Introduction Week in Ubud Bali
If you’re seeking a destination with a rich cultural history, exquisite handicrafts, a penchant for performing arts and an alluring spiritual twist, look no further than Bali. Located within the many islands of Indonesia, Bali is a cultural hotspot that prides itself on having one of the most diverse performing arts cultures in the world, from entertaining puppet shows and mesmerising traditional dance, through to captivating percussion orchestra music.
Bali is an island in the archipelago of Indonesia, boasting year-round gorgeous temperatures, postcard-worthy white sand beaches, towering volcanoes and intricate traditional temples. If you’re wanting to explore the rich culture of this country, then joining in on the Bali introduction week is the perfect way to experience what Bali has to offer.
During the week you will get to explore the diverse landscapes of the country from beautiful rice terraces to hand carved temples, as well as learn about the local culture through language lessons and a variety of tantalising cultural experiences and classes. You will be staying in Penestanan Kaja, where you can experience life as the locals do, with many opportunities to practice your new language skills!
The Ubud Bali introduction week packs a punch and is jam packed full of cultural experiences, exotic adventures and a true taste of Balinese life. Some of the highlights to this week include:
Try your hand at traditional Balinese batik painting,Learn the flavours of Balinese cuisine in local cooking lessons.
Explore the Ubud area with walking tours through the rice terraces, villages and rolling hills, and stop in at the famous Monkey street. Take a spiritual tour around local temples, including PuraTirtaEmpul, the holy water temple.
Get creative with the flower offering class, where you’ll then get to take your completed flower offering to a traditional Balinese temple.
On Monday, you will have breakfast and then get an introduction about the Bali traditions and culture. Then you will go on a walking tour to the popular Monkey street and Ubud market. After the visit, you will have lunch and then join a class on introduction to Balinese culture. You will then have an early dinner and leave to witness the traditional Balinese dance show.
9:30 Balinese Language Class
14:00 Village Walking tour (Visit rice terrace, art village and beauty hills by walking)
9:30 Balinese Language Class
13.00 Batik painting class
09:30 Cooking class
14:00 Balinese flower offering Class
18:30 Welcome and Goodbye dinner
9:00 Spiritual Tour: we go to visit the famous temple ” PuraTirtaEmpul ” the holy water temple and you can enjoy shower with the Holy Water(Late Lunch at the house /Possible to get some snack or drink in the temple)
15.00 Project meeting
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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
Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.For learning culture and gaining experiences you’ve never thought of, there is Indonesia, one of the most interesting countries in the world. With around 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese and European sources, Indonesia has many cultural experiences ready to be discovered.
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Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
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