Environmental Education Volunteering in Bali - Ubud
Love spending time in nature and want to be an Environmental Education volunteer in Bali - Ubud? International Volunteer HQ’s Environmental Education project enables volunteers to teach local elementary school children about recycling and sustainable living, as well as sharing English language skills. Volunteers will gain teaching experience and children will learn how to clean up and look after their home and the natural environment.
- Programs start every Monday
- Affordable fees from $385 for 1 week
- Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
Teach children to live sustainably for a cleaner future
Enjoy the natural beauty of Bali
Stay with other volunteers in scenic villages near Ubud
This program is ideal for:
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
Plastic waste and other rubbish litter the streets of Bali. It’s a real problem for most of the country. Traditionally Balinese food was wrapped in banana leaves which would rot away when thrown on the ground, but locals now discard their plastic packaging in the same way, leaving their beautiful home strewn with trash. Teaching young children about recycling and what to do with their rubbish will help repair and protect the environment.
As an Environmental Education volunteer, you’ll be teaching local elementary school classes about recycling, sustainability and conservation. You’ll need to plan what and how you’re going to teach, keeping in mind that being creative, dynamic and fun will help keep students engaged. The students may also not speak much English, and schools are often poorly resourced so if you need anything special, bring it with you.
Environmental Education volunteers will:
- Teach classes about responsible waste disposal and recycling
- Plan lessons and activities
- Lead community clean-up campaigns
Important dates to note for 2023:
- 13th to 17th of March 2023 - Midterm Exams: During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in the Kindergarten project.
- 21st to 23rd March 2023: There will be no volunteer work available during this time, on Nyepi day all restaurants close and even the airport is officially closed and you may be required to stay at the volunteer accommodation.
- 15th to 26th May 2023 - School Examination: During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in the Kindergarten project. Please note, this date may change due to Big Hindu Ceremony, however, the local team won’t know till closer to your start date.
- 31st July to 12th of August 2023: During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in cleaning, repairs and renovation activities in local schools for approximately 4 hours a day and have the remainder of their time free to enjoy the festivities.
- 11th to 15th of September 2023 - Midterm Exams: During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in the Kindergarten project.
- 4th to 8th of December 2023 - School Exams: During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in the Kindergarten project.
Why do Environmental Education volunteering in Ubud with IVHQ?
When you volunteer on the Environmental Education project in Ubud, you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:
- Helping teach children how to live sustainably
- Cleaning up the local environment
- Developing your communication skills
- Gaining teaching experience
- Immersing yourself fully in Balinese life
- Exploring Ubud’s rich culture and natural environment
- It is important to note, all volunteers joining the Bali program must obtain the Social Cultural Visa (B-211). 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 provide with instructions on how to apply for this visa.
- 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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”My highlight on the program was during break time when one of the kids and I started playing the djembe together and rest of the kids and volunteers just danced around. My biggest block was the language barrier but in that moment we were able to freely communicate without any barriers and that moment was beautiful. Then another day, we asked the kids to dra...w their favourite objects on the playground and 7 girls just wrote my name all over the playground and I will never forget that moment of joy. It helped push me out of my comfort zone, especially since things had gotten a little stagnant for me since lockdown. It really pushes you to look deeper within yourself and offers a different perspective of new places and introduces you to people from different backgrounds. Volunteering gave me a new sense of confidence for travelling solo, as it offers a good balance of structure and freedom to explore (depending on your project, of course) It really is the best way to see a new place and immerse yourself in the culture while also receiving the experience of a lifetime and making a positive impact on the local community. Would 10/10 recommend to anyone who likes to travel, explore different cultures, engage in community work or wants to push their boundaries. ” read more
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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:
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
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.
While volunteer schedules depend on the particular projects and placements, a typical day might look like this:
|8:00 AM||Breakfast at the volunteer house|
|9:00 AM||Volunteers spend 1 to 2 hours planning for their projects.|
|1:00 PM||Volunteers head to their placements.|
|5:00 PM||Work at the project usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to their accommodation, go sightseeing, or do some shopping.|
|7:00 PM||Dinner at the volunteer house.|
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 volunteer houses, located about 15 minutes’ drive from central Ubud. Set in small villages, it’s a great place 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 four to eight other volunteers. These bedrooms are separated by gender. The bathroom is shared with a hot water shower and western toilets.
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.
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.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||$385 Equivalent to $55/day|
|2 weeks||$567 Equivalent to $41/day|
|3 weeks||$749 Equivalent to $36/day|
|4 weeks||$936 Equivalent to $33/day|
|5 weeks||$1,113 Equivalent to $32/day|
|6 weeks||$1,270 Equivalent to $30/day|
|8 weeks||$1,579 Equivalent to $28/day|
|10 weeks||$1,888 Equivalent to $27/day|
|12 weeks||$2,197 Equivalent to $26/day|
- 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
- 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 $329 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
- 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.
Recommended activities and tour add-ons
We believe that no volunteer adventure would be complete without experiencing the natural and cultural wonders of your host country. That’s why we offer an exciting Introduction Week to IVHQ volunteers in Bali as an affordable add-on.
|DAY 1||Introduction to the IVHQ Bali - Ubud Program and the local staff, Indonesian customs, rules and expectations, safety and a Ubud walking tour (2 - 3 hours). This will be followed by a welcome dinner and Balinese dance show|
|DAY 2||Bahasa Language lesson and a Batik painting class|
|DAY 3||Indonesian cooking class and Bahasa Language lesson|
|DAY 4||Local village walk through the countryside and nearby rice fields, Garba Cave and an Indonesian flower making class (flower offerings are a daily ritual in Bali)|
|DAY 5||An introduction to your project which will help you prepare for your placement on Monday. Followed by a Temple visit to “Pura Tirta Empul”, the Holy Water Temple where you can enjoy a swim in the Holy Water|
*Turtle Conservation volunteers who join this week will go to Nusa Penida on Sunday to start their project and volunteers in Ubud will prepare for the start of their projects the following week.
The introduction week has an additional cost of US$358 which includes all orientation activities, meals, and accommodation.
Please note the introduction week is not included as part of your program duration. So if you want this to be part of the total amount of weeks you spend on the program, please let us know.
How to book IVHQ’s recommended add-ons:
Ready to join? Please see the add-on options in your MyIVHQ checklist or email your IVHQ Program Manager and they will add this to your file.
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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.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 upon arrival
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
Essential country information
|Currency||Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)|
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.