Over 30’s Bali Volunteer Experience
Built especially for families and older travellers this 3 week program will expose you to the basics of Indonesian culture, throw you into the mix of volunteer work, and give you a week of luxurious relaxation that makes your joints ache with joy rather than pain.
This program is very similar to the Bali Adventuring & Volunteering programs but simply removes the intensive volunteering projects and the physically demanding activities. It is meant for a calm and relaxing experience with the Indonesian people, and this is exactly what it provides.
Compatible with other programs such as beach week or yoga week, you can expand this program to accommodate your desires. Volunteers in the past have often extended their stay while here,because they have enjoyed the experience so much.This process has been made extremely simple and easy for you to go through.
Aims & Objectives
To immerse in the Balinese culture while relaxing and experiencing the beauty of the surroundings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free time for you to relax.
Monday to Friday
During the second week of your stay in Bali, you will join the teaching program. During the weekdays, after having breakfast, you will engage in teaching. This teaching program will carry on till the afternoon and you will also enjoy your lunch in the break you get during the teaching program. However, Friday would be special for you as it would be the last day of the teaching program. Therefore, a small farewell party will be arranged for you at the end of the teaching program.
Free time for you to relax.
The third week of your comfort experience would start on Monday by a visit to Kintamani – a volcanic area after having your breakfast. Once you reach Kintamani, you will be able to enjoy the views of beautiful Batur mountain landscapes and spice plantations. You will then come back to your accommodation for dinner.
You will start your day by going to Southern Bali after breakfast and then you will be visiting Jimbaran Beach and the Turtle conservation site in Serangan. After the visit you will have lunch and spend the rest of the time in the beach, freely.
After having breakfast on Wednesday, you will visit BudeKeling silver vactorytengganan village and enjoy the nature in cold village. After lunch will continue to visit Goa Gajah Cave Temple.
The special activity of Thursday would be the visit to the Sukawati Art Traditional Market after having breakfast. Once you do the painting, you can spend the day freely.
On Friday, you will enjoy a Balinese Massage after having breakfast. Since it would be the last day of your program, you will also have a farewell party at the house centre after lunch.
You will enjoy a free day and meals for Saturday, however you will be leaving early on Sunday.
As you can tell, this timeline is very basic and leaves a lot of time for your own activities. Your program coordinator can assist you with figuring out what you can do in the time available to you based on the circumstances (time of year, local situation, volunteer preferences).
If you choose to continue your experience after 3 weeks, availability can be seen on the booking system.
Bali is a tropical country with occasional violent 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
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.
Dubbed the Island of the Gods, Bali is one of the more than 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Due to its location off the coast from the mainland and unique culture and religion from the rest of the country, Bali is often treated as a destination of its own, “if you’ve only been to Bali, you’ve never been to Indonesia”.
With its pristine beaches, its unspoilt waters ideal for surfing and diving, its lush mountains, its never-ending rice terrace and volcanic hillsides, its spiritually-infused culture and more, Bali has quickly become a must-visit and it often makes its way on everyone’s bucket list.
Flores is located the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life. And if you want to see the famous Komodo Dragons alive, this is the only place in the whole world which gives you the experience. You can visit the Komodo dragons in their natural habitats in the Komodo National Park islands. Here you will witness the natural treasures still trying to survive in its purest forms.
Flores is a multi-religious and multi-cultural island where 60% of the people are Christian, 20% Islamic and 20% Hindus and Buddhists. The holidays for Flores are similar to the general Indonesian calendar.
Flores, though one of the main islands in Indonesia, is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. Evidently, its exceptional natural treasures need more care and its warm hearted people need more support.
Temperatures are pleasant, varying from 20-33 degrees celsius year-round. The monsoon season strikes in November and makes its way until March, bringing in humidity and a significant amount of rain. However, this usually does not stop people from visiting, as the rain usually begins in the late afternoons and evenings, meaning the daytime remains sun-filled. From June to September, the weather is dry and there is not too much humidity in the air.
Indonesia is a haven for customs and this can be seen in every corner of the islands. Not to mention the fact the these islands themselves have their own traditions and customs which are different from one another.
A good example of this can be experienced in Bali, where small offerings containing flowers, rice and even cigarettes (sesajen) are found in every house, restaurants, stalls and even at the check-in desks at airports. The offerings are set with burning incense sticks and sprinkled with holy water three times a day before every meal.
There are roughly 20,000 temples spread around the Bali island and, because the Balinese are masters of sculpture, the temples are guarded with statues of gods and goddesses.
Keep, in mind, however, that the Hinduism you will see in Bali is often different than the one seen in India.
Take a look at our latest gap year volunteer projects in Indonesia below or get in touch with any questions you have about volunteering in Indonesia.
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