Volunteer in Bali, one of Indonesia's most picturesque islands, and make a difference by teaching in underdeveloped villages.
Located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands between Java and Lombok, Bali is one of Indonesia’s most admired islands. The green terraced rice fields, coconut forests, and endless beaches are only part of the island’s natural beauty, making Bali a very popular destination for domestic and international tourism. Artistic and cultural interactions, such as traditional Balinese dance performances, are experiences you do not want to miss out on. This project is located in southern Bali, in the rural town of Ubud, which is surrounded by small farms, rice paddies, and dense forests.
About the Project
As a rural and secluded community, Ubud has difficulty accessing assistance and support in developing their neighborhoods. From teaching English to young children, to construction work in the local villages, to educating about health and hygiene, this project aims to help Ubud build a strong infrastructure and improve their education and healthcare systems.This project is divided into several categories, all designed to provide security to the members of this impoverished community. If you are interested in one of the other categories, please have a look at the programs Construction Assistant in a Secluded Community, Kindergarten Assistant in a Secluded Community and Medical Elucidation in a Secluded Community.
Arrival and Orientation in Bali
This week is the perfect opportunity to meet your fellow volunteers and get to know the local Balinese community! The orientation will take place in Penestanan Kaja village (just 5 minutes from the Ubud center) where you’ll familiarize yourself with Balinese culture, traditions, and living. The orientation includes walking tours, a traditional Balinese dance show, a mini language course to learn common Indonesian phrases and words, an art class, and tours of famous temples. The orientation program runs from Monday through Friday, giving you the weekend to relax or explore the area on your own before you are driven back to Ubud to begin your volunteer program.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Volunteers will be placed in a school in the community. You will work with children aged 7-11, who know very little or no English. The main focus of your role is to teach basic English comprehension skills and in so doing, prepare them for primary and secondary school. They are taught English through creative games and also learn the necessary skills to become serious and successful students. Volunteer tasks can include:
Consider joining one or more of these special programs to add another dimension to your Balinese experience:
Please note that there is an additional fee for these programs.
There is no doubt that Bali has something for everyone. If, however, you are looking to explore outside Bali, you can head west on a 30 minute ferry and visit Java. With more than 450 different bird species, Java is a bird watcher’s paradise surrounded by endless rice fields and volcanic mountains. For a more cultural experience you can explore Lombok Island, which is famous for its wooden masks, traditional hand woven textiles and pottery. You could also visit Sanur, an east coast town south of Bali, a worthwhile visit for an early sunrise hike overlooking the white sandy beaches and beautiful scenery.
You will work on your morning project from 9am to 11am and create goals and tasks for the day ahead. After lunch at the volunteer house, you will be driven back to your project site, where you will complete your volunteer tasks. At around 5pm you will be taken back to the volunteer house, where you will have the rest of your evening free.You will work for approximately 4-5 hours per day, Monday through Friday.Your weekends are free to explore Bali or travel to other destinations.
Volunteers also have the opportunity to explore islands outside of Bali such as Java, a bird watcher's paradise, and Lombok Island, famous for its wooden masks and traditional textiles and pottery.
Pickup from the Ngurah Rai International Airport to the orientation site is included.
Volunteers will be sharing a room at the volunteer house equipped with bunk beds. Each room will house about 4 to 8 volunteers and includes electricity, a kitchen and western style toilet facilities. A private room can be arranged for an additional fee. There are laundry facilities in the village available for a small fee.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided during the week, while on weekends, only breakfast and dinner will be provided. You also have the option to buy your own groceries and cook for yourself in the kitchen.
Food will be based in Indonesian cuisine, though some western dishes will be offered as well. There will be vegetarian dishes available for those who don't eat meat.
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