Tianyar is small fishing village in the northern part of Bali, approximately 3 - 4 hours drive from Denpasar. What once was a highly bio-diverse and healthy 3 km coral reef, Tianyar’s reef is currently in poor condition due to many years of unsustainable fishing practices with no regard for protecting the marine environment.
After several visits from scientists, conservationists and divers, an urgent need to protect the reef was identified. With the aim of restoring and conserving Tianyar’s coral reef, this project was started not only to protect its amazing and fragile ecosystems, but also to provide a sustainable future for the livelihood of folks residing in this underprivileged village.
Volunteering Solutions has coordinated with local Indonesian organization and here's a brief about the ongoing work in this region:
Working with LINI (The Indonesian Nature Foundation) to build artificial reef structures such as fish domes. These are deployed along the reef on sampled sand bottom areas. These structures benefit the marine environment because they act as habitats marine sphere to provide shelter as well as a surface for corals to grow on.
Working with fishermen, local community and central government to expand, create local jobs and further improve the coral restoration process.
Note: North Bali Reef Conservation also offers an opportunity to learn to dive and become qualified at an additional cost.
Arrival day - Saturday. Volunteers will be received at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar (DPS), between 6 am to 10 pm. Sunday will be a free day for you to explore. Basic orientation in Ubud will be provided by the coordinator and on Monday, there will be a detailed orientation in Tianyar.
Volunteers will stay at Ubud in a homestay on their day of arrival (Saturday) till Monday. On Monday, you will be transferred to Tianyar which is around 3 hours drive by car. After arrival, you will have lunch, followed by an orientation session and an introductory visit to the placement.
Working days – Monday to Thursday. However, in certain cases, it can be on all days as well. There is no fixed schedule for the program and the work goes on as per actual requirements.
Meals – Breakfast from next day after arrival in Ubud, all meals in Tianyar.
Note: The minimum duration is for 2 weeks.
Volunteering Solutions ensures that all our international volunteers are provided the utmost comfort so that they can have a home away from home experience while working with us. We ensure that your stay, meals and other personal requirements are looked after well.
All volunteers will have to reach Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar (DPS), on Saturday. Make sure that your arrival time is between 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Our Bali coordinator will be there at the airport to receive you and shall take you to the accommodation. It is your duty to inform us about your arrival time, for a hassle free pick up. After the program ends, we can arrange for your airport transfer for an additional cost.
In Ubud, accommodation will be provided in the homestay on the same gender sharing basis. Each room has a toilet and a small kitchenette with a refrigerator and stove. One can buy the supplies and prepare or make a basic food if required. The geyser is available and WiFi facilities will also be provided at the homestay.
Ubud accommodation is located in the main Ubud town. Shops, restaurants, ATM, pharmacy, taxi stand, everything is at a walking distance. Volunteers can get familiar on the day of arrival with the local area or they can also take help of caretaker at the accommodation.
In Tianyar, accommodation is in a volunteer house, which is a cluster of beautiful bamboo cottages. To make it environment-friendly, each cluster has a separate bathroom and toilet, also made of bamboo and canes. Each cottage has a sit out area and fans are installed. There is no Wifi here. There are two common areas where volunteers can have meals or can sit and chat. There is a kitchen where meals are prepared. Volunteers need to bring their own towel, toiletries, toilet roll etc.
At a walking distance of 10-15 minutes, there is a department store and a local restaurant.
Our efficient country coordinator will conduct this Orientation Session for the volunteers. you will be provided with all the details about the project, about the work that you'll have to do, as well as information about the place. If you have any questions regarding safety issues, traveling, work-related doubts etc., you can ask the question and clear them.
For Ubud Program, the orientation session will be conducted by the coordinator on Monday, either at school or at the accommodation.
For Tianyar Programs, the orientation session will be done on Monday, upon arrival in Tianyar.
We take special care while feeding our volunteers. Meals will be provided as per mention in the program itinerary. For volunteers in Ubud, a general breakfast meal would comprise Pancakes, seasonal fruits, eggs, bread, tea/coffee etc. For volunteers in Tianyar, three meals will be provided each day. A general breakfast will comprise Pancakes, seasonal fruits, fried banana, toast, tea/coffee etc. For lunch and dinner, the menu will be Rice, salad, sprouts, vegetable, chicken or eggs, seasonal fruits. Occasionally pasta or some local preparation will be made.
During Free Time
In Ubud, volunteers can go for leisurely walks in Ubud market and it'll be a delightful experience. There are hundreds of shops and several restaurants, cheap-eateries, mid-range, and high end, where local as well as international cuisines are easily available. There are several departmental stores like Circle K or Dewata where one can get almost everything that are daily essentials, like water bottles, frozen food, ready to eat food, beverages, snacks etc. Volunteers can also hire a taxi and can visit rice terraces. During the weekend, volunteers can plan a trip to Kuta or Tanah Lot or Seminyak.
Tianyar is located on the coast of Bali Sea. Beach is just at the exit gate of the accommodation. Volunteers can have a bonfire there. During the weekend, they can visit Ubud or they can have 2 - 3 days trip to Kuta, Seminyak, Tanah Lot etc.
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As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is recommended that potential volunteers book their programs well in advance to get confirmed placements. You can book your slot by filling the application form online and pay the application fee of $250. You can pay your program fee later and also, in installments. However, the complete payment should be made 45 days prior to the starting date of the program. If you are volunteering in a group, you can also fill a group application form.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be activated.You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our back-end team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents,your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.
Volunteers are provided with the airport pick up from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar (DPS), between 6 AM to 10 PM on the date of arrival (Saturday, as chosen) by the coordinator or representative. You'll then be taken to the accommodation in Ubud, where you can rest for the day. Volunteers who have chosen project in Tianyar will be taken to the destination on the next day.
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fee is valid for a year's time (from the date of applying). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.
For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next Vol Sol program.
We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 10+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
VolSol volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program type. You will have weekends off so you can go for traveling on weekends. However, in some projects, you will have to work on Saturdays as well.
Volunteers can get a free Visa on arrival that'll be valid for 30 days. Paid Visa on arrival can be obtained for 35 USD, that'll be valid for 60 days. Extension of the same for another 30 days will cost 85 USD. Your local coordinator will assist you in that case. You can also get in touch with the Program Advisor for further details after application procedures are completed.
Almost all major airlines have flights to Bali. Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, Thai Airways, Malaysian Airlines, QANTAS, Etihad, Emirates, Lion Air, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Malindo Air are the major airlines have flight operating to Bali.
Many airlines like KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways, ANA and more, have code-sharing arrangements with other airlines and offer seamless connections to Bali from all over the world.
In Ubud, there are several money changers. You can change your money at any of the authorized money changing outlets or in a bank. Those participating in Tianyar program, can get their money exchanged during the couple of days in Ubud, before their program commences. There are several ATMs in Ubud.
Being a popular zone among tourists, Bali is overall a very safe destination. However volunteers are advised to follow guidelines and suggestions given by coordinator. Program coordinators will give you necessary information regarding the safety as well as the Do's and Don'ts. The locals are friendly and helpful as well; however, it is recommended to consult your in-country coordinators before you step out alone or go to any other place apart from Ubud or Tianyar. Also, it is recommended to be with your group whenever you venture out or stay out late in the night.
Carry general medicines with you, and consult your doctor before setting out for your volunteering trip to Bali. There is no mandatory vaccination to stay in Bali. However one can discuss with the doctor and may take vaccination for Rabies, Dengue, Malaria, Hepatitis and Tetanus.
Your program coordinator will take you to your placement and will introduce you to local staff there. School in Tianyar is at a walking distance, just 5 minutes away from the accommodation. On Monday, once you arrive in Tianyar, you will be taken to the placement for introduction. For Ubud program, traveling from accommodation to school and coming back is included in the program cost.
In Ubud, accommodation is arranged in a home stay. Each room has toilet and a small kitchenette with refrigerator and stove. One can buy the supplies and prepare or make a basic food if required. Hot and cold running water and shower is available. Wi-Fi is available at the homestay.
Accommodation is located in main Ubud town. Shops, restaurants, ATM, pharmacy, taxi stand, everything is at a walking distance. Volunteers can get familiar on day of arrival with the local area or they can also take help of caretaker at accommodation.
In Tianyar, accommodation is in a volunteer house, which is a cluster of beautiful bamboo cottages. To make it environment friendly, each cluster has a separate bathroom and toilet, also made of bamboo and canes. Each cottage has a sit out area and fans are installed. There is no Wi-Fi here. There are two common areas where volunteers can have meals or can sit and chat. There is a kitchen where meals are prepared. Volunteers need to bring their own towel, toiletries, toilet roll etc.
At a walking distance of 10-15 minutes, there is a department store and a local restaurant.
Vegetarian food is available at accommodation.
In Ubud, one can expect expenses of USD 60 to USD 75 for meals, water bottles etc. This amount may vary in actual. For weekend trips, expenses will be additional.
In Tianyar, one can expect expenses of USD 20 to USD 30 for snacks or water bottles etc. This amount may vary in actual. For weekend trips, expenses will be additional.
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