Tianyar is a small fishing village in the northern part of Bali, approximately 3 - 4 hours drive from Denpasar. What once was a highly bio-diverse and healthy 3 km coral reef, Tianyar’s reef is currently in poor condition due to many years of unsustainable fishing practices with no regard for protecting the marine environment.
After several visits from scientists, conservationists and divers, an urgent need to protect the reef was identified. With the aim of restoring and conserving Tianyar’s coral reef, this project was started not only to protect its amazing and fragile ecosystems but also to provide a sustainable future for the livelihood of folks residing in this underprivileged village.
Volunteering Solutions partners with a local Balinese organization and here's a brief about the ongoing work in this region:
- Special focus is given on setting up a marine conservation (no fishing) zone along the reef. Fishing on the reef is problematic because of discarded fishing equipment, damage from the fishing hooks and anchoring of the boats. Without the stress caused by constant disruption, the coral and ecosystems can restore back to a healthy sustainable level.
- Several alternative livelihood programs have been designed for fishermen, training them to become diving instructors and other income-generating activities are taken care of, so that doesn't rely only on extracting resources from the sea.
- Marine conservation education is provided in two local schools. Educating the local school children, villagers and fishermen about sustainability, marine life, and pollution caused by plastic/ non-biodegradable waste. Plastic pollution is a problem in Gianyar and the project is working to tackle this by educating the people.
- Organizing weekly beach cleaning campaigns with local children.
Working with LINI (The Indonesian Nature Foundation) to build artificial reef structures such as fish domes. These are deployed along the reef on sampled sand bottom areas. These structures benefit the marine environment because they act as habitats marine spheres to provide shelter as well as a surface for corals to grow on.
Working with fishermen, local community and central government to expand, create local jobs and further improve the coral restoration process.
Participants should be of at least 17 years old at the time of beginning their program. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check. A keen interest in marine life and conservation is desirable. You should be physically fit and able to swim to take part in Marine and Coral Reef Conservation Program. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program.
Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
- The project needs the support from international volunteers to help with its current projects. Volunteers will have to help with constructing artificial reef structures, marine conservation education and helping to organize beach and reef cleaning.
- Each volunteer will be responsible for building a personalized fish dome / Roti Buoya structure, which will be deployed directly onto the reef.
- Volunteers have the option to do clean up diving on the reef to remove plastic wrapping that causes damage to the corals.
- Volunteers also play an important role in educating the local community and creating awareness about environmental issues.
Note: Volunteers also have an opportunity to learn to dive and become a qualified PADI diver at an additional cost.
Volunteer Work Schedule
As a volunteer for the Marine Conservation Program in Bali, your general schedule would be:
Arrival day - Saturday. You will be picked up from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar (DPS), between 6 am to 10 pm by our coordinator and then will be transferred to Ubud at a guest house/home stay accommodation.
On Sunday afternoon volunteers are picked up from Ubud accommodation and transferred to Tianyar which is around 3 hours drive by car.
On Monday morning, a detailed orientation shall be done after which volunteers begin their project placement.
Working days will be from Monday to Thursday. Evenings will be free for you to relax or roam around or make plans for the next day's work.
Volunteering Solutions ensures that all our international volunteers are provided the utmost comfort so that they can have a home away from home experience while working with us. We ensure that your stay, meals and other personal requirements are looked after well.
All volunteers will have to reach Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar (DPS), on Saturday. Make sure that your arrival time is between 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Our Bali coordinator will be there at the airport to receive you and shall take you to the accommodation. It is your duty to inform us about your arrival time, for a hassle free pick up. After the program ends, we can arrange for your airport transfer for an additional cost.
Upon arrival in Bali, volunteers are transferred to Ubud for one night stay. In Ubud, accommodation will be provided in a homestay/guesthouse on same gender sharing basis. Each room has a toilet and a small kitchenette with a refrigerator and stove. Ubud accommodation is located in the main Ubud town and all amenities are available within walking distance.
In Tianyar, accommodation is in a volunteer house, which is a cluster of beautiful bamboo cottages. The traditional bamboo-built shelters are located right next to the beach and offer some great views.To make it environment-friendly, each cluster has a separate bathroom and toilet, also made of bamboo and canes. Each cottage has a sit out area and fans are installed. There is Wifi within the accommodation but it can be intermittent.There are common areas where volunteers can have meals or can sit and chat. There is a kitchen where meals are freshly prepared for the volunteers by the cooks. Volunteers need to bring their own towels and toiletries.The accommodation also offers some great facilities for the volunteers such as hammocks and volleyball pitch. At a short distance from the accommodation, amenities such as ATM, departmental store are available.
The in country team in Tianyar will conduct the Orientation Session for the volunteers.You will be provided with all the details about the project, about the work that you'll have to do, as well as information about the place. If you have any questions regarding safety issues, traveling and project, the local team will be there to assist you always.
While in Ubud upon arrival, volunteers are served with breakfast at the accommodation. It generally comprises of pancakes, seasonal fruits, eggs, bread, tea/coffee etc. For volunteers in Tianyar, three freshly cooked meals will be provided each day from Monday to Friday. A general breakfast will comprise Pancakes, seasonal fruits, fried banana, toast, tea/coffee etc. For lunch and dinner, the menu will be Rice, salad, sprouts, vegetable, chicken or eggs, seasonal fruits. Occasionally pasta or some local preparation will be made.
During Free Time
During your time in Bali, you will be based in Tianyar, a small fishing village located in the Northern part of the island. The region is much quiter in comparison to other touristic parts of the island.During your extended weekend from Friday to Sunday, you can travel and explore other parts of Bali such as Ubud or head down south to Seminyak or Kuta. Taxis and other modes of transport are easily available for travelling within the island. The local team would always be available to assist in your weekend plans.
Please Note: -An application fee of £165 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. Please Note: -An application fee of €189 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
What are you Paying for?
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Airport Pickup
- 1 Night stay in Ubud with Breakfast
- Meals from Mon – Fri
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from Local Staff
- Transfer from Ubud to Tianyar
- 100% Financial Protection
- UK Based Support
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Return Trip to Airport (Can be arranged at extra cost)
- Visa Fees
FAQ's Application and Program Details
As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is recommended that potential volunteers book their programs well in advance to get confirmed placements. You can book your slot by filling the application form online and pay the application fee of $250. You can pay your program fee later and also, in installments. However, the complete payment should be made 45 days prior to the starting date of the program. If you are volunteering in a group, you can also fill a group application form.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be activated.You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our back-end team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents,your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.
Volunteers are provided with the airport pick up from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar (DPS), between 6 AM to 10 PM on the date of arrival (Saturday, as chosen) by the coordinator or representative. You'll then be taken to the accommodation in Ubud, where you can rest for the day. Volunteers who have chosen project in Tianyar will be taken to the destination on the next day.
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fee is valid for a year's time (from the date of applying). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.
For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next Vol Sol program.
We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 12+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
VolSol volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program type. You will have weekends off so you can go for traveling on weekends. However, in some projects, you will have to work on Saturdays as well.
Flights and Visa
Volunteers can get a free Visa on arrival that'll be valid for 30 days. Paid Visa on arrival can be obtained for 35 USD, that'll be valid for 60 days. Extension of the same for another 30 days will cost 85 USD. Your local coordinator will assist you in that case. You can also get in touch with the Program Advisor for further details after application procedures are completed.
Almost all major airlines have flights to Bali. Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, Thai Airways, Malaysian Airlines, QANTAS, Etihad, Emirates, Lion Air, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Malindo Air are the major airlines have flight operating to Bali.
Many airlines like KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways, ANA and more, have code-sharing arrangements with other airlines and offer seamless connections to Bali from all over the world.
In Ubud, there are several money changers. You can change your money at any of the authorized money changing outlets or in a bank. Those participating in Tianyar program, can get their money exchanged during the couple of days in Ubud, before their program commences. There are several ATMs in Ubud.
Health and Safety
Being a popular zone among tourists, Bali is overall a very safe destination. However volunteers are advised to follow guidelines and suggestions given by coordinator. Program coordinators will give you necessary information regarding the safety as well as the Do's and Don'ts. The locals are friendly and helpful as well; however, it is recommended to consult your in-country coordinators before you step out alone or go to any other place apart from Ubud or Tianyar. Also, it is recommended to be with your group whenever you venture out or stay out late in the night.
Carry general medicines with you, and consult your doctor before setting out for your volunteering trip to Bali. There is no mandatory vaccination to stay in Bali. However one can discuss with the doctor and may take vaccination for Rabies, Dengue, Malaria, Hepatitis and Tetanus.
Accommodation and Living
Your program coordinator will take you to your placement and will introduce you to local staff there. School in Tianyar is at a walking distance, just 5 minutes away from the accommodation. On Monday, once you arrive in Tianyar, you will be taken to the placement for introduction. For Ubud program, traveling from accommodation to school and coming back is included in the program cost.
In Ubud, accommodation is arranged in a home stay. Each room has toilet and a small kitchenette with refrigerator and stove. One can buy the supplies and prepare or make a basic food if required. Hot and cold running water and shower is available. Wi-Fi is available at the homestay.
Accommodation is located in main Ubud town. Shops, restaurants, ATM, pharmacy, taxi stand, everything is at a walking distance. Volunteers can get familiar on day of arrival with the local area or they can also take help of caretaker at accommodation.
In Tianyar, accommodation is in a volunteer house, which is a cluster of beautiful bamboo cottages. To make it environment friendly, each cluster has a separate bathroom and toilet, also made of bamboo and canes. Each cottage has a sit out area and fans are installed. There is no Wi-Fi here. There are two common areas where volunteers can have meals or can sit and chat. There is a kitchen where meals are prepared. Volunteers need to bring their own towel, toiletries, toilet roll etc.
At a walking distance of 10-15 minutes, there is a department store and a local restaurant.
Vegetarian food is available at accommodation.
In Ubud, one can expect expenses of USD 60 to USD 75 for meals, water bottles etc. This amount may vary in actual. For weekend trips, expenses will be additional.
In Tianyar, one can expect expenses of USD 20 to USD 30 for snacks or water bottles etc. This amount may vary in actual. For weekend trips, expenses will be additional.