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.
What's not Included
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. This project is located in southern Bali, in the rural town of Ubud, which is surrounded by small farms, rice paddies and dense forests.
Orientation in Bali (Included):
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 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.
After orientation, volunteers will be assigned to a specific project that will depend on the needs and availability of the projects, and according to personal preference.
These projects include:
Teaching Project: 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:
- Creating lesson plans
- Tutoring children
- Teaching classes
- Assisting teachers
- Running sports activities
Medical Outreach: Lack of medical care and healthcare resources is a significant problem for the Ubud community. This project encourages and inspires local children to care more about their personal health and hygiene. This could include teaching them how to brush their teeth, wash their hands as well as how to clean their body and clothes. You will help improve the healthcare situation by leading informational health sessions as well as showing them ways they can live healthier lives.
Construction Project: At this project, you will be helping to improve the local infrastructure of the community by renovating and repairing existing buildings.You will also be working as part of a team, with construction workers and local laborers, helping to build a sense of solidarity within the community.
A typical day: 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.
Holidays: During some holidays, the children will be out of school and the Kindergarten Project will not be available. During this time, volunteers will be primarily involved in repairs and renovations. The Kindergarten Project will not be available during the months of June, July, August and December.
August 17 Independence Day- no school
August 23 Pagerwesi- no school
Oct 30- Nov 3 Galungan- no school
Nov 6-10 Kuningan- no school
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Minimum age is 18 years old
- Good level of English
- Police clearance form
- Good physical fitness
- Work well in a team
- Motivation to work with children
- Enthusiasm and to be open-minded
There is no doubt that 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 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.
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.
- Beach Week: Relax and unwind on Sanur beach and enjoy the tranquil and idyllic setting. You can also set up fun snorkeling and cycling day trips.
- 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.