training session will be for about 10 staffs (including the 2 staffs who join the intensive training). The management of BIOMA is so enthusiastic to use the opportunity of the mission to bring benefits for more staffs. BIOMA staffs mostly are knowledgeable, since all of them graduated from university. They are young, motivated and generally computer and internet literate. Some of them are now attending master degree’s program in natural resources management. The age range is between 20 - 40 years old. All of them have basic skill on internet, but they want to develop their capacity on website management.

Almost all of participant candidates are graduated from faculty of forestry. Some of them have attended training/course on GIS (geographic information system), spatial mapping, biodiversity, but not on website management/development. Most of them don’t speak English (only very limited English), so there will be a translator hired for the training sessions.Organizationally, BIOMA is strongly motivated to become one of the leading NGO in East Kalimantan working on community based natural resources management.

To support this goal, BIOMA needs to introduce their programs and activities to the broader audiences. Internet and website can be used as powerful tools for communicating the organization’s experiences. They believe that a good website supported by communication and networking will make the organization more visible. A good visibility supported with experience of program implementation, will open many opportunities to set cooperation with various parties or organizations. The capacity building of staffs who are in charge with website management is really needed and BIOMA would appreciate if there are PU’s volunteer missions to help them in field of web management or development.
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BIOMA Foundation is a non-governmental organization based in Samarinda, East Kalimantan (Borneo Island) established in 1998 (bioma.or.id). BIOMA has a vision of "Sustainability of the functions and benefits of natural resources and environment for the sustainability of all creatures including human well being, especially local communities". To achieve this vision, BIOMA has a mission of "to promote the community’s awareness and participation and to support policies and efforts in the protection and sustainable use of natural resources and the environment as a gift of God Almighty". BIOMA founded by a group of young environmental activists in Samarinda (mostly graduated from the Faculty of Forestry, Mulawarman University) who concerned about the damages of the environment, especially forest resources in Kalimantan Island. Institutionally and personally, BIOMA has had adequate relevant experiences in the project implementation, community facilitation and assistance. In the beginning of its establishment, BIOMA worked more on research in field of natural resources, but later they work with community in managing natural resources sustainably. Today BIOMA works with community in several villages in Kutai Kartanegara District and Malinau District, East Kalimantan Province.
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When the volunteer arrive in Balikpapan in the morning, he/she can proceed to Samarinda City by shuttle bus (3 hours). If the volunteer arrives in the afternoon, he/she should stay overnight in Balikpapan. PU Indonesia will book a room in Hakaya hotel (located near the Airport). PU Indonesia will arrange the hotel and the airport transfer. The next day, the volunteer will proceed to Samarinda by shuttle bus (3 hours travel). We will send information in detail how to go to Samarinda by shuttle bus. PU Indonesia or BIOMA staf will pick up the volunteer at the Shuttle Bus station in Samarinda. After arriving in Samarinda, the volunteer will meet Planète Urgence Indonesia and BIOMA for a briefing session. Then BIOMA will host and organize the volunteer mission.
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Balikpapan [Sepinggan]
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Transit in Balikpapan City will be in Hakaya Plaza Hotel (www.hakayaplazahotel.com) Place to stay in Samarinda: a budget hotel, a clean standard hotel. Meal during the mission will be organized by BIOMA. The staple food is rice with the dishes of chicken, fish, and sometimes beef. Indonesian used a lot spices for cooking. For the volunteer who don’t like spicy food, the host will provide less spicy food. Transportation in Samarinda city will use motorcycle with helmet (for short distance), and taxi.
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The equipment and material available: whiteboard and board marker, electricity, wi-fi internet, cellular phone network, LCD projector, and other standard training kit. BIOMA also have digital camera and videocam to be used for the training (if needed). Url: bioma.or.id Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011080534439
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