Real Local Experience

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Highlights

Catch some rays and waves at Dream Land Beach.
Snorkel through the bright blue waters of the Gili islands.
Spot dolphins in Lovina.
Enjoy numerous traditional Balinese dishes.
Volunteer in the town of Tabanan.
Looking for the summer of a lifetime? Why not spend 4 remarkable weeks exploring and volunteering in the exotic Indonesian island of Bali! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Experience everything from black sands to Luwak Coffee (we’ll let you find out why it’s so special!) to miles of stunning beaches; this trip is an opportunity not to miss out on.

Out of Indonesia’s staggering 17,508 islands, Bali is by far the most popular for its ancient culture, extravagant temples, spectacular rice paddies and striking beaches. This PMGY experience trip offers you the undeniably exciting chance to explore the wonders of Bali whilst making a positive different volunteering at local projects.

EXPLORING BALI

Bali’s popularity has increased massively since the 1980s, with tourism related business bringing in a significant portion of the island’s economy. However, many tourists are oblivious to the limited opportunities and small profits for hours of labour the behind the scenes for locals. This makes your PMGY experience extremely unique as you get to enjoy the pleasures of Bali whilst giving back to the community through impacts made at our projects.

With travelling distances so short and plenty of sites to see, it means your 4 weeks are spent enjoying the beauties of the island without having to spend lots of time in transit. Get ready for volcanic mountains, picturesque beaches and plenty of greenery!

Your group will travel together by private minibus visiting some of the best destinations that Bali has to offer, as well as some of the hidden gems most visitors never see! A PMGY coordinator and English speaking guide will accompany you throughout your stay so you’ll get the chance to learn so much about the country’s culture and history.

VOLUNTEERING

PMGY’s volunteer programme in Tabanan runs throughout the year, so you will be working alongside existing PMGY volunteers. Over the course of the two weeks, you will have an opportunity to join one of our community based (teaching or childcare), wildlife or medical projects.

Volunteering allows you to truly immerse yourself in the local culture, spending time in the community and learning about what life is like for the Balinese people. Getting involved in our projects ensures that you’ll make a positive impact during your time with PMGY.

The one thing that every visitor to Bali will never forget are the exciting traditions and intriguing culture of the local community. This is coupled by genuine friendliness from locals who can’t wait to welcome you into their lives and share their ways of living with you.

The following projects are also available for you to take part in, but please note they do require an additional fee:

– Medical Experience ($105)
– Wildlife Conservation ($130)

You can choose which project you’d like to do during the online application process.

We encourage participants to prepare as much as possible for their teaching programme overseas. You can make the most out of your time by completing our convenient, inexpensive and international accredited 60-hour Online TEFL Course for just $150.

ITINERARY

Day 1 (Sunday) Welcome to Bali
Day 2 (Monday) Orientation & Beaches
Day 3 (Tuesday) Catch Some Waves
Day 4 (Wednesday) Let’s Go To Gili!
Day 5 (Thursday) Swim with the Fishes
Day 6-7 (Friday-Saturday) From Brigh Blue to Rich Green
Day 8 (Sunday) Hiking for Sunrise
Day 9 (Monday) Dolphin Spotting
Day 10 (Tuesday) Munduk Village
Day 11-12 (Wednesday-Thursday) Time for Ubud!
Day 13 (Friday) All good things must come to an end…Or do they?
Day 14-15 (Saturday-Sunday) Time to Breathe!
Day 16 (Monday) Orientation
Day 17-27 (Tuesday-Friday) Let the Volunteering Begin!

Day 28 (Saturday) Last Day

* This itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances.

Typical day

Almost every day you will be doing something different on this adventure, but here is an example of what a day on this trip will look like:

Rise and shine! It’s 12am and time to get moving. We’ve got a 2-3-hour journey to the base of Mount Batur before beginning our ascent to the peak, sitting just over 5,500 feet above sea level.

The sacred mountain draws tourists from all over the island for its breath-taking views over Lake Batur. You’ll make it to the top just after 6am and arrive at the conveniently named ‘Sunrise Point’ to hopefully take in a very impressive sunrise that the lack of sleep will make up for! At 7am we will continue the trek around the entire crater before beginning the descent at the finishing point around an hour later back down to Toyabungkah Village.

From the village, we will head directly to Toya Devasya Hot Springs for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Here there are four natural hot spring pools to take a dip in and soothe your calf muscles!

After lunch, we’ll begin our next journey to Lovina, another beach resort, but this time located on the North Coast.

Depending on which project you choose to do on your online application will influence the daily timings you join us at the project.

The final weekend in between your volunteering is free for you to explore how you wish too.

You’ll be in personal contact with our local coordinators every day across your two weeks volunteering with us so if you need anything we are there for you 24/7.

Free-time activities

  • Test out your haggling skills in the bustling markets of Ubud
  • Hike up Mount Batur to make sunrise (the 1am start is worth it!
  • Admire towering waterfalls throughout Bali
  • Relax in naturally heated springs
  • Explore the lush scenery of Munduk village
  • Tackle your sweet tooth as you design your own gourmet chocolate
  • Canoe on Tamblingan Lake
  • Trek through the rice paddies
  • Visit coffee plantations.
  • Witness one of Bali’s most famous temples: Temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.
  • And much more!
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- be physically fit
- medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas must be declared to us during your online application
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

Services by Plan My Gap Year

Your fee includes both your registration fee and programme fees.
Your programme fee includes

  • accommodation, 
  • meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner),
  • airport pickup (9:30 onwards), 
  • in-country orientation,
  • private transport across Bali
  • private transport (via bemo or private car) to/from project
  • entrance fees
  • PMGY T-shirt
  • 24 hour in-country support.
Your registration fee includes; 
  • 24 hour UK based support, 
  • comprehensive volunteer handbook, 
  • live pre-departure webinars, 
  • regular programme inspection
  • international certificate of completion.

Airport Pickup at Ngurah Rai International Airport
You should arrive into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (airport code DPS) on the selected Sunday start date. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Accommodation

All your accommodation is organised by PMGY. During the travelling part of your trip you will stay at guesthouses/hotels in the various places we will visit. You’ll share a room with fellow travellers. All rooms will be single sex, air conditioned and have western bathrooms.

During the last two weeks of the Real Bali Experience, you will stay in one of our Volunteer Houses in Tabanan. The accommodation is basic but comfortable. You will be living with other PMGY volunteers.

The Volunteer House is located in Tabanan. Each room has bunkbeds, shared with between 6-10 volunteers. Volunteers will be provided with bed linen and air conditioning. You will have a designated space to store your clothes as well as a personal locker for storage of your valuables.

Bathrooms are shared. Each bathroom has a shower and western style toilet. The water is often cold, however, this shouldn’t be a problem as Bali is hot and humid all year round! There is Wi-Fi within available within the house, although volunteers should note that this is unpredictable. There are several communal spaces across the houses for the volunteers to hang out and relax. There is also a shared refrigerator to store any personal food items.

A member of our local team will also live at the house. This ensures that you have round the clock support and security.

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

Dorm Room Guesthouse Hotel
Food & Beverages

You will be served three meals per day across the whole four weeks of the Real Experience. Most of the meals are traditional Indonesian and Balinese specific dishes. This typically consists of a lot of rice and chicken, although vegetarian options are always available.The meals for the first two weeks will usually be served in a buffet format or as part of a set menu. Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

Breakfast: Toast, pancakes, fruit, eggs, tea/coffee

Lunch: Mixed rice, vegetables, curries, salad

Dinner: Fried rice, fried chicken, noodles, spaghetti

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

 There is a large choice of restaurants and local warungs (authentic, local food stalls) in Tabanan. The food on offer is traditional Balinese cuisine – typically amazing and mainly vegetarian! There may also be a western option served once or twice every week and there are restaurants serving western food available around a 20 minute walk from the Volunteer House.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
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

The programme start dates are as follows –

16th June 2019
7th July 2019
21st July 2019

You should arrive into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (airport code DPS) on the selected Sunday start date. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.

The programme ends on the Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.

Your return airport transfer is not included in the fees. A taxi back to the airport costs $30, however, it is more than likely your fellow travellers on the PMGY Real Bali Experience will be on the same flight as you so you can split the taxi fare between you.

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,374
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,374
Average fees
$ 344 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Plan My Gap Year 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 Plan My Gap Year during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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