Summer Programs in Bali/ Indonesia
Volunteer in Bali and learn about its people and its actual culture away from the touristic resorts. Enjoy this culturally fascinating location, while you volunteer and teach children and other people in need.
Although Bali is part of Indonesia, it is commonly thought that it is a separate country. Its people show a wonderful mix of different Pacific Asian cultures. Its most special features are its food, strongly influenced by Hindu traditions, and Balinese dance, a delight to be experienced in this location.
Volunteering allows you to get some first-hand insight into the real culture that lies beyond the wealth of touristic spots like hotels or casinos. As part of Connecting Worlds, we want volunteers and interns to bring the best out of themselves while helping locals in different projects that are designed to be sustainable and responsible towards the people and the environment.
You can see more projects in the options above. They are updated regularly, so make sure to check on them to always find new opportunities and projects with CW Abroad.
What’s included in our fair-cost policy?
All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.
The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.
The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.
Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.
This project involves initiatives related to constructing and renovating locations around Ubud, along with a local coordinator who guides and trains volunteers. Some tasks include carpentry, gardening, painting, but also building brick walls and laying ceramic tiles, so it is expected that volunteers are willing to work hard. It is not necessary that volunteers have prior experience in construction-related fields, but that they are in good shape and that they show dedication to ensure that the project will be successful.
Please keep in mind that the minimum duration of this project is two weeks. It also includes an extra charge of US$50 per week (except for the first week) to support the materials, logistics and supervision involved in the program. This surcharge will be included in the Program Free quoted by CW when you apply for this volunteer position.
The purpose of this project is to help Balinese people, especially children, understand the importance of environmental education, as well as teaching them English. After the rise in tourism, there has been an increase in the use of plastic water bottles and containers, and they are disposed freely throughout Bali, as people were used to wrapping food with banana leaves. Many locals are in the need of volunteers full of goodwill who are ready to get hands-on experience in recycling and working with children out in the nature. Some activities may include teaching children how recycling works, or cleaning rivers and schools. However, volunteers are encouraged to bring and develop their own ideas, campaigns and activities. If they choose not to develop a campaign, they will mainly focus on teaching English. They should only keep in mind that many schools may not have the necessary resources to carry out specific campaigns, so volunteers will be required to bring any specialized materials if needed.
This project is meant for all volunteers who are interested in education, health and hygiene techniques. They will be based in local schools in the Ubud area, working on health-related campaigns, such as teaching children how to brush their teeth, wash their hands, clean themselves, or eat healthily. Still, these topics are not limited and volunteers may bring and develop their own ideas that they consider important for the children’s healthcare. We encourage fully-qualified medical doctors and nurses to join CW Abroad and run check-up campaigns around Ubud. They will have to provide proof of their qualifications and any medical equipment, as they may not be available in the area. Volunteers will have to be ready to adapt their language to be as simple as possible because of the children’s poor proficiency in English.
In this project, volunteers teach elementary English to 4-to-5-year-old Balinese children in Kindergarten level. It is priceless for children to be able to gain experience in language learning from a very young age before they start school. Local children do not find it common to see foreigners, so they will be extremely pleased and welcomed to meet you. Volunteers need to truly love to work with young children and be flexible enough to understand their needs and way they behave. This program is less formal than a regular Teaching English project, as children will expect volunteers to play with them rather than to give them formal lessons. Still, giving children linguistic exposure to English is already worth it to prepare them for their future education. Bear in mind that, because of holidays, the Kindergarten project will not be open in June, July, August and December.
Bali’s growing tourism industry is currently demanding for more speakers of English, and children are the future! They learn English in school, but their possibilities of practicing actual conversation with native speakers is extremely limited, as their teachers are usually local Balinese people. As part of this program, volunteers will plan their classes for two hours in the mornings and will then teach English in the afternoon for three hours. They can choose whether to teach in elementary or secondary schools, and they will have to follow a general syllabus and may have examples of previous materials used by former volunteering teachers. However, volunteers are encouraged to be creative and enthusiastic as the main objective of this program. They can work along with other volunteers in pairs, and they will also enjoy the support of the CW Abroad local team and placement staff. Volunteers do not need special qualifications to be part of this teaching experience, but they will have the opportunity to receive some training in a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course.
This project is located in Nusa Penida, Bali, a small island that 45 minutes away from Sanur by boat. The objective of the activities is to protect the endangered sea turtles of Bali and the Indonesian area, by working along with local teams especially on taking care of, feeding and cleaning the turtles and the equipment in the conservation center. Volunteers also help in cleaning the beach, improving recycling methods, and educating children and other people about the danger turtles are going through. Nusa Penida is not a very touristic location, so volunteers should be ready for a basic standard of living, including meals, accommodation and shopping. In spite of that, they will be just a step away from gorgeous beaches! Keep in mind that volunteers should be part of the Turtle Conservation project for at least two weeks.
In Bali, you can find short one-week volunteering programs, which are great for those who want to give it a try before committing fully. The first part of the week will mainly involve orientation along with other fellow volunteers. This is great to gain some basic understanding about Bali and its culture, and also to know what volunteering entails. Keep in mind that this opportunity is not available for those who join the Turtle Conservation and the Construction and Renovation projects, because these two need to be at least two weeks long.
Volunteers must be 18 years old or older unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Full travel insurance and a police background check are also required and must be presented at our local CW office on arrival to the country.
Teaching and Health Medical programs have specific requirements that will be specified below the descriptions of these programs.
Although speaking the local language is not a compulsory requirement to volunteer in our Bali-Ubud program, for certain projects, volunteers with at least some basic skills of Bahasa Indonesia language will greatly limit their chances of interacting with the local people and assisting the project staff in their work.
There are some in site language classes available for volunteers who wish to make the best out of their volunteering experience. They have proven to be very helpful and volunteers interested can arrange for this option with the local staff.
Most of the programs are located in and around Ubud, one of the main cultural centers of Bali. The Turtle Conservation program is placed on Nusa Penida Island, about a forty-five minutes boat ride from Sanur.
Programs start on Mondays and have a minimum duration of one week and a maximum of twelve.
The Ubud programs include accommodation in the Volunteer Homes located in Penestanan Kaja village, on the outskirts of the city.
These houses are provided of dormitory rooms with roof fans and prepared to comfortably lodge up to eight volunteers of the same gender. The communal bathrooms are provided with western toilets and hot water showers. The Volunteer Houses are comfortable and there is a swimming pool available for a U$D 3 fee.
For volunteers who wish to have a more private accommodation or who are coming with family members, the are private rooms with bathrooms available at an additional U$D 130 weekly fee.
For an extra U$D 180 weekly fee, volunteers can also choose to stay
in a much more comfortable and upgraded private villa.
Volunteers for the Nusa Penida Turtle Conservation program have no other accommodation option but that of the volunteers home on the island.
The program includes three meals on weekdays and breakfast and dinner on weekends. Breakfast includes tea, coffee, milk, fruit juice, toasts, a variety of pancakes, eggs, fruit, etc. A filtered water dispensary is available in every volunteer house and we recommend not to drink tap water.
Main mails are almost always consisting on Balinese cuisine, which is basically vegetarian. Some of the most popular local dishes are: Mie Goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), Nasi Goreng (fried rice with vegetables) and Gado Gado (mixed vegetables with a satary sauce.
Western meals are also served twice a week, and for those who are accustomed to a non-vegetarian diet, there are many restaurants and cafes in the area that will provide a wider choice of food at a very affordable price.
If you have any specific dietary requirements, special arrangements can be made if notice is given in advance.
The orientation course begins the morning you choose to and lasts for the following five days. It is conducted by our local team at their Ubud office and includes all the relevant information you’ll need about the program regulations and rules, an insight of the local customs and culture as well as, some traveling and safety tips.
It is the perfect opportunity to clear out any doubts and to meet other volunteers and members of your project. Volunteers staying in Ubud for just a week, the orientation will be reduced to three days of an introduction to the country’s cultural highlights in the company of other volunteers, followed by two days spent in different project placements to gain an insight of the activities carried out there and on what volunteering is like.
An example of an orientation week looks like this:
On your first day you meet the local staff at the Ubud office, go on a long walking tour around the city, receive basic information on customs, rules, and safety tips and in the evening you have a welcome dinner with a local dance show.
On the second day you receive some language lessons and then go on a long walk to explore the village countryside and its surrounding rice plantations.
On the third day you have some more language lessons followed by a Batik painting class.
On the fourth day you attend an Indonesian cooking class followed by a Flower making class. Flower offerings are a big tradition in this culture.
A discussion on your upcoming project will close this day.
On the last day you visit a temple and then go to your project placement to be familiarized with it and get ready for starting your volunteer work on the following Monday.
Ve aware of the fact that this schedule may vary depending on weather conditions, unforeseen circumstances and according to specific programs’ requirements.
Volunteers to the Turtle Conservation program will be taken to their placement on Nusa Penida island once they have completed their orientation week.
On your starting Monday a coordinator will accompany you to your placement and introduce you to the local staff you’ll be working with.
On a typical weekday you’ll have breakfast at the Volunteer's Home or homestay at about 8:00 AM and start making preparations for your working day at 9;00 AM. Lunch is usually served at 12:00 AM and at 1:00 PM yo go to your project placement and work till 5:00 PM.
The rest of the day is free and you can go sightseeing, socialize with other volunteers and new local friends, go shopping, etc.
This is just an overall example what a typical working day may look like, but this schedule will vary according to each project’s needs.
-Bali is an island and province of Indonesia.
-It has a population of almost 4.3 million people.
-83.5% of the people follow Balinese Hinduism, 13.4% are Muslims, 2.5% are Christians and only 0.5% are Buddhists.
-Bali is one of the areas with the most diverse marine species in the world.
-Bali has a caste system similar to the Indian model, and 93% of the people may be classified as peasants.
For more information, visit the following link: http://www.cwabroad.org/bali-indonesia-p-51.html
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*Please note: All Volunteer programs in Bali attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.
*Please read our refund policy.
What do my fees pay for?
Registration Fee: Discounted program fees, Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, staff salary, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
Program Fee: Accommodation in a guest house, 3 meals per day from Monday to Friday, 2 meals per day during the weekends, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.
What’s no included: Air tickets, Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, Personal expenses and International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Bali generally find USD 30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.