Will I be doing activities with the children on my own or with someone else?
In most cases you will be doing activities with another volunteer or a local teacher, or teacher aid. We follow an English curriculum for each student group level.
What is a typical day like?
You’ll start your day with a home-cooked breakfast.
After breakfast, you’ll have time to discuss with co-volunteers about your program, prepare your activities, make reports for your internship, enjoy your free time, etc.
After lunch you start your activities with the children, except when you help out with the special needs children in Bedulu (you will start at 09:30 until 15:30 hrs).
After a dinner the evenings are your time, to relax and reflect, explore your community, and get ready for your next day of volunteering.
And on weekends, some of our volunteers stay in the home stay, while others are off exploring the Island, through some weekend trips.
Will I have free time during my volunteering placement?
Yes, since your teaching classes are between Monday to Thursday, you will have Friday to Sunday as free time to discover Bali with the other volunteers.
In the evenings, and all weekends, you can spend your time relaxing getting to know the community better, or go on some adventures in your chosen region or throughout the island.
The local teams are flexible and often encourage you to take time out from volunteer work to travel and can offer you tours and trips.
How do I withdraw money in Indonesia?
First of all, make sure your card allows you to withdraw money all over the world. You can check this with your bank.
You can withdraw money in Bali at ATM’s with an international debit or credit card (Visa, Cirrus, Master). Please ask your bank about international fees.
Only take out money from well monitored ATMs or inside banks.
Don’t forget to take your card from the ATM, it comes out last and after you are done.
Some ATM's provide bank notes of RPH 50.000 and some of RPH 100.000.In the more rural areas it more easy to pay with the bank notes of RPH 50.000, because the small warungs (shops) often don't have the change.
The ATM's only let you withdraw less than 2.5 million IDR (which is equal to about 175 USD( depending on the exchange rate).
You can pay via credit card in large restaurants, banks, travel agencies and big supermarkets. A lot of restaurants, stalls, markets and travel agencies accept cash only. If you want to travel to the more rural areas, we advise you to take cash.
You can not pay with a bankcard, creditcard or through Paypal in the Learning Centers.
Do my electrical devises work and can I charge them?
Indonesian electrical plugs are 220 Volt.
In Indonesia you can expect the 2 pin socket and plug as used in larger parts of Europe.
You will need an Adapter if you come from Australia, Japan, USA, Malaysia, UK, Canada, Singapore, and some countries in Africa you will most likely simply need a plug adapter. Otherwise the plugs for your electrical appliances will not fit into the "Bali Socket", although the voltage should be o.k.
Can I use my mobile phone in Indonesia?
For those who come for a longer time and plan to use a local SIM card, you need to register the EMEI number of your phone.
(If you bring your phone into Indonesia for the first time and didn't use it with a local SIM card before 18Th of April 2020.) You can do this in the airport.
In case your stay in Indonesia is less than 90 days, you can register your phone FOR FREE at any official office of a mobile operator. To register, you just need to come to the office in person with your passport and the phone. The tax in that case does not need to be paid.
This registration is valid for 3 months and at the moment is permitted to be extended without any additional fees for another 3 months at the same office where you had initially registered your phone.
There are a lot of mobile phone shops that would register phones for free when you purchase a SIM card or an Internet package from them.
You will need to show your passport to have your number registered.
WIFI is available almost everywhere, but if you’re looking for more frequent communication in the rural areas, it is best to buy a prepaid SIM card with a full package (telephone and internet credit).
Where and how can I do my laundry?
Laundry services are available at a small fee or some volunteers hand wash their own clothes.
Can I leave if I don't like it?
We have a ‘volunteer agreement’ that explains expectations on both sides.
You are under no real obligation to keep volunteering, if you really don’t like it.
However, it is always worth talking to somebody about this first. This could be your Local Volunteer Co-ordinator or someone in the organization who is responsible for you.
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