WHY we need you in Bali
WHAT does cultural week involve?
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
PROJECT NAME: CULTURAL ORIENTATION
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
Culture weeks are designed to help you ease into life a little bit easier, before the start of your program. It’s a fantastic way to meet some other volunteers and to learn about the way of life in your chosen destination. This can greatly help you integrate better on your volunteer journey.
You will be taught some of the local language, try cooking lessons with local cuisine, learn all about the culture and ‘do’s and don’ts’ and explore some of the beautiful local sights and surrounding areas. Lovina is in the Northern part of Bali and is generally much quieter than the busy resorts down South. Here, you can experience a real Balinese culture, and relaxed beach lifestyle.
You’ll have a go at making a traditional flower offering and offer your creation at one of the impressive Balinese Buddhist temples: Brahma Vihara Temple. At the temple, you will get the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Hindu-Buddhism style and pray for good luck! We also visit the holy hot springs.
Lovina is situated right at the North end of Bali and is much less touristy than areas down South – which is the beauty of it! Life is relaxed here with less traffic, tourist, and uncrowded beaches. It is also close to other beauty spots, such as stunning natural waterfalls, hot springs, diving and dolphin tours. Lovina gives you a teste for wat ‘old Bali’ was like before tourism arrived and is great for those wanting a more authentic location to stay.
Aims for the Week:
- To become familiarised with the local surroundings and your new home for the next few weeks
- To explore some of the local sights and cultural heritage
- To learn more about the ‘do’s and dont’s’ and to learn the local language
Food & Accommodation
You will be accommodated in one of our houses in the village of Tukad Mungga. Located on the street leading to the beach, which is a 5 min walk away. Village life is quintessentially local and you will get a good chance to experience the typical Balinese life – roosters crowing and all!
Rooms are 4-6 people, single gender shared rooms, with a lockable safety box, fan and laundry facilities in the nearby area. There are many ATMs in Lovina centre which is about a 10 to 15-minute drive from the house.
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, Ubud
- Stray Dog Rehabilitation, Ubud
- Kindergarten Teaching, Ubud
- Nutrition & Health Education, Ubud
- Primary School Teaching, Ubud
- *Community Construction, Ubud
- Environmental Education, Ubud
- *English Teaching, Lovina
- *Kindergarten Teaching, Lovina
- *Cultural Orientation Week, Lovina
1 Week - $435
2 Weeks - $495
3 Weeks - $650
1 Month - $885
2 Months - $1880
3 Months - $2770
1 Day Orientation
24/7 In-Country Support
Project Materials & Equipment
Pre-departure Expert Advice
Preperation Tools & Checklists
Certificate of Completion
If you want to gain a head start on your projects and feel comfortable in your new surroundings, before you begin, this week is a fantastic way to do just that! It gives you time to adjust before your project begins, to explore the local area and to learn more about the culture and customs. This can greatly help you to communicate with the locals on your projects.
- 3 meals p/day & 2 p/day at weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.
A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Denpasar International Airport (DPS). You must arrive between 00:00 to 23:59 on Sunday.
If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer for US$50.
If arriving during the week, or on Saturday, we charge US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another US$50 fee for a private transfer.
Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).
From the international airport to the Ubud Penestanan accommodation, it takes 1-1.5 hours by road, and to the Pejeng accommodation it takes around 1.5-2 hours.
Village walking tour to the traditional market and the Centre of Lovina
Learning about the traditional Balinese culture
Native language lesson
Traditional flower offering class
Continuing the language class to learn more!
Learning to cook Balinese food
Visit to the Brahma Vihara Buddhist temple
Visit to the Holy Hot spring
Project meeting to discuss about the work so far
Visit a local school in Lovina
The participants who engage in relaxation programs in the following week will have the afternoon free to explore Lovina on their own.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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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