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PROJECT NAME: NUTRITION & PUBLIC HEALTH OUTREACH BALI
LOCATION: SERAYA, BALI
START DATES: 11th June 2023
ACCOMMODATION: HOME STAYS (TWIN or QUAD SHARE ROOMS)
MIN DURATION: 2 WEEKS
MIN AGE: 17+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
In this project our local partners are an inspiring charity organisation which is deeply rooted in supporting the local community. Founded in 2013 with the aims to support youths from disadvantaged backgrounds, the organisation now plays a significant role in the community with poverty and hunger programs, environmental protection, waste management, social justice and education designed to empower and inspire.
In the Nutrition & Public Health Outreach Program, you’ll be working closely within local schools and the local village, home to approx 190 families. The health issues in this region stem from simple education such as mouth and body hygiene, but also include malnutrition, protein difficiency, anemia, diabetes and various NCD’s.
In this project, you’ll be supported by a team of healthcare volunteers led by a qualified health practitioner in country. Together you will devise a plan for the 2 week period conducting health checks in villages, educational seminars within schools, hospital & clinic work (for certain candidates only), physical education promotion, corporate health checks and related activities.
Traditionally the villagers in this area are farmers and mostly grow bananas, dragonfruit, mango and rice. Unfortunately, many have switched from growing red and black rice which yields higher Nutrition to white rice which crops 4 times per year yielding more profit with less nutrition.
Seraya Village, located about 2.5 hours by car from the Denpassar airport, is situated on the North Eastern side of Bali with incredible beaches, diving and a tranquil local balinese atmosphere. Due to it’s proximity to the famous holy mountain Agung (Bali’s highest mountain), there are some nice resorts in the region, but luckily the area still feels mostly un-touched by tourism.
With IVI, you’ll be working within the Seraya and surrounding coastline areas. Villagers in these areas do not have access to free & quality healthcare and your presence here will be welcomed by the entire village who will be grateful for your services.
Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to coastal region of Canggu which is approx 45 minutes from the airport where you’ll stay in a guest house for the first 2 nights for orientation before you’re transferred up to Seraya with your team.
- Working alongside a qualified healthcare practitioner
- Conduct health consultations
- Help identify diabetes & NCD’s
- Help identify protein & iron deficiencies and educate on prevention
- Assist in the prescription of natural protocols (where possible)
- Consult with local health authorities
- Establish healthy diet and lifestyle campaigns
- And more!
Food & Accommodation
Enjoy living like a local in Seraya, Bali. The nearest beach is located only a few minutes drive from your accommodation and there are stunning cliff side views just steps away from your room. This project includes homestay accommodation where you will have your own twin, or quad share room in private, clean, safe & well maintained homes. The accommodations are simple but comfortable and with all the necessities such as lockable rooms, bed linen, one western style toilet per room, fresh clean drinking water, laundry facilities and WiFI in common areas. (Although most volunteers will purchase a pre-paid SIM to use with their personal device.)
Breakfast & dinner are included in the cost of your program. Breakfast will consist of omelettes or pancakes, fruit (yes amazing Bali fruit!) and coffee / tea. For those with dietary requirements, dairy free and gluten free alternatives will be provided. (Please advise us in advance if you have any food intolerance.)
Dinners will be locally prepared traditional meals including fish caught by the famous Karangasam fisherman, or chicken with traditional vegetables and rice / noodles. Balinese food includes lots of spices and fresh, fragrant flavors.
- Nutrition & Public Health Outreach (Seraya)
1 Week - N/A
2 Weeks - $1250
1 Day Orientation
24/7 In-Country Support
Project Materials & Equipment
Pre-departure Expert Advice
Preperation Tools & Checklists
Certificate of Completion
This project is designed for students & graduates studying in the disciplines of health sciences, nutrition, dietetics, naturopathy, physiotherapy and related allied health courses as well as qualified practitioners such as nurses & doctors aiming to help give back and experience the real Bali.
Volunteers without qualifications in these fields are still encouraged to apply and depending on your desire and experience, may be accepted into the program.
This program suits individuals who are passionate about healthcare and are resourceful and enjoy working in a team for a common health purpose.
- Accommodation (Home Stays – Sharing with other volunteers)
- 2 meals p/day (Breakfast & Dinner)
- Arrival Airport transfer to Canggu
- Return transfers from from Canggu to Seraya
- In-country qualified healthcare practitioner coordinator
- ‘Love our earth’ Bali survival kit (what’s in it? It’s a surprise!)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea daily
- Full day orientation & training + cultural sightseeing
- In country 24/7 coordination & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Included in the program fees is a half day orientation which starts on the Monday in Seraya. This is important to help you become familiar with your surroundings, as well as learning about the local customs & culture to help you get the most from your volunteering experience.
Typical Orientation Includes:
- Meet & greet with your new team and coordinators!
- Introduction meeting, general rules, setting expectations, advice on health and safety and handling of documents.
- Overview of the 2 week schedule and daily routine
- Overview of the common health issues in the area and options
- Demonstration of a health check and required guidelines and safety precautions
- Planning session with the team
Complimentary Arrival Transfer
An arrival airport transfer is included in the cost of your program fee for arrivals on Saturday or Sunday. Your first nights accommodation will be in Canggu which is approx 45 minutes from the airport.
For Saturday arrivals, a transfer is included free of charge, but you will have to pay for an additional nights accommodation in Canggu. Please ask us for details. The likely cost is approx US $50-$80 p/night
Each day can vary depending on the location and time of year, but generally involves planning and implementing healthcare assessments in the local community. Some of the work you will be doing will be dependent on your prior skill level and qualifications. Our goal is to offer you the opportunity to gain hands on experience in the field while helping the local community.
- Visit Tanah Lot temple – A famous Hindu temple perched on a rock formation on the coast of Bali.
- Explore Ubud – A cultural hub in the center of Bali known for its art galleries, museums, and traditional crafts.
- Try surfing at Kuta Beach – One of the most popular beaches in Bali with great waves for surfers of all levels.
- Visit the Tegallalang Rice Terraces – A beautiful and iconic rice terrace located in the Gianyar Regency.
- Go snorkeling or diving at Nusa Lembongan – A small island located southeast of Bali with crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life.
- Hike Mount Batur – An active volcano located in the north of Bali, offering stunning views from the summit.
- Watch a traditional Balinese dance performance – Bali is known for its unique and beautiful dance traditions.
- Relax at a beach club – Bali has many luxurious beach clubs with pools, restaurants, and stunning ocean views.
- Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary – A nature reserve and temple complex in Ubud where you can interact with hundreds of friendly monkeys.
- Dolphin watching in Lovina – Take a morning boat trip from Lovina Beach to spot dolphins swimming and playing in the ocean.
- Visit the Banjar Hot Springs – A natural hot spring located in Lovina where you can relax and soak in the warm mineral water.
- Take a cooking class – Learn how to prepare delicious Balinese dishes and immerse yourself in the local culinary culture.
- Visit the Munduk Waterfall – A picturesque waterfall located in the Munduk village surrounded by lush greenery and a great spot for hiking.
On this project, modest clothing, long sleeves and long trousers or sarongs are recommended for woman. Clothing needs to cover the knees and shoulders.
*Please Note: A Volunteer Visa is required for this project. It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.
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 33 days. The day of arrival counts as day one. The day of departure also counts. If you need to stay longer than the allowed 33 days you can get an additional stamp (VoA) without leaving the country and get an additional 33 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 33 days. Once you are in Bali, our coordinators can help organize this for you.
Indonesia has to be one of the most interesting countries in the world for cultural learning for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handicrafts, and performing arts. Indonesia has around 330 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European sources.
Millions of small farmers, farm workers and fishers are unable to tap into the opportunities offered by years of economic growth. They are often geographically isolated and lack access to basic infrastructure and support.
Bali is a Hindu Island, Balinese traditional cultures are still present, making the island charming and beautiful. Traditional Balinese clothing worn by women covers their shoulders and knees, especially, when they go to the temple and when they have a ceremony day.
IVI have a variety of programs designed to immerse volunteers into the local lifestyle in order to experience the unique culture, build life long relationships and benefit the people that need it the most.
Bali is situated just south of the equator. It has a hot and tropical climate year round.
The wet season is from November to March, and the dry season from April to October (although there may still be some showers) The rains usually only last for a few hours, so you will usually still get some sunshine during the day.
The rainy season brings about humidity and it is generally hot year round, from 20 to 33 degrees. Cooler temperatures can be found up North in the mountain regions.
Bali culture is incredible, rich in tradition and spirituality which focuses mainly on art and religion, with the two often expressed through each other. Many Balinese people are an artist of some kind and spend their leisure time working on hobbies and artwork that have been passed down through generations.
Many public areas, homes and paddy fields are decorated by detailed paintaings, intricate carvings, fine weaving, statues and various artworks. Life in Bali is very much communal and centered around local villages with the community institution or ‘Banjar’ responsible for many aspects of life. The Balinese have a word, “Niskala” which means that which cannot be sensed directly, but can only be felt within.
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