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”I had a blast. The children in my class were very eager to learn and very smart! I will definitely be recommending this program to everyone and I also hope to return next year. The in-country team in Bali were amazing to work with” - Jess

With Bali’s successful tourism industry, the demand for local English speakers has never been greater. Children may have the opportunity to learn some English, usually taught by a local Balinese teacher, but the benefits of practicing conversation with a native English speaker are significant. Balinese children are eager to learn and are a joy to teach.

Volunteers are encouraged to be creative with their methods of teaching – through games, songs, art, sport and music. If you are new to teaching, you may wish to team up with another volunteer, as two-three teachers in the classroom often works well. Your role is to encourage and inspire, but most importantly for teacher and students alike to enjoy the experience. 

Your Bali experience starts with 5 days of exciting adventures and activities where we explore Ubud and its beautiful surrounding areas, before moving into the classroom from week 2 onwards. On this program, volunteers may be placed at a kindergarten, where the teaching is less formal, or at a local primary or high school delivering more structured lessons.

itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday)

Arrive at Denpasar airport between 6am and 8pm and after clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met by our local team and taken straight to your accommodation in Ubud, a journey of under an hour, depending on traffic.

Days 2 - 6 (Monday to Friday)

Your first week is packed full of exciting adventures and activities where we explore Ubud and its beautiful surrounding areas, getting acquainted with Balinese culture. It includes Balinese language lessons, visits to temples, a walking tour of Ubud and its famous Monkey Street.

You’ll challenge your artistic and creative side through local Batik art and Balinese cooking classes, experience a traditional dance show and make a traditional flower offering at one of the most impressive Balinese temples: The Holy Tirta Empul Temple. At this temple you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Holy Water and pray for good luck.

Days 7 & 8 (Saturday & Sunday)

Spend your free time as you please, your weekends are yours to enjoy and explore. There are lots of daytrips available to book locally, such as cycling tours, a sunrise volcano climb, jungle exploration and many more – or you might like to go to one of the many beach resorts for some swimming or surf action.

Days 9 - 13 (Monday to Friday)

At our kindergarten projects, the kids are aged 4 or 5 and demand a lot of attention. You will be a great help to the local teacher, helping take care of the kids during classes as well as creating some educational sessions of your own with songs and games. You may be required to help at different local kindergartens during your stay – it all depends on local needs at the time you are there. At the Primary or High Schools you will provide a great service to the kids and by helping them practice the English language you will broaden their horizons. These students love the chance to interact with overseas visitors and with tourism so important to the country, command of English is vital in order to get a job in the industry later in life. We aim to teach English in an informal way and you are welcome to provide your own ideas. The teaching schedule will vary, but generally you should expect around 3 hours of classroom time each day Monday to Friday, with a couple of hours set aside each day for lesson planning as a group. The experienced teacher will find the freedom to be creative and design their own lesson plans. Those with less or no experience will have whatever support and guidance is needed from our Teaching Centre.

Your last day (Saturday)

Depart after breakfast, the return airport transfer is not included, but is straightforward to arrange. Budget around $40 for a taxi, less for a shared transfer, or speak to your volunteer designer who can pre-arrange a transfer.

your digs

is in the volunteer house in a village on the outskirts of Ubud. Here you’ll experience the real Bali and mingle with the locals. Volunteers share a single gender, bunk-style room with four to eight others, and the shared bathroom has hot water and western-style toilets. If you prefer your own space, a private room upgrade is an inexpensive option at $250 per room per week. Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house. 

There are laundry facilities everywhere so don’t pack too much, you’ll be able to clean your clothes cheaply and easily – besides, you’ll want to leave space in your luggage for the many tempting clothes, souvenirs and goodies to be found in markets and the shops of Ubud. There are many ATMs in Ubud centre too, not to mention the bars, restaurants and cafes. It is a great place to be !

meals

3 delicious meals are served on weekdays and brunch & dinner at weekends. Indonesian food is tasty and diverse, typical dishes include 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 (soy beans). Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee and purified water will be available at the volunteer house.

facilities & the area

Ubud is in the mountains (well actually on the side of a volcano!) and has a unique microclimate where you can expect cloudy skies and showers throughout the year. Sometimes you may even need a light sweatshirt after the sun sets! You can expect pleasant day temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius year-round. From December to March, the West monsoon can bring heavy showers and high humidity, but usually days are sunny and the rains start during the night and pass quickly.

trekking, rafting & cycling?

Add an extra week to your program and explore the island gem that is Bali. Adventure Week from £495pp, which includes 7 nights’ accommodation, all your meals and activities. This action-packed week begins on two wheels with a cycling tour to the volcanic area of Kintamani where we will enjoy the gorgeous landscapes of active Mt Batur, spice plantations and rice fields. On Tuesday we explore Southern Bali with visits to Jimbaran beach and a turtle conservation project in Sanur. Wednesday we go rafting down the beautiful Ayung River and Thursday early morning we trek up Mt. Batur to see the sunrise from the lofty slopes of this iconic volcano. On Friday, you will enjoy a Balinese massage after breakfast with the rest of the day free to relax or go shopping in Ubud’s market.

snapshot

start date

Sunday's year round

major holidays

During school breaks, a holiday program continues with the exception of the following dates where there is no project work: Feb 17-28, March 16-25, May 26-Jun 02, Sep 14-25, Oct 5-9, Dec 7-11

minimum age

Gotta be at least 16 for this.

important info

  • Fly In/Out : Denpasar (DPS) 
  • What’s included: Airport pick up, accommodation, all meals, local 24/7 support 
  • What’s not included in cost: Flights, visa (approx. $70) 
  • Accommodation: Multi-share bunk room ** private room upgrade available from £125 per room per week 
  • Food: 3 meals provided daily (B/D at weekends) 
  • As part of our duty of care to the children, you will need to provide us with a Police Check / Working with Children Check prior to arrival in Bali.
  • *Prices start at £715pp for a 2 week programme. Prices will be confirmed in writing prior to booking. 

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