Volunteer in Bali
Poverty and hunger continue to stalk Indonesia despite the rapid economic growth over the past few years. By most estimates, more than 50% of the country’s 240 million people still live on $2 or less a day. Approximately 70 per cent of of Indonesian’s live in rural areas, where agriculture is the main source of income. Poverty is increasingly concentrated in these areas; 16.6 per cent of rural people are poor compared with 9.9 per cent of urban populations.
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.
Indonesia is one of 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 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European sources.
Bali is a Hindu Island, Balinese Culture and Balinese Traditional are still 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.
Location of Volunteer Programs
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 consists of fourteen villages, each run by its own banjar (village committee). Ubud is arguably the best place to use as a base if you’re visiting Bali; if you’re looking for culture, comfort, nature and inspiration. 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. If you’re looking for peace, serenity, and culture, then Ubud is the place to be.
Lovina, is a sun drenched beach destination on the opposite side of the island from Kuta with a low-key, low-rise relaxed atmosphere and a beautiful 12 km stretch of coast with very little crowds or tourists. With the volunteer center located a 5 min walk to the beach in a village setting, this is a great option for those seeking a beach break together with a proper local volunteering experience.
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 is a popular destination mainly for Indonesian tourists as prices for accommodation, food and attractions are less expensive and the island’s scenic spots are un-tracked compared to Bali.
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)
Private Rooms & Villas
For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost in either a single room (shared toilet) for an additional US$90 p/week p/room, private room (private toilet) US$120 p/week p/room or private villa (private toilet, kitchen & balcony) US$160 p/week p/room. Please contact us in advance to check availability or make sure you request at the time of booking.
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. Bed linen and fans are included. There is no hot water showers, air-con, mosquito protection or saftey deposit boxes included. We suggest you bring your own towel and a pad lock if desired however it’s always very safe in this area. You’ll be sharing a bathroom with up to 6 other volunteers.
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 vendors are also not nearly as agressive as in Bali. 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.
24/7 Program Support
Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our local ground operator program coordinators. They will provide you with competent assistance and help with anything that you may need. We will also provide you with a 24 hour emergency telephone number so that you can always reach a member of our ground operator team in the event of an emergency.
You may choose to do the 1 week introduction to Indonesia is help to ease into the lifestyle and pace and get to know your town, it’s facilities and everything required to make your stay comfortable including an introduction to Indonesia, it’s customs, culture, expectations, travel options, safety and information about your chosen project. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and fun. If you prefer to move straight into your chosen project, no worries, you’ll receive a short briefing and be introduced to your volunteer coordinator for training and assistance. You may choose after the first few days to move straight into your chosen placement.
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.
Requirements & Expectations
You are welcome to come with a group, with a friend, with family or own your own. If you are coming on your own don’t worry you will make lots of great friends! Bali is a popular destination and you can expect to meet many like minded volunteers. On this program you can expect between 5-20 volunteers in the guest house at any one time. Generally, volunteers must be 18 years of age, however we can cater to as young as 16 years old depending on the application There is no upper age limit. Volunteering is becoming increasingly popular with many mature guests, some of retirement age looking to give back to developing communities.
Our programs are designed for proactive individuals with a mindset of supporting the less fortunate. When volunteering in Indonesia, the more you put in, the more you will get out. A high degree of patience and understanding is also necessary as it’s likely that in Indonesia conditions will be very different to your home country.
What to Bring
1) Sarong for visiting temples 2) Clothing that covers shoulders and knees (for the temple and school ) 3) Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen 4) Shoes and sandals or hiking boots (optional) 5) Raincoat or umbrella 6) Toiletries 7) Mosquito repellent 8) Medicines as you think necessary 9) Spending money for your personal items 10) New or second hand Book or Game to donate for the kids Centre.
Donations are not expected, but very much welcome by the local people. Sometimes it’s best to wait until you’ve settled in to see what the real needs are and then purchase items in country as desired. In this way you’re also supporting the local economy.
Weekends & Extra Tours
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 the beaches of Seminyak, Kita, Sanur or cycling and trekking tours on Mount Batur, visits to local temples and rice terraces.
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- Arrival Airport Transfer (From Denpassar airport
- 3 Meals p/day Weekdays, 2 Meals p/day Weekends
- Accommodation (Volunteer Centre – Dorm style. Upgrade options exists)
- Training & Supervision as required
- Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
- 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
- Certificate of Completion
- Comprehensive project guide
- Discounted travel deals & flight layby options!
What’s Not Included
- Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
- Airfares & Visa fees
- Tours, Souvenirs, Spending Money
- Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)