Volunteer Experience | Environmental & Wildlife

Bali: Canine Care Volunteer Project

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia


Location: Ubud, Bali

Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: from €350 Euros per week – see Costs section for further details

Includes; food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities.

Does not include; Food, flights, visas, vaccinations, insurance are not included. Optional premium support available.


  • Help care for street dogs in Bali, and ensure their welfare needs are met
  • Flexible placement, with plenty of hands on work with dogs who need your help
  • Opportunity to live in Ubud, Bali whilst making a real difference!
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Bali is an Indonesian island located in the Western region of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java, and Lombok. It is one of the country’s 33 provinces with the provincial capital at Denpasar in the south of the island.

Unlike in the Western world, Balinese dogs are by nature untamed & roaming free, and have wandered the streets of Bali for many generations. Approximately 90% of these street dogs have a place where they “belong” (whether it’s at a family home or a local ‘Warung’ for example), however, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are properly looked after or regular fed. Your help is needed to ensure their welfare needs are taken care of.

Intro. Week

Your placement can start with an optional Cultural Discovery Week, which will introduce you to the Balinese way of life, and prepare you for the rest of your placement. Your schedule will look like this;

After our coordinator collects you from the airport, you’ll be taken to check in at your guest house. The day begins with a briefing to outline your program, and to tell you our house rules. You’ll be introduced to Bali on a walking tour of Monkey Street, the main commercial road in the city. There’ll be a welcome dinner, followed by a traditional Balinese dance in Ubud palace.

After breakfast, you’ll be given a language lesson to teach you some key phrases. After that, you’ll go on a walking tour of the village, where you’ll get to experience how Balinese families live.

After breakfast, you’ll be given a language lesson to teach you some key phrases. In the afternoon, you’ll go to a local batik shop, where you’ll learn how to draw, and paint your own batik designs.

You will be given a Balinese Cooking Class. You will learn to cook Balinese food. In the after noon you’ll learn how to make an offering to God, and the spirits of the Hindu religion. There will be a flower offering class, and you’ll be taught how to make a flower basket. You can use your flower offering in the next day.

Spiritual Tour: We will bring your Flower offering to the Holy temple. We go to visit the famous temple ” Pura Tirta Empul ” the holy water temple and you can enjoy a shower with the Holy Water.
You’ll be free to enjoy your weekend however you choose, and you will start your volunteer placement on the following Monday!

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Daily Life

After your optional Introductory Week, you will be working at a dog shelter where you will look after and help rehabilitate these street dogs, until they are ready to be adopted by a loving and caring family.

You will volunteer at the dog shelter located in Ubud from 9am to 12pm and then again 2pm to 4pm. Your daily tasks will include;

  • Walking, feeding, cleaning (dog, cage and area) with the dogs.
  • Socializing with the dog to make them more adapt with every people and ready to adopted
  • Put and give the poster and brochure around Ubud area
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Travel & Accommodation

You will need to fly into Denpasar International Airport, where you will be met by a project representative. You need to arrive on the Sunday before to take advantage of the airport pickup service.

The accommodation is located in Pejeng Kaja which has shared rooms for participants including facilities and a comfortable living space. There is free wifi, laundry services and a safety box available. All bed linen is provided and hot showers & fans are available in each room.

It will take about 15-20 minutes to reach the center of UbudThere are some grocery shops in the village and 24 hours minimart in Ubud center. If you prefer to something more private, we can get you an ensuite private room.

Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during your 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 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.

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  • Minimum age 18. Participants above 65 should have the medical clearance.
  • No previous skills are necessary, however you must love animals and not be scared to be hands on.
  • Minimum 1 week commitment
  • Necessary vaccinations. You will need to have 2 x rabies pre-vaccinations, and Proof of vaccination is required via email before you can start the project
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Necessary flights & visas.
  • Full travel & medical insurance.


€350 Euros per week (optional Introductory Week is €300).

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee.
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit, minimum 2 weeks booking

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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We understand there’s a great deal to plan and organise for your trip. When booking a Placement, many of our participants choose to purchase our Premium Support Upgrade to benefit from the expertise, knowledge and experience of our Project Coordinators.

We can provide the personal advice you need to ensure your trip is organised with excellence and planned with efficiency; ensuring the very best experience possible. Read more about how we can help you.

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