Bali Volunteerism & Yoga Retreat
We will be staying with the children of Bali at the Yayasan orphanage in beautiful Ubud-Bali. Take some time to not only care for yourself but to care for others. These children will transform your heart and inspire a depth of change unparalleled to any other experience. Space is very limited. Please ensure your spot is secure by booking now.
Type of Event
Explore 1 or 2 weeks in Ubud, Bali Indonesia. You have the option for a slightly additional investment, to stay till the 24th of September.
We will be staying with the children of Bali at the Yayasan orphanage in beautiful Ubud-Bali. Take some time to not only care for yourself but to care for others. These children will transform your heart and inspire a depth of change unparalleled to any other experience.
All your meals are provided for you and you will have plenty of time to explore the land of Bali, we will have 2 daily yoga classes, take journeys wherever you wish to go, and time to give yourself plenty of self care.
Proceeds from your trip will go to the Yayasan Widya Guna Orphange to support their efforts in maintaining the gifts they bless these children with.
A little info about the Orphanage:
Yayasan Widya Guna, is a formal Indonesian non-profit organization, founded by Ketut Sadia and Gill Rijnenberg, and its doors opened in 2006.
The Yayasan operates under the WINS Project umbrella, a Dutch Foundation, which also has associates in USA, Australia, France and UK. WINS stands for the Dutch phrase “Weeskinderen Indonesie Naar School”, which litterally means “Orphans in Indonesia to school”.
Yayasan Widya Guna has now become a place where Balinese children can receive a good start in life. Orphans, the disabled and other children needing a helping hand are given the opportunity to obtain a good education, and become independent and responsible for their own future. As well as providing education, housing and regular food, a support net is also there for the children that require it.
WINS works hard to ensure that every child has a sponsor, and the student has a responsibility to that sponsor. Every child has their own e-mail account, bank account and cashbook. They communicate with their sponsor via e-mail and report their balance every six months. Unlike other sponsorship programs the entirety of the donation goes into the children’s bank account and they manage their money with careful supervision from WINS. The aim of this system is to teach the children to be independent and responsible.
In the beginning the Yayasan took care of 12 orphans and a few very poor children from the village of Bedulu. This has increased to its current size of 100+ due to the number of disadvantaged children living locally and the open arm philosophy that always has room for one more. The facilitates and aid have expanded to meet the demands in an incredibly inspirational fashion. The children go to the local school in the morning then come to the Yayasan in the afternoon. Since disabled children are not integrated into Balinese schooling, the Yayasan welcomes these children with a range of disabilities and offers them full education, therapy and support in a number of forms.
**info taken from their websitite**
Travel info for Bali:
1 Free entry stamp and Visa on Arrival both valid 30 days. Remember: day of arrival and departure day count as full days each
2 Your passport must be valid for 6 months when arriving. Otherwise you won't be allowed to enter Bali (happens to quite a few)! There are NO EXPECPTIONS
3 One page must be empty for the visa stamp
4 Keep your boarding pass when you arrive, you MIGHT have to show it to the immigration officer
5 Free Entry stamp is valid 30 days and CANNOT be extended
6 Visa on Arrival is not needed for most travelers, but if you wish to stay longer and extend, you can apply and pay for one at the immigration office
7 Most prices are subject to tax (10%) and service charge (6-11%)
8 Value for money is incredible on Bali. Whatever you decide to go for. Streetfood or fine dining. The choice is endless
9 Ice cubes in restaurants are generally safe and government controlled
10 For 3-5US$ one can have a decent meal in most restaurants
11 Vegetarian and healthy food on the rise, epicenter Ubud. Try the detox smoothies.
12 Roof Top bars and Beach Clubs are gettig more popular, for good reasons.
13 Don't trust the name. Always check the map. The "Kuta Hotel" might not be exactly in Kuta :-)
14 Look at the maps closely. A hotel near the coastline could still be far to the next beach, due to lack of road access.
Traffic & Transport
1 Left-hand traffic on Bali - kind of ;-). Call it creative driving. More Tips on handling traffic.
2 Scooter rental costs 5-8US$ per day. Always put safety and reliability first. Never compromise. Enough people have serious or fatal accidents. Never hire run down scooters to save a buck.
3 Keep the mobile no. of the motor bike rental shop with you. You might need it.
4 Car with driver for 8-10 hours costs 40-70US$ per day. Always check drivers and car's condition. Make sure they have a driver's license and the permission to be a driver (izin, insurance issues). international driving license
5 Yes, there is UBER and Grabtaxi on Bali. But in many areas drivers are afraid to go because the local communities are against it. Legal situation still unclear in Indonesia.
6 Motorbike Taxis can be arranged through the app Go-Jek. Most of the times easy to get one. But also not every where and anytime.
**We will have a driver, but I do have friends that live there and are able to take you all over for a daily or hourly rate**
Communication & Internet
1 Get a SIMCard in one of the mobile shops for your smart phone (ca. 3US$)
2 Mobile Surfing Internet. Get a SIMcard and ask for internet package /4GB, 1 month ca. 10US$
3 Many restaurants have free wifi
4 At the international airport just when you exit, you can buy a simcard
5 Prepaid Credit is called pulsa
6 Hardly anybody is using phones in hotel rooms anymore. Whatsapp, Skype, and Facetime are the best and cheapest way to stay in touch with your loved ones at home
7 Most hotels offer free wifi. Better check before you book and make sure it is available in your room and not only in the lobby and restaurant
8 Internet connections are still slow. Don't expect to be able to stream easily or transfer huge amounts of data
Activities & Wellness
1 Bali is scuba paradise. More than 100 dive centers and great dive spots
2 Bali has the highest spa density in the world.
3 Full body massage starts 7US$ per hour, but can go up to 60US$/h in 5 star hotels
4 Nail & Hair Salons, Massage parlours of any quality and even cosmedical centres of the highest standards are available
5 Surfing for beginners at Kuta, Legian and Seminyak Beach
6 Bali has a wafe for everyone, all year around
7 Top Temples: Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Besakih
8 Climbing a volcano, Canyoning, downhill cycling, or a hike through traditional villages will get you closer to nature and Balinese culture
9 Ubud should be part of your tour program. It's indeed special.
10 It's a Shopping Paradise; art work, handicrafts, oils and essence, clothes, shoes, furniture, accessoires
11 Day of Silence, Nyepi, no check-in or check-out from hotel. Entire island incl. airport is shut down!
12 Manta Rays and Mola Mola fish Nusa Penida and Lembongan
13 Getting married on Bali is easy; wedding companies offer full service.
14 Don’t smile at the monkey in the monkey forest or temples, showing teeth is a sign of aggression for them
15 Water sport activities can be found at Benoa (jet ski, para gliding, water ski etc). Direct Booking.
16 Neighboring Islands Lembongan, Ceningan and Nusa Penida less than 45min by boat from Sanur. PARADISE.
Environment & People
1 Bali is a fragile island. Trash, Water and Traffic are big problems, like in any other part of the developping world. Help by being a conscious consumer.
2 Try to take short showers and avoid wasting water.
3 Everything you throw away stays on Bali or will be washed into the sea. Efective rubbish management in this part of the world is not really existing.
4 Plastic is problem no. 1. Avoid plastic bottles, straws, plastic bags when shopping.
5 Most workers you will meet have a salary of around 130 to 150US$ per month and work hard for their money, travel long distances and share their income with other family members.
6 Balinese are super friendly and welcoming. They are also proud and are happy if you respect their customs and island.
7 Being angry and shouting is not appreciated. If you have a complaint, be polite, calm and insist on a solution in a friendly manner if you wish to get any result.
Areas to Explore
1 Kuta is wild at night.
2 Seminyak has most clubs and beach clubs, more upper class
3 Ubud is laid back, art, small shops, great food, healthy life style, yoga
4 Lembongan and Ceningan Island is easy to get to and like Bali 30 years ago - just with more comfort. Paradise
5 Sanur is more quiet, a bit upper class in general, calm beaches, great restaurants at the beach side (pantai sindhu). Lots of live music.
6 Indonesian Glove cigarettes are called Kretek and are smoked everywhere
7 Rainy season, October to February, Dry season March to September
8 Bali is one of the best surf destinations in the world, because of the quality and quyntity of surf spots and their easy access.
9 Amed is the place where most scuba divers stay and where you can dive around the famous Japanese shipwreck
10 Nusa Dua, 5 star resort area, large properties, lavish gardens, nice beaches.
11 Jimbaran - seafood restaurants and BBQ directly on the beach, every night (busy, fresh seafood, tasty)
12 Bukit Penisula in the south, surfer's paradise and still a little bit off the beaten track. Padang Padang Beach, Bingin Beach, Dreamland, Uluwatu, Balangan
1 Visa and Master Card are most accepted. Credit Card payment in hotels, most restaurants and shops is possible these days. But the more remote, the less likely. A surcharge of 2 - 4% is applied when using credit cards. Street vendors: only cash and best in IDR
2 You can pull money from
3 US$, AUS$, EUR will be accepted changed almost anywhere.
4 Make sure to go to official money changers. If the place looks small and dodgy, it most certainly is dodgy - and they know many tricks how to give you less than you expected.
5 Payment is done in IDR (Indonesian Rupiah). Even if many hotels publish their prices in US$, the actual payment will be done in IDR and the exchange rate will usually not be very good.
6 Bring some cash, your credit card and a normal bank card.
7 Max amount you can withdraw in one go at an ATM is either 1.250.000 - 1.500.000 (machine with a 50.000 sticker) or 2.500.000 - 3.000.000 (machines with a 100.000 sticker). You will be charged a fee between 2 and 5 US$ depending on the bank. But exchange rates are good, which makes it roughly the same, as if you bring your cash and change it here
8 Traveler cheques are a memory of the distant past
100 Bargaining with street vendors is a must. But it's also nice to respect and value their work, effort, and services, and to pay fair prices. Live and let live!
Please know that by submitting your deposit, you are agreeing with the terms, payment terms, policies and all that there in.
Retreat Policies, Payment, and Cancellation policy
Early registration deadline February 1st, 2017
Condition to travel:
You must be in a good health condition to travel. If you have any special needs or dietary allergies, you must notify us before the registration deadline. We will do our best to accommodate any special needs, however, cannot guarantee we would be able to accommodate all special needs. Please check with us in regards to specifics. Each participant should be aware that this is an active retreat, with yoga, walking, hiking and other activities. Jai Bhakti Yoga shall not be liable for any discomfort or other issues arising out of personal limitations and or conditions.
We require a minimum deposit
of 50% of the total tour cost.
Payment plans are available.
Balance will be due 90
days prior to departure.
Non-payment of balance on due date may forfeit all amounts paid and may result in immediate cancellation of booking. Bookings made within 90 days of travel will require full payment upon confirmation of
Yampu requires a minimum deposit of 50% of the total tour cost plus the full cost of the international airfare unless more is required for the purchase of domestic airfare, cruises and special hotels. Balance will be due 90 days prior to departure. Non-payment of balance on due date may forfeit all amounts paid and may result in immediate cancellation of booking. Bookings made within 90 days of travel will require full payment upon confirmation of services.
Cancellation and Transfer Policies
If you cancel prior to the early bird registration deadline (02/1/2017)your deposit will be forfeited but the balance of your fees paid will be refunded to you. If you cancel prior to the Bali Special registration deadline (3/31/2017), your deposit will be forfeited and 50% of your fees paid will be refunded to you. If you cancel within 90 days to the Full retreat deadline (6/1/2017) your deposit will be forfeited and the balance of your fees will be applied to a future retreat with Jai Bhakti Yoga.
You are able to register for a different retreat with us, your deposit, less $100 for administrative costs, maybe transfer to the new retreat.
If you cancel after the registration deadline (06/1/2017), you will forfeit the entire fee paid.
Exceptions are for a death in the family or medical necessity in which you will need to provide supporting documents.
Jai Bhakti Yoga and Yampu Tours
Reserves the right to cancel retreats at anytime if there is concern with lack of reservations and will refund deposit money if it elects to do so.
Transferring your registration to a third-party:
In the event that you cannot attend the retreat but you know of someone who can take your place, you can transfer the full amount of your fees paid to the third-party with a $50 administrative fee, on condition that we are notified via email to by BOTH parties of this transaction. In the event that you receive an early registration discount, we will honor that price with the third-party.
Release of liability
Jai Bhakti Yoga provides a nurturing and safe environment and each participant is provided with all the possible care to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Each participant should understand that this is an active retreat in nature and conditions may be unpredictable and/or dangerous. Each person can choose to opt out of any or all the activities. Jai Bhakti Yoga and Yampu Tours accepts no responsibility for any injuries incurred during travel to or from the retreat or during the retreat itself. Release of liability forms are to be completed and signed before the departure for the retreat.
Please be advised that this is a non-smoking event and environments.
Please advise group leader of any food allergies.
Airport taxes, passport and visa fees are not included in this invoice. Valid passport is required for travel in the country of destination, and a visa may also be needed (American citizens always require a visa for Brazil). Your passport also needs to be valid at least 6 months after your return date from trip. Vaccinations may also be required, especially if traveling to rural areas or the Amazon region.
Please check with your local Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the sole responsibility of traveler to make sure that he/ she complies with all passport, visa and vaccination requirements.
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conditions associated with the aforementioned. You release Jai Bhakti Yoga of any responsibility of any causes of injury, or death, related to health issues, allergies, or physical and mental readiness.