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Volunteers Frequently Asked Questions

 

Volunteer teaching at Yayasan Widya Sari will be both one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences. You will be immersed in an environment where the cultural norms may be very different to what you are use to. However, through teaching the children you will gain an insight into an ancient culture that most tourists will never have the opportunity to experience.

Below are questions and answers for Program by the Sea and Program Ubud Village and some further general volunteering questions -

 

 

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What classes are taught by our volunteers at Program by the Sea?

At the learning center we have 4 levels of English Groups - Group A, B, C and D. Other classes that volunteers are able to teach included: basic computer classes, sport, music/singing, arts/craft, yoga, dancing and any other activity which will make the classes more fun and enjoyable

How many learning centers are there at Program by the Sea?

There are two learning centers at Program by the Sea. One is located in the fishing village of Tianyar and the other in the fishing village of Seraya in the east of Bali, Indonesia.

Which learning center will l be volunteering at Program by the Sea?

Your placement at one of the two centers at Program by the Sea will be confirmed on the day of your Sunday Program Orientation in Ubud.

How many classrooms are there at each learning center?

At the learning center in Tianyar we have 4 classrooms for teaching English, 1 classroom for teaching computers and 1 general open air classroom for teaching dancing, yoga and music/singing. The learning center at Seraya has 3 main classrooms for teaching english and other subjects.

How many children attend each learning center at Program by the Sea?

At the learning center in Tianyar we have approximate 120 children attending regular classes. At the learning center at Seraya we have approximate 80 children. Children ages vary from 5 years to 18 years old.

How many students would there be in each class?

A class can vary between 5 - 20 students. In most larger classes volunteers co-teach with another volunteer.

How many volunteers are there at Program by the Sea?

There are generally 8 to 10 volunteers at one time at Program by the Sea throughout the year.

Do volunteers teach classes on there own or with someone else?

In most classes, volunteers will be co-teaching with another volunteer. Our local teacher aid and volunteer coordinator is available for your support.

Do volunteers follow an English curriculum or can volunteers bring their own ideas teaching their classes?

Yes, we follow an English curriculum for each student group level.
But we always encourage our volunteers to incorporate art, music, sport and other fun activities to make their teaching experience with their students more fun and enjoyable.

How many days and hours do volunteers teach at Program by the Sea?

Volunteers teach from 2-4pm, 4 days a week (Monday – Thursday). There are also morning classes at 8:30-10:30pm. Volunteers then have free time from Friday to Sunday to discover the amazing island of Bali.

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.

How often do the volunteers arrive in Bali? Weekly or monthly?

We have volunteers starting on each Monday of each Month. Volunteers are requested to arrive into Bali on Saturday with their Program Orientation on a Sunday. Starting dates can be view on the volunteer's application form.

Are meals provided at Program by the Sea?

Yes, we provide 3 meals during teaching days at the volunteer's accommodation.

Volunteer's accommodation at Program by the Sea?

Onsite accommodation is provided at each learning center and is paid for within your program fee. Your volunteer accommodation will be shared with other volunteers, around 8 to 12 other volunteers are located at each learning center.

Can l share a room with my friend or partner?

Yes, please let us know when you are completing your application form that you would like to share your room with your friend or partner.

Where can l do my laundry?

Laundry services are available at a small fee or some volunteer's hand wash their clothes.

Can l make donations of books and school supplies?

Yes, we welcome donations for the children at our learning center. Below is a wish list of items needed for Program by the Sea:

  • Art and Craft supplies like pens, scissors, color paper, glue ........
  • Coloring pens, pencils or crayons.
  • Flash cards on topics like body parts, food, animals .....
  • English reading and children's books (ages 5 - 10 years old)
  • Educational games like twister, board games .........
  • Sports supplies, like footballs, basketballs, badminton set, hula hoops ..........
  • ESL, TELF or TESOL books for teaching English classes.
  • Posters like the world maps, different cultures, food, health, animals .........
  • Stickers and sweets for rewarding the students during class.
  • Children's coloring books.
  • Clothes like t-shirts and shorts (ages 5 to 12 years old)

 

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What classes are taught by our volunteers at Program Ubud Village?

At the learning center we have 4 levels of English Groups - Group A, B, C and D. Other classes that volunteers are able to teach included: sport, music/singing, arts/craft, yoga, dancing and any other activity which will make the classes more fun and enjoyable.

How many classrooms are there at the learning center?

We have 2 classrooms made from traditional bamboo and grass roof for teaching English, Arts/Craft and Sports.

How many children attend the learning center at Program Ubud Village?

There are currently approximate 80 children attending regular classes at the learning center. Children ages vary from 5 years to 16 years old.

How many students would there be in each class?

A class can vary between 5 - 15 students.

How many volunteers are there at Program Ubud Village?

There are generally 5 to 7 volunteers at one time at Program Ubud Village throughout the year.

Do volunteers teach classes on there own or with someone else?

In most classes, volunteers will be co-teaching with another volunteer or a local teacher aid.

Do volunteers follow an English curriculum or can volunteers bring their own ideas teaching their classes?

Yes, we follow an English curriculum for each student group level.
But we always encourage our volunteers to incorporate art, music, sport and other fun activities to make their teaching experience with their students more fun and enjoyable.

How many days and hours do volunteers teach at Program Ubud Village?

Volunteers teach from 3:00pm - 4.10pm and 4:20pm to 5:30pm for 4 days a week (Monday – Thursday). Volunteers then have free time from Friday to Sunday to discover the amazing island of Bali.

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.

How often do the volunteers arrive in Bali? Weekly or monthly?

We have volunteers starting on each Monday of each Month. Volunteers are requested to arrive into Bali on Saturday with their Program Orientation on a Sunday. Starting dates can be view on the volunteer's application form.

What meals provided at Program Ubud Village?

We provide breakfast each day at the volunteer's accommodation in Ubud, Bali.

Volunteer's accommodation at Program Ubud Village?

Volunteer's accommodation is located in central Ubud, Bali and is paid for within your program fee. Your volunteer accommodation will be shared with other volunteers, around 4 to 6 other people at any given time.

Can l share a room with my friend or partner?

Yes, please let us know when you are completing your application form that you would like to share your room with your friend or partner.

Where can l do my laundry?

Laundry services are available just outside the volunteer's accommodation.

Can l make donations of books and school supplies?

Yes, we welcome donations for the children at our learning center. Below is a wish list of items needed for Program Ubud Village:

  • Art and Craft supplies like pens, scissors, color paper, glue ........
  • Coloring pens, pencils or crayons.
  • Flash cards on topics like body parts, food, animals .....
  • English reading and children's books (ages 5 - 10 years old)
  • Educational games like twister, board games .........
  • Sports supplies, like footballs, basketballs, badminton set, hula hoops ..........
  • ESL, TELF or TESOL books for teaching English classes.
  • Posters like the world maps, different cultures, food, health, animals .........
  • Stickers and sweets for rewarding the students during class.
  • Children's coloring books.
  • Clothes like t-shirts and shorts (ages 5 to 12 years old)

 

volunteer in bali ubud village

What classes are taught by our volunteers at Program Special Needs?

In the morning (10:00am -12noon) and afternoon (1:00am to 3:00pm) there are classes for our 21 students with Special Needs.

Then in the afternoon from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the learning center we have 4 levels of English Groups - Group A, B, C and D for approx. 100 students. Other classes that volunteers are able to teach these students included: sport, music/singing, arts/craft, yoga, dancing and any other activity which will make the classes more fun and enjoyable.

How many classrooms are there at the learning center?

We have 4 classrooms for teaching English, 1 classroom for Special Needs Children and 1 general open air classroom for teaching dancing, yoga and music/singing.

How many children attend the learning center at Program Special Needs?

There are 21 with special needs children abd approx 100 children attending regular classes at the learning center. Children ages vary from 5 years to 18 years old.

How many students would there be in each class?

A class can vary between 5 - 20 students. In most larger classes volunteers co-teach with another volunteer.

How many volunteers are there at Program Special Needs?

There are generally 8 to 10 volunteers at one time at Program Special Needs throughout the year.

Do volunteers teach classes on there own or with someone else?

In most classes, volunteers will be co-teaching with another volunteer. Our local teacher aid and volunteer coordinator is available for your support.

Do volunteers follow an English curriculum or can volunteers bring their own ideas teaching their classes?

Yes, we follow an English curriculum for each student group level.
But we always encourage our volunteers to incorporate art, music, sport and other fun activities to make their teaching experience with their students more fun and enjoyable.

How many days and hours do volunteers teach at Program Special Needs?

In the morning (10:00am -12noon) and afternoon (1:00am to 3:00pm) there are classes for our 21 students with Special Needs.

Then in the afternoon from 2:00pm to 4:00pm we have regular classes for our other 100 students at the learning center. We have 4 levels of English Groups - Group A, B, C and D. Other classes that volunteers are able to teach these students included: sport, music/singing, arts/craft, yoga, dancing and any other activity which will make the classes more fun and enjoyable. Volunteers then have free time from Friday to Sunday to discover the amazing island of Bali.

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.

How often do the volunteers arrive in Bali? Weekly or monthly?

We have volunteers starting on each Monday of each Month. Volunteers are requested to arrive into Bali on Saturday with their Program Orientation on a Sunday. Starting dates can be view on the volunteer's application form.

Are meals provided at Program Special Needs?

Yes, we provide 3 meals during teaching days at the volunteer's accommodation.

Volunteer's accommodation at Program Special Needs?

Onsite accommodation is provided at the center and is paid for within your program fee. Your volunteer accommodation will be shared with other volunteers, around 6 to 10 other people at any given time.

Can l share a room with my friend or partner?

Yes, please let us know when you are completing your application form that you would like to share your room with your friend or partner.

Where can l do my laundry?

Laundry services are available just outside the volunteer's accommodation.

Can l make donations of books and school supplies?

Yes, we welcome donations for the children at our learning center. Below is a wish list of items needed for Program by the Sea:

  • Art and Craft supplies like pens, scissors, color paper, glue ........
  • Coloring pens, pencils or crayons.
  • Flash cards on topics like body parts, food, animals .....
  • English reading and children's books (ages 5 - 10 years old)
  • Educational games like twister, board games .........
  • Sports supplies, like footballs, basketballs, badminton set, hula hoops ..........
  • ESL, TELF or TESOL books for teaching English classes.
  • Posters like the world maps, different cultures, food, health, animals .........
  • Stickers and sweets for rewarding the students during class.
  • Children's coloring books.
  • Clothes like t-shirts and shorts (ages 5 to 12 years old)

 

 

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Volunteer teaching requirements

What qualifications do I need to be a volunteer?

We do not require any formal qualifications to volunteer with us, however it is beneficial to have had experience teaching children or have ESL or TESOL knowledge.

I am not a native English speaker, can I still volunteer to teach English?

As long as you have a basic to high understanding and communication of the English language you are able to assist and or teach classes to the students. Its important to speak slowly and clearly and keep classes interesting.

Are volunteers required to speak Indonesian during their classes?

Our classes are taught only in English, we have available in each class a local teacher aid or a local English teacher to support volunteers if translation is required.

What is the average age of volunteers?

Most of our volunteers are between 18 to 35 years, with the an age limit of 18 years.

Although I've worked with children on other volunteer trips, none of them were to teach. Will it still be ok if I volunteer with you?

Yes, that will be fine as most of our volunteers have not taught before. We will pair you with another volunteer to co-teach your classes. Our local English teacher and teacher aids are here to support you during your classes.

Can l extend my volunteering placement whilst in Bali?

Yes, that will be fine, but please let us know during your Sunday Program Ordination that you might be extending your placement period, so we can schedule you into one of our programs.

Will l be able to contact other volunteers from each Program before my arrival?

Yes, you can contact our past, current or future volunteers through our Facebook page, Instagram, Google+ or directly through emails. Your volunteer co-cordinator from each program can provide you with emails addresses of past volunteers once you have submitted your application form.

Which program would be more suitable for me?

We currently have 2 Programs available, in 2 different locations in Bali:

Program by the Sea learning center was established in 2008 in a small fishing village in the region of Karangasem, at the northeastern part of Bali. Located 15 mins from world famous dive site village of Tulamben, 40 mins from diving village Amed and 1.5 hours from Lovina. Ubud is a 2 hours drive from this location. The volunteer's accommodation is located 100m from the beach where volunteers can enjoy swimming, snorkeling and watching the fisherman bringing in their catch early in the mornings.

Program Ubud Village learning center is located in a traditional rural Balinese village just outside of the village of Ubud. Volunteers teach in traditional classrooms made from locally harvested bamboo and grass roofs. The tropical jungle setting surrounded by banana, coco, coffee, paw paw trees creates a refreshing and relaxing environment for learning to take place.

The volunteers accommodation is located in center Ubud where you can do daily activities like yoga, jewelry making, pottery, visiting galleries, bike rides to see the rice fields. Therefore you can experience both a traditional village environment whilst teaching, but be located in the tourist village Ubud.

 

Can l volunteer in 2 programs locations during my volunteering placement?

Yes, as long as you volunteer for a minimum of 4 weeks at each program. If you are planning to volunteer in 2 programs, we recommend starting your volunteering placement at Program Ubud Village first before moving to Program by the Sea.

What should l prepare before l start my volunteering placement?

Once you have been confirmed to volunteer in one of our programs, your volunteer coordinator will email you a Volunteer's Pre-arrival Information Kit. This kit provides volunteer's information: Survival kit, Teaching Tips, Code of Conduct, Living & Volunteering in Bali.

Volunteers can also follow activities at each program by following or liking us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest


Planning your arrival, flights and payment

Will someone from the program meet me at Denpasar International Airport?

Yes, one of our driver will be there to collect you from the airport on your arrival into Bali. Once you have booked your flights to Bali, Indonesia, please forward the information to us.

When should I arrival into Bali, Indonesia?

We request our volunteers to arrival into Bali on a Saturday, as their Program Orientation is on Sunday morning. In some cases a volunteer can arrive on a Friday afternoon, but please check with us as we would have to book an extra nights accommodation for you in Ubud, Bali.

If l arrive on Friday what is the extra cost of the one nights accommodation in Ubud, Bali?

The cost of an extra 1 nights accommodation at the volunteer's accommodation in Ubud, Bali is Rp200,000 (approx. USD$15) per night.

When should I pay my Program Fee?


Payment can be made after your arrival into Bali. Once you have arrived in Bali, payment should be made during your Sunday morning Program Orientation in Ubud, Bali.

How should I pay Program Fee?

The Program Fee is required to be paid in Indonesian Rupiah. You can either bring Rupiah’s with you to Bali or exchange the amount at one of the money exchangers here in Bali.

 You will receive a better exchange rate in Ubud, Bali. You also requested to make your Program Fee payment before your arrival through a bank to bank transfer.

We generally recommend making payment by exchanging your home currency in Ubud, as bank transfer costs can be from 3.5% to +5%.

Are there any additional costs?


There are no registration fees, no hidden fees or additional costs. Please note, that costs of motorbike hire, weekend meals, tourist trips, visa extensions are not included in the Program fee.

How do I withdraw money in Bali?


You can withdraw money in Bali at ATMs with an international debit or credit card (Visa, Cirrus, Master). Please ask your bank about international fees. You can pay via credit card in restaurants, banks, travel agencies, supermarkets. We recommended to take cash, especially if you want to travel to the more rural areas or the Gili Islands. Currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah.

What about the average costs of living in Bali?


The costs of living generally depends on your lifestyle. Bali is cheaper than Western cities. Food, services and restaurants are generally cheaper. A motorbike hire is USD$60 a month and visa extensions about USD$60 a month. You should expect to budget for approximately USD$300 to USD$400 per month.

Who will pay for my flight over to the country I am going to teach in?

All travel costs and insurances are to be paid by you the volunteer. Yayasan Widya Sari does not pay for any travel costs incurred by the volunteer.

Can l begin my volunteering placement on a another starting date as shown on the application form?

We can understand that our fixed start dates of our program sometimes do not work well with some of dates you have planned, however our starting dates match when our volunteer coordinator have their Sunday morning volunteer program orientation with all new volunteer arrivals each week. The Program Orientation is very important, as we explain the Balinese culture, code of conduct, health and safety of our program.


Volunteers safety and general questions

Should l buy travel Insurance before l go ?

We advise all volunteers to purchase travel health insurance before leaving their home country. We do not accept any volunteers who have not got proof of current travel insurance.

What vaccinations are recommended for Indonesia?


You should check your vaccinations for Tetanus, Measles, Polio, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A. The bigger cities and the tourist centers of Bali and Java are free of Malaria.


Do my electrical devices work in Bali, Indonesia?

Bali, Indonesian electrical plugs are 220 Volt.

Can I use my mobile phone in Indonesia?


Yes bring your mobile phone (SIM-LOCK free) and buy an Indonesian prepaid card.
 The country code for Indonesia: +62

Do I have internet at the my accommodation?


Yes, you have Wifi access at your accommodation and the learning center. Most cafes around Bali also have Wifi.

What should I know in regards to health and safety in Bali?

Bali/Indonesia does not present any cause for vaccinations. However, we recommend that your tetanus, polio, and hepatitis vaccinations are up to date for any travel in Asia. Bali does not have malaria.

What should I wear while volunteers are teaching their classes and at the Program?

Your selection of clothing whilst you are living in a Balinese traditional village should show respect to the their culture and customs. Please do not wear short shorts or dresses, mid-length attire is far more acceptable during teaching classes. The volunteers shoulders should be covered and your dress should be smart/casual at all times. As volunteer you are a member of the community, the Founder and local staff will be held responsible for your behavior and appearance to the village, please always show respect to the local community. You have been welcomed into a traditional Balinese village as a volunteer not a tourist.

Do l need a mosquito net?

A mosquito net is not required as each room has a fan. Please bring mosquito repellent.

Can I drive a motorbike/scooter in Bali?

To drive in Bali, you need an International Driver’s License.

What types of transporation are available in Bali?

You can get to most tourist locations in Bali with a private driver. The car seats up to 6 people and can be hired from 500,000 Rp (half day of 4 hours to 800,000 Rp (full day of 8 hours). A private driver can also be hired from the volunteer's home stay in each program.

There is the Kura-Kura bus service, which services the following lines: Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, South Nusa Dua, Sanur, Jimbaran and Ubud.

You can also rent a motorbike 1 daily, weekly or monthy. The monthly rate is 500,000 - 600,00 Rp

 

For Parents

Is Bali a safe place to volunteer and travel?

We always recommend for each individual to research the destination of travel before they commit to travelling, however in general Bali remains a fairly safe and friendly place to spend your time. The Balinese are very inclusive people and will engage with you where ever you go. At both Programs, Program Sea and Program Ubud, you will have local staff to assist and guide you with any concerns or issues. We do recommend that you dress appropriatly in both tourist and remote locations in Bali and follow cultural dresscodes when visiting a temple. If you decide to rent a motorbike, you MUST be a confident driver as Bali is not a place to start to learn to ride. When out at night we do suggest you remain with others to ensure your safety.

What international standard medical facilities are available in Bali?

We recommend the following Chemists, Health Clinics, Hospitals and Dental Clinics:

Guardian Chemists provided international standard medication and are located in a number of locations in Ubud and other main tourist locations.

Toya Medika Clinic in Ubud: provides general medical services and medication. Located on Jalan Raya Pengosekan (East of Gas Station), Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia. 24 Hours Emergency Line Tel: +62 0361 978 078

Siloam Hospitals Group (Siloam) is the leader in integrated healthcare services in Bali and Indonesia. Siloam operates 20 hospitals with a total capacity of more than 3,900 beds, 1,800 doctors (including more than 1,400 specialists) and more than 4,400 nurses and allied health personnel. 24 Hours Emergency Line Tel: + 1 500 911 or +62 361 779 900

BIMC Hospital Group delivers international standards of care for residents and tourists in Bali while establishing the island as a world-class medical tourism destination. BIMC HOSPITAL provides a multitude of comprehensive services performed by specially trained medical teams in two dedicated facilities located in Kuta and Nusa Dua. BIMC Hospital General Practitioners (GP’s) are professionally trained in Family Medicine (one to one relationships, patient-doctor), Emergency Medicine and as Hospitalists; dedicated doctors who are specifically trained to coordinate inpatient care. 24 Hours Emergency Line Tel: +62 361 761 263 (Kuta) or Nusa Dua +62 361 3000 911

The Manson Dental Clinic provides International standard dentists in Jalan Penestan, Sayan, Ubud, Bali. Tel: +62 361 972 648

Should my daughter or son have travel health insurance before starting their volunteering placement?

We advise all volunteers to purchase travel health insurance before leaving their home country. We do not accept any volunteers who do not provide a copy of their current travel insurance.


Visa Requirements

What kind of Visa will I need for volunteer teaching in Bali?

We will help you in your visa application process as the founder of the program will need to sponsor you and provide you with a Volunteer Social Visa in order for you to volunteer your time. You will need to provide an invitation letter from your Indonesian Sponsor, the founder of Yayasan Widya Sari, your application and passport to the closest Indonesian Embassy in our home country. Once you have obtained your Social Visa you are able to enter Indonesia as a volunteer.

Who pays for the Social Visa?

The cost of the Social Visa application within your home country is to be paid by yourself at the Indonesian Embassy. Social Visa applications can also be applied for via mail. Please contact the closest Indonesian Embassy in order to ensure you meet all their requirements, each Embassy has different procedures.

 

 

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Suitably dressed volunteers co-teaching their English class at Program by the Sea in Bali, Indonesia.

 

Please use our volunteer contact form if you have any further questions on our volunteering program in Bali.