START DATES

MONTHLY (MAY-SEPTEMBER)

PRICED FROM

$735 + $249 REGISTRATION FEE

DURATION

2 WEEKS

MINIMUM AGE

17 YEARS OLD

MINI BALI EXPERIENCE

Looking for the summer of a lifetime? Why not spend 2 remarkable weeks exploring the exotic Indonesian island of Bali! Experience everything from black sands to Luwak Coffee (we’ll let you find out why it’s so special!) to miles of stunning beaches; this trip is an opportunity not to miss out on.

 

Out of Indonesia’s staggering 17,508 islands, Bali is by far the most popular for its ancient culture, extravagant temples, spectacular rice paddies and striking beaches. This PMGY experience trip offers you the undeniably exciting chance to explore the wonders of Bali whilst making a positive difference volunteering at local projects.

HIGHLIGHTS

1. Catching some rays and waves at Dream Land Beach
2. Tackling your sweet tooth as you design your own gourmet chocolate
3. Snorkelling through the bright blue waters of the Gili islands
4. Spotting dolphins in Lovina
5. Witnessing cheeky wild monkeys
6. Testing out your haggling skills in the bustling markets of Ubud
7. Hiking up Mount Batur to make sunrise (the 1am start is worth it!)
8. Admiring towering waterfalls throughout Bali
9. Relaxing in naturally heated springs
10. Enjoying numerous traditional Balinese dishes

EXPLORING BALI

Since the 1980’s, Bali’s popularity with tourists has grown significantly. The problem is that there is so much to see, tourists often miss out some of the best spots! This is what makes PMGY’s Mini Bali experience trip unique. This trip offers you the opportunity to explore some of Bali’s both well-known and hidden gems, whilst travelling in a group of like-minded people!

 

With travelling distances so short and plenty of sites to see, it means your 2 weeks are spent enjoying the beauties of the island without having to spend lots of time in transit. Get ready for volcanic mountains, picturesque beaches and plenty of greenery!

 

Your group will travel together by private minibus visiting some of the best destinations that Bali has to offer, as well as some of the hidden gems most visitors never see! A PMGY coordinator and English speaking guide will accompany you throughout your stay so you’ll get the chance to learn so much about the country’s culture and history.

ITINERARY

Please make sure you arrive into Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) on the selected Sunday start date.

 

Day 1 (Sunday) Welcome to Bali

 

Om Suastiastu! A member of our local team will be waiting for you at the airport holding a PMGY sign with your name on. Your driver awaits!

 

From the airport, you will be transferred to a hotel in Jimbaran, approximately 45 minutes away. The rest of the day is yours to relax by the pool or catch up on jet-lag as you wait to meet your fellow volunteers.

 

Day 2 (Monday) Orientation & Beaches

 

Your day will begin with an orientation by our PMGY staff member, who will outline everything you need to know to set you up for your two weeks of travelling. This includes safety issues and what you can expect from the tour.

 

The adventure then begins in Uluwatu, located on the south-western tip of the island. Initially discovered a surfer’s spot in 1972, the area attracts many visitors to admire the beautiful beaches and escape the crowds.

 

First up, Uluwatu Temple; a Hindu religious building located on a 70-foot-tall cliff front, offering stunning views that extend into the distance. After a tasty Balinese lunch, you’ll have a chance to recover fully from your jet-lag on the stunning Dream Land Beach. As one of Bali’s hidden gems, you’re surrounded by limestone cliffs and white sands – stunning!

 

Day 3 (Tuesday) Catch Some Waves

 

It’s now time to make our way to the black sands and majestic waves of Canggu. As a popular hotspot for amateur and professional surfers, the local team will be more than happy to help you arrange some lessons (at an additional cost). Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you will have a chance to exploit your core strength as you attempt to ride the waves.

 

Should you prefer to take a more relaxed approach, you will not be let down by the number of chilled out green-juice bars and funky shops.

 

Day 4 (Wednesday) Let’s Go To Gili!

 

Hopefully, your body’s not aching too much because it’s an early start to the Gili Islands! More specifically, you’re off to Gili Trawangan (better known as Gili T). You’ll soon shake off your sleepiness as you arrive on your paradise island for 11am. But not too fast, first you’ll need to check-in to your hostel and pick up your bike!

 

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the spenders of the Island. On Gili T, there are no motorised vehicles, making push-bikes a popular method of exploring this Indonesian gem. With lengths of passably paved roads around most of the borders, what better or more convenient way to go around than by bike? From sunbathing to waterboarding, Gili is the place to be!

 

If you fancy more of an adventure, Gili T is the only island among the Gilis with a hill that you can climb up to discover a couple of great finds. Firstly, a mysterious shrine sits adjacent a Muslim burial site, then further up is the crumbling remnants of a WWII Japanese machine gun bunker. And upon reaching the top, you will claim your prize of a birds’ eye view of the surrounding waters and the majestic outlines of Mount Rinjani on the neighbouring island of Lombok. Sunset or sunrise really offers the jackpot.

 

Day 5 (Thursday) Swim with the Fishes

 

Stop admiring the blue waters and get into them! Today it’s time to explore the waters and enjoy all the underwater beauty. The waters around the islands are relatively shallow, and occasional sightings of sea turtles roaming freely will be an added bonus. You’ll visit 3-4 snorkelling sites, with a quick stop in Gili Air to grab a snack.

 

The rest of the day is now yours again to do as you wish. There is a row of beach bars and restaurants lighting up the shores of Trawangan and there is usually some fire dancers and fireworks on the sand to add to the nightly spectaculars the islands offer up!

 

Day 6-7 (Friday-Saturday) From Bright Blue to Rich Green

 

You’ve got the morning to soak up Gili’s bright blue seas before catching your boat back to Bali. We’re now off to Sideman, a home to rice paddies, mountains, valleys and rivers.

 

For the next two days, we’re pairing up with Bali Kuno in Tangkup Village, Sideman, to allow you to experience a true local way of life. Here you will be engaging in numerous activities, ranging anywhere from sarong-making-classes to traditional team-building exercises. These two days will really put your Bali experience into perspective, allowing you to better appreciate the Balinese culture and also further develop friendships with other members of your group.

 

Day 8 (Sunday) Hiking for Sunrise

 

Rise and shine! It’s 12am and time to get moving. We’ve got a 2-3-hour journey to the base of Mount Batur before beginning our ascent to the peak, sitting just over 5,500 feet above sea level.

 

The sacred mountain draws tourists from all over the island for its breath-taking views over Lake Batur. You’ll make it to the top just after 6am and arrive at the conveniently named ‘Sunrise Point’ to hopefully take in a very impressive sunrise that the lack of sleep will make up for! At 7am we will continue the trek around the entire crater before beginning the descent at the finishing point around an hour later back down to Toyabungkah Village.

 

From the village, we will head directly to Toya Devasya Hot Springs for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Here there are four natural hot spring pools to take a dip in and soothe your calf muscles!

 

After lunch, we’ll begin our next journey to Lovina, another beach resort, but this time located on the North Coast.

 

Day 9 (Monday) Dolphin Spotting

 

It’s another early start, but as always, it will be worth it. As one of the main nature attractions of this beautiful coastal area, you’ll have the opportunity to witness several species of dolphins as they graze the morning waters.

 

After lunch, we’ll be making our way to Munduk.

 

Day 10 (Tuesday) Munduk Village

 

It’s time to explore the lush scenery of Munduk village. Located away from the tourist madness in the North of Bali, we will be taking you off the beaten track, from canoeing on Tamblingan Lake to trekking through the rice paddies, relaxing under waterfalls and visiting coffee plantations.

 

You will have the opportunity to witness one of Bali’s most famous temples: Temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Built into Tamblingan Lake, the complex is surrounded by towering mountains and vast waters, making it a must-see!

 

Day 11-12 (Wednesday-Thursday) Time for Ubud!

 

After breakfast, we will be making our way to Ubud. A community renowned for its crafts and arts, Ubud is also teeming with vegan cafes, crystal shops, chakra cleansing workshops and boho shopping galore. It also has its fair share of ancient sites such as; the Royal Palace, the cheeky inhabitants of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the Tirta Empul temple complex, intricately carved Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and Gunung Kawi with its rock-cut shrines.

 

Wednesday is an opportunity to shop until you drop in Ubud’s bustly Art Market – Pasar Seni Ubud. A shopper’s heaven for everything from silk scarves to coconut bowls and baggy pants. Practice your haggling skills as you barter for the best deals. You may wish to spend the rest of your day relaxing in one of Ubud’s many cafes or do you dare to explore the Monkey Forest?

 

You’ll be kick-starting Thursday’s adventure with Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a famous tourist attraction for beautiful rice terraces, designed with exquisite beauty in its hollowing rice field. It is precisely located on the hill bank showing off its spectacular panoramic view of the valley with rice terrace and coconut trees that ornament it. You will see the Balinese farmers do their rice field routines complete with its system irrigation. We will have our lunch here surrounded by beautiful scenery.

 

We will then head to Gunung Kawi Temple. A magnificent shrine cut out of the rock, these funeral monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens.

 

The final stop of the day is Tirta Empul, a magnificent temple complex devoted to Vishnu, the Hindu God of Water, which dates back to 926 A.D. After admiring the striking temple, it’s time to put on a traditional sarong and sash, and head to the Holy Spring to take part in a blessing ceremony. Once you’ve made an offering to the Gods, you will be led into the pool by the temple priest to be blessed in the sacred waters.

 

Day 13 (Friday) All good things must come to an end

 

Today is our last day of travel!

 

What better way can you start a day than a sugar fix? Our day begins with a lesson all about chocolate and the process that transforms the bean to the bar. Finish off the learning experience with the opportunity to make your own bar and the chance to taste tens of different chocolate varieties.

 

We will then make our way to Tanah Lot temple. This incredible temple has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. It is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast.

 

Our final stop on the trip – Kecak dancing. This traditional dance involves the dancers expressing stories of dance-drama through bodily gestures, including use of the fingers, hands and even eyes!

 

And that’s it! You will be transported to either the Volunteer House or local hotel for your last night in Bali.

 

Day 14 (Saturday) Time to Fly!

 

Saturday is your last day of the PMGY Mini Bali Experience.

 

Whether you are continuing your travels or heading home, our local team will be able to help arrange transport to your next destination or back to the airport.

 

Meals included on Saturday: None

 

* This itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances.

CHOOSING A TRIP

What are the programme start dates?

The programme start dates are as follows –

 

3rd May 2020
21st June 2020
5th July 2020
26th July 2020
16th August 2020
6th September 2020

What are the requirements to join?

In order to join the programme, you need to be at least 17 on the programme start date.

 

We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, nationalities and religions. You must be able to provide us with a clean criminal background check prior to your programme start date. We are unable to accept anyone who has any previous criminal convictions.

 

Although you do not need to speak English as your first language, we do require all participants to have a good level of English in order to join the programme.

 

You should also be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online application.

What date should I arrive and leave?

You should arrive into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (airport code DPS) on the selected Sunday start date. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.

 

The programme ends on the Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.

Are there any age restrictions?

In order to join the programme, you need to be at least 17 on the programme start date.

 

Generally, the average age range of volunteers is 17-22 but this is by no means definitive.

 

There is no upper age limit. However, we encourage anyone who is slightly older to contact us in the first instance and we can advise if there is a more appropriate programme/destination for you.

When should I apply for the programme?

For the majority of our programmes you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the programme – particularly if you’re looking to travel between June and August, as spaces can fill up very quickly during this period.

 
 
It is best that you apply sooner rather than later as some of our programmes only have a limited capacity and spaces get filled very quickly. However, you should always make sure you’re 100% committed to the programme before applying.

 
 
It is also possible to change your start dates once you have already applied and had your space confirmed. However, please note this does carry an administration charge of $60 and is subject to availability.

 
 
You need to apply online by locating the “Apply Now” button on the individual programme; this will guide you through our Online Application process.

Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?

We accept volunteers from all over the world. The majority of our participants are from the UK, US, Canada & Australia. However, we have hosted volunteers from countries such as Nigeria, Bermuda & Peru in the past.

Can I go with my friend/parent/boyfriend/girlfriend?

You’re more than welcome to travel and volunteer with friends, family members or with a boyfriend/girlfriend. If required, we can make sure that you stay in the same accommodation and volunteer at the same project (please note the majority of our volunteer accommodation is on a single-sex basis).
 
 
Please outline in the ‘Special Requirements’ box of your online application if you’d like to make sure you’re placed alongside another applicant/s.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each programme has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our International Team undergo an extensive routine when establishing the in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.

 

The PMGY team have visited and participated in every programme we offer and verify them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every programme we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Risk assessments have been written for all areas in which PMGY operate and our experienced local coordinators are always on hand to manage any emergencies that may occur. Our International Team are always on the road reviewing our risk management procedures in the field and monitoring local conditions.

 

In emergency situations, we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances.

 

When you join PMGY we will send you a Volunteer Handbook. This document addresses a range of issues such as health, safety, visa issues etc. Furthermore, our International Team are only ever a phone call away should you wish to discuss any aspect of your upcoming programme. When you arrive in-country, you’ll be given a comprehensive safety briefing during your orientation course by our local coordinators. We will go through everything from emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. You’ll also be given the opportunity to purchase a local SIM card, something we strongly suggest, so you’re contactable at all times. We will provide you with a full list of the important contact numbers that you’ll need to know.

 

All our local teams are experienced development professionals who have years of experience in hosting international volunteers. They are our representatives on the ground and will assist you 24/7 throughout your stay. Whether you need to call home, travel at the weekend or require urgent assistance – they are there to support you.

 

While we cannot guarantee your volunteer experience to be 100% trouble free we have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure each programme is as safe as possible.
 

When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY programme, you need to pay the Registration Fee ($249). The remaining Programme Fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.

 
 
You’re only required to pay your $249 Registration Fee once we can guarantee you a place on the programme unless you’re applying within 60 days of your programme start date in which case you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application.

 
 
Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.

 
 
Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We also accept BACS transfers from UK participants. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.

Can I use PMGY’s programmes as part of a university or college placement?

It is certainly possible to use one of PMGY’s programmes as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. PMGY regularly receives medical, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects around the world and we have ties with some of the leading universities.

 

While our team will do their best to complete any paperwork we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to comply with every learning objective and requirement or your university or college. In the event that your university or college do not accept the paperwork submitted by PMGY then you will be unable to be refunded for your trip.

 
 
If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programmes could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please contact us directly on hello@planmygapyear.co.uk to schedule a meeting.

BEFORE YOU DEPART

Do you offer an online TEFL course?

For PMGY volunteers joining our teaching programmes the only real ‘qualifications’ you need are bags of energy, commitment and enthusiasm. If you’d like a chance to do some preparation work before you hit the classroom, we’ve got the perfect introductory course for teaching English abroad.

 

At only 60 hours and completed online, this course is hugely convenient because it can be done in your own time, at your own pace and you don’t even need to leave the house! You’ve got a whopping 75 days to complete the course, so there is no rush and you can fit it in when you can. An hour here and there certainly adds up over the course of the couple of months you have to complete it, so there really is no pressure.

 

Once completed you’ll not only have acquired some key skills for teaching English abroad but you’ll also gain an internationally accredited certificate. If you find that teaching really is your calling, this course can be built upon with more modules leading to a paid teaching position in the future.

 

As well as a core module in the ‘Principles of Teaching English’ which covers ‘Understanding language’, ‘Key English grammar points’ and ‘How to teach grammar in the classroom’ you will have a choice of one of three specialist modules. The ‘Survival teaching’ module is perfect for volunteers covering ‘Teaching large classes’, ‘Teaching with limited resources’, ‘Learner-based training’ and ‘Cultural awareness’.

 

The cost of the course is $150. If you’ve already signed up for one of our programmes and would like to enrol on the online TEFL course then please call us or email us.

Can I fundraise for my trip?

With PMGY the money our volunteers pay goes towards the structure you receive for your time with us overseas. The fundamentals of this structure include food, accommodation, airport pickups, around the clock support from our international and in-country teams, pre-departure training as well as the implementation and monitoring of the projects.

 

We do our best to keep our programme costs as low and affordable as possible, without sacrificing on quality and safety. However, with flights, travel insurance and spending money to factor into your overall budget, you may find you need a little bit of help with the finances. Therefore, a large number of PMGY volunteers decide to fundraise for their trip.

 

We recommend setting up an online fundraising page to allow friends and families to learn more about your trip and make donations. PMGY have partnered with the online crowdfunding website GoGetFunding.

 

This professional online fundraising service creates a personalised fundraising page for your PMGY trip, allowing you to set financial goals and get the message across about what you’re doing. You can also share your PMGY fundraising page across various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.

Can I raise money for the projects?

The PMGY Foundation is a UK registered charity (1169415) that has been set up to help provide financial aid and assistance to the projects and countries we work with on an ongoing basis.

 

The objective of the PMGY Foundation is the prevention or relief of poverty of people living in the communities we support by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient.

 

The ultimate aim of the PMGY Foundation is to enable donations to be directed towards specific hand-picked projects in countries most in need. The project donations are determined by the charities trustees during our annual overseas visits.

 

If you are looking to help raise money directly for the PMGY Foundation you can do so via our Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.

 

100% of all money raised will be donated directly to the projects we support around the world. Please note that participants are unable to raise money through the PMGY Foundation to help finance the cost of their trip overseas.

How do I register for your online webinars?

On selected Tuesdays we hold our Pre-Departure Webinars. They are well worth attending, take only 45 minutes and will provide you with some invaluable advice on your upcoming trip.

 

There are three to choose from and it is well worth attending all of them:

 

Travel Essentials Pre-Departure Webinar – covers all the basics.

 

Programme Preparation Webinar – covers specifically childcare and teaching programmes.

 

Safety & Wellbeing Overseas Webinar – covers the risks associated with overseas travel and how you can keep as safe as possible.

 

The webinars are hosted by a member of our International Team, who all have extensive knowledge of our projects around the world. You can attend (and even ask questions) from anywhere in the world simply by logging in through your own computer. All you need is a computer, a good internet connection and a pair of headphones.

 

If any family or friends would like to attend the session as well, they are more than welcome to do so. Please note that you need to sign up for the webinar a few days in advance.

What about vaccinations and malaria tablets?

As we are not medical experts we cannot, unfortunately, tell you exactly what vaccinations you’ll need to obtain so it is vital you consult your local GP or travel clinic a few months before you intend to travel. Your local doctor/nurse will advise you as to what vaccinations and malaria prevention is needed for entry into your volunteer destination.

 
 
Additional information can be found on the NHS Fit For Travel website.

How do I arrange my flights?

You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you in arranging them. Through our close partnerships within the travel industry, we are able to offer flights at very competitive rates. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries; we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use.

 
 
For peace of mind, PMGY holds an ATOL License (11262) that allows us to offer flight-based packages that are financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority in the unlikely event of our insolvency.

 
 
If you’d like to receive a flight quote from PMGY, you can submit an online enquiry by visiting the specific web-page of the programme you’re interested in joining, or by calling our office or dropping us an email.

 
 
When you apply for a PMGY programme we cannot guarantee your acceptance immediately. On receiving an application, we have to liaise with our local team to ensure there is space available on the programme and to assess your suitability for the specific project.

 
 
Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not make any flight and/or travel arrangements until your programme has been confirmed by us in writing. Once your programme has been confirmed you’re then free to book your flights either with PMGY or a through third-party travel agent.

Do you offer travel insurance?

It is mandatory that all PMGY volunteers hold travel insurance during the entirety of their time on our programme; this includes your travel to and from the host country. Although PMGY does everything to ensure your trip is safe, inevitably things can go wrong so you must adequately protect yourself.

 
 
PMGY have teamed up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy for our volunteers. The policy is specifically designed to ensure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 65 and covers you throughout any PMGY destination and any onward travel you may arrange (excluding the US and Canada). You can purchase PMGY Travel Insurance during your online application or you can contact us directly to arrange it.

 

Please note that PMGY Travel Insurance is purchased in week-long blocks. Therefore, you should carefully identify how many days you’ll be away for, including the date you depart and return to your home country, to ensure you select the correct duration of travel insurance. For example, if you’re travelling for 29 days in total, you’ll need a 5-week policy, not a 4-week policy.

How do I obtain a background check?

To join any of our programmes you’ll need to provide us with a clean CRB or Police Check before you travel. We have a commitment to the projects we support to ensure the volunteers we send are trustworthy and of sound moral character. We are unable to accept participants who have had any previous criminal convictions.

 

If you hold a current CRB or Police Check then we can accept this providing it is issued no more than 18 months prior to your programme start date. Please scan and email us a copy of this document. If you do not have a CRB or Police Check then we will outline how to obtain this in your Volunteer Handbook. The CRB or Police Check must be submitted to us no less than 21 days prior to your programme start date.

 

If you don’t have a valid CRB check (also known as DBS or Police Check), then you will need to apply for one. UK volunteers need to apply for a “Basic Disclosure” through Gov.uk (which serves all people in the UK). 

 

This costs £25 and takes around 15 working days to process. Full information on how to obtain a CRB check through Gov.uk is outlined in the Volunteer Handbook you receive once you are signed up for the programme.

 

For international participants, we recommend you obtain a Police/Criminal Background Check through your local police station or official governmental body.

When will I receive my Volunteer Handbook?

All volunteers will receive a PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the programme. We will send you an email entitled ‘Welcome to PMGY’ which will include a link where you can download the Volunteer Handbook. Please note that we DO NOT send a hard copy of the PMGY Volunteer Handbook.

 

This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides. It is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you require any further information not covered in the Volunteer Handbook then our team are always on hand to assist you. You can contact us via email, telephone, Skype, Facebook, online chat…whatever works best for you!

ON YOUR TRIP

Can I arrange a private room?

All of our accommodation options involve sharing a room with other participants (usually same-sex). Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange private room options for our participants.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

Are there any public holidays that affect project availability?

We aim to communicate as clearly and accurately as possible all holidays that affect project availability and project closures in the Volunteer Handbook. However, due to the nature of developing countries holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change that directly effects project availability and we ask our volunteers to be flexible and appreciative of this. This usually represents a unique experience for volunteers to enjoy the festivities and holidays themselves and/or our local teams will always do their best to find alternative project work if applicable.

What is the dress code at the projects?

Dress code varies from country to country. We ask that our volunteers adopt a smart and responsible image during their time in the communities. We will outline the specific dress code requirements in your Volunteer Handbook so you know exactly what to pack.

 

The general rule of thumb for girls is to cover your shoulders and thighs and for men to not take their shirts off. Whilst we do not wish to impose strict regulations on our volunteers, we do ask that you respect the local culture during your travels. Dressing appropriately will earn you the respect of the people you’ll be working with.

 

It’s a good idea to take some nicer clothes for the weekends and special occasions but please avoid tight and very short clothing. You should also avoid clothing that may have potentially offensive slogans on it. Tattoos and piercings should be covered where possible whilst you’re at your placement, particularly if you’re working with children.

How much spending money will I need?

The amount of extra spending money you should take depends on where you travel to and how many travel activities you plan to undertake during your free time. If you plan to go for a safari in Tanzania, a scuba-diving course in Thailand or trekking in South Africa, then you should budget accordingly. However, for general expenses and some independent travel, you should find $75-$150 per week a suitable amount.

Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to travel during your time with PMGY. In fact, we encourage you to travel during your free time. All of our programmes have been designed so that you have weekends off. This gives you the opportunity to explore the local area or even travel further afield within your host country. Our local coordinators will provide you with all the travel tips you need to help you plan any independent adventures.

 

Furthermore, you’re going to meet so many new people during your time with PMGY that you’ll definitely meet some travel buddies along the way!

 

Before booking your flights, we recommend that you look into travel opportunities within the relevant country either side of your volunteering placement. It is always great to spend some time travelling and seeing more of the country you wish to volunteer in. If you do plan to travel extensively please factor this into your flight itinerary, as we only encourage travel during weekends while you’re volunteering as you have made a commitment to the project.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation

 

All your accommodation is organised by PMGY. You will stay at guesthouses/hotels in the various places we will visit. You’ll share a room with fellow travellers. All rooms will be single sex, air conditioned and have western bathrooms. Wi-Fi will be available, but this may be limited to communal areas.

 

MEALS

You will be provided with three freshly prepared meals per day. Most meals are traditional Indonesian dishes that can be typically quite spicy. Balinese cuisine consists of a lot of rice and the meat is mainly fish or chicken – vegetarian options are always available.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

FEES INVOLVED

DURATION

PROGRAMME FEE

REGISTRATION FEE

TOTAL

2 weeks
$735
$249
$984

* These fees apply to each individual application.

 

 

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY programme, you need to pay the Registration Fee ($249). The remaining Programme Fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.

 

You’re only required to pay your $249 Registration Fee once we can guarantee you a place on the programme, unless you’re applying within 60 days of your programme start date in which case you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application.

 

Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.

 

Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.

VOLUNTEER IN BALI REVIEWS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

PROGRAMME FEE

  • ACCOMMODATION YES
  • MEALS (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER) YES
  • AIRPORT PICK UP (9:30AM ONWARDS)YES
  • IN-COUNTRY ORIENTATION YES
  • PRIVATE TRANSPORT ACROSS BALI YES
  • PRIVATE TRANSPORT TO/FROM PROJECT YES
  • ENTRANCE FEESYES
  • GILI ISLANDS TRIPYES
  • MOUNT BATUR HIKEYES
  • TOYA DEVASYA HOT SPRINGSYES
  • MUNDUK VILLAGE DAYYES
  • UBUD MONKEY FORESTYES
  • TEMPLES, WATERFALLS & RICE TERRACESYES
  • PMGY T-SHIRTYES
  • 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY SUPPORTYES

REGISTRATION FEE

  • 24 HOUR UK-BASED EMERGENCY SUPPORT YES
  • DEDICATED PMGY TRAVEL MENTOR YES
  • UNLIMITED EMAIL & TELEPHONE SUPPORT YES
  • COMPREHENSIVE VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK YES
  • LIVE PRE-DEPARTURE WEBINARS YES
  • 100% FINANCIAL PROTECTIONYES
  • REGULAR PROGRAMME INSPECTION YES
  • INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETIONYES

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • FLIGHTS TO DENPASAR ($675-$1050)NO
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE ($25 PER WEEK)NO
  • RETURN AIRPORT TRANSFER ($30)NO
  • VISA ($0)NO
  • CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK (VARIES)NO

 

 

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