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Bali is one of the over 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Indonesia is a unique country, home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many languages. The geography of Indonesia is very diverse and changes drastically depending on your location. It includes volcanoes, beaches and jungles, which shelter an array of animals including tigers, elephants and komodo dragons.
Every corner of the Indonesian islands showcases the customs embedded in their culture. Each island practically has its own unique set of traditions, which differ from one another. There are roughly 20,000 temples spread around the island of Bali and, because the Balinese are masters of sculpture, elaborate statues of gods and goddesses guard the temples. During your trip, take advantage of your free time on weekends and explore some of these magnificent temples and sculptures. Take in the distinct culture and traditions of each island as you travel from place to place.
This project aims to build and renovate buildings that are essential for the growth and development of the local community. Schools, playgrounds and public libraries are some places where volunteers can expect to be working. Volunteer tasks vary depending on the local community needs at the time of your volunteering.
General tasks may include:
Internet: Wi-Fi is available in public areas.
Laundry: There are laundry services available for use for a small fee located around the village.
Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in shared, single-gender, dorm-style rooms. There are two centers available on this program and both locations have a cool space for participants to interact and enjoy their time in Bali. Participants will share bathrooms, and Western-style toilets are provided. There is a pool open year-round that is less than a five-minute walk from the accommodation. Four-eight volunteers per room, with clean bed linens, hot showers, and fans. There is no air conditioning within the facility and volunteers must bring their own towels with them for showering.
Food: We will serve traditional Indonesian food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the week. Traditional Indonesian food will be served and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and diverse dishes during your stay. Typical meals include Mie Goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), Nasi Goreng (fried rice 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 (soybeans). Some western dishes will also be available. Breakfasts vary and may include pancakes, toast, fresh fruit, etc. Tea, coffee and drinking water are also available at the house. We will provide two meals (breakfast and dinner) on weekends.
Bali has something for everyone. However, if you are looking to explore beyond Bali, you can head west on a 30-minute ferry and visit Java. With over 450 different bird species, Java is a birdwatcher’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.
Bali Culture Week (Highly Recommended):
A week-long introduction to Bali and Balinese culture. 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 five minutes from the Ubud center) where you’ll familiarize yourself with Balinese culture, traditions, and living. It 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.
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. See additional options below.