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PROJECT NAME: CULTURAL ORIENTATION BALI
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
PROJECT COSTS: US$335 + APPLICATION FEE
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
Each day will vary, from lessons on the local culture, to cultural activites and exploring temples, towns and other sights! Each day will be an adventure!
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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