Bali – Construction and Renovation

Join in on a meaningful program by helping to rebuild and develop a community in Bali! Partake in construction activities and make a positive difference in the lives of the community members.

 

Program Highlights:

  • Engage in positive cultural exchange by living in a local village
  • Work on your construction skills by helping to renovate various buildings
  • See your hard work pay off as the community grows and develops
  • Make lifelong friends
  • You can enhance your Bali experience by adding our “Bali Culture Week” (see Additional Options below)

 

Your Schedule at a Glance (Two-week minimum commitment):

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport. You will be picked up by the local team and taken to the accommodations to settle in and meet fellow volunteers .

Day 1, Monday: On Monday, participants will attend an orientation. This meeting will ensure that volunteers understand the nature of the tasks at hand. They will then assign you to your particular community location. After lunch, volunteers will visit the placement site and in the evening, will share their experiences and provide feedback regarding the first day at your placement.

Days 2-4, Tuesday-Friday: From Tuesday to Friday, you will have mornings free to enjoy the area. After lunch, you will begin working on the assigned construction or renovation task that needs to be done for the day. These tasks can vary widely and depend on location. Typical projects include playgrounds, schools, and public libraries. Each of these construction projects will truly affect the community and local living conditions.

Days 6-7, Saturday-Sunday: The weekend is free for volunteers to travel or just relax.

Remaining Weeks: Remaining weeks will follow the pattern of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on a Saturday.

 

Location icon Location of the Project: Bali, Indonesia

Project length Project length: Minimum 1 week – Maximum 8 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work: Construction and renovation work

Age Age: 18-65. Participants younger than 18 are required to provide parental consent letters and participants above 65 need medical clearance to take part.

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 20 international volunteers

Important Note Important Note: Can accept families with children as young as 5 years old. Families must upgrade to a private room for an additional fee. Volunteers traveling for over 30 days must apply IN ADVANCE for a B-211 visa. The cost of the visa is approximately $50 USD.

 

What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Shared, single-gender, dorm-style rooms

Food Food: Three meals are provided during the week, two meals on weekends

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers: Airport pickup is provided upon arrival

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

 

What’s not Included

Flights, B211 visa (approx. $50 USD), travel health insurance, lunches on weekends, and personal expenses.

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.

The Indonesian customs are embedded throughout their culture and can be seen in every corner of the islands. 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:

  • Laying bricks
  • Carpentry
  • Painting
  • Laying tiles
  • Landscaping/gardening

Internet icon Internet: Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

Laundry icon Laundry: There are laundry services available for use for a small fee located around the village.

Accommodations icon 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. Bathrooms are shared and Western-style toilets are available. 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 icon Food: During the week, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided. 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. On weekends, two meals (breakfast and dinner) will be provided.

 

 

 

  • Basic level of English
  • Police clearance
  • Physically fit
  • B211 Visa for stays longer than 30 days

​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.

Program Add-Ons:
Consider joining one or more of these special programs to add another dimension to your Balinese experience:

  • Yoga and Mind Week: Learn yoga and meditative practices to improve your health and well-being.
  • Bali Adventure: Jump into an adventure- filled week of trekking up volcanoes, cycling through town and then enjoy a relaxing massage at the end of the week.

 

Please note that there is an additional fee for these programs. See additional options below.

Volunteer Experiences

“Turtle time!”, loudly called out by one of my newfound friends signified the beginning of either a morning or afternoon…

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