Volunteer in Bali with Friends for Asia
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Bali Volunteer Orientation

Bali Volunteer Orientation

At Friends for Asia, we have many years of cumulative experience doing our own volunteer work in Bali as well as helping others make the most of their skills and experience. Our background and extensive network in Bali are among the most valuable resources available to incoming volunteers.

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This is what our volunteer orientation program is all about. We introduce you to tips, strategies and insider information that you can leverage during your time on project. In the process, you’ll learn about the history and mission of Friends for Asia; the language and culture of Bali; and the role that you can play at your project site. When you arrive in Bali, a volunteer coordinator will be waiting to pick you up at the airport or arrival spot. Your first evening is all about settling in and getting your bearings. Meet other volunteers; order a plate of local food from the corner restaurant; and get plenty of rest. You’ve got a full weekend of orientation activities ahead of you.

What to Expect from Our Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer orientation at Friends for Asia lasts two days and covers all of the basic information that you will need to make the most of your volunteer experience. These are the highlights:

Indonesian Language Lessons

Mastering just a handful of phrases dramatically enhances the volunteer experience. While few launch into their projects with a well-polished grasp of Indonesian language, our volunteers are introduced to the basics of greeting and conversing with Balinese people. Two 45-minute language lessons are incorporated into volunteer orientation.

Volunteer Cultural Training

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Potentially even more important than language, culture differences can be an enormous barrier to really connecting with the Balinese people on your project site. We’ll walk you through the reality of culture shock; devote some time to understanding Balinese culture; and then break down some “do’s and don’ts” to keep in mind on the project site and in Bali at large. We also make sure that our volunteers have opportunities to engage the local culture during orientation. You’ll important, sample plenty of authentic Balinese cuisine and practice your language skills at the local market – all before your project has even started.

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Advice on staying healthy

Our attendees find themselves in authentic, off-the-grid locations while volunteering in Bali, and staying well is an important consideration. We bring in a registered nurse to offer tips on staying healthy and safe while in Ubud, Bali.

Volunteer Project information

More often than not, you’ll be joined in orientation by volunteers bound for different project sites than you. Early on Saturday, we will take some time to talk about the specifics each project.

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On Sunday, we host a special workshop just for teachers to help them craft strategies for planning lessons and managing classes of Balinese students. The director of Friends for Asia Bali – a long term resident of Bali – will also share his insight into the role that volunteers can play in local projects.

Getting to know Ubud

There’s plenty of downtime worked into the orientation schedule, including outings to area markets, temples and rustic restaurants. This culminates in a special cultural event.