Our medical initiative is in its infancy and requires the skills of both established medical and healthcare professionals and those interested in teaching basic first aid and hygiene.
Apart from needing qualified professionals in order to conduct health camps and dental check-ups, we welcome volunteers with an interest in education and simple hygiene techniques to join the newly established Healthcare Education project. As such, it is not imperative that volunteers have a medical background.
The project aims to prevent many avoidable health problems and easily communicable diseases. Volunteers are also encouraged to come prepared with an idea of what they wish to teach, which could vary from basic anatomy and body functions to basic diseases, exercising and healthy eating.
Volunteers run healthcare campaigns in local schools around Ubud, actively teaching basic first aid, nutrition and the importance of personal hygiene - emphasizing brushing teeth correctly, washing hands and general body cleanliness. Many of our daily routines that we carry out without thinking are not common practice with the children you will meet, but starting simple education early can go a long way for immediate and future healthcare. For volunteers with a medical background, check-up clinics can be held for local children and adults.
Sights & Surroundings
Since the weekends are free, you are able to go wherever you would like to go. Several popular destinations that you can reach by taxi are:
The Gili Islands, where you will find small resorts and huts for tourists looking to get away from the bustle of Ubud. The islands are a popular destination for snorkeling and diving due to its abundant marine life.
Nusa Lembongan, an island paradise with one of the most clear waters that you will ever see and it is also a place where you can find peace and completely relax. Surfing, diving and snorkeling and amongst the most popular activities that visitors can enjoy.
Lovina, located between the Bedugul mountains and the sea, it is popular for dolphin watching, trekking, hot springs and its gorgeous coral reefs.
Sanur, a stretch of beach in Southeast Bali that contains villa resorts and Zen Villas. Historically, it was used as the landing site for the Dutch invasion troops during the Dutch invasion in 1906 as well as being the entry point into Bali for the Japanese during WWII.
Kuta, a beach known of its surfing opportunities and party atmosphere. Uluwatu, a temple built at the edge of a 70 meter high cliff at the edge of the sea and inhabited by monkeys.
You will be accommodated in one of the house in the village of Pejeng and it will take about 15-20 minutes by car to reach the center of Ubud. Located on the outskirts of Ubud, village life is quintessentially local here and you will get a good chance to see typical Balinese life - roosters crowing and all!
All facilities that you could want are within easy access of our accommodation. There are ATMs and minimarts within 5 minute walk away.
In Pejeng, Ubud there are grocery stores open from 8.00 - 22.00 and plentiful small, family run shops where you will be able to find everything that you need.
Restaurants and Cafes
If you want to eat out occasionally, there is a wide selection of restaurants with high standards of both international and local cuisine. There are several cafes in the village, where you can relax and hang out with other participants on your spare time.
There are several swimming pools at the hotel in Pejeng village which it take about 5 - 10 minutes by taxi.
There are several gyms in Ubud center which it take about 15 minutes by car to the center.
Hospital and Clinic
There are local clinic open for 24 hours close by the house center take only 5 minutes by walking and several international clinic and hospital in Ubud center which it take 15 minutes by car.
The house center is located amongst Balinese villages, where you will get the chance to interact with local families and practice your newfound language skills. You can expect to share a room (dormitory style) with four to eight other participants. The bathroom is shared, with a hot water shower and western toilets.
If you select the private accommodation option, you will be given a private room with sharing toilet and some other facilities with the fellow participants. The upgrade accommodation will be in the same area at the main volunteer house center.
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.
Important Arrival Information
We highly recommend buying a cheap local SIM card for your stay in Indonesia for your own personal safety and for easier/cheaper communication with the staff/other participants/international calls. A SIM card is especially useful if you are traveling to the project on your own.
How to get to the meeting point at Denpasar International Airport
We only receive participants on the Sunday before a participant's program begins. The pick-up time from Denpasar Airport is between 06:00 and 20:00. After passing through customs, make sure you stay on the same floor and follow the way to the arrival gate. Our representative will be waiting for you in front of this gate with your name board and bring you to our center.
If you're traveling to Denpasar Bali overland, we can arrange a pick-up at the following meeting points:
- Bintang Supermarket in Ubud at 14:00 on Sundays
- Make your own way to Denpasar Airport at 14:00 on the Sunday before your program starts. Meeting point is at the international arrivals flight information center.
Early/Late Arrival Instructions
Volunteers who don't arrive on the Sunday before their program begins need to make their own way to the volunteer center. We do not encourage late arrivals as it may take longer for you to settle into your program. Any emergency early/late arrivals, or arrivals outside the set pick-up day/times need to be communicated to us by email ([email protected]) for us to arrange a pick-up at extra cost (approx. 50 EUR per person) which is paid on arrival.
If you're arriving early/late, you can also take a shuttle taxi from the airport that can bring you straight to the volunteer center within 1 hour. It should not cost you more than 250000 IDR, but it is important to confirm the price beforehand.
Important Leaving Information
Please be aware that you have to check out on the Saturday morning after the program. We do not offer airport drops on completion of the program due to the many different personal plans and return flight times and so participants need to make their own way to the airport. Our coordinator can help you with the different transportation options, but you will have to cover the cost.
Please make sure you are prepared to pay the country tax of 150000 IDR when leaving Indonesia. This departure tax applies to everyone leaving the country.
Getting to the Project
To get to your project location, you can either share a taxi if the distance is long, or walk if the distance is manageable on foot.
3 meals during weekday are provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and 2 meals during the weekend (breakfast, dinner).
Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during their stay. Typical dishes included mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice 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 (soybeans), we also provide for some of western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.
Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or intolerances during your application. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible and accommodating to the local food.
Public Holidays 2017
During certain public holidays the program varies as follows.
25 Jan: Hindu Holiday Pagerwesi (project closed)
27-29 Mar: Balinese New Year (project closed)
03-07 Apr: Hindu Holiday Galungan (project closed)
10-14 Apr: Hindu Holiday Kuningan (project closed)
22 May-02 Jun: School exams (normal activities, although students may come a bit less)
12 Jun-07 Jul: School holiday (normal activities for primary school, although students may come a bit less)
17 Aug: Independence Day (project closed)
23 Aug: Hindu Holiday Pagerwesi (project closed)
30 Oct-03 Nov: Hindu Holiday Galungan (project closed)
06-10 Nov: Hindu Holiday Kuningan (project closed)
27 Nov-08 Dec: School exams (normal activities, although students may come a bit less)
02 Dec: Hindu Holiday Pagerwesi (project closed)
11-22 Dec: 2nd school holiday (normal activities for primary school, although students may come a bit less)
Besides these public holidays, there are several Balinese religious culture events, known as "ceremonies". Please respect both the Balinese people and your coordinators during these village events that can take place at any time and are always beyond the volunteer organization's control. There have been instances where volunteers have traveled to their program in the morning only to find out that the project is closed for the day due to a ceremony being held in that village. This is because everyone in the village is expected to attend, including the children at the teaching centers. We would greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these Balinese cultural events, and ask you to follow your coordinator's instructions in the event of one occurring on your program.
Summary of Ceremonies
a) Please note: The volunteer organization is not notified every time a ceremony is about to be held. Unfortunately there is no calendar for ceremonies we can refer to beforehand, also each village is slightly different.
b) The volunteer organization confirms that there are normal teaching activities prior to sending you to your project, but there have been cases where volunteers were still turned away at the last minute.
c) Your coordinators will redirect you to another program if there is a ceremony at your program venue.
d) Please avoid arguing, raising your voice or blaming the staff. Confrontation will not change the situation as they are not in control of these events. Your coordinator will do their best to place you in another program that is available.
- ATM’s: There are many ATM's in Ubud center which is about a 10-minute walk from your accommodation.
- Internet use: We have a WiFi at the house. Internet cafés are also nearby (10-minute walk).
- International phone calls: we can use the telephone in the shop which is a 5-minute walk from the house.
- Personal SIM card for your mobile: You can buy one at the local shop.
- Laundry: there is a laundry service right outside the volunteer house where you can leave your pile of clothes and the cost is approximately less than $1 USD per piece.
- Cafes: There are two lovely spots at walking distance. 3 minutes away from the house center you can find Cafe Vespa a nice comfy cafe with a great menu on teas.
- Kopi Desa is a chill out open air space, to hang out and get a good snack. (Both offer good quality WiFi).
What to bring:
- Sarong for temple visits
- Clothing that covers your shoulders and knees (for the temple and school)
- Shoes and sandals or hiking boots, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Raincoat or umbrella (the rainy season in Indonesia is around March)
- Mosquito protection
- Malaria precautions
- Medicines as you think necessary
- New or secondhand books or games to donate to the Balinese Kids' Centre