Volunteering is a greatly rewarding activity where you dedicate your time, energy, and effort into helping other people that are less fortunate than you. Volunteering overseas is even more profound as you get to visit communities around the world that need this sort of help the most. One of those communities is Bali.
Bali is an island in Indonesia that also doubles up as a province. It’s a great tourist attraction that sees hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to the area every year. Bali has vibrant culture thanks to the deep traditions and customs of the Balinese people, the local cuisine, the friendly locals, the unique mode of dressing, and the predominant Hindu religion. The area also has plenty of tourist attractions such as volcanic mountains, the rice fields, the religious temples, and the beautiful beaches.
Why volunteer in Bali?
As mentioned earlier, volunteering overseas is all about giving back. When you volunteer in Bali, you get to do exactly that. Despite its beauty and culture, Bali is still riddled with poverty with most of the locals hardly managing to get by. As a volunteer, you can help to make the lives of the people of Bali a little less difficult by participating in the different volunteer activities available. As a volunteer Bali will also expose you to a whole different culture and allow you to live as a local in this beautiful part of the world. Check Involvement Volunteers International for more details.
Activities to do in Bali
The activities you will undertake in your time in Bali, Indonesia, are no different from what any other person volunteering overseas does. First, you will get inducted into the local community so that you can learn your way about. Next, you will be taught the local language so that you can communicate with the locals fluently. Once done, you will be assigned different volunteer work in programs such as medical care, child care, teaching, refurbishing and building schools, farming, and carrying out environmental work (cleaning and sanitation). On weekends, you and the rest of the volunteers can engage in some fun activities such as visiting the local Balinese attractions.
How it works
Becoming a volunteer in Bali is simple. First, you will need to find a volunteer group to work with. Involvement Volunteers International (IVI) is a good place to start. You can decide to do this alone or with friends and family. Once you find a credible group to work with, you will be required to apply, usually online. You will provide important details such as your identity, your nationality, languages spoken, any medical conditions you may have and how long you wish to volunteer.
Next, you will need to pay some volunteer fees. These fees will go towards catering to your accommodation, food, and local travel arrangements. The organization you have chosen to partner with will also help you secure a passport, travel ticket, visa, and any other Bali travel documents you may need.
On arrival in the country, someone will pick you up at the airport and take you to the guest house where you will share a room with other volunteers. Once you have settled in, you will wake up the next day and start your volunteer orientation. For more info, visit http://www.volunteering.org.au/