Cultural Orientation Week Bali

Enjoy a week to settle in to your new surrounds and learn about the culture and customs. Get to know your fellow volunteers, enjoy cultural excursions, temple visits, walking tours and adventures, cooking and language classes, traditional dance shows and more!

Cultural Orientation Week Bali

Project Type

Standard Placement – Volunteer Center accommodation

Duration

1 Week+

Start Dates

Every Monday

Location

Ubud, Lovina or Lombok

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Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Background Information

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.

Project Overview

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.

Locations

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.

Lovina, is a 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 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. 

Accommodation

Ubud

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovina

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.

 

 

 

 

Lombok

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.
**For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available in Bali for an additional cost in either a single room (shared toilet), private room (private toilet) or private villa (private toilet, kitchen & balcony).  Please contact us in advance to check availability and pricing. (Prices start from US$125 p/week)

Meals

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.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.

Upon arrival at Denpasar Airport in Bali, or Lombok you will be required to pay a $US35 per person visa on arrival fee. You can also pay in other currencies (USD, Euro or AUS$).

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 30 days.  The day of arrival counts as day one.  The day of departure also counts.   If you need to stay longer than the allowed 30 days you can get an additional stamp (VoA) without leaving the country and get an additional 30 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 30 days. Once you are in Bali, our coordinators ( – IVI’s partner in Bali), can help organize this for you, the cost is $75AUD.

Required Items

We’ll provide a full briefing of recommended items in our detailed program pack.  This is provided to you after final payment normally 30 days prior to departure.

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