The Bali Experience/Road Trip Programme is our very popular three week action-packed adventure and volunteer combination. We will immerse you quickly into Balinese culture and provide you with three different themed weeks to help you get the most out of your time in this wonderful country.
Initially you will begin with language lessons and orientation. The week includes visits to various temples, a walking tour of Ubud and a visit to the famous Monkey street. You will also experience a Balinese traditional dance show and enjoy walks into the rice terraces and fields.
You will learn some local art at the Batik house, and can explore your culinary skills with basic Balinese cooking classes. Or how about a Balinese flower arranging class or two? We’ll finish with a small spiritual tour to the famous temple known as “Pura Tirta Empul.”
Cultural Immersion Week
In your second week participants often separate, depending upon their choice of project – either one week teaching or in an environmental or medical project.
The third third week involves relaxing at Nusa Dua beach (including the never-to-be-forgotten Turtle Island), rafting on the Ayung river and cycling in the Batur mountains.
Start and finish your holiday of a lifetime at our centre in Ubud, enjoying the town, the market and also trekking in this stunning area, with a relaxing Balinese massage to ease tired muscles. Little wonder that many of our guests return more than once.
Week 1: Orientation
Day 1: Monday
On Monday, you will start your program with an early morning breakfast and then get an introduction about the Bali traditions and culture. This would include a walking tour on the popular Monkey Street and Ubud market through which you will be able to learn a lot of the locals and the culture just by observing. Then you will have lunch and receive a proper introduction about the Balinese culture. This would support you later on throughout your project as you will learn about the lifestyle of people and interaction patterns. Once you receive the cultural lesson, you will have your dinner early since you have to set out to a traditional Balinese dance show which would be the last segment of your first day program.
Day 2: Tuesday
On Tuesday, you will attend a language class after your breakfast. This class will come handy especially when you are communicating with the local people. In fact, learning the basics of another language will make you closer to the culture. After you complete the language lessons, you will have lunch and then go on a three to four hour long walking tour to rice terraces. This would be an amazing experience as you would get a chance to stay close with nature.
Day 3: Wednesday
On Wednesday, you will able to strengthen your language skills by attending the language class after breakfast. After you complete the lessons and have lunch, you will be able to evoke your artistic self by learning to paint in a Batik painting class. Once you come back from the painting class, you will be able to enjoy the delicious welcome dinner prepared for you.
Day 4: Thursday
On Thursday, after having breakfast, you will learn to cook the typical Balinese food in our cooking class. After learning to cook delicious Balinese meals, you will then have lunch and attend a Balinese flower offering class where you will learn to make a flower offering for the Gods.
Day 5: Friday
After having breakfast on Friday morning, you will leave for the spiritual tour where you will visit the popular Pura Tirta Empul which is also known as the holy water temple where you can enjoy a bath in holy waters. After the visit, you will have lunch and attend the project meeting in which you will be able to share your thoughts on the program.
Day 6: Saturday
On Saturday you will visit Jatiluwih and hot springs after breakfast. After your visit, you will have lunch and go to another beautiful location named, Bedugul lake bratan. Once you enjoy the beauty of the surroundings, you will then head to Gitgit waterfall and enjoy for a while. At the end of the visit, you will return to the accommodation, have dinner and call it a day!
Day 7: Sunday
On Sunday, once you have breakfast, you can enjoy a massage to get rid of the pains that you got after visiting different locations, and relax the entire day by spending the day freely.
Week 2: Cultural Immersion
Day 8-12: Monday to Friday
Since this is the cultural immersion week, you will be working in one of the community projects to get an in depth understanding about the Balinese culture. Every morning, after your breakfast, you will start preparing lessons as you would be teaching a local school. Then you will have lunch and set out to the allocated local school and spend time with children teaching them basic communication in English. In total you’ll be working for about 4 hours per day, but may change depending on the school’s needs. In order to make teaching more interesting, you can come up with your own creative methods.
Day 13-14: Saturday to Sunday
These two days would be free for you to relax or to explore the surroundings even a bit more.
***There is the alternative of choosing another program here if you wish to. The options are our environmental, medical or kindergarten projects.***
Week 3: Adventure
Day 15: Monday
Welcome to the week of adventure! On Monday, you will go on a cycling tour to visit to the volcano area of Kintamani, where we will enjoy the gorgeous landscapes of Batur Mountain and spice plantations. Afterwards, we’ll set off to explore rice fields by bike. Breakfast and lunch will happen during the tour.
Day 16: Tuesday
You will start your day by going on tour to Southern Bali after breakfast and then you will be visiting Jimbaran Beach & the Turtle conservation site in Sanur. After the visit you will have lunch and spend the rest of the time, freely.
Day 17: Wednesday
Wednesday would be even more exciting as you will be rafting at Ayung River after breakfast. You will receive your lunch somewhere in between the break you get. You will then return the accommodation for the farewell dinner.
Day 18: Thursday
On Thursday, you will wake up in the dawn and do trekking up the volcano to see the sunrise and have breakfast there. Then you come back for lunch and relax the entire day as you will be tired from the early morning trip.
Day 19: Friday
On Friday, you will get the opportunity to enjoy a Balinese massage after having breakfast. This would be the only activity for the day and therefore, you will be able to spend rest of the time freely.