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Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Bali - Ubud

Construction and Renovation Volunteer Project in Bali - Ubud

Want to roll up your sleeves on a Construction and Renovation project in Bali - Ubud? International Volunteer HQ’s Construction project enables volunteers to gain experience and skills in building, renovation and maintenance at schools and community spaces in the lush Ubud area. These initiatives need hands-on help to build new facilities and improve older ones so they can continue the vital work they do supporting local communities.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Affordable fees from CA$948 for 2 weeks
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Build, paint, restore and upgrade important community facilities

  • Explore Ubud’s ancient temples and rice terraces

  • Stay with other volunteers in scenic villages near Ubud

Key information

Improve infrastructure for the community
Based at schools and community spaces in Ubud
Dormitory-style volunteer houses
Volunteers aged 16+ and families
Fully hosted experience from CA$948 for 2 weeks
Durations from 2 - 12 weeks
Introduction Week available
Up to 6 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Physically active volunteers who don’t mind getting their hands dirty and are willing to provide support wherever help is most needed. No previous experience is needed because you’ll be teamed up with local staff.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Bali has been growing at a rapid pace for some time and infrastructure has struggled to keep up with population growth. There is demand for new schools and community buildings, but getting them built can take a long time. By volunteering to help with building and renovations, you can help to fast-track projects that will serve the local community.

As a Construction and Renovation volunteer in Ubud, you’ll assist local teams with the building and renovation of schools and community spaces and be able to see the visible difference you make.

Construction and Renovation volunteer work varies, but tasks may include:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and building
  • Painting
  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Tiling

Important dates to note for 2024:

  • The 11th of March is Silent day (Nyepi day) and you will have to stay at the volunteer center as everything will stop including orientation, volunteering, the airport, restaurants, shops, etc will all be closed.
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

As job losses escalate as a result of Covid-19, it is estimated that nearly half of the global workforce is at risk of losing their livelihoods. We must improve access to jobs, decent work conditions and community services in order to achieve peace, sustainable economic growth and a better quality of life for all.

Why do Construction and Renovation volunteering in Ubud with IVHQ?

By being a volunteer builder in Ubud, you’ll be adding value to the local community, while developing personally and professionally by:

  • Helping build invaluable community spaces
  • Supporting local projects which serve low-income communities
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining building and renovation skills and experience
  • Immersing yourself fully in Balinese life
  • Exploring Ubud’s rich culture and natural environment

Volunteer requirements

  • It is important to note, if a volunteer will be in Bali for less than 30 days and has chosen to join one of the add ons available such as the Introduction week, Adventure week or theYoga and Meditation Week, the volunteer will be able to join with a visa on arrival.
  • Alternatively, all volunteers joining the Bali program must obtain the Social Cultural Visa (C6B). This type of visa is required to join the program, no matter your nationality or duration in Bali. The visa can typically take up to 15 working days to process and once registered you will be provided with instructions on how to apply for this visa.
  • To respect the local culture and customs in Bali, volunteers should be aware that they’re unable to have anything obstructing their face while at their volunteer placement.
  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • Volunteers aged 16-18 are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team
  • All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Agnieszka Dzietczyk
27 Oct 2023

Go with an open mind and be flexible - I read it in previous testimonials and totally agree with it. The positive, open-minded attitude helps a lot to adjust to the new local culture, especially if you're planning to volunteer for several weeks. And do ask for help if you have any questions - I relied a lot on the guidelines provided by the local coordinators. They were always happy to share their knowledge and experience, and it's been a huge pleasure partnering with them to make an impact on the local community.

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Cassandra Nava
12 Sep 2023

My advice is to prepare everything with a lot of time before. Go with an open mind and don't worry about making friends as everyone is amazing and opened to meeting new people. You will have the best time of your life. I also recommend going as long as you can!! the more time the better.

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Alex Gozzola
31 Aug 2023

I was nervous because it was the first time out of the country by myself with my son. The IVHQ team made me feel prepared before hand, and the local team made me feel safe and welcome during our stay. It was a great experience.

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Thomas Salcedo
22 Aug 2023

This experience was life changing and extremely enjoyable due to the staff, food and new people I met. If you are hesitant about joining this program, join, because I was feeling the exact same way and this was one of the greatest decisions I've made in a long time.

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Johanna Blondin
18 Jul 2023

Je suis tellement heureux d’avoir pu faire partie d’une expérience aussi spéciale que le bénévolat. J’ai rencontré de nouveaux amis, appris tellement de nouvelles choses, du travail dans la construction à une nouvelle culture, et bien plus encore. Je ne saurais trop recommander ce programme! Assurez-vous simplement de rester au moins 3 à 4 semaines car le temps passe trop rapidement!

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Dana Shockman
26 Mar 2023

Working with the local construction team and the other volunteers was my favorite moment. We build such a wonderful bond and we genuinely had so much fun on site every day. I never imagined being covered in dirt and sweat would be so much fun. We accomplished so much together and it was incredibly hard work everyday but even more rewarding! I learned to slow down, to expect the unexpected and to live in the moment. I met so many incredible people from all over the world, at different stages of life, and so many different ages. None of these things mattered- we were all there for a similar reason and it was so freeing to be a part of a team of people who were excited to make an impact in the world. Embrace the journey- EVERYTHING you want to learn about yourself, the world, a new experience, a new place- is on the other side of saying yes to this adventure.

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Volunteer Abroad in Ubud, Bali with IVHQ

Location

Set among lush rice paddies and ancient temples, IVHQ’s Ubud program will send you back in time. The 14 villages that make up the historical town of Ubud have streets lined with statues and ornate temples that ooze old-world charm. Ubud is also known for its artistic flair, with countless art galleries, artists’ workshops, craft shops and markets to explore.

Arrival and orientation

The Bali volunteer program orientation begins every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Bali on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. We recommend that volunteers under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter from their parents to support their documentation.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and taken to the volunteer accommodation. Your accommodation is covered by your program fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are in Bali prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Ubud or Denpasar on the day before your program orientation.

There are two options for orientation for the Bali - Ubud Program:

1-day Orientation:

The 1-day orientation begins on your selected start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program. You will have an introduction to the IVHQ Bali - Ubud Program and the local staff, Indonesian customs, rules, expectations, and safety. This will be followed by a project-specific meeting with the project preparation you’ll need to complete for the following day. Volunteers on the Turtle Conservation project choosing this option will need to arrive into Denpasar International Airport (DPS) on the Sunday before 1pm. As you will be transferred straight to Nusa Penida for your one-day orientation the following day.

5-day Introduction Week:

The second option is Introduction Week, hosted by our Bali team in Ubud. The Introduction Week begins on the morning of your chosen start date and runs for the first five days of your stay. It is an awesome way to kickstart your volunteer abroad experience and it covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Bali, plus you’ll learn more about the culture and get to tick off a must-do Bali experiences! The Introduction Week will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Volunteer schedule example

First Day

On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays

8:00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house.
9:00 AM Volunteers head to their placements.
12:00 PM Lunch.
2:00 PM Volunteers resume work between 1-2pm for a further 2 hours.
5:00 PM Volunteer work finishes. Volunteers are free to visit local sites or go shopping.
5:00 - 6:30 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.

Please note, this schedule can vary depending on the work needed at the time

Weekends

Whether you’re into arts and crafts, ancient history, exploring nature or after an adrenaline rush, there’s plenty to satisfy you in and around Ubud. You can fill your weekends with statues, museums and temples, hiking to the summit of Mt Batur, seeing waterfalls, snorkeling, white-water rafting, art galleries, shopping at markets or visiting small farms and rice paddies.

Ubud’s central location also makes it easy to get to other places in Bali like the capital city of Denpasar and the glorious beaches and villages that line the southern coast - all less than an hour away by taxi.

Accommodation and WiFi

You’ll be staying in a volunteer house, located about 15 minutes’ drive from central Ubud. The volunteer houses are set in small villages, which it’s a great way to see typical Balinese life.

Living conditions are comfortable and all volunteer houses have fans in the bedrooms. Volunteers can expect to share a dormitory-style room with up to seven other volunteers. These bedrooms are separated by gender. The bathroom is shared with a hot water shower and western toilets. There is a large outdoor dining area for volunteers to socialise and enjoy their meals together.

WiFi is available at the volunteer accommodation and there are great internet cafes in Ubud if you would like to access a higher speed connection.

Each volunteer house has a security guard at night and there is 10:30pm curfew every night at the volunteer accommodation, please be considerate and reduce noise.

If you wish to arrive a day earlier than your recommended arrival date or spend a few extra nights after finishing your program, we can arrange extra nights of accommodation for you at CA$73 per person per night, including meals, subject to availability. You will be able to book extra nights via your profile after you register.

Private room upgrades are also possible for an additional cost. These are subject to availability and once you have registered you will be able to request an upgrade.

Meals

Volunteers are served mainly Balinese style dishes and should expect light vegetarian meals like:

  • Rice, fresh vegetables and occasionally tempeh/tofu
  • Nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables - often considered as the national dish)
  • Mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables)
  • Gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce)

Western meals may be served during the week. Breakfast can include fresh fruit, toast, and eggs. Tea, coffee, and toast will be available throughout the day. Purified drinking water is also available in the volunteer house; we do not recommend that you drink the tap water.

On weekdays you’ll get three meals a day, but during the weekend only breakfast and dinner are provided. If volunteers wish to eat out in Ubud, there are a large number of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.

If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply so that we can make arrangements for you. However, you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home and need to be as flexible as possible. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
2 weeks CA$949 Equivalent to CA$68/day
3 weeks CA$1279 Equivalent to CA$61/day
4 weeks CA$1616 Equivalent to CA$58/day
5 weeks CA$1939 Equivalent to CA$55/day
6 weeks CA$2233 Equivalent to CA$53/day
8 weeks CA$2815 Equivalent to CA$50/day
10 weeks CA$3397 Equivalent to CA$49/day
12 weeks CA$3979 Equivalent to CA$47/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$467) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Bali - Ubud generally find US$80-100 per week to be sufficient for expenses.

Free-time experiences & tours in Bali

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Bali! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Bali program.

Bali Adventure Week
Bali Adventure Week

We highly recommend the Bali Adventure program on your Bali trip! The Bali Adventure week is the perfect way to experience the adventurous side of this beautiful little island. Go on a cycle tour, visit an active volcano, tread into spice plantations and rice fields, hike into the mountains and take part in Turtle conservation. The program will unleash the adventure in you.

CA$638
Bali Lovina Yoga and Meditation
Bali Lovina Yoga and Meditation

Bali is identified by many travelers around the world as a unique place for reflection and contemplation. Balinese Yoga is about feeling and appreciating the spiritual nature. A good combination of Balinese Meditation and Yoga will make your body and mind feel more relaxed.

CA$595
Bali Yoga and Meditation Week
Bali Yoga and Meditation Week

Many people travel the world to experience Bali as they believe it is a unique place for reflection and contemplation. In fact, they take this a step further and say Ubud is a sanctuary within Bali, an idyllic environment in which you can experience true tranquility. Thus, this program shall help you to get rid of stress, anxiety and physical ailments by engaging in Yoga and Meditation.

CA$595
Bali Lovina Yoga and Meditation
Bali Lovina Yoga and Meditation

Bali is identified by many travelers around the world as a unique place for reflection and contemplation. Balinese Yoga is about feeling and appreciating the spiritual nature. A good combination of Balinese Meditation and Yoga will make your body and mind feel more relaxed.

CA$595
Lovina Introduction Week
Lovina Introduction Week

Learn more about the Balinese culture and tick off some must-do Bali experiences.

CA$508
Ubud Introduction Week
Ubud Introduction Week

Learn more about the Balinese culture and tick off some must-do Bali experiences.

CA$508
Bali Adventure Week
Bali Adventure Week

We highly recommend the Bali Adventure program on your Bali trip! The Bali Adventure week is the perfect way to experience the adventurous side of this beautiful little island. Go on a cycle tour, visit an active volcano, tread into spice plantations and rice fields, hike into the mountains and take part in Turtle conservation. The program will unleash the adventure in you.

CA$638
Bali Yoga and Meditation Week
Bali Yoga and Meditation Week

Many people travel the world to experience Bali as they believe it is a unique place for reflection and contemplation. In fact, they take this a step further and say Ubud is a sanctuary within Bali, an idyllic environment in which you can experience true tranquility. Thus, this program shall help you to get rid of stress, anxiety and physical ailments by engaging in Yoga and Meditation.

CA$595

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Learn more about IVHQ's safety

Essential country information

Capital Denpasar
Population 4.22 million
Languages Bahasa Indonesia
Currency Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)
Time zone UTC+08:00

Weather and climate

Bali has a tropical climate with year-round warm weather and an average temperature of 30°C (86°F). High humidity can be expected during the wet season from October to April. The dry season is between the months of May and September and has the lowest humidity.

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