Our 100% run and owned Balinese Non-Profit organization has been developed with the assistance of volunteers from abroad. People from all over the world have volunteered with Yayasan Widya Sari since we where first establised in 2008. They have come to give their time and knowledge to help teach our underprivileged children of Bali. Our Bali volunteers chose to join us at Program By the Sea, Program Ubud Village and Program Special Needs as they felt secure in knowing that their funds went back into a program run solely by the Balinese people themselves from the Tianyar and Ubud region. No middle agents have profited from our volunteers or from the needs of our children.
The reason why many people choose to volunteer with us.
Here are some of the reasons our past volunteers have expressed why they chosen to volunteer with us at Yaysan Widya Sari:
Give something back to those who may be less fortunate
Fulfill a sense of empathy and connection with a “cause”
Develop personal empowerment and self-esteem
Pursue professional growth and development
Gain leadership skills
Satisfaction from accomplishment
Have fun by meeing volunteers from all over the world
Skills to benefit other people
Grow on your employment skills
Have a gap year from studies or a career break
See a new culture from the inside and not as tourist
A sense of achievement
Learn new life skills
Develop new friendships
Be emmersed in the Indonesian language
See the difference you can make
Step out of your comfort zone
Challenging yourself, by trying something different
Will volunteering really be an experience for you?
Volunteering in a third world country is a very challenging and often a confronting experience. Cultural differences will also require you to be more empathetic and understanding to others. The Balinese are in general are very gentle people and are aware of your feelings and emotions both good and bad, a smile here goes a very long way.
As you will be a new member to the village, your attention to those around you will be required at most times. Many questions will be asked and they will want you to share your story, so be aware that alot of your time and energy will be shared. However, overtime you will understand that you have not only come to give of yourself but that you yourself will go home a changed person. Through the challenges you will experience and your commitment to the program you will grow to understand how important you have been to the children’s confidence, learning and to the growth and development of our program.
If you are ready for such a challenge and would like to volunteer with us at Program By the Sea, we recommend volunteering for a period of four weeks or more to really emmerse yourself in this amazing culture and its people.
We offer volunteering positions from 2 to 12 weeks. Placements for longer periods are also welcomed.
Volunteer Program Orientation in Bali
Saturday – Bali Volunteer Orientation Day 1
Volunteers arrives into Bali at Denpasar International Airport.
Our driver will be there to pick you up and take you to Ubud village.
You will be checked into you accommodation in Ubud (about 1hrs drive) where you will have free time to rest after your long trip from your home country. Whilst in Ubud you can shop and stock up on supplies or personal products before you leave to Program by the Sea in Tianyar on Sunday.
Sunday – Bali Volunteer Orientation Day 2
10:00am to 12noon Program Orientation
On your second day in Ubud, you will be provided with information on the do’s and dont’s whilst you are in Bali, such as dress code and personal conduct. One of our Balinese volunteer co-ordinators will be there to answer any of your questions or concerns.
* Both Program by the Sea and Program Ubud Village volunteers.
12noon to 2:00pm have lunch together with the new volunteers
Free afternoon and evening, time to relax or explore Ubud
Monday – Volunteer Orientation Day 3
10:00am check out of your accomodation in Ubud
After checking out of your accomodation our driver together with other new volunteers start their trip to Program by the Sea location.
12:00pm to 1:00pm stop for lunch at Candi Dasa a seaside village
Have a relaxing lunch by the beach at Candi Dasa village and then set off on a 1.5hrs drive through some beauiful traditional villages and ricefields to our final destination, Program by the Sea.
2:30pm arrive at Program by the Sea location
Settle into the volunteer’s accomodation and meet the other volunteers. Our local volunteer co-cordinator will then take you on the local village orientation (learning center’s facilties, beach, shops, ATM, tradional local market).
6:00pm have dinner with all the volunteers and local staff.
This is a good time get to know each other over some great meals cooked by our local chef, Nyoman.
Tuesday – Volunteer Orientation Day 4
7:00am- 8:00am have breakfast with the other volunteers After breakfast meet with the other volunteers and volunteer co-ordinator to prepare for the teaching week ahead. This is when you will be provided with information on your classes and meet the other volunteer you will be co-teaching with during the week ahead.
10:00am to 11:00am – Morning Teaching classes Volunteers will teach one morning class.
2:00pm to 4:00pm – Afternoon Teaching classes All volunteers will either teach 1 or 2 classes during this period depending if they teach in the morning session.
4:00pm to 6:00pm – Free time Relax read a book, play with the children or head off to the beach with the children for a swim.
6:00pm have dinner with all the volunteers and local staff Good time to reflect on the first day’s teaching with other volunteers and local staff.