Volunteer’s Life in Bali, Indonesia
Our volunteers teach their classes between Monday to Thursday and then have their long weekends to discover the beautiful locations around Bali, Indonesia.
What activities are available nearby our program that you can do and see during your teaching week?
- On Wednesday nights, volunteers enjoy dinner and music in nearby Tulamben village.
- Swim in the warm clear waters of the local beach (100m away)
Snorkeling at local beach or the Liberty Ship wreck in Tulamben
- Learn to diving at one of the dive shops in nearby Tulamben (only 15mins)
- Fishing trips with the local fishermen, early morning rise to catch some tuna.
- Join the local fishermen for a site seeing trip.
- Dolphin sightseeing (early morning)
- Mountain hiking to Mt Batur or Mt Agung
- Visit Mt Batur volcano and experience the amazing sunrises
- Grilling fresh fish caught fish on the beach for dinner
- Learn traditional Balinese cooking lessons with local mothers
- Join in the local village Balinese Hindu ceremonies
- Visit the beautiful local Balinese Hindu temples
- Visit the traditional local market
- Visit your student’s family compound
- Visit and swim at the beautiful local waterfalls
- Go white water rafting
- Just relax by the beach and read a good book
- Have a Balinese massage at nearby Tulamben (15mins)
- Watching the beautiful sunrises or sunsets
- Visit the local village schools
Gili Islands is a tropical paradise where you can snorkel with turtles or travel around in horse drawn carriages. This island group is close to Lombok Island, and it is made up of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Memo. The main tourist activity is on Trawangan, but if volunteers want to experience a more peaceful existence, they can stay on Gili Air.
Bali has amazing marine life, fascinating shipwrecks, and stunning coral. This island is one of the top dive destinations in the world, but it is not necessary to go deep underwater in order to see some amazing things. Some good locations for snorkeling are: Padang Bai, (Blue Lagoon Beach), Tulamben (most popular dive sites in Bali because the wreck of the US Liberty), Menjangan Island (Bali Barat National Park), Lovina (northern coast of Bali), Amed and the Gill islands near Lomok.
Rice is considered to be the most important crop for the Balinese and traditionally it has been viewed as a gift from the gods that needs to be honored as such. It is a key ingredient of the local cuisine. The value of this crop to the local population is demonstrated by the fact that the villages surrounding the rice fields will have shrines devoted to it.
For the more adventurous volunteers, hiking volcanoes Mt.Batur or Mt Agung is a great way to push the boundaries. Most volunteers generally believe that holidays are purely for relaxing are sure to surprise themselves with just how enjoyable and rewarding the experince. There are hiking options to suit hikers of almost any ability so it’s a must when staying in Bali.
Some of the best waterfalls in Bali are to be found in the north of Bali and like the Git Git Waterfall, Les Waterfalls, and Sekupul Waterfalls. There are also beatiful waterfalls in central and southern Bali which will be easier for people staying in some of the most popular tourist areas to reach.
Bali is known as the island of ten thousand temples and these holy places offer some of the best examples of local Balinese architecture. The must see temples include Besakih, Tanah Lot, Uluwatu and Tirta Gangga water palace. The Mother Temple of Besakih, or Pura Besakih, in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung (1,000m above sea level) in eastern Bali, Indonesia, is the most important, the largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali and one of a number of Balinese temples.