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.
Mainly you are going to join our projects and activities which are aimed to improve the English language
skills of local teachers, students and communities while sharing your knowledge to them and
simultaneously learning about the Indonesian culture as you’ll get a deep inside view into the daily life of
Also we would like you to occasionally join our awareness programs were we are
trying to create awareness towards sensitive subjects to local schools and communities, such as Child
protection and Environmental protection issues.
During the many religious holidays and festivities on Bali (unfortunately sometimes unforeseen) you’ll
get the chance to become a part of the local communities and join their prayers and festivities.
Knowledge and cultural exchange program. This program runs from Monday to Thursday either in the morning or afternoon and you’ll be busy for around 3 hours. You’ll team up with our staff or a local teacher and get the chance to be involved in the lesson planning if you wish to – however your role is to accompany and support
the local teacher/staff with conducting the lesson while sharing and exchanging your knowledge to the teachers and students.
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Our application process typically takes two or three weeks, but can
be speeded up if there is a need for that. When we receive the initial application from you, we will send you our
full application form.
(1) Complete the Initial Application Form:
The first stage of the application process is to fill out the brief initial application form. Upon receiving this we will send you the full application form.
(2) Complete the Full Application Form:
Fill out the application form. After receiving this we will assess your suitability and place you on one of our programs.
(3) Placement info:
We will return detailed placement information and an invoice. If you accept the placement you should clikc the link to say so. The fee can be paid with credit card through PayPal or by bank transfer.
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.
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
|January: Sat 7, Sat 14, Sat 21, Sat 28
February: Sat 4, Sat 11, Sat 18, Sat 25
March: Sat 4, Sat 11, Sat 18, Sat 25
April: Sat 1, Sat 8, Sat 15, Sat 22, Sat 29
May: Sat 6, Sat 13, Sat 20, Sat 27
June: Sat 3, Sat 10, Sat 17, Sat 24
|July: Sat 1, Sat 8, Sat 15, Sat 22, Sat 29
August: Sat 5, Sat 12, Sat 19, Sat 26
September: Sat 2, Sat 9, Sat 16, Sat 23, Sat 30
October: Sat 7, Sat 14, Sat 21, Sat 28
November: Sat 4, Sat 11, Sat 18, Sat 25
December: Sat 2, Sat 9, Sat 16, Sat 23, Sat 30
All of our participants will stay in private single rooms within a traditional Balinese compound. The
compound is located on a side street near the heart of Klungkung and consists of more houses that are
occupied by the family and participants, each room is equipped with a fan and western style bathroom.
There is also a kitchen with drinking water, gas stove and a refrigerator. In front of the houses are
communal porches with a table and chairs looking out towards the family compound. There is free Wi-Fi
Internet at for the participant’s accommodation and on the roof floor there is a family temple that you can
also use for morning or night meditation.
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 requirements are different for various countries. Please check via internet or at the
closest Indonesian consulate/embassy for the visa requirements for your country of
Usually participants should obtain a Sosial Budaya Visa prior their arrival into
Indonesia. To apply for this Visa you’ll need a sponsor letter that our Foundation or
Staff can provide. To organize this you will need to scan us a photocopy of your
passport. The social visa is valid for 60 days and can be extended but due to the fact
that the maximum length of our program is no longer than 60 days we are not able to
sponsor you for an extension – if you want to continue traveling after/before your
participation you’ll need to leave Indonesia and re-enter.
If you are eligible for a Visa free entry you will get a 30 days free visit without the
possibility of an extension, alternatively you can apply for a Visa on arrival at the airport
which is valid for 30 days and extendable for another 30 days while in Indonesia.
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.