Placement Type: Eco-tourism, Teaching. 1 volunteer at a time. Minimum length of placement: 3 months
Average length of placement: 4 months
Price per week: Free to volunteer. Restaurant meals and private serviced bungalow provided in one of the most stunning eco retreats in Bali. 3 month minimum commitment: stay may be extended if things work well.
Bali Eco stay is a small eco retreat, currently with only six guest bungalows and a restaurant.
Our goal was to create a sustainable business incorporating permaculture principles, aquaculture, hydro electric power, traditional building and rice growing techniques.
We employ local villagers to design, build, maintain and help run the retreat.
Australian hosts John & Cath Blundstone and son Huey, came to Bali in November 2009 on a holiday and fell in love with Mt Batukaru.
"We were so inspired by mountain life that we packed up our lives in Australia and moved over in March 2010. Nine monyhs later, we opened doors for business on the 27th of December 2010"".
"There are very few, really eco friendly businesses in Bali and the island is in need of all the help it can get.
"We wish to tread as lightly as possible on our land and set an example using all the principles mentioned above"
The Blundstone's are passionate about all things eco and have created a stunning and successful model of how eco tourism can work for the benefit of all.
This is an amazing opportunity to experience life in an unspoilt village culture in a beautiful unspoilt part of the island.
For more information please contact John Blundstone firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to what Johnny has to say in this inspiring video on the creation of Bali Eco Stay in the mountians of central Bali.
Volunteer will be collected from airport and transported to Bali Eco Stay, likewise on their return.
Every Sunday, John goes to Ubud for shopping and socializing. Volunteers are welcome to come along to join in or explore Ubud on their own.
To inspire and teach a ten year old Australian boy who, as yet has had no formal education or structured learning environment other than home school tutors. There is no curriculum.
Although academic areas such as reading, writing and math are important, as equally important is the need to support Huey in his creative endeavours (painting, model making etc), his desite to reseacrh various topics, and his need to discover his environment further.
The ability to be adaptable to sudden changes in a days program rather than rigidly adhere to a schedule of activities is an advantage.
Patience, flexibility and humour are required. Tutoring will begin at 10 am and finish at 3pm.
Three times a week for 1 hour in the afternoons the volunteer will be required to teach English to the local villagers and on Saturday morning, help out with activities at Kemetug School.
Volunteers will have their own bungalow with private bathroom facilities and all restaurant quality meals will be provided. Bungalow cleaned every day and even your bed made. Clothes washed, what more could you wish for ?
This is the most stunning part of Bali, as yet untouched by heavy handed tourism. Bali like it used to be !
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Ask Previous tutors about their experience :
2013 volunteers, school teachers Christine Hanna & Michelle Leroux from Canada, have offered on going support to future tutors. Feel free to contact them for more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other past tutors:
2011 Liza Hogg ; email@example.com
2011 Samantha Isaacs ; firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 Ric Hennessy; email@example.com
2012 Turi Grierson ; firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Jeanne Clynes : email@example.com
This is an ecoteer position in our local village - please register, book and pay through ecoteer website
For those who would like to experience a rich local Balinese village culture, teach the local school children and learn about ecotourism. You will stay at a local homestay with Alit and his family in a sleepy Balinese village in the hills near Bali Eco Stay. The village is surrounded by stunning organic rice fields, mountain fed streams, cascading waterfalls and spectacular views over treetops to the ocean. This programme is being managed by the Bali Eco Stay but please register, book and pay through ecoteer. John and Cathy Blundstone from Bali Eco Stay will share with you about sustainable tourism, ethics of running and operating an eco lodge and the principles of permaculture as well as Balinese Silat (local marshal art) and yoga. The school is a 20 minute walk away where you will spend 3 days per week. There are no set itineraries for your time at the school as it totally depends on your skills and what the school needs at that time. If you have a TEFL wonderful, you can help with teaching English, if you love art, music or sports then you can help to teach the kids new games or instruments. You will also help to organise clean up’s in the village with the children. Just by interacting and playing with the children outside of the structured classes is great for the children as they will passively improve their English.
What better way of experiencing Balinese culture than being immersed in it away from the hords of tourists. The thing with Bali is go with the flow and enjoy the ride!
1 week £196
2 weeks £310
£114 each additional week thereafter
Compulsory for all volunteers
Ecoteer Responsible Travel lifetime membership: GBP 55
Includes: Twin share room, breakfast lunch and dinner, accommodation, Ubud ( Bintang Supermarket,5pm Sunday's) pick up and Ubud drop off,Sunday morning's.
Excludes: International and internal airfare, camera fees, visa application/fees, private transfers, meals and accommodation when travelling independently or on Off Days, insurance, personal incidentals and any item not stated in the list above
PLEASE TAKE NOTE
This is a remote part of Bali and 50 minutes from the nearest Western style shop and hospital on a very rough road. Village life is simple and you may spend some time alone so you will need to be comfortable with your own company. The beds are comfortable but simple and the bathroom is very basic with squat toilet and bucket and ladle for a shower. Don’t forget you will be staying in a villagers home and this is how the villagers live in Bali. You may take the 10minute walk to Bali Eco Stay for a hot shower if you wish.
The main thing to remember is:
THIS AREA OF BALI IS STUNNING AND THE PEOPLE, WARM,HOSPITABLE AND SPIRITUAL,THE PERFECT PLACE TO IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LOCAL CULTURE WAY FROM THE HUSSLE AND BUSSLE, DOING SOMETHING FOR OTHERS AT THE SAME TIME.
Please register, book and pay through ecoteer