Learn Balinese Traditional Culture (Dance & Music) While Volunteering in Community Library

Program Overview
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4 weeks
USD 1440

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Bali has made its name as one of the most sought-after traveler destinations in the world. The island has a multitude of wonders in its nature and is renowned for its vibrant cultural scene, with Ubud right in the heart of it.This quaint little town has become the ultimate place for young people to enrich themselves in traditional culture as well as learn about modern works. Immerse yourself in all the exciting activities in one of the key learning platforms in the area as you take in the stunning view of Ubud.

Program Overview

The community we work with  has established itself as an insightful place of learning for over two decades.  Since 1995, the community has established a library and learning center, which has been the home of over 30,000 books and numerous learning opportunities for its community.   Initially serving mostly foreigners who are seasoned bookworms, this library has expanded vastly to accommodate the interests of the wider range of visitors as well as local youths.The program aims to introduce the reading culture and provide such a priceless opportunity for underprivileged local youths.  The community also offers the opportunity to teach people from all corners of the world to learn Balinese dance and music in the effort to preserve the love of  culture in children and youths, which slowly fading in the face of the modern world.Join this program now and introduce local youngsters to the beauty of reading, as you go beyond the pages for a firsthand experience in the local culture.

Project Details

Our program offers a very flexible program that caters to your skills and interests. We happily welcome volunteers from all backgrounds with a strong drive to learn and contribute to the development of the community.Volunteering opportunities vary from library management, language teaching, to making traditional Balinese offerings known as banten.You will also learn traditional dance and  music in their regular classes, and take part in the performances. In certain times of year, you may also have the opportunity to take part in the local cultural events unlike anywhere else, such Balinese New Year (day of silence) known as Nyepi or Cremation ceremony known as Ngaben.

Highlights of the activities during the project:
  • Intensive lessons of  Balinese traditional dance + Gamelan music (4 hours/day)
  • Volunteer in community library such as organize reading activities for youth, administrative work in library
  • Teach English (or your native language) to children
  • Participate in daily Balinese cultural activities such as going to temple, making offerings,
Project Life

Located merely a stone’s throw away from the famous sacred monkey forest,  you will have the opportunity  to develop a love of reading to the local youngsters in Ubud, Bali, while learning the magical culture of Bali through dance and music.You will stay in a shared room accommodation in the learning center, where there is a communal area which function as a cafe where meals are served.  The area also functions as the learning area where you will learn the Balinese dance and music

Project work generally runs Monday to Friday with weekends providing time to relax and explore the local area. 

Program Details

Program Type


Program for an individual or for a group
Indvidual or Group

Program highlights
  • Experience life in a real Balinese village

  • Intensive lessons in traditional music and dance

  • The opportunity to witness and take part in cultural traditions

  • Help to develop reading interests in the local youths

Volunteering Fields
Art and Culture,Children and Youth,Education

Working days per week
5 days
Educational Requirements
There are no specific education requirements, but passion in learning the arts and culture would be an advantage

Language details
You will be expected to speak in English. Ability to speak Bahasa Indonesia will be an advantage, though you are not required to be able to speak Bahasa. You will learn some basic Bahasa Indonesia once arrived in Indonesia.

Housing Type
At Project/School, Shared room

Meals included
2 per day

Housing / meals details
Meals (breakfast and lunch) during weekdays will be provided by the Project. A typical Indonesian meal consists of steamed rice and one or two main dishes made of fish, meat, chicken or vegetables. You are free to look for dinner in the surrounding area which offer myriads of restaurants offering affordable local & international meals.
Social Life
Ubud is the place where you look for peace, quiet and a sense of enlightenment. It is full of eclectic and sublime places to write poetry, dream, or engage in thought provoking conversation. The sceneries and visual delight of the green and lush paddy fields, the magnetic traditional ceremonies, colorful processions of women gracefully balancing piles of fruit offerings on their way to the temple, are something that will leave you with a lasting impression There are many unique experiences that you can try while in Ubud, such as delving into the raw food scene where the food is mouthwateringly scrumptious and organically sourced through local farmers, or dip into the Sayan river and experience natural lving by taking spring water shower.

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