EMPREZA DIAK is a Timorese organisation that works to end poverty in Timor-Leste. We economically empower people creating new livelihood opportunities, providing innovative training and starting small businesses to build better futures. Since 2011 we reached 5,000 women and men in 10 municipalities across the country and we want to impact at least 2,000 more lives every year!
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You can be part of change!

Since 2012 over 30 volunteers from 4 continents and 10 countries have worked with us to deliver more and better services to our partner communities. Some long-term, some short-term, some self-funded, others supported by international volunteer programs and by Corporate Responsibility programs.

Empreza Diak is stronger due to the commitment, energy and quality of these amazing volunteers!
If you believe you would be up to the challenge contact us to know more about our volunteer programs!

"The Empreza Di’ak team has been most warm and welcoming to me, giving me the opportunity to travel out to the districts and experience Timor in a unique way. I hope I have given them as much as they have given me. Volunteering for Empreza Di’ak has been a wonderful experience. I feel that within a short space of time I have become a part of the ED family! I am happy to have been able to use my skills to help such a fantastic NGO."

My Linh Le - Volunteer

"Empreza Di’ak gives you the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of development projects and the chance to work with enthusiastic and passionate people."

Melanie McIntosh - Volunteer

"Empreza Di’ak does fantastic work helping to improve the lives of people from poor communities in Timor-Leste. Working as a volunteer here has given me the chance to learn a lot about Timor-Leste as well as giving me valuable insight into development and business promotion."

Niall Almond - Volunteer

"Empreza Di’ak has found a powerful way to improve people’s living standards by creating and linking markets. And I was part of it!!! I will definitely recommend volunteering with Empreza Di’ak."

German Martinez - Volunteer

"My experience at Empreza Di’ak has been a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow professionally from accomplished and inspiring people."

Siofra Robinson - Volunteer


From your home you can be an active part of this amazing social movement that is pushing old ideas aside and unleashing the power of good business to defeat poverty in Timor-Leste. For more information please contact us.

You don’t have to change your life to make a change!

Check some of the Frequently Asked Questions here:

What does Empreza Diak do?

EMPREZA DIAK is a Timorese organisation that works to end poverty in Timor-Leste.  We economically empower people creating new livelihood opportunities, providing innovative training and starting small businesses to build better futures. Since 2011 we reached 5,000 women and men in 10 municipalities across the country and we want to impact at least 2,000 more lives every year!

What type of volunteer is Empreza Di’ak looking for?

Empreza Diak is looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic about working at a multicultural NGO and help empower lives. The diversity of our work accommodates people from various backgrounds and with different levels of skills. Check out our programs to see how your experience could change lives!

What kind of work can volunteers do at Empreza Di’ak?

Depending on the amount of time you are in Timor-Leste there is a huge array of work you can do: hands on work with local communities, training, support with back office tasks, communications and fundraising, agriculture and much more.

What are the Visa requirements for Timor-Leste?

You need a passport valid for six months beyond the date of arrival in Timor-Leste.

A Timor-Leste entry Visa is easily obtained on arrival. Once you get off the plane you will walk straight to the visa on arrival desk. For $30 you get a 30-day visa and each extension will cost an additional $35. Visas cannot be extended past 90 days. For more information on Visa extension visit the Timor-Leste Immigration Department.

Portuguese Nationals do not need a visa so long as their visit to Timor-Leste is 90 days or less.

Do I need travel insurance for Timor-Leste?

Most governments will advise that visitors to Timor-Leste have comprehensive travel insurance. While the organization will not force you to get it, it is highly recommended.

How much money should I plan on spending per week?

The government makes you demonstrate that you have at least $50 for every day you plan to be in the country. In reality $50 if far more than you need unless your accommodation is very expensive. You can eat quite comfortably in Timor-Leste for 10$ a day.

What kind of transport will I be using in Dili, Timor Leste?

Taxis are cheap; however, many expats and volunteers choose to hire motorcycles or buy bikes while they are in Dili. Mountain bikes cost between $200-$400. Motorcycles can be hired and the cost varies depending on the store and bike model. If you are here longer term you may want to buy a motorcycle used motorcycle for around $800.

What is the best way to find accommodation in Dili, Timor-Leste?

If you come volunteer with Empreza Diak we have resources to help you find suitable accommodation in Dili.

What essentials do I need to bring to Timor-Leste?

Here is a list of essential items that you need to bring to Timor-Leste: Rain Gear, Sunglasses, Hat, Sunscreen, Phone, Bug Spray, Hiking Boots, Sandals, Comfortable Shoes, Computer, Toiletries, Helmet (if you plan on riding a bike), Crisp US Banknotes (in denominations of $20 or less), Fly Net Some of the supplies mentioned above can be bought it Timor-Leste; however, they may be more expensive than in your home country.