English Teaching and Organic Farming with Locals

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Engaging with the local community to protect the wildlife and their habitat, as well as support organic farming and teach english to the locals This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

Pejeng is a village 5 km outside the buzzing town of Ubud and unlike the latter is rather unknown by tourists. It is a small traditional village surrounded by beautiful rice fields and it also happens to be the biggest archaeological site in Bali with 44 temples (most of them declared National Heritage) and a Prehistory museum. Pejeng is also a Wildlife Sanctuary and a paradise for birdwatchers. Here we breed the critically endangered Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi). In addition, we also breed other species of bird such as Black Winged Starling (Acridotheres melanopterus) and Pied Myna (Gracupica contra).

Our main goal in Pejeng is to engage with the local community to protect the wildlife and their habitat, as well as support organic farming and develop sustainable tourism that will benefit the local population. In Pejeng we work closely with the local community to protect the wildlife and habitat of this village. We and the local community agree that Pejeng must be protected from the massive tourism that currently happening in Bali. We do not want this little village turned into another commercialized tourist attraction that can destroy its nature and its culture. The challenge is too real. Every day, the population of Pejeng witness the pressures of unsustainable tourism development in Ubud which are slowly edging closer to their village border.

We now invite many volunteers from around the world to participate in our volunteering projects. Because most of our volunteers will need long term accommodations, we arranged a volunteer program that can benefit the villagers in Pejeng village. We provide dormitory rooms for our volunteer at Pejeng Village, but we also collaborate with the local to rent their room for the volunteers. We will arrange all the booking and the payment while the villagers can concentrate on improving the readiness of their rooms. According to the agreement, 60% of the fee for the room will go to the villagers. The other 10% of the fee will go to the village, while FNPF will only get 30% of the fee. We hope this business model can prevent the expansion of mass tourism in Pejeng. We believe that as one of the biggest archaeological sites in Bali, Pejeng must be protected from the negative effect of mass tourism. In addition, this community based hospitality can provide the villagers with a low risk source of income. Hence, the villagers might be convinced not to sell their farms to investors and keep their day job as a farmer while still being able to gain some money from our projects.

Volunteer Teaching English

This should be a conversational type of lessons, casual and entertaining, that would enable the locals to gain confidence and start speaking English to foreigners. It could be at many levels: people that has restaurants and shops, market vendors, etc. Or potential tourism workers: people that could act as a tour guide showing around Pejeng, people that could host tourists as a homestay, etc.

The goal would be for them to learn the basics of conversation (introducing yourself, basic questions, and numbers). Then for each group something more specific, vocabulary that they might need (i.e. food related for the market and restaurant owners, household for the homestays). It would be useful to provide them with printed vocabulary which they can take home.

Volunteer Work in Organic Farming

We have begun our work by partnering with the head of Banjar Panglan in Pejeng village who runs a community of organic farm amongst Pejeng’s rice fields. We hope that by developing an agro-tourism program that also consists of village tours, cooking classes, lessons with local artisans and visits to Pejeng’s major temples, we can help supplement the income of the rice farmers in Pejeng, many of whom, despite contributing to what is considered a signature Balinese institution, remain living in poverty. Most of the activity for the volunteers are about promoting organic farming to the local farmers. We hope that by giving example to work in organic farming and show the benefit will be the best reason for the local farmers back to organic farming instead of using chemical one. The reintroduction of organic farming is still very new to the village so it's crucial to start spreading it and show the farmers its benefits.

Typical day

8.00-10.00a.m. - work on a farm, help a local farmer by gardening and doing work around the farm
10.00a.m. -4.00pm- free time
4.00-5.30pm- teaching local children English on the farm
after 5.30pm- free time

Free-time activities

Ubud is very close by and provides plenty of entertainment with its many cafes, restaurants and shops, even in Pejeng there are lots of things to see and do: you can visit the many temples, the museum, hike among the rice fields and the river, bike around town, taste the local food in the markets, learn about the local culture.

You can pretty much walk or bike everywhere in Pejeng, although hiring a motorbike or a car is useful if you are planning to go to Ubud, the main city that is 15 minutes away from Pejeng and where you can find lots of restaurants and things to do. The coastal cities of Sanur and Kuta and the capital, Denpasar, are all about one hour away by car.

Of course we encourage you to go beyond and discover other parts of the island. Being in the center of the island, Pejeng is the perfect base to go anywhere in Bali: Kuta, Sanur and Denpasar are 50 minutes to 1 hour away by car. Relaxing and surfing in the gorgeous Balinese beaches, taking a trip to the mountains, swimming in a lake, waterfall or visiting a volcano are only few of the things you can do.

A part from all these places, we would love to welcome you in our Wildlife Snctuaries in Besikalung and the island of Nusa Penida, so you can meet the rest of the FNPF family.


Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English at Diploma or Bachelor degree level
Required Documents
proof education
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by FNPF

Accommodation only

Accommodation

You will stay in a dormitory or in a local house with this following facilities: bedroom with double bed, bathroom, shared kitchen with local host.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Indonesia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Indonesia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Accepting volunteers all year round. Tell us your flight information and the time of the arrival and we will arrange your pick up, we can also drop you off to the airport once you are done volunteering but the cost is exclude the fee and you can pay directly to the driver.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 648
16 weeks
$ 2,458
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 7,680
Average fees
$ 158 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. FNPF will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with FNPF during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.

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English Teaching and Organic Farming with Locals

Engaging with the local community to protect the wildlife and their habitat, as well as support organic farming and teach english to the locals

$158/week

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