Village Construction

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founded in 1989
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Coordinator | Lauren
Coordinator | Lauren
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High­lights

Join ongoing and existing projects with local tradesman or try renovation work within the community
Help to renovate and build community centres such as village schools, playgrounds & public libraries
Get involved in laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, laying tiles, and landscaping/gardening
Assist local skilled workers, who will guide you through the project
Support villages around Ubud or Lombok by building and renovating community centres such as village schools, centres, playgrounds, & public libraries. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
Anyone can make a difference on this program from skilled tradesmen or handymen/woman and anyone else. You’ll join ongoing and existing projects with local tradesman or carry out other renovation work within the local community. This is a satisfying placement as you can witness first hand the impact you’ve made before & after. Volunteers should possess the following qualities for this placement;
  • Active and energetic
  • Team player
  • Likes to get hands dirty (And doesn’t mind the heat and or difficult conditions!)
  • Creative
  • High degree of patience and understanding to adapt to Balinese culture and adapt to its lifestyle
  • Work alongside a team of volunteers supporting villages around Ubud or Lombok by building and renovating community centres such as village schools, playgrounds, public libraries, etc.
This is such a rewarding experience as you’ll see first hand the difference you are making to the local community and supporting local families and children and providing them with better living conditions. This in turn relieves the families of some of the stress and pressure they are living under with difficulty making ends meet. Volunteers will work under a local foreman who provides guidance and training. The project involves hard physical and manual labour, as you will be laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, laying tiles, and landscaping/gardening!

Location
Ubud, pronounced ‘oobood’ is located centrally in the heart of Balinese culture. Far removed from the tourist crowds of Kuta, it is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries and a general feeling of well being. Ubud is surrounded by most of the things that bring people to this unique destination – scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces and rivers.

Typical day

Monday – Friday
08:00: Breakfast
09:00 to 11:00: Planning for the project with the coordinator
12:00: Lunch
13:00 to 16:33: Work at the community location
17:00: Meeting and feedback from the first day
17:33: Dinner

Saturday & Sunday
08:00: Breakfast
09:00 to 17:33: Free Time
18:00: Dinner

Free-time activities

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. Be sure to check out Mount Agung, the beaches of Seminyak, Kuta, Sanur or cycling and trekking tours on Mount Batur, visits to local temples and rice terraces.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Yoga/
Meditation

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 (basic level)
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 and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
Accommodation  (Home Stays – Sharing with other volunteers)
2 meals p/day (Breakfast & Dinner)
Arrival Airport transfer to Canggu
Return transfers from from Canggu to Seraya
In-country qualified healthcare practitioner coordinator
‘Love our earth’ Bali survival kit (what’s in it?   It’s a surprise!)
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea daily
Full day orientation & training + cultural sightseeing
In country 24/7 coordination & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Ngurah Rai International Airport

Airport 
Denpasar International Airport (DPS)

Arrival Time(s)
Sunday 06:00 to 13:00
Accommodation
Ubud Outskirts (Pejeng) is approx. 15 min drive from Ubud. We’re talking pigs, chickens, roosters crowing…. This is a real Balinese experience! Standard accommodation will be in shared bedrooms in dedicated volunteer guest houses in the outskirts of Ubud, within genuine local Balinese communities. A free shuttle to Ubud exists 4 times p/week, otherwise taxi’s are super cheap especially when sharing with your new volunteer mates. Living conditions are comfortable and clean, with fans in the rooms. A minimart/grocery store is 5 minute walk. You can expect regular interaction with locals where you can practice your new found language skills. You can expect to share a room with between 4-8 other volunteers. The bathroom is shared and has hot water and western toilets.

*For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available    

All volunteers have access to a swimming pool (10 min walk from volunteer house), which can be used for a fee of approx US$3. There are also several gyms nearby. There are many ATM’s in Ubud centre. Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer guest house. Internet cafés are also nearby. 

*All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
As a volunteer in bali, you’ll receive 3 traditional meals each day on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends (breakfast and dinner). Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and volunteers can expect dishes included nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables), mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables),  or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans).

Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee will be available at the volunteer house. Purified water is available in the volunteer house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.  If volunteers wish to eat out in Ubud, there are a large numbers of restaurants and local warungs (restaurants) to suit all tastes and budgets. There is also a western café in the village for fresh fruit juices, fresh coconuts and sweet treats. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply so we can make arrangements for you.

 
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.
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

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$770
3 weeks
$925
4 weeks
$1,160
8 weeks
$2,155
12 weeks
$3,045
20 weeks (max. stay)
$4,425
Average fees
$303 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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