Work in local kindergartens in Ubud’s surroundings by teaching the children basic English in an informal and fun way!
This project gives you the chance to encourage children to learn and grow creatively. Apart from teaching them language and communication skills, your assistance will help the kids with their confidence, which will help them in so many ways in the future.
We work in over 15 kindergartens in Ubud and its surrounding villages. Moreover, we have our own self-run kindergarten for 4-5 year-olds who can attend it for free. The kids are right at the start of their school careers and the chance to start learning English since such an early age will prove invaluable for them further on.
Like in kindergartens throughout the world, teaching is informal as the children will want to play with you more than be ‘taught’. However, just by getting them enthused about coming to school, giving them some very basic English phrases such as simple greetings, you will may well have sown the seeds of a life-long learning habit, and doing a great and enjoyable job in the process.
The children will all be excited to see you and exceptionally welcoming, due partly to the natural and genuine friendliness of the Balinese, but also the fact that you will be one of a few foreigners they have met. You have to love children and understand their behavior, as you will be surrounded with loads of them every day and their friendliness can sometimes become over exuberant, but they are children after all.
Weekly Schedule & Activities
Typically, you will be working at the kindergarten in the morning hours. After lunch, you will have time to plan and organize activities for the next day. The working time is around 5 hours a day. The weekly schedule from Monday to Friday is as follows:
- Working at the kindergarten
- Preparing activities
The teaching plan will be confirmed every Friday. Please note that the program is subject to change depending on the school's plan/activities from the local students, the location of the kindergarten, weather and local conditions.
Evenings & Weekends
During the evenings the volunteers are generally free, and there are no program activities scheduled unless otherwise mentioned. Weekends are always free.
School & Public Holidays
The Kindergarten Project is closed during school breaks in June, July, August and December.
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
- Social Visa B-211 (60 days)
- Minimum age of 18
- Basic level of competency in English
- Travel & medical insurance
- Police clearance certificate
- Agree to house center rules and rules of conduct (sign on arrival)
- Copy of your passport and CV to send to the project
What Makes a Good Volunteer?
Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.
Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.
How Long Should I Volunteer?
Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
The volunteer houses are located in the village of Penestanan Kaja. Here, on the outskirts of Ubud, village life is quintessentially local and you will get a good chance to see typical Balinese life - roosters crowing and all! The Balinese place great importance on family and the volunteer houses are located amongst Balinese compounds, where you will get the chance to interact with local families and practice your new-found language skills. There is a pool in a nearby guesthouse, which you can use for US$3.
You can expect to share a room (dormitory style) with 4-8 other volunteers on a single gender basis. The bathroom is shared, with a cold water shower and western toilets. The houses are cleaned on a daily basis and bedware will be refreshed weekly. There are several outdoor and indoor shared common spaces with a television and DVD players. Towels are not provided. WiFi is available in each house.
Two people traveling together can also choose to stay at a villa including a double bed, private bathroom, kitchen and balcony. Please note, however, that the private rooms and villa accommodation are subject to availability at an extra cost.
All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.
Important Arrival Information
We highly recommend buying a cheap local SIM card for your stay in Indonesia for your own personal safety and for easier/cheaper communication with the staff/other participants/international calls. A SIM card is especially useful if you are traveling to the project on your own.
How to get to the meeting point at Denpasar International Airport
We only receive participants on the Sunday before a participant's program begins. The pick-up time from Denpasar Airport is between 06:00 and 20:00. After passing through customs, make sure you stay on the same floor and follow the way to the arrival gate. Our representative will be waiting for you in front of this gate with your name board and bring you to our center.
If you're traveling to Denpasar Bali overland, we can arrange a pick-up at the following meeting points:
- Bintang Supermarket in Ubud at 14:00 on Sundays
- Make your own way to Denpasar Airport at 14:00 on the Sunday before your program starts. Meeting point is at the international arrivals flight information center.
Early/Late Arrival Instructions
Volunteers who don't arrive on the Sunday before their program begins need to make their own way to the volunteer center. We do not encourage late arrivals as it may take longer for you to settle into your program. Any emergency early/late arrivals, or arrivals outside the set pick-up day/times need to be communicated to us by email ([email protected]) for us to arrange a pick-up at extra cost (approx. 50 EUR per person) which is paid on arrival.
If you're arriving early/late, you can also take a shuttle taxi from the airport that can bring you straight to the volunteer center within 1 hour. It should not cost you more than 250000 IDR, but it is important to confirm the price beforehand.
Important Leaving Information
Please be aware that you have to check out on the Saturday morning after the program. We do not offer airport drops on completion of the program due to the many different personal plans and return flight times and so participants need to make their own way to the airport. Our coordinator can help you with the different transportation options, but you will have to cover the cost.
Please make sure you are prepared to pay the country tax of 150000 IDR when leaving Indonesia. This departure tax applies to everyone leaving the country.
Getting to the Project
It is possible to walk to the kindergarten in Penestanan, it's a short distance by taxi to the kindergartens in Klusa village and Kadewatan village.
A variety of food and fruit is served in 'food boxes' due to safety and health reasons (3 meals a day on weekdays, 2 meals a day on weekends). Tea, coffee and purified water are available at the volunteer house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.
Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or intolerances during your application. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible and accommodating to the local food.
During certain public holidays the program varies as follows.
18 Nov-09 Dec: School exams (Normal activities)
December: School holiday for Kindergarten (Project is closed).
25 Jan: Hindu Holiday Pagerwesi (Project is closed.)
27-29 Mar: Balinese New Year - Silence Day (School cleaning on 27th and 29th. No activities/aiport close/no activies outside. Project is closed.)
03-07 Apr: Hindu Holiday Galungan (Cleaning and renovation of local school during holiday. Project is closed.)
10-14 Apr: Hindu Holiday Kuningan (Cleaning and renovation of local school during holiday. Project is closed.)
22 May-02 Jun: School exams (Normal activities)
June/July/August: School holiday for Kindergarten (Project is closed).
30 Oct-03 Nov: Hindu Holiday Galungan (Cleaning and renovation of local school during holiday. Project is closed.)
06-10 Nov: Hindu Holiday Kuningan (Cleaning and renovation of local school during holiday. Project is closed.)
27 Nov-08 Dec: School exams (Normal activities)
December: School holiday for Kindergarten (Project is closed).
Besides these public holidays, there are several Balinese religious culture events, known as “ceremonies”. Please respect both the Balinese people and your coordinators during these village events that can take place at any time and are always beyond the volunteer organization's control. There have been instances where volunteers have traveled to their program in the morning only to find out that the project is closed for the day due to a ceremony being held in that village. This is because everyone in the village is expected to attend, including the children at the teaching centers. We would greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these Balinese cultural events, and ask you to follow your coordinator's instructions in the event of one occurring on your program.
Summary of Ceremonies
a) Please note: The volunteer organization is not notified every time a ceremony is about to be held. Unfortunately there is no calendar for ceremonies we can refer to beforehand, also each village is slightly different.
b) The volunteer organization confirms that there are normal teaching activities prior to sending you to your project, but there have been cases where volunteers were still turned away at the last minute.
c) Your coordinators will redirect you to another program if there is a ceremony at your program venue.
d) Please avoid arguing, raising your voice or blaming the staff. Confrontation will not change the situation as they are not in control of these events. Your coordinator will do their best to place you in another program that is available.
- ATM’s: There are many ATM's in Ubud center which is about a 10-minute walk from your accommodation.
- Internet use: We have a WiFi at the house. Internet cafés are also nearby (10-minute walk).
- International phone calls: we can use the telephone in the shop which is a 5-minute walk from the house.
- Personal SIM card for your mobile: You can buy one at the local shop.
- Laundry: there is a laundry service right outside the volunteer house where you can leave your pile of clothes and the cost is approximately less than $1 USD per piece.
- Cafes: There are two lovely spots at walking distance. 3 minutes away from the house center you can find Cafe Vespa a nice comfy cafe with a great menu on teas.
- Kopi Desa is a chill out open air space, to hang out and get a good snack. (Both offer good quality WiFi).
What to bring:
- Sarong for temple visits
- Clothing that covers your shoulders and knees (for the temple and school)
- Shoes and sandals or hiking boots, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Raincoat or umbrella (the rainy season in Indonesia is around March)
- Mosquito repellent
- Malaria precautions
- Medicines as you think necessary
- New or secondhand books or games to donate to the Balinese Kids' Centre