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.
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 in the morning, until 15:00 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, evenings, and all weekends, you can spend your time relaxing getting to know the community better, or embarking on some adventures in your chosen region or throughout the island.
Although we believe volunteer trip abroad is the most authentic way to experience a country through living and working with locals, we also understand that many of our volunteers wish to visit and experience sites in their free time.
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 and Java at ATM’s with an international debit or credit card (Visa, Cirrus, Master). Please ask your bank about international fees.
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.
You can pay via credit card in large restaurants, banks, travel agencies and big supermarkets. But the more remote, the less likely it is. If you want to travel to the more rural areas, we advise you to take cash.
You can't 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?
Yes, please bring your mobile phone (SIM-lock free) and you can buy an Indonesian prepaid card.
Where and how can I do my laundry?
Laundry services are available at a small fee or some volunteers handwash 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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