Volunteer Experience | Environmental & Wildlife

Bali: Environmental Education

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Description

Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks commitment

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

Cost: £350 GBP per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: All food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Costs Explained

Introduction

Bali is well known for its astonishing beauty and greenery. Unfortunately, due to rapid development and the rise in tourism, the local surroundings of Bali have experienced many negative consequences. Plastic water bottles and plastic food wrappers are of great concern and you will often see people simply throwing these on the ground, as food in Bali were traditionally wrapped in biodegradable banana leaves. The relationship between humans and the environment is an important part of the Balinese culture and the aim of this project is to instil environmental education in the children at a young age, imparting your message in a fun and dynamic manner. The emphasis is on “hands-on” techniques – getting the children out and about in nature and working together. Participants spend two hours each morning planning their campaign and go to schools in the Ubud area in the afternoon.

Our environmental education program focuses on primary schools in Bali. Whilst education is the starting point, we encourage students to work together and do their part, emphasizing that every little effort counts.

The relationship between humans and the environment is an intrinsic part of the Balinese culture and the Balinese are known to respect and treat their environment well long before it became fashionable in the West. One example of this is the Tumpek Uduh day which is a ceremony conducted across Bali for large trees especially fruit bearers and the coconut palm in particular. This is done in order to:

  • show gratitude to the trees for their usefulness to humans and the environment.
  • recognize their importance to the livelihood of the Balinese.
  • pray for continuance in the central role they play in providing a balance between both humans and their environment.

The teaching plan will be confirmed again every Friday.

Daily Life

Monday

On Monday which would be the first day of your project, you will have your breakfast and prepare for the activities that you expect to do with the children. These preparations would include numerous ways and activities through which you expect to educate the children on protecting the environment. After having lunch, you will then leave to the local school where you can commence the activities you have prepared for the day. Upon your arrival from the school after the activities, you can then share your experiences and feedback regarding the program with us. You would end your day by having a delicious dinner at the Center.

Tuesday to Friday

From Tuesday to Friday, you will start your day with breakfast and then designing the activities to be carried out each day. Once you decide on the activities which you will have to carry out on a respective day, you can leave to the school after having lunch. At the school, you will engage with the enthusiastic kids in carrying out the activities you prepared. Once you complete the activities of the day, you can then return to the Center to relax.

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Travel & Accom.

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and picked up from the airport, before being taken to your accommodation. Our houses are located in Pejeng village which is about 15-20 minutes drive from the center of Ubud.

You will be staying in shared accommodation of 4-8 people per room. All bed linen a fan will be provided. You should bring your own mosquito net, or you can purchase one locally for very cheap. There is a safety box available and free wifi in the public areas.

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 (soy beans), we also provide for some of western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Vegans are welcome!

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Keen to teach about environmental issues
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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Costs

£350 GBP per week

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

What’s Included:

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

Private accommodation is 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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Note: Map coordinates are approximate