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Volunteer Ubud

Ubud is a truly remarkable town. For more than a century, it has been the island's preeminent centre for fine arts, dance and music. If you're looking for culture, comfort, nature and inspiration Ubud is the perfect place. Located within the Gianyar regency in the middle of Bali, Ubud is surrounded by most of the things that bring people to Bali- scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces, mountains and rivers. The central location makes it easy to get from Ubud to the mountains, beaches, and major towns.

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Ubud
The Pejeng and Junjungan Learning Centers

These small villages are ten minutes outside of Ubud. Classes meet in the afternoon from Monday to Thursday, the atmosphere is relaxed and the students are very friendly and keen to learn English. There are currently around 90 students. Volunteers may be expected to teach some of these classes, but are often assisted by a local Balinese teacher.

The Panti Asuhan Yappenatimâ

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.

Prices are available for any period between 2 weeks and 6 months.

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What you receive
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • 24 hour support
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pickup
  • Regular follow-up meetings
  • Indonesian cultural introduction
  • Teaching introduction
  • Bahasa Indonese language lessons
Apart from our fees, you must pay for:
  • Your travel to Bali
  • Vaccinations and Visas
  • Airfares and all transportation to your project location
  • Health insurance
  • Food and other personal expenses

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.

(4) Communication:
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.


Dates for the Year 2014:
October: Sat 25
November: Sat 1, Sat 8, Sat 15, Sat 22, Sat 29
December: Sat 6, Sat 13, Sat 20, Sat 27
Dates for the Year 2015:
January: Sat 3, Sat 10, Sat 17, Sat 24, Sat 31
February: Sat 7, Sat 14, Sat 21, Sat 28
March: Sat 7, Sat 14, Sat 21, Sat 28
April: Sat 4, Sat 11, Sat 18, Sat 25
May: Sat 2, Sat 9, Sat 16, Sat 23, Sat 30
June: Sat 6, Sat 13, Sat 20, Sat 27
July: Sat 4, Sat 11, Sat 18, Sat 25
August: Sat 1, Sat 8, Sat 15, Sat 22, Sat 29
September: Sat 5, Sat 12, Sat 19, Sat 26
October: Sat 3, Sat 10, Sat 17, Sat 24, Sat 31
November: Sat 7, Sat 14, Sat 21, Sat 28
December: Sat 5, Sat 12, Sat 19, Sat 26
Ubud

Volunteers stay in a Balinese compound close to the city center of Ubud. It’s a typical Balinese style accommodation with 3 shared Bedrooms, a living room with TV and DVD player. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with western style toilet and cold water shower. The accommodation doesn’t have cooking facilities but there is a constant supply of fresh cold and hot drinking water, tea and Coffee and also a refrigerator to store food. In front of the House is a porch where you can relax and enjoy the Balinese lifestyle.

Address:
Jl. Sandat No. 9
Ubud – Gianyar
Bali – Indonesia
Ubud

Ubud is the perfect base to set up activities during your spare time. In the city has many travel agencies which offer trips to all of Bali’s main tourist sights. Ubud itself also have a lot to offer, it is a centre for culture, fine arts, dance and music and if you like to relax there is large amount of Spas. Daily shuttle Buses run to all important destinations like, Kuta, Sanur, Lovina, Denpasar Airport, etc.

The accommodation is self catering and volunteers are responsible for their own food. Ubud is in walking distance and there are plenty of markets, restaurants offering both Balinese and Western food. A typical Balinese meal costs from US$1 – $3, a western meal from $4 - $8.

Bali has two seasons, dry and wet, although temperatures remain consistently hot, averaging around 31C (88F) 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.

Ubud Weather Chart
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Arriving by Air:

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 a number of Indonesian based budget carriers, although some of these have less that impressive safety records so are probably best avoided.

Volunteers will be met at the international airport in Denpasar.

Henning

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

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.


Volunteers must obtain a Sosial Budaya Visa prior to their arrival into Bali. To apply for this Visa you’ll need a sponsor letter that our partnership foundation in Bali can provide. To organise this you will need to scan and email us a colour photocopy of your passport.

The cost for the visa varies for different countries, but it will be around US$45, and must be paid by the volunteer. This Visa is valid for 60 Days and is extendable. After the first 60 days it can be extended monthly, each visa extension costs around US$60. In total you’ll be able to stay up to six month in Indonesia. If you wish to stay longer than six months in Indonesia you need to leave the country and purchase another Sosial Budaya Visa. Please check with your closest embassy or consulate for processing times and what kind of documents you need to apply for the visa initially.

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.

You will get a Travel to Teach certificate stating the time and place you have been teaching.

All volunteers are required to read and agree to our terms and conditions before being accepted onto one our programs.
Read our Terms & Conditions
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