VOLUNTEER IN BALI

Volunteer in Bali with PMGY, a low-cost, responsible volunteer travel organisation. Plan My Gap Year provides unique, personal and secure programs abroad with a number of different volunteer projects in Bali, including Childcare & Teaching.

 

“This was my first time volunteering abroad and first time travelling solo. The accommodation was well above my expectations and at a very high standard. The family I lived with were amazing and made me feel so welcome in their home, more like family than a volunteer. Tabanan is a rural town where the children have limited access to English education, but are so keen and full of enthusiasm to learn. It has honestly been the best experience of my life, so much so that I have applied for a TEFL course.” – AMANDA MCKENZIE | UNITED STATES

KEY FEATURES

FROM $270 + $249 (REGISTRATION FEE)

PROJECTS FOR 17+ YEAR OLDS

Top up-and-coming destination


Stunning, exotic island location


Extremely affordable


Breakfast, lunch & dinner included


Private transport to/from project included

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

LOCATED IN TABANAN

STARTING ON 1ST & 3RD SUNDAY EVERY MONTH

Artistic, spiritual, alternative & fun island


Based in Tabanan, the 'rice bowl' of Bali


Weekend travel opportunities galore


Beach, mountains, rice paddies & meditation


Brilliant destination for first time travellers

BALI CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Stay in the rice bowl of Bali in the traditional town of Tabanan and give that most precious commodity of all, your time, to children desperate to learn!

From $375

2-16 WEEKS

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BALI ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Teach English in this amazing location set amongst rice paddies, steep ravines and forests. Invest your time in Bali’s children and ensure their future is bright!

From $375

2-16 WEEKS

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BALI MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

This first-hand experience in the Balinese healthcare system will be an eye opening introduction to the mix of traditional and western medical practices.

From $435

2-16 WEEKS

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BALI WILDLIFE RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

Help rehabilitate and establish the well-being of over 100 different endangered animals whilst participating on the Bali wildlife programme.

From $270

1-16 WEEKS

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REAL SOUTH EAST ASIA ENCOUNTER

If 3 months spent volunteering around one of the most colourful and spiritual parts of the world sounds enticing, then this combo of Vietnam, Cambodia & Bali is ideal.

From $2565

12 WEEKS

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REAL TASTER ENCOUNTER

Our top destinations mixed into one amazing encounter; don’t miss your chance to sample and a make difference in inspiring India, sublime Sri Lanka & beautiful Bali!

From $1485

6-12 WEEKS

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ULTIMATE ROUND THE WORLD ENCOUNTER

An epic 36 week journey across 9 enthralling destinations. If are looking for the ultimate gap year experience, then this Encounter is the one for you!

From $7275

36 WEEKS

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WHY VOLUNTEER WITH PMGY?

PMGY provide a sociable structured meaningful experience across need driven community projects in Africa and Asia. Each year, we have thousands of volunteers working across a range of our projects from teaching and childcare to wildlife, medical and more. Our volunteer reviews are testament to the extensive pre-departure support and legacy our team provides to match the unbelievable in-country experience our volunteers engage in.

 

We are transparent and affordable with our fees, committed to long-term sustainable community development, all our local programmes are fully vetted and offer some great travelling and cultural opportunities to ensure that your time with us overseas is the best it can be.

 

A combination of all these reasons and more are why so many of our volunteers choose to come back to us and volunteer year after year with PMGY!

FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE

Book your flights as early as possible after confirming your place on the programme to ensure you get the lowest airfare possible.

 

You should book your flights to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. The airport code is DPS.

 

PMGY work with various partners in the aviation industry to offer our volunteers competitively priced flights. If you would like any assistance in booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during the online application or feel free to call us or drop us an email.

 

PMGY have an ATOL Licence to ensure any flights booked through us are financially secured by the Civil Aviation Authority.

 

Travel Insurance really is a travel essential. It is mandatory for all of our participants to have adequate travel insurance in place across all their trip dates incase anything goes wrong when overseas.

 

PMGY have teamed up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional travel insurance policy specifically designed to insure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 75 and covers you for any PMGY destination and any onward travel you may arrange (excluding the US and Canada).

 

Plan My Gap Year Ltd is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

 

If you’d like to purchase Plan My Gap Year Travel Insurance, you can add this option on during your online application.

PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT

Before you begin your programme, we provide extensive pre-departure support on the build up to your volunteer project with us whether it is a month or a year away. This all begins from an online chat or a telephone call that develops into a regular email chain of next step communications to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip with us.

 

Further to this we provide a forty page plus Volunteer Handbook that provides all you need to know once you confirm your place on the programme with us; from visa guidance and how to get a background check to what to pack and more information on the culture and preparing for your project.

 

For all our destinations we have Facebook groups made up of our local teams, past, present and future volunteers that provides a great forum for volunteers to network and to also share project updates and community updates across the year.

 

We have also generated a range of informative and action packed videos to bring some tangibility on what volunteers can expect when travel volunteering with us. This can be accessed on our PMGY Vimeo channel.

 

Our pre-departure and programme preparation webinars are not to be missed either. They run on selected Tuesdays at 1pm (GMT) and will provide you with some invaluable advice on your upcoming trip. The first webinar covers all the essential pre-departure information you need to know and things you need to do before you go and the second webinar is more programme specific with advice and information for whilst you’re on your placement.

 

For those looking to go one step further, we introduced a 60 hour online TEFL course to really strengthen volunteers project preparation. This really is the perfect introductory course to teaching English abroad and enable you to acquire some key skills along the way as well as an internationally accredited certificate.

PROJECT LOCATION & DURATION

Our projects are based in Tabanan around 1.5 hours away from Denpasar Airport. Tabanan is the capital town of the regency of Bali with the same name. It is referred to by many as the ‘rice bowl of Bali’. Parts of Tabanan regency lie in Central Bali and other parts would be more often regarded as part of West Bali.

 

Tabanan is more usually associated by visitors with rolling green landscapes, hills and especially the imposing Mount Batukaru, Bali’s second highest peak at 2,276 metres.

 

Tabanan itself is a very commercial town and does not have shopping aimed at visitors or tourists. It offers all the amenities you need such as banks, hospitals and shops. There are a lot a bemos available in the town of Tabanan, and some of these will be useful in getting you to interesting sights in the region. Taxis and private vehicles for hire are thin on the ground here though so taxis are not associated with the area.

 

Our programmes in Tabanan run from 2-24 weeks beginning on the first and third Sunday of each month.

PMGY BALI LOCAL TEAM

PMGY’s programme in Bali are ran by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams who have been fully vetted by our UK team.

 

Such a committed local staff network provide the structure for your stay with us when working on our Bali project. The support structure includes providing accommodation, meals, airport pick up, project transport, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support.

 

So whether you are interning in schools or teaching and working on the childcare programme with us, our local team will also allocate you to your project as well as providing a great framework for you to enjoy a unique cultural experience with us in Bali.

ORIENTATION

Your orientation will begin on Monday. Our local team will teach you about life in Bali, the do’s and don’ts, the local culture and religion. Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the local language, safety advice and all the projects we support in the community.

 

In the afternoon, our local coordinator will take you to see some of the famous sites around Tabanan, including the Subak Museum which incorporates collections of Balinese traditional agriculture tools as well as a visit to the traditional Tabanan market. You will also have the chance to go to the ATM, exchange money, buy a local phone or SIM Card and visit the supermarket.

ITINERARY

Please make sure you arrive into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali.(DPS) on Sunday.

 

Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival

 

Welcome to Bali! You will be met at Ngurah Rai airport by a member of our local team who will be holding a name sign. The journey to Tabanan will take around 60-90 minutes, depending on traffic. You will have the rest of the day to relax and get to know your fellow volunteers.

 

Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation

 

After a good first night rest in Bali, it’s now time to begin your induction into life in Bali. The orientation will be a mix of theory, culture and visits to local points of interest.

 

Day 3-5 (Tuesday-Thursday) – Volunteering Begins

 

You will start your volunteer work on Tuesday morning. Should you need anything whilst at the project, remember our local team are only a phone call away. You will see our coordinator throughout the day at the Volunteer House and they are always happy to help.

 

Day 6-8 (Friday-Sunday) -Weekend!

 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend by the beach, some adventure activities, or a more cultural experience – Bali has it all. Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

The following weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday to Thursday. Remember our team can make project work available for the Friday should you wish to remain in Tabanan. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your passport, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last day (Saturday)

 

Saturday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.

SAFETY

If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect and many volunteers (and their loved ones) are concerned for their safety and security.

 

Although we can never fully guarantee your safety, we do everything in our power to ensure your volunteering programme is as careful, safe and secure as possible. Every programme that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a Director of Plan My Gap Year. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation, worked on the projects and built strong trusting relationships with our local staff.

 

In the unlikely event that something was to happen, volunteers have various layers of support that they can go through (and people who will help them in the case of an accident).

 

1. In-Country Project Coordinators & Support Staff
2. Project Staff
3. PMGY UK Team

 

Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge volunteers’ experiences and we are continually improving our placements and projects through this feedback. Security and safety of our programmes is constantly being reviewed and if you have any concerns we encourage you to discuss these with the local staff at your orientation. During orientation, project staff will also provide guidance in the area of safety and security.

 

Listed below are some general safety tips.

 

• Be modest with the amount of jewellery you wear in public.
• Do not drink tap water.
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents of theft often occur when there are crowds and confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public.
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night.
• Use reputable taxi firms only. Our local staff will recommend some specific companies during orientation. If you are unsure – ask local staff who to use.
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets. If possible use transport from door to door after dark.
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high risk areas for pickpockets and thieves.
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town.
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road.
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers.

WEATHER

During the dry season which is between the months of April and September, Bali receives the most visitors and temperatures are if at all only a tiny bit higher than during the other months. During Bali’s dry season one can still expect occasional rainfall though and sometimes even the locals are surprised how dry a rainy season can be and how rainy a dry season can be. During rainy season which is typically from October to March Bali becomes more quiet. Bali’s central mountain area is typically cooler and also more rainy than the lower coastal areas. Especially at night temperatures can drop to 15 degrees in certain areas higher up near the volcanos. The southern peninsula Bukith has less rain than the rest of south of Bali (Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Denpasar).

 

Bali is located very near to the equator, therefore its warm, tropical climate makes it a huge draw for tourists. Average year-round temperature stands at around 30°C with a humidity level of about 85%. Generally one can say that Bali is pleasant all year through. Even if it rains, Bali is enjoyable. Particularly for some surfers who enjoy big waves some months during rainy season. The two seasons are not clear cut and fully predictable.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY you will live in our Volunteer House which is just a 5 minute walk from the centre of Tabanan where you will find local restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs. You’ll be living with other PMGY volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is basic but comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has bunk beds with up to 8 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with fans in the room and their own mosquito net and bed linen. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet. The water is cold but this shouldn’t be a problem as Bali is hot and humid all year-round!

 

We encourage you to bring some small padlocks and/or store any valuables with our local team in their private area. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled.

 

The Volunteer House is located right next to where our local team live and on the same site to where we run our afternoon community programme. Although volunteers have their own private space there is still the security of living next to our host family who can assist you if need be. It is also a great way to learn more about Balinese culture and practise your new-found language skills!

 

Some of our projects are within walking distance of our Volunteer House and some are not. PMGY will take you to and from the projects, not within walking distance, each day via Bemo or private car and the cost of this service is included in your Programme Fee.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

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.

 

There is a large choice of restaurants and local warungs (authentic, local food stalls) in Tabanan. The food on offer is traditional Balinese cuisine – typically amazing and mainly vegetarian! There may also be a western option served once or twice every week and there are restaurants serving western food available around a 20 minute walk from the Volunteer House.

 

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.

TRANSPORT TO PROJECT

Some of our projects are within walking distance of our Volunteer House and some are not. PMGY will take you to and from the projects, not within walking distance, each day via Bemo or private car and the cost of this service is included in your Programme Fee.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

PMGY welcome volunteers of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the programme is 17 and there is no upper age limit. All volunteers need to have a good level of English, although it does NOT need to be your first language. You do not need to speak Indonesian, although learning a few words in your days with us in Bali will go a long way!

 

We require a clean background check from all our participants in advance of volunteering with us abroad.

 

In general no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation.

 

Registration Fees must be paid within 7 days of the application being successful to confirm your place and Programme Fees are due at least 60 days before the programme start date.

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