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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.
Location of the Project:  Bali, Indonesia
Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
Arrival Airport:  Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
Volunteer Work:  Education and community service
Age:  18 - 70
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 30 volunteers
Important Note:  The kindergarten or teaching placements can accept families with children as young as 5 years old. Families must upgrade to a private room for an additional fee.

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared room in a volunteer house
Food:  Three meals a day (2 meals on the weekend)
Airport Transfers:  Included on arrival day.
Orientation:  You will receive a week-long (Monday-Friday) introduction to Bali's culture in Penestanan Kaja village just outside Ubud center. This orientation includes a walking tour of the local markets, attending a Balinese traditional dance show, taking Balinese language classes, participating in painting and flower classes, and visiting famous temples.
Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (required), travel health insurance, personal expenses. All volunteers must apply IN ADVANCE for B-211 Social visa.
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. Volunteers work independently and tasks can include:
  • Creating lesson plans
  • Tutoring children 
  • Teaching classes 
  • Running sports activities
Kindergarten Project: You will work in an informal school setting with young children between the ages of 2-5 years old, who are mainly from poor villages in and around Ubud.  The main focus of this kindergarten school is to get children excited about education and prepare them for primary school. You will teach basic English phrases such as simple greetings and sentence structures. By facilitating games, singing songs and creating art projects, you will prepare these children for a brighter future.  

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: Volunteers on the Teaching and Kindergarten placements typically work 2-3 hours per day and plan lessons for for another 2 hours. Other volunteers work 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.

Specific, consecutive holidays where the Kindergarten Project will not take place:
  • March 5-9, 2018
  • March 16-18, 2018
  • May 21-25, 2018
  • May 28-June 8, 2018
  • January 1-7, 2019
  • March 5-10, 2019
  • June and July 2019
  • December 4-9 & 22-30, 2019

Internet:  WiFi is available at the accommodations.
Laundry:  There are laundry facilities in the village for a small fee.
Accommodations:  During both the orientation and your volunteer placement, you will be sharing a room at the volunteer house with 4-8 volunteers. Rooms are equipped with bunk beds, electricity, a kitchen and western style toilet facilities. A private room can be arranged for an additional fee. The accommodation is a 15-30 minute ride to the different project sites. Transportation from the accommodations to the project sites are included.
Food:  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. Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and volunteers can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during their stay. Typical dishes included miegoreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasigoreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gadogado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soybeans), we also provide some western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the volunteer house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18 
  • Good level of English
  • Police clearance
  • 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.   

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.
  • 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.
Please note that there is an additional fee for these programs.
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