Program & Schedule
Our Bali experience project/road trip is one of our most popular programs and it consists of three action-packed weeks of adventure and experiences that will immerse you deeply into Balinese culture. Each week has a different theme and its own charm that will help you get the most out of your time in Bali.
You will start and finish your holiday at our center in Ubud enjoying the town, wandering around the markets, trekking in the stunning area with a relaxing Balinese massage to ease tired muscles, indulging in the best Bali offers through cultural visits, meeting locals and giving back to the community by helping out in some of our programs.
On your second week during the project phase you will have the opportunity to either work at the local kindergarten, on the environmental project, or at the health care project.
Aims & Objectives
To show the best Bali has to offer through fun and varied activities.
Week 1: Orientation
Day 1: Monday
On Monday, you will start your program with an early morning breakfast and then get an introduction about the Bali traditions and culture. This would include a walking tour on the popular Monkey Street and Ubud market through which you will be able to learn a lot of the locals and the culture just by observing. Then you will have lunch and receive a proper introduction about the Balinese culture. This would support you later on throughout your project as you will learn about the lifestyle of people and interaction patterns. Once you receive the cultural lesson, you will have your dinner early since you have to set out to a traditional Balinese dance show which would be the last segment of your first day program.
Day 2: Tuesday
On Tuesday, you will attend a language class after your breakfast. This class will come handy especially when you are communicating with the local people. In fact, learning the basics of another language will make you closer to the culture. After you complete the language lessons, you will have lunch and then go on a three to four hour long walking tour to rice terraces. This would be an amazing experience as you would get a chance to stay close with nature.
Day 3: Wednesday
On Wednesday, you will able to strengthen your language skills by attending the language class after breakfast. After you complete the lessons and have lunch, you will be able to evoke your artistic self by learning to paint in a Batik painting class. Once you come back from the painting class, you will be able to enjoy the delicious welcome dinner prepared for you.
Day 4: Thursday
On Thursday, after having breakfast, you will learn to cook the typical Balinese food in our cooking class. After learning to cook delicious Balinese meals, you will then have lunch and attend a Balinese flower offering class where you will learn to make a flower offering for the Gods.
Day 5: Friday
After having breakfast on Friday morning, you will leave for the spiritual tour where you will visit the popular Pura Tirta Empul which is also known as the holy water temple where you can enjoy a bath in holy waters. After the visit, you will have lunch and attend the project meeting in which you will be able to share your thoughts on the program.
Day 6: Saturday
On Saturday you will visit Jatiluwih and hot springs after breakfast. After your visit, you will have lunch and go to another beautiful location named, Bedugul lake bratan. Once you enjoy the beauty of the surroundings, you will then head to Gitgit waterfall and enjoy for a while. At the end of the visit, you will return to the accommodation, have dinner and call it a day!
Day 7: Sunday
On Sunday, once you have breakfast, you can enjoy a massage to get rid of the pains that you got after visiting different locations, and relax the entire day by spending the day freely.
Week 2: Cultural Immersion
Day 8-12: Monday to Friday
Since this is the cultural immersion week, you will be working in one of the community projects to get an in depth understanding about the Balinese culture. Every morning, after your breakfast, you will start preparing lessons as you would be teaching a local school. Then you will have lunch and set out to the allocated local school and spend time with children teaching them basic communication in English. In total you’ll be working for about 4 hours per day, but may change depending on the school’s needs. In order to make teaching more interesting, you can come up with your own creative methods.
Day 13-14: Saturday to Sunday
These two days would be free for you to relax or to explore the surroundings even a bit more.
***There is the alternative of choosing another program if you wish to. The alternatives available are our environmental project, healthcare project or kindergarten project.***
Week 3: Adventure
Day 15: Monday
Welcome to the week of adventure! On Monday, you will go on a cycling tour to visit to the volcano area of Kintamani, where we will enjoy the gorgeous landscapes of Batur Mountain and spice plantations. Afterwards, we’ll set off to explore rice fields by bike. Breakfast and lunch will happen during the tour.
Day 16: Tuesday
You will start your day by going on tour to Southern Bali after breakfast and then you will be visiting Jimbaran Beach & the Turtle conservation site in Sanur. After the visit you will have lunch and spend the rest of the time, freely.
Day 17: Wednesday
Wednesday would be even more exciting as you will be rafting at Ayung River after breakfast. You will receive your lunch somewhere in between the break you get. You will then return the accommodation for the farewell dinner.
Day 18: Thursday
On Thursday, you will wake up in the dawn and do trekking up the volcano to see the sunrise and have breakfast there. Then you come back for lunch and relax the entire day as you will be tired from the early morning trip.
Day 19: Friday
On Friday, you will get the opportunity to enjoy a Balinese massage after having breakfast. This would be the only activity for the day and therefore, you will be able to spend rest of the time freely.This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.
Living & Location
You will be accommodated in one of our houses in the village of Penestanan Kaja. Located on the outskirts of Ubud, village life is quintessentially local here and you will get a good chance to see typical Balinese life – roosters crowing and all!
The Balinese place great importance on family and our houses are located amongst Balinese compounds, where you will get the chance to interact with local families and practice your newfound language skills. You can expect to share a room (dormitory style) on single gender basis. The bathroom is shared and western toilets are available.
The meals are provided in buffet style at the canteen.
Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during their stay. Typical dishes included mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice 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 (soybeans), we also provide for some of western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.
Our houses are located in Penestanan village and it will take about 10-15 minutes to reach the center of Ubud.
At the house, there is also a refrigerator for you to keep your food and drinks. There are two cafes nearby the accommodation which will take around 5 minutes walk. There are also ATMs, mini marts, some shops and restaurants in the city center.
In Ubud there are good grocery stores, 24 hour stores and plentiful small, family run shops where you will be able to find everything that you need.
Restaurants and Cafes
If you want to eat out occasionally, there is a wide selection of restaurants with high standards of both international and local cuisine. There are several cafes in the village, where you can relax and hang out with other participants on your spare time.
There are two swimming pools, both located a five minute walk from our center.
There are several gyms in Ubud Center.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
Since the weekends are free, you are able to go wherever you would like to go. Several popular destinations that you can reach by taxi are:
The Gili Islands, where you will find small resorts and huts for tourists looking to get away from the bustle of Ubud. The islands are a popular destination for snorkelling and diving due to its abundant marine life.
Nusa Lembongan, an island paradise with one of the most clear waters that you will ever see and it is also a place where you can find peace and completely relax. Surfing, diving and snorkeling and amongst the most popular activities that visitors can enjoy.
Lovina, located between the Bedugul mountains and the sea, it is popular for dolphin watching, trekking, hot springs and its gorgeous coral reefs.
Sanur, a stretch of beach in Southeast Bali that contains villa resorts and Zen Villas. Historically, it was used as the landing site for the Dutch invasion troops during the Dutch invasion in 1906 as well as being the entry point into Bali for the Japanese during WWII.
Kuta, a beach known of its surfing opportunities and party atmosphere.
Uluwatu, a temple built at the edge of a 70 meter high cliff at the edge of the sea and inhabited by monkeys.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Republic of Indonesia
Population: 255,461,700 (2015)
Language: Indonesian (official)
Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
Time zone: UTC +8
Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons. On the island of Java lies Indonesia's vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.
Dubbed the Island of the Gods, Bali is one of the more than 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Due to its location off the coast from the mainland and unique culture and religion from the rest of the country, Bali is often treated as a destination of its own, “if you’ve only been to Bali, you’ve never been to Indonesia”.
With its pristine beaches, its unspoilt waters ideal for surfing and diving, its lush mountains, its never-ending rice terrace and volcanic hillsides, its spiritually-infused culture and more, Bali has quickly become a must-visit and it often makes its way on everyone’s bucket list.
Flores is located the East Nusa Tenggara province if Indonesia. It has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life. And if you want to see the famous Komodo Dragons alive, this is the only place in the whole world which gives you the experience. You can visit the Komodo dragons in their natural habitats in the Komodo National Park islands. Here you will witness the natural treasures still trying to survive in its purest forms.
Flores is a multi-religious and multi-cultural island where 60% of the people are Christian, 20% Islamic and 20% Hindus and Buddhists. The holidays for Flores are similar to the general Indonesian calendar.
Flores, though it is one of the main islands in Indonesia, is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. Evidently, its exceptional natural treasures need more care and its warm hearted people need more support.
Temperatures are pleasant, varying from 20-33 degrees celsius year-round. The monsoon season strikes in November and makes its way until march, bringing in humidity and a significant amount of rain. However, this usually does not stop people from visiting as the rain usually begins in the late afternoons and evenings, meaning the daytime remains sun-filled. From June to September, weather is dry and there is not too much humidity in the air.
Indonesia is a haven for customs and this can be seen in every corner of the islands. Not to mention the fact the these islands themselves have their own traditions and customs which are different from one another.
A good example of this are the small offerings containing flowers, rice and even cigarettes (sesajen) found in every house, restaurants, stall and even at the check-in desks at airports. The offerings are set with burning incense sticks and sprinkled with holy water three times a day before every meal.
There are roughly 20,000 temples spread around the Bali island and, because the Balinese are masters of sculpture, the temples are guarded with statues of gods and goddesses.
Keep, in mind, however, that the Hinduism you will see in Bali is often different than the one seen in India, for example.