Come and enjoy the picturesque Bali where you will help children to learn English and improve their futures. Immerse yourself within the warm and welcoming community and get to know lots about the vibrant and diverse Balinese culture.
With the explosion of tourism in Bali, the need to speak English has never been greater, with this crucial skill being an important factor when acquiring later employment.
This rewarding project really makes a difference within the community in Tianyar, a traditional fishing village. Established in 2008, the centre is 100% run and owned by the locals, it has been developed with assistance of volunteers from around the world and is a non-profit organisation.
With the main aim of teaching English for free, the children attend our classes as well as their normal government run education. You, along with other volunteers will focus on providing a fun and enjoyable experience, where the children can further progress their English.
You will plan and teach fun and interactive lessons that develop the children’s confidence and conversational skills that will make a huge difference to those less fortunate.
Although English is taught as standard within government run schools, the lack of facilities and an old fashioned curriculum means children lack the support and resources they need.
By attending our before and after school classes, children are able to converse with native, fluent English speakers, which is invaluable experience.
You will find that all of the children have a real thirst for knowledge and are eager to learning – making your teaching experience as rewarding for you as it is for them. Their excitement will shine through everyday as they all attend with smiling faces, a positive attitude and will love to get you know you.
Volunteers are encouraged to be creative in their approach and where possible make use of games, songs, art, sport and music.
Bali is renowned for its beautiful and varied landscapes, from towering volcanic mountains, lush green rice fields, amazing coral reefs and of course stunning coastlines.
You will have long weekends to go and explore what this beautiful island has to offer. Visit ancient temples, dive in the crystal clear seas, travel to one of the many islands, go fishing, swim under waterfalls, learn to dive or visit the unique Monkey Forest.
Our English teaching classes run from Monday to Thursday with two shifts per day. Morning classes run from 8 – 10am and the afternoon classes from 2 – 5pm.
With the heat and humidity that exists in Bali, you will have plenty of time to relax during the hottest part of the day. Many volunteers take advantage of this time to relax on the beach, plan future activities and to explore the local area.
Throughout your day you will be teaching different groups of classes, with children aged between 6 and 17 years old. Some of the activities throughout your volunteering time will include:
- Assisting the local teachers with lessons
- Lead your own classes (once familiar with everything)
- Fully plan your interactive and fun lessons
- Get creative with arts and crafts, singing and dancing
- Play a range of sports and games – just dont get to competitive!
- Teach the children basic life skills and environmental awareness
- Help with various tasks around the centre; including cleaning
If you are looking to make a real difference to the lives of children in underprivileged communities, all while exploring a beautiful and magical island – this is the programme for you.
During your time in Bali, you will be staying in our volunteer accommodation in the traditional fishing village of Tianyar. With the beautiful coastline just a 20 second walk, you will spend most of your time taking in the beautiful sights, relaxing on the beach and swimming in the clear blue sea!
You will have the chance to learn how to dive (additional cost) to then take advantage of the amazing coral reefs that surround you! With the famous dive site village of Tulamben only 20 minutes away and also Amed and Lovina a short drive, there is so much to see and do – underwater!
If you would prefer to stay on land, you can explore the ancient temples, see amazing waterfalls, climb mountains, go fishing, watch a traditional Balinese dance show and so much more! There are several restaurants and bars in the nearby town, just a short 20-minute drive away.
You will be sharing your spacious bedroom with up to 2 other volunteers, with single beds and a shared western style bathroom. You will be able to escape the heat with ceiling fans and also take advantage of the free Wi-Fi that is provided – although it can be intermittent.
Wifi – Yes
People per room – Up to 3
Single sex rooms – Yes
Nearest shops – 5 minute walk
Airport Transfers – 2.5 hours
All meals are provided at the volunteer house and are included within the programme fee. Meals are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week and you can expect some of the following meals:
Breakfast – Pancakes, omelettes, toast, eggs, fresh fruits
Lunch – Fried rice, soup, noodles
Dinner – Rice, chicken, fish
What are the requirements to join?
We welcome all volunteers from any background, religion and nationality, as long as you have no criminal convictions and are able to supply a clean criminal background check. In order to join the programme you need to be at least 16 years old on the programme start date.
Individuals need to have a good level / understanding of English but it dose not need to be your first language. As some programmes can be quite strenuous, we recommend that you should be physically fit.
What date should I arrive and leave?
You should arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (DPS) on your selected start date, being the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Please ensure your flight lands between 6am and 10pm. You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign and will take you to our accommodation in Ubud for the weekend. On Monday morning, you will then make your way to the volunteer accommodation.
The programme ends on a Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day. Our local team will be happy to help organise any onward journeys or book transport back to the airport.
Are there any age restrictions for solo travellers?
The only age restriction in place is that you have to be at least 16 years old before your programme start date. Anyone over this age is welcome. Generally the average age range for our programmes is 18 – 25, although this is by no means definitive and we regularly have volunteers of all ages.
What is the minimum age for travelling with my family?
If you are travelling with family and at least one member is aged 18 years old or over, then we welcome anyone from 5 years and up.
When should I apply for the programme?
You can apply for this programme at anytime, however we advise that you apply as soon as possible to have the best chances of securing your placement on your selected dates. Some of our programmes have limited capacity and spaces can get filled up quickly.
If you are wanting to volunteer within the next few weeks, then please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
It is possible to change your start dates once you have been accepted, however this is subject to availability and can attract a small administration fee.
What duration would you recommend?
On gaining feedback from previous volunteers, we believe 4 – 6 weeks is the ideal time to get settled in and really involved with the programme. This also allows you to make the most of your free time, to explore this beautiful country and to participate in any activities.
We regularly have volunteers come for 1 to 2 weeks that tell us that they did not believe they had enough time and wish they had stayed for longer.
What will my itinerary be?
You should arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (DPS) on Saturday between 6am and 10pm.
Days 1-2 (Saturday) – Arrival & Ubud
A member of our local team will be waiting for you in arrivals holding a named sign. You will be taken to our accommodation in Ubud where you will be spending the weekend. On the Sunday you will be free to explore the area that boasts many sights and activities.
Day 3 (Monday) – Travel & Orientation
On Monday morning you will receive a basic orientation by our local co-ordinator and you will then make the 3-hour journey by private car to our volunteer accommodation in Tianyar. You will have the opportunity to settle in and then receive a more detailed orientation, including lots of information about the local area.
Day 4-6 (Tuesday – Thursday) – Volunteering
Your volunteering begins! Our teaching programme runs from 8am to 10am in the mornings and then 2pm to 5pm in the afternoons. A member of our local team will accompany you to the project site. After introductions, you will be told what is expected of you and shown the ropes. Volunteering times will generally be the same each day and as time goes on you will become more confident and independent and given more tasks to do.
Day 7-9 (Friday – Sunday) – Weekend
Being next to the beach and with so many great sights and activities to do nearby, weekends are never boring! Whatever you plan on doing, our local team can advise and help organise any trips.
The following weeks
The following weeks will follow the same kind of pattern, with volunteering between Monday and Thursday and exploring Bali and the surrounding islands at the weekends. You will find that time will really start to fly by, so it’s important to make the most of your time! Don’t forget, our local team are there to support you and to answer any questions you may have.
Last day (Saturday)
Time has flown by and it is already time to leave. If you are heading home then our local team can arrange your return airport transfer (not included within the programme fee) or recommend plans for your onwards journey.
How will I get to the project?
All of our programmes in Bali are within a 5 minute walk of the volunteer accommodation. A member of our local team will accompany you.
Is there Internet and phone signal?
There is Wi-Fi within the volunteer accommodation although this can be intermittent. If you are wanting to call home or use the internet while out and about, we recommend that you bring an unlocked phone and purchase a local sim card – our local team can assist. Alternatively, you can buy a cheap phone while in Bali for under £15.
What is Tianyar like?
Tianyar is a small traditional fishing village, located on the North East coast of Bali. Being so close to the beach (just a stones throw away!), you will spend most of your time enjoying the coastline. The North of Bali is currently untouched by tourism, so this is your chance to see and get involved in real communities within Bali.
The Mighty Roar Local Team in Bali
Our programmes in Bali are run by our dedicated local team, who are committed to ensuring you have the best time ever. Ketut and other team members provide the structure for your stay, including the accommodation, meals, airport pickup, in-country orientation and of course support.
They are sure to become your good friends and you will not meet nicer people that are willing to do everything in their power to make your stay the most memorable.
Will I get an in-country orientation?
Yes. Your orientation will be on Monday and will go through everything you need to know for your time in Bali. You will be shown around Tianyar, where the shops, ATM and taxi rank will all be pointed out to you.
Our local coordinator will go through all of the important health and safety information that you should follow during your time in Bali. You’ll learn about the Sri Lankan way of life and the cultural differences.
What is the weather like in Bali?
Bali is located very near to the equator; therefore it has a warm and tropical climate. Average year round temperates stand at around 30c, with a humidity level of 85%.
Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?
Yes of course. We welcome volunteers from around the world, no matter how far away from the programmes you are. The majority of volunteers that we host, come from the UK, US, Germany, Canada and Australia.
Can I go with my friend / partner?
We have many volunteers that travel with their friends, family members or with their partner. If required, we can ensure that you are based on the same project and stay within the same accommodation. On request, we can normally organise a private room to.
Is it safe to travel to Bali?
We regularly visit and participate in each and every one of the programmes we offer in Bali to rigorously check all aspects of the project and accommodation are safe and that all procedures are being followed. These include but are not limited to checking the living conditions within the volunteer accommodations, checking the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, tasting the food you’ll be eating and going on any weekend trips recommended by us or our local team.
We monitor the stability of all of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis and have constant contact with our overseas teams to ensure that our volunteers are safe.
All volunteers will receive a comprehensive volunteer handbook when you choose to join us on one of our programmes. This detailed document addresses a large range of issues such as health, safety, visas, as well as going into details about local cultures and traditions.
When you arrive in-country, you will be given a safety briefing during your orientation that will cover things like emergency procedures, how to use local transport and any cultural differences.
Our in-country team are on hand to help with any issues or to answer any questions and please do not forget that our UK office is available 24/7 in case of any rare emergencies.
While we can never guarantee your volunteer experience will be 100% trouble free, we have taken all of the necessary precautions to minimise all risks and to ensure the programme is as safe as possible.
Before You Depart
When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?
To confirm and guarantee your placement on one of our programmes, you need to pay the registration fee of £129 within 7 days of receiving confirmation that your application was successful. The remaining balance is then due to less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.
Payments can be done all at once or be spread out over several months and can be paid via BACS (bank transfer). We do accept additional payments methods, such as debit and credit cards, although there may be additional fees.
Do I need any vaccinations and / or malaria tablets?
As we are not trained medical experts we cannot tell you exactly what vaccinations or other medication you may need for your trip. You will need to consult with your local doctors or travel clinic.
You can also find additional information on the NHS Fit For Travel website.
How do I arrange my flights?
All flights need to be booked by you, although we can point you in the right direction on where you may be able to find the best prices.
Before booking any flights, we strongly recommend that you wait to have confirmation that your application has been successful.
Do you offer travel insurance?
Travel insurance is a compulsory part of your volunteering trip, that’s why we have teamed up with Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy. It is suitable for all of the programmes we offer and can be taken out at any time. You can read more about our insurance here.
If you decide to purchase your travel insurance from an alternative provider, please ensure it covers you for everything you will be doing. Adequate travel insurance must be in place no less than 60 days before your programme start date. Without proof of this insurance, we will not be able to accept you onto the programme.
When will I receive my volunteer handbook?
You will receive a welcome email from us as soon as you have paid the registration fee and your placement has been confirmed. The welcome email will include the volunteer handbook that provides a wealth of information that will help you better understand all aspects of your upcoming trip as well as details about our insurance policy.
Please note, that all material is sent via email and hard copies cannot be sent.
On Your Trip
Can I arrange a private room?
The majority of our accommodation only offers shared rooms that are usually same-sex. However, if you would prefer a private room please let us know and we will at least try for you.
Can you cater for my dietary requirements?
We will try are best to cater for any dietary requirements. When you submit your application please include any required details within the dietary section and we will liaise with our local coordinators.
Are there any public holidays that would effect the project?
Although we try to be as clear as possible of all holidays that effect project availability, due to the nature of some countries, holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change.
If such a holiday falls when you are on your placement, this is generally a good time to experience unique festivities where you can join in with the locals.
What is the dress code at the projects?
We ask that all volunteers take the approach of a smart and responsible image during your time in the communities and on projects. It is best to also take some older clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Generally, it is best to avoid tight and very short clothing and anything that may have offensive slogans on it. Its recommended that you take some nicer clothes for weekends or any free time you may have.
We do not wish to impose strict regulations, however we do ask that you respect the local culture and do your best to adhere to the clothing guidelines within the volunteer handbook.
How much spending money will I need?
For general expenses and some travelling, you should find that £50 – £100 per week is sufficient. However, this can vary greatly depending on the amount of activities or trips you do and if you are eating out during the week..
Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?
There should be plenty of time to travel while on your placement and we actively encourage that you do! The local coordinators will be able to give you lots of travel tips and provide any help needed for your independent adventure.
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