All volunteer projects in Bali begin with an Introduction week.Packed full of exciting adventures, cultural excursions and interactions. It includes language lessons, visits to various temples around Bali, a walking tour of Ubud and the famous Monkey street, local art and cooking classes, traditional dance shows and flower arranging classes.
Bali is one of more than 17,000 islands of the volcanic archipelago that make up the country of Indonesia. Known as the Island of the gods, Bali has a rich history steeped in mythology and spirituality. With easy access to crystal clear waters, lush jungles and an abundance of cultural activities, Bali is a popular destination for people seeking surf, hiking, and spiritual adventures.
Volunteers will stay in Penestanan Kaja, on the outskirts of Bali’s Ubud. This is a quintessential Balinese village, set among lush rice paddies and breath-taking traditional temples where volunteers will get a real feel for local Balinese life. The kindergarten program works in 15 kindergartens across the Ubud area, including one self-run, free kindergarten for 4-5-year-olds.
Like kindergarten children the world over, the kids will be more excited to play than to be formally ‘taught’. This is why the teaching program is designed to plant the seeds of a learning habit that will last a lifetime, providing informal teaching to young children through games, playtime, and basic English phrases. Volunteers always receive a warm welcome from the enthusiastic children, partly due to the naturally warm and friendly nature of Balinese people, but also because it is exciting, and rare, for them to meet foreigners!
A typical weekday for a volunteer on the Bali kindergarten program begins with an early breakfast, and then off to one of the kindergartens for a morning of games, play, and informal style lessons. Afternoons are then spent planning the activities for the following day before everyone meets for a group dinner. This schedule is flexible to allow for changes in weather, local conditions and the individual schools own plans and activities.