Cultural Orientation Week Bali

Enjoy a week to settle in to your new surrounds and learn about the culture and customs. Get to know your fellow volunteers, enjoy cultural excursions, temple visits, walking tours and adventures, cooking and language classes, traditional dance shows and more!

Cultural Orientation Week Bali

Project Type

Standard Placement – Volunteer Center accommodation

Duration

1 Week+

Start Dates

1st & 3rd Monday of every month (Cultural orientation week)

Location

Ubud or Lovina

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Whats Included

  • Arrival  Airport Transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Training & Supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 

Whats Not Included

  • Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Airfares & Visa fees
  • Additional Tours, Souvenirs, Spending Money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Application Procedure

  • Click ‘apply online’ to complete your online application.
  • Click ‘pay deposit’ to pay the US$275 fee to secure your placement.
  • A confirmation and invoice will be sent via email within 48 hours.
  • Final payment will be due 30 days prior to departure, after which a full program pack will be sent including all necessary information

Background Information

Indonesia, renowned for its diversity and sophisticated art forms is a fascinating place for unique cultural learning and experiences. sculptures, woodcarvings, handicrafts, and performing arts are some of the many attractions along with elaborate festivals, ceremonies and public shows.  The Cultural Orientation week is designed to give you a taste of the culture through language lessons, visits to temples, art and cooking classes, walking tours, dance shows etc.

Volunteers who take part in the orientation usually enjoy a better experience overall as the cultural and social learning’s can be applied to the volunteer placement to help you bridge cultural gaps.

Project Overview

The week includes language lessons, visits to various Temples, a walking tour of Ubud and the famous Monkey street. You will also experience a Balinese traditional dance show, walks into the rice terrace and rice fields. You will learn some local art at the Batik house, and you can explore your culinary skills with basic Balinese cooking class and even flower arranging classes and a spiritual tour to the famous temple “Pura Tirta Empul” to immerse yourself in Holy water and to pray for Good luck.

Accommodation

In Ubud, standard accommodation will be in shared bedrooms in dedicated volunteer guest houses in the outskirts of Ubud within genuine local Balinese communities in a rural setting.  We’re talking pigs, chickens, roosters crowing….  This is a real Balinese experience!    Living conditions are comfortable and clean.   You can expect regular interaction with locals where you can practice your new found language skills.  You can expect to share a room with between 4 to 8 other volunteers.  The bathroom is shared and has hot water and western toilets.

In Ubud, Volunteers have access to 2 swimming pools which can be used for a fee of approx US$3.  There are also several gyms nearby. There are many ATM’s in Ubud center which is about a 10 minute walk from the house.
Internet use: Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer guest house. Internet cafés are also nearby. (10 minute walk)

In Lovina, the standard accommodation is a 5 minute walk to the beach!  Wifi is available in the volunteer guest house which is clean and comfortable shared bedrooms and bathrooms with western toilets.  The house is located in a rural village which is only 5 min by tuk tuk to the town centre and only 15 minutes to a main city area where you can find interesting shopping, grocery stores, restaurants and everything you may need.

*All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.

**For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost in either a single room (shared toilet), private room (private toilet) or private villa (private toilet, kitchen & balcony).  Please contact us in advance to check availability and pricing. (Prices start from US$125 p/week) 

Meals

3 traditional Balinese meals are provided on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends (breakfast and dinner).  Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and volunteers can expect dishes included nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables), mie goreng (fried noodles 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 (soy beans).

Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee will be available at the volunteer house. Purified water is available in the volunteer house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.  If volunteers wish to eat out in Ubud, there are a large numbers of restaurants and local warungs (restaurants) to suit all tastes and budgets. There is also a western café in the village for fresh fruit juices, fresh coconuts and sweet treats.   If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply so we can make arrangements for you.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.

Upon arrival at Denpasar Airport in Bali, you will be required to pay a $US35 per person visa on arrival fee. You can also pay in other currencies (USD, Euro or AUS$).

You will receive change in Indonesian Rupiah. There is usually no problem to obtain a visa on arrival (VoA), but your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months. The VoA is not valid for one month. – only 30 days.  The day of arrival counts as day one.  The day of departure also counts.   If you need to stay longer than the allowed 30 days you can get an additional stamp (VoA) without leaving the country and get an additional 30 days. This can only be done once.  If you wish to stay up to 90 days, it is possible to extend your stay for a further 30 days. Once you are in Bali, our coordinators ( – IVI’s partner in Bali), can help organize this for you, the cost is $75AUD.

Required Items

We’ll provide a full briefing of recommended items in our detailed program pack.  This is provided to you after final payment normally 30 days prior to departure.