Environmental Education Volunteer Ubud Bali
Bali is well known for its astonishing beauty and greenery. Unfortunately, due to rapid development and the rise in tourism, the local surroundings of Bali have experienced many negative consequences. Plastic water bottles and plastic food wrappers are of great concern and you will often see people simply throwing these on the ground, as food in Bali were traditionally wrapped in biodegradable banana leaves. The relationship between humans and the environment is an important part of the Balinese culture and the aim of this project is to instill environmental education in the children at a young age, imparting your message in a fun and dynamic manner. The emphasis is on “hands on” techniques – getting the children out and about in nature and working together. Participants spend two hours each morning planning their campaign and go to schools in 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, emphasizing that every little effort counts.
The relationship between humans and the environment is an intrinsic part of the Balinese culture and the Balinese are known to respect and treat their environment well long before it became fashionable in the West. One example of this is the Tumpek Uduh day which is a ceremony conducted across Bali for large trees especially fruit bearers and the coconut palm in particular. This is done in order to:
- Show gratitude to the trees for their usefulness to humans and the environment.
- Recognise their importance to the livelihood of the Balinese.
- Pray for continuance in the central role they play in providing a balance between both humans and their environment.
The teaching plan will be confirmed again every Friday.
Aims & Objectives
To teach the future generation of the country to look after the nature through meaningful and joyful educational activities and “hands on” techniques.
Our main students and helpers during your stay here in Indonesia will be the local children of the village you are assigned to. Because of this, it is important to be very understanding and able to adapt to the behaviour of children while still accomplishing your original goal. These children are not very skilled when it comes to cleaning modern garbage and it is up to you to teach them how to do it, both safely and properly.
As you work and teach, you will be educating children how to do the following (which will be taught to you beforehand if you do not have full knowledge yourself)
- Planting trees properly
- Cleaning up rivers that are filled with waste (plastics, debris)
- Cleaning beaches that may be heavily littered
On top of this, you will participate in a campaign that advocates safe and proper usage and disposal of non-biodegradable plastics. Your students will learn the different symbols that can be found on plastic and how to determine if the plastic will dissolve within a timely manner or if it needs to be disposed of in a proper manner. You will also describe the basic concept of recycling in order to prepare the locals for the potential of recycling centres in the future.
An understanding of Indonesian emphasis on environmentalism is important, so it is recommended that you brush up your knowledge on Tumpek Uduh day, which is a ceremony regularly conducted across Bali. The focus is on large trees which bear fruit, such as the coconut palm. Proper studying on this ceremony will enable you to identify and relate with the children you will be working with.
Please Note:Bali is a tropical country with occasional storms and heavy rains. During such times, the above schedule may be subject to change.
You will be accommodated in one of our houses in the village of Pejeng Kaja. 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!
Accommodation & Food
The accommodation is located in Pejeng Kaja which has shared rooms for participants including facilities as well as enough space for them interact and enjoy their time in Bali. There are 2 centres in Pejeng which are specially furnished for the participant accommodation namely Santi Rahayu and Melati.
If you select the private accommodation option, you will be given a private room with an attached bathroom.
- Persons per room 4-8
- Hot Showers
Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during your 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 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.
Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the week and two meals (breakfast, dinner) during weekends
Our houses are located in Pejeng village and it will take about 15-20 minutes to reach the centre of Ubud.
There are some grocery shops in the village and 24 hours mini mart in Ubud centre.
There are small local shops which will take 5-10 minutes by walk 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.It takes about 5 minutes by car or 20 minutes by walking to the centre of village.
There is a swimming pool which can be reached in 10 minutes by taxi from the centre.
There are several gyms around Ubud area.
Clinic and Hospital
The clinic UPT Kesmas is open 24 hours, is located in Tampaksiring about 4 km away. It takes about 10 minutes by car and the hospital Ari Canti hospital Rumah Sakit is about 8 km from the center and it take 15 minutes by car to reach there.
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 snorkelling 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.
Trip Country Info
Language: Indonesian (official)
Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
Time zone: UTC +8
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Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Criminal Background Check|
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance