Semarapura (Klungkung) used to be the capital of the Balinese kingdom and still retains its huge court and a number of other govenment buildings from that period. The city itself is really calm and relaxed and not frequented by many tourists offering an ideal place to volunteer and to explore the Balinese culture and lifestyle. The surroundings of the city are marked by black sand beaches and rice terraces with a backdrop of mountains and volcanoes.
The fishing village Padangbai, famous for its diving and snorkeling, is only a short drive away. The beach of Lebih is around 25 minutes away whilst the main tourist district of Kuta and the Balinese capital Denpasar are only a short bemo ride away. Semararpura (Klungkung) city contains all the main facilities you'd expect from city such as food markets, supermarkets, ATM's, internet cafes, laundry places and pharmacies.
The Yayasan Mimpi Nusantara Bersinar (Dream of a Shining Archipelago) Foundation is a non-profit organisation, which is dedicated to improving the Education and Educational System on Bali. Volunteers are a huge part of the working face of the foundation and usually they are assisting teachers in governmental schools during the morning. The foundation has many local partners in Bali, and together with these partners we are running several afternoon teaching classes.
The school is located a few minutes outside of the city center of Semarapura (Klungkung) and educates around 500 students aged between 15 – 17. This school is running a governmental pilot project to receive a permanent international standard title. Volunteers will be teaching together with a local teacher and in addition to teaching the students we are running English classes to teach the teachers and administration staff of this school. Furthermore the school is having Gambelan (traditional balinese orchesta) classes and traditional dance classes and volunteers are welcome to participate in these classes.
Akah Learning Center
We are running afternoon English classes in a small village near Semarapura. Elemetary and junior high school students from schools around Akah are joining these free classes. Classes run from Monday to Thursday in the afternoon.
The Panti Asuhan Yappenatima
The Panti Asuhan Yappenatima is located in the city of Gianyar. It is a boarding school for more than 125 muslim children from Bali and other surrounding islands. The classes have around 15 students each and are fairly informal and taught after school. The condition of the school and classrooms is quite poor but the students make the difficulties more than worth it. Occasionally, there are also workshops on Fridays where the volunteers make crafts and play games with the students from the English club.
The Slukat Learning Centre
This learning center is Located in the village of Keramas a couple of Kilometers outside of the Regencies Capital City Gianyar. A wealthy family who is dedicated to help improve the skills of their community established this center. There are currently around 180 students of all age groups.
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Once you have made your traveling arrangements you should mail your time of arrival and the means of transportation and we will confirm pickup.
You can join our Bali programs for any amount of time between 2 weeks and 6 months. If you are planning on staying for more than 2 months please see visa information below. Regardless of the length of your stay, you will have time to get to know a new culture, come to know its people, and form relationships that will outlast the duration of your stay.
November: Sat 28
December: Sat 5, Sat 12, Sat 19, Sat 26
|January: Sat 2, Sat 9, Sat 16, Sat 23, Sat 30
February: Sat 6, Sat 13, Sat 20, Sat 27
March: Sat 5, Sat 12, Sat 19, Sat 26
April: Sat 2, Sat 9, Sat 16, Sat 23, Sat 30
May: Sat 7, Sat 14, Sat 21, Sat 28
June: Sat 4, Sat 11, Sat 18, Sat 25
|July: Sat 2, Sat 9, Sat 16, Sat 23, Sat 30
August: Sat 6, Sat 13, Sat 20, Sat 27
September: Sat 3, Sat 10, Sat 17, Sat 24
October: Sat 1, Sat 8, Sat 15, Sat 22, Sat 29
November: Sat 5, Sat 12, Sat 19, Sat 26
December: Sat 3, Sat 10, Sat 17, Sat 24, Sat 31
Our volunteers stay in a small house, which is on the school grounds. The house has a living room, two bedrooms, a western style bathroom and basic kitchen facilities. There is security guard that patrols the school so due to the houses location, it is very safe.
The fishing village Padangbai, famous for its diving and snorkeling, is only a short drive away. The beach of Lebih is around 25 minutes away from the main tourist district of Kuta and the Balinese capital Denpasar by a bemo (mini van). Klungkung city contains all the main facilities you'd expect from a city such as food markets, supermarkets, ATM's, internet cafes, laundry places and pharmacies.
Semarapura is around 25 minutes from black sand Lebih beach, where volunteers can go surfing. Although Lebih and Semarapura (Klungkung) are very un-touristic, the volunteer accommodation is only 25 minutes away from the famous fishing village of Padangbai - known for it’s diving and snorkeling. Bali's main tourist center, beaches and bars are in Kuta which is around one and half hours away and guest houses are available for as little as $4 US dollars so, volunteers can easily spend the weekend there.
The city center is within walking distance of the Volunteer accommodation and there are plenty of markets, restaurants, and food stalls. A typical Balinese meal costs from $1 - $3 US dollars. There are no western restaurants in Semarapura but there are some in Padangbai which is only a short drive away.
Bali has two seasons, dry and wet, although temperatures remain consistently hot, averaging around 31°C throughout the year. The wet season runs from October to April with most of the rain coming between December and February. Rain is not uncommon outside of the wet season, although most of it comes at night or in the very early morning.Semarapura Weather Chart
Volunteers will be met at the international airport in Denpasar. A number of international airlines fly either directly to Bali, or via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpar or Singapore. These include Singapore Airlines, Quantas, Air France, Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific. The Singapore based airline Air Asia also fly cheaply to Bali from Kuala Lumpar and Singapore. There are also a number of Indonesian based budget carriers, although some of these have less that impressive safety records so are probably best avoided.
Once in Klungkung the main form of transport for volunteers is the bicycle and the schools and the city center of Semarapura (Klungkung) are just a few bike ride minutes of the Volunteer Accomondation. Some volunteers choose to rent motorbikes (around 2-3 Euros per day), however the roads of Bali can be chaotic and are far from an ideal place to learn how to ride a motorbike for the first time.
For travel further afield the main form of transport is a bemo (mini van). These run from the center of Klungkung to numerous places throughout the island. Furthermore we have a driver who can be booked for day trips or weekend tours.
In mid 2007 Henning left his job as an IT Consultant and came to volunteer with Travel to Teach in Nong Khai/Thailand. After volunteering he went traveling to Indonesia and wanted to set up his very own volunteer project there. The first volunteer came in March 2008 and since then he has developed a number of different projects in Bali. Since June 2009 he is running a small non-profit organization, The Shinning Education for Balinese Kids Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the Education and Educational system in Bali. The foundation has established a number of free English learning centers for Balinese kids, where our volunteers are placed. In his spare time he focuses on his BSc Development and Economics studies and enjoys the great surf that Bali has to offer.
Komang is Balinese and has lived in Bali all his life. Before joining the team in 2010, he worked as a caretaker for a local learning center. Komang loves to work with the children, and has an excellent rapport with all his classes. He enjoys spending time with his family and attending ceremonies.
VISA Information for Indonesia
Do I need a visa to go to Indonesia?
Visa requirements vary depending on the following factors: your purpose of travel, length of stay, nationality and place of residence. Please check with the Indonesian embassy for the requirements of your nationality.
Our program is under the category of “volunteer tourism” and we recommend you to state your purpose of travel as “tourism” when asked by immigration officials. If you state “work” or “volunteer work” as your purpose, immigration officers often demand that you pay extra and acquire a work/employment visa.
Our participants should be aware that their Visa is their own responsibility and we can’t held responsible if a participant is being punished by local authorities for Visa violation.
Length of stay and types of Visa:
A 30-day tourist visa can be obtained upon your arrival in Bali for a fee of US$35 which can be paid in cash or by credit card. The Visa on arrival can be extended for an additional 30 days for a fee of about US$ 65 and our local staff will be happy to advice on the extension process.
If you are staying longer than 60 days, you will need to apply for a 60 day tourist visa from the Indonesian embassy prior your arrival, which usually then can also be extended for a further 30 days once in Indonesia.
Please make sure that you are applying for a tourist visa and not mention that you are coming to Indonesia to do Volunteering work, as then you might be asked to provide further permissions or sponsors letters.
Please Note: Volunteers at our Bali projects are required to provide evidence of a police check-up prior to starting their placement.
If you are planning to work in Cambodia then you will need to obtain a police records background check before starting your placement. For details on the application procedure in your home country please take a look at: www.travel-to-teach.org/CRB-information.php
At all other locations you will be required to abide by the Travel to Teach Child Protection Policy.
Courses or boosters usually advised: hepatitis A and B, typhoid; tetanus-diptheria.
Vaccines sometimes advised:Japanese B encephalitis (if visiting rural farming areas), rabies, malaria.
There are no required vaccinations needed to enter the country but please consult your doctor before traveling. More information is available from the WHO's (World Health Organization) travelers health information site or CDC.gov traveler’s health information.
One of the conditions of entry onto our programs is that volunteers have travel insurance. Most importantly the insurance needs to include medical treatment and repatriation in case of unforeseen accidents or illnesses. Volunteers should purchase insurance independently and bring a copy of their insurance certificate with them for their local co-ordinator to check before starting their program. Read our terms and conditions.