Environmental Education

WHY we need you in Bali

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HOW can you help?

WHAT can you do?

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  PROJECT NAME: ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

LOCATION: UBUD, BALI

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS) 

  ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE

  MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: C6B Social-Cultural Visa Required, Criminal background check required

Overview

Bali is full of lush green scenery but sadly due to a rise in tourism, as well as further developments, this has left some negative consequences as a result. Litter is becoming an increasing problem.

Food in Bali was traditionally wrapped in biodegradable banana leaves, but now after the rise of plastic water bottles and wrappers, many of this litter is just thrown on the ground. This is not the behaviour or message we want the children to be seeing, so the aim of this project is to teach the children how to respect and treat their environment the right way.

Teaching the kids at a young age can help them to learn about how to environmentally friendly. Finding fun and create ways to teach will get them excited to learn! The emphasis is on “hands-on” techniques and getting the children out and about in nature and working together. Volunteers spend around two hours each morning planning their lesson and activities and go to the schools in the Ubud area in the afternoon.

Our environmental education program focuses on primary schools in Bali. Whilst education is the starting point, we encourage students to work together and do their part, emphasising that even the smallest of effort can make a big difference!

Lesson plans will be confirmed again every Friday. Feel free to bring along anything you think the kids may find helpful and prepare any classroom activities to inspire your students.

Location

Ubud, pronounced ‘oobood’ is located centrally in the heart of Balinese culture. Far removed from the tourist crowds of Kuta, it is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries and a general feeling of well being. Ubud is surrounded by most of the things that bring people to this unique destination – scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces and rivers.

Project Tasks

  • Inspire the children to look after their environment and teach on environmental awareness
  • Get the kids doing hands on educational activities
  • Be creative in your lesson plans to get the kid excited to learn!

*Please note

All participants for the Education, Teaching, Construction, and Turtle Conservation projects, regardless of the program duration, will now be required to apply for a C6B Social Cultural visa prior to arrival. 

Participants who have a Visa On Arrival or an E-Visa on Arrival will not be able to participate in these projects. Participants who only attend the culture, adventure, and yoga weeks will be accepted to join the programs with a Visa on Arrival. The standard visa application process can take 10-15 working days. There is an express service that can complete the visa process in 5 -7 working days.

Food & Accommodation

Ubud Outskirts (Pejeng) is approx. 15 min drive from Ubud. We’re talking pigs, chickens, roosters crowing…. This is a real Balinese experience! Standard accommodation will be in shared bedrooms in dedicated volunteer guest houses in the outskirts of Ubud, within genuine local Balinese communities. A free shuttle to Ubud exists 4 times p/week, otherwise taxi’s are super cheap especially when sharing with your new volunteer mates. Living conditions are comfortable and clean, with fans in the rooms. A minimart/grocery store is 5 minute walk. You can expect regular interaction with locals where you can practice your new found language skills. You can expect to share a room with between 4-8 other volunteers. The bathroom is shared and has hot water and western toilets.

*For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available    

All volunteers have access to a swimming pool (10 min walk from volunteer house), which can be used for a fee of approx US$3. There are also several gyms nearby. There are many ATM’s in Ubud centre. Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer guest house. Internet cafés are also nearby. 

*All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.

As a volunteer in bali, you’ll receive 3 traditional meals each day on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends (breakfast and dinner). Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and volunteers can expect dishes included nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables), mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables),  or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans).

Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee will be available at the volunteer house. Purified water is available in the volunteer house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.  If volunteers wish to eat out in Ubud, there are a large numbers of restaurants and local warungs (restaurants) to suit all tastes and budgets. There is also a western café in the village for fresh fruit juices, fresh coconuts and sweet treats. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply so we can make arrangements for you.


All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $410
  • 2 Weeks - $490
  • 3 Weeks - $660
  • 1 Month - $860
  • 2 Months - $1880
  • 3 Months - $2770
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What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation (not for Leyte projects)
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion

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FAQ

Anyone with an interest in environmental conservation is welcome on this project. If you don’t mind getting stuck in and hands dirty, and have a passion for increasing environmental awareness, then this project would be great for you!

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day & 2 p/day at weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion    
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Included in the program fees is a half day orientation which starts on the Monday. This is important to help you become familiar with your surroundings, as well as learning about the local customs & culture to help you get the most from your volunteering experience.

Typical Orientation Includes:

  • Meet & greet with your new team and coordinators!
  • Introduction meeting, general rules, setting expectations, advice on health and safety and handling of documents.
  • Overview of the 2 week schedule and daily routine
  • Overview of the common health issues in the area and options
  • Demonstration of a health check and required guidelines and safety precautions
  • Planning session with the team

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Denpasar International Airport (DPS). You must arrive between 00:00 to 23:59 on Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times you can book a private transfer and any extra night’s accommodation for an additional fee.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

From the international airport to the Ubud Penestanan accommodation, it takes 1-1.5 hours by road, and to the Pejeng accommodation it takes around 1.5-2 hours. 

*Please note

All participants for the Education, Teaching, Construction, and Turtle Conservation projects, regardless of the program duration, will now be required to apply for a C6B Social Cultural visa prior to arrival. 

Participants who have a Visa On Arrival or an E-Visa on Arrival will not be able to participate in these projects. Participants who only attend the culture, adventure, and yoga weeks will be accepted to join the programs with a Visa on Arrival.

Applying for a C6B Social Cultural Visa

There are two ways to apply for this visa.

  1. Apply at an Indonesia embassy in your home country
  2. Apply via a certified visa agency based in Bali

1. Apply at an Indonesia embassy in your home country

Some of the Indonesian embassies accept applications for C6B visas for Indonesia. However, please contact the nearest embassy to get more information.

2. Apply via a certified visa agency based in Bali

Multiple visa agencies in Bali can assist with the application for a C6B visa. This still needs to be done before arrival.

Documents required for visa application:

  1. Scanned Passport ID – Ensure a clear image with no cropping, and hands should not be visible in the photo.
  2. Arrival and Return Flight tickets
  3. Bank statement last 3 months (Minimum 1500-2000.00 USD) – Colour scan, clear photo
  4. A latest passport photograph (color) (clean, half body, neat clothing)
  • Standard Visa fee and visa Processing fee 3,850,000.00 IDR. ( USD 275 / 250 Euros) The standard visa application process can take 10-15 working days.

Express Visa fee and visa processing fee 4,500,000.00 IDR ( USD375 / 300 Euros )    The express visa application process can take 5-7 working days.

Monday
On Monday which would be the first day of your project, you will have your breakfast and prepare for the activities that you expect to do with the children. These preparations would include numerous ways and activities through which you expect to educate the children on protecting the environment.
After having lunch, you will then leave to the local school where you can commence the activities you have prepared for the day.

Tuesday to Friday – volunteering is generally around 4-6 hours each day.
From Tuesday to Friday, you will start your day with breakfast and then designing the activities to be carried out each day. After some lunch, you will head to the school and teach your lesson plan and the activities you have prepared. Dinner is at the volunteer accommodation each night.

  • Visit Tanah Lot temple – A famous Hindu temple perched on a rock formation on the coast of Bali.
  • Explore Ubud – A cultural hub in the center of Bali known for its art galleries, museums, and traditional crafts.
  • Try surfing at Kuta Beach – One of the most popular beaches in Bali with great waves for surfers of all levels.
  • Visit the Tegallalang Rice Terraces – A beautiful and iconic rice terrace located in the Gianyar Regency.
  • Go snorkeling or diving at Nusa Lembongan – A small island located southeast of Bali with crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life.
  • Hike Mount Batur – An active volcano located in the north of Bali, offering stunning views from the summit.
  • Watch a traditional Balinese dance performance – Bali is known for its unique and beautiful dance traditions.
  • Relax at a beach club – Bali has many luxurious beach clubs with pools, restaurants, and stunning ocean views.
  • Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary – A nature reserve and temple complex in Ubud where you can interact with hundreds of friendly monkeys.
  • Dolphin watching in Lovina – Take a morning boat trip from Lovina Beach to spot dolphins swimming and playing in the ocean.
  • Visit the Banjar Hot Springs – A natural hot spring located in Lovina where you can relax and soak in the warm mineral water.
  • Take a cooking class – Learn how to prepare delicious Balinese dishes and immerse yourself in the local culinary culture.
  • Visit the Munduk Waterfall – A picturesque waterfall located in the Munduk village surrounded by lush greenery and a great spot for hiking. 

*Please note

All participants for the Education, Teaching, Construction, and Turtle Conservation projects, regardless of the program duration, will now be required to apply for a C6B Social Cultural visa prior to arrival. 

Participants who have a Visa On Arrival or an E-Visa on Arrival will not be able to participate in these projects. Participants who only attend the culture, adventure, and yoga weeks will be accepted to join the programs with a Visa on Arrival.

Applying for a C6B Social Cultural Visa

There are two ways to apply for this visa.

  1. Apply at an Indonesia embassy in your home country
  2. Apply via a certified visa agency based in Bali

1. Apply at an Indonesia embassy in your home country

Some of the Indonesian embassies accept applications for C6B visas for Indonesia. However, please contact the nearest embassy to get more information.

2. Apply via a certified visa agency based in Bali

Multiple visa agencies in Bali can assist with the application for a C6B visa. This still needs to be done before arrival.

Documents required for visa application:

  1. Scanned Passport ID – Ensure a clear image with no cropping, and hands should not be visible in the photo.
  2. Arrival and Return Flight tickets
  3. Bank statement last 3 months (Minimum 1500-2000.00 USD) – Colour scan, clear photo
  4. A latest passport photograph (color) (clean, half body, neat clothing)
  • Standard Visa fee and visa Processing fee 3,850,000.00 IDR. ( USD 275 / 250 Euros) The standard visa application process can take 10-15 working days.

Express Visa fee and visa processing fee 4,500,000.00 IDR ( USD375 / 300 Euros )    The express visa application process can take 5-7 working days. 

For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: ID – Holidays – All Programs    

Indonesia has to be one of the most interesting countries in the world for cultural learning for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handicrafts, and performing arts. Indonesia has around 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European sources.

Millions of small farmers, farm workers and fishers are unable to tap into the opportunities offered by years of economic growth. They are often geographically isolated and lack access to basic infrastructure and support.

Bali is a Hindu Island, Balinese traditional cultures are still present, making the island charming and beautiful. Traditional Balinese clothing worn by women covers their shoulders and knees, especially, when they go to the temple and when they have a ceremony day.

IVI have a variety of programs designed to immerse volunteers into the local lifestyle in order to experience the unique culture, build life long relationships and benefit the people that need it the most.

Bali is situated just south of the equator. It has a hot and tropical climate year round.

The wet season is from November to March, and the dry season from April to October (although there may still be some showers) The rains usually only last for a few hours, so you will usually still get some sunshine during the day. 

The rainy season brings about humidity and it is generally hot year round, from 20 to 30 degrees. Cooler temperatures can be found up North in the mountain regions. 

Bali culture is incredible, rich in tradition and spirituality which focuses mainly on art and religion, with the two often expressed through each other.  Many Balinese people are an artist of some kind and spend their leisure time working on hobbies and artwork that have been passed down through generations.  

Many public areas, homes and paddy fields are decorated by detailed paintaings, intricate carvings, fine weaving, statues and various artworks. Life in Bali is very much communal and centered around local villages with the community institution or ‘Banjar’ responsible for many aspects of life. The Balinese have a word, “Niskala” which means that which cannot be sensed directly, but can only be felt within.      

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