WHY we need you in Bali
HOW can you help?
WHAT can you do?
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
PROJECT NAME: CONSTRUCTION
LOCATION: UBUD & LOMBOK
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
Anyone can make a difference on this program from skilled tradesmen or handymen/woman and anyone else. You’ll join ongoing and existing projects with local tradesman or carry out other renovation work within the local community. This is a satisfying placement as you can witness first hand the impact you’ve made before & after. Volunteers should possess the following qualities for this placement;
- Active and energetic
- Team player
- Likes to get hands dirty (And doesn’t mind the heat and or difficult conditions!)
- High degree of patience and understanding to adapt to Balinese culture and adapt to its lifestyle
Work alongside a team of volunteers supporting villages around Ubud or Lombok by building and renovating community centres such as village schools, playgrounds, public libraries, etc.
This is such a rewarding experience as you’ll see first hand the difference you are making to the local community and supporting local families and children and providing them with better living conditions. This in turn relieves the families of some of the stress and pressure they are living under with difficulty making ends meet. Volunteers will work under a local foreman who provides guidance and training. The project involves hard physical and manual labour, as you will be laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, laying tiles, and landscaping/gardening!
Ubud, pronounced ‘oobood’ is located centrally in the heart of Balinese culture. Far removed from the tourist crowds of Kuta, it is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries and a general feeling of well being. Ubud is surrounded by most of the things that bring people to this unique destination – scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces and rivers.
Lombok, about 35 km’s from Bali is an authentic Indonesian island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa known for picturesque beaches, prime surfing and very few tourists! With heaps of wide-open unspoiled beaches, less traffic and pollution, the island’s has plentiful trekking opportunities and natural sightseeing and cultural experiences. Lombok differs considerably from Bali with lots of wide-open spaces and unspoiled beaches, and much less traffic and pollution. The island’s northern area is dominated by the remarkable bulk of Gunung Rinjani, and trekking at least part of the way up is the reason many travelers come to Lombok.
- Help local skilled workers on various community construction projects
- Get stuck in- laying bricks, tiles, carpentry, landsacping, etc
- Renovate local schools and centres- painting, clearing up, etc
Food & Accommodation
There are two locations in Ubud area Pejeng & Penestanan. Most volunteers are placed in Pejeng but we can request Penestanan if desired.
Ubud Outskirts (Pejeng) is approx. 15 min drive from Ubud. We’re talking pigs, chickens, roosters crowing…. This is a real Balinese experience! Standard accommodation will be in shared bedrooms in dedicated volunteer guest houses in the outskirts of Ubud within genuine local Balinese communities. A free shuttle to Ubud exists 4 times p/week, otherwise taxi’s are super cheap especially when sharing with your new volunteer mates. Living conditions are comfortable and clean. A minimart/grocery store is 5 minutes walk. 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 6 other volunteers. The bathroom is shared and has hot water and western toilets.
Ubud (Penestenan) is approx. 15 min walk to Ubud centre in a typical Balinese village setting. Rooms are shared between 4 to 6 other volunteers with shared bathroom and hot water and western toilets. Wifi is included is included in public areas and fans in the rooms. Bed linen is included, but volunteers should bring their own towel.
*For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available
All 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. Internet use: Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer guest house. Internet cafés are also nearby.
In Lombok, Sengigi is the traditional tourist area however tourism is nowhere close to what is seen in Bali. In this regard you are way off the beaten path of tourism. You’ll enjoy extensive bays with beautiful light sandy beaches and jungle mountains with palm trees. This area spans approx 10km of coast with amazing surf for the surfers out there and a colourful reef. The night life is also super fun and very affordable. The accommodaiton has free Wifi in public areas, spacious rooms, hot showers, a private bathroom shared between max 4-6 volunteers, bed linen included and a fan for the hot nights. There is no mosquito protection, air-con or towels included.
*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.
As a volunteer in bali, you’ll receive 3 traditional meals each day 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.
- Culture Orientation Week
- Stray Dog Rehabilitation
- Kindergarten Teaching
- Nutrition & Health Education
- Primary School Teaching
- Community Construction
- Clean Up Bali Program
- I.T Skills Teaching
- 1 Week - $335
- 2 Weeks - $495
- 3 Weeks - $650
- 1 Month - $885
- 2 Months - $1880
- 3 Months - $2770
- Airport Pickup
- Local Transportation
- 1 Day Orientation
- 24/7 In-Country Support
- Project Materials & Equipment
- Pre-departure Expert Advice
- Preperation Tools & Checklists
- Certificate of Completion
If you are an active and energetic person, who loves to get invovled with a team and to get your hands dirty, then this could be the project for you. You will have to deal with working in the heat but the rewards are 100% worth it! For anyone creative, you can get involved in painting walls and murals in the local classrooms.
- 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. 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
An arrival airport pick-up from Denpassar is included in the cost of your placement. The ground coordinator picks up participants at the airport if you arrive during the weekend. Arrivals after the weekend need to make their way to Ubud on their own arrangements. Projects commence every Monday. You will share taxis for longer distance trips and walk for the short distance trips.
Monday – Friday
09:00 to 11:00: Planning for the project with the coordinator
13:00 to 16:33: Work at the community location
17:00: Meeting and feedback from the first day
Saturday & Sunday
09:00 to 17:33: Free Time
Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. Be sure to check out Mount Agung, the beaches of Seminyak, Kuta, Sanur or cycling and trekking tours on Mount Batur, visits to local temples and rice terraces.
*No special requirements needed for this program
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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