Cultural Introduction Tour in Lovina Bali
This is the perfect start to any volunteer project. We recommend booking onto the culture week to start your experience in Lovinia. (This can not be booked alone)
During the Lovinia Introduction week you will become acquainted with the Balinese culture, study the local language and explore the northern part of Bali-Lovina and the beautiful surrounding areas.
It’s also a lovely beach holiday in an extremely exotic island. Here you will challenge your culinary skills in the traditional Balinese cooking class, produce a traditional flower offering and explore the impressive Brahma Vihara Temple. It’s here that you will get the opportunity to immerse yourself in Hindu-Buddhism style and pray for good fortune.
Aims & Objectives
The aim and objective is to introduce to authentic Balinese culture and immerse you into it. By doing so, you will experience the best and the closest you can get to this impressive culture.
Village walking tour to the traditional market and the Centre of Lovina
Learning about the traditional Balinese culture
Class to learn the native language
Class on the traditional flower offering
Continuing the language class to learn more!
Learning to cook Balinese food
Visit to the Brahma Vihara Buddhist temple
Visit to the Holy Hot spring
Project meeting to discuss about the work so far
Visit a local school in Lovina
The participants who engage in relaxation programs in the following week will have the afternoon free to explore Lovina on their own.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Lovina is a relatively new name coined in the 1950s by the late king of Buleleng (Buleleng Regency) Anak Agung Panji Tisna, with a good eye for future tourism-based development. It started with small lodge built on his own land named Lovina. After going through a struggle of ups and downs, finally the community accepted the presence of Lovina. Nowadays the name Lovina is used for the stretch of seven traditional villages, which all slightly merge into one over ten kilometers off the main road which hugs the north coast to the west of Singaraja: Temukus, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, Pemaron, Tukad Mungga, Banyualit and Kaliasem. Kalibukbuk is the main hub of this area and is often thought of as “Lovina town centre”.
Accommodation & Food
You will be accommodated in one of our houses in the village of Tukadmunga. Located on the street leading to the beach, 5 minute by walk. Village life is quintessentially local and you will get a good chance to see typical Balinese life – roosters crowing and all! For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost per week. Please contact us in advance to check for the possibility for that program period.
Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during their stay. Typical dishes included mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans), we also provide for some of western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc.
ATM’s: There are many ATM’s in Lovina center which is about a 10 to 15 minute drive from the house.
– Personal Sim card for your mobile: You can buy one at the local shop.
Sights & Surroundings
Our houses are located in Tukad Mungga village and it will take about 10-15 minute to Lovina centre.
There are several cafés and beaches in the village where you can relax and hang out after their program ends.
There are good grocery stores in Singaraja city with 15 minute drive, 24 hour stores and plentiful small, family run shops where you will be able to find everything that you need from toiletries, to drinks, to sanitary and other personal items you require. If you want to eat out occasionally, there is a wide selection of restaurants with high standards of International and local cuisine. Please note, prices in tourist restaurants often include 5% service charge and 10% tax – additional tipping is appreciated but not necessary.
There are several swimming pools nearby the house centre that you can use. The entrance at swimming pool costs about 3 USD, swimming pools take about 15 minute walk from our centre.
Since the weekends are free, you are able to go wherever you would like to go. Several popular destinations are The Gili Islands, Nusa Lembongan, Ubud, Sanur, Kuta and Uluwatu. These are all easy to reach by taxi.
The Gili Islands – In these islands, you will be able to find small resorts and huts where you can relax. This location is also popular for snorkeling and and diving due to its abundant marine life.
Nusa Lembongan – This is an island paradise with one of the most clear waters that you will ever see and it is also a place where you can find peace and completely relax. Surfing, diving and snorkeling and amongst the most popular activities that visitors can enjoy.
Ubud – This is an ideal location if you are expecting to walk through rice terraces and ravine. Ubud Monkey forest is also a very popular tourist destination which is sacred and it houses the temple of death.
Sanur – This is a stretch of beach in Southeast Bali that contains villa resorts and Zen Villas. Historically, it was used as the landing site for the Dutch invasion troops during the Dutch invasion in 1906 as well as being the entry point into Bali for the Japanese during WWII.
Kuta – This is a beach known of its surfing opportunities and party atmosphere.
Uluwatu – This is a temple built at the edge of a 70 meter high cliff at the edge of the sea and inhabited by monkeys.
Trip Country Info
Language: Indonesian (official)
Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
Time zone: UTC +8
Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.For learning culture and gaining experiences you’ve never thought of, there is Indonesia, one of the most interesting countries in the world. With around 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese and European sources, Indonesia has many cultural experiences ready to be discovered.
Dubbed the Island of the Gods, Bali is one of the more than 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Due to its location off the coast from the mainland and unique culture and religion from the rest of the country, Bali is often treated as a destination of its own, “if you’ve only been to Bali, you’ve never been to Indonesia”.
With its pristine beaches, its unspoilt waters ideal for surfing and diving, its lush mountains, its never-ending rice terrace and volcanic hillsides, its spiritually-infused culture and more, Bali has quickly become a must-visit and it often makes its way on everyone’s bucket list.
Flores is located the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life. And if you want to see the famous Komodo Dragons alive, this is the only place in the whole world which gives you the experience. You can visit the Komodo dragons in their natural habitats in the Komodo National Park islands. Here you will witness the natural treasures still trying to survive in its purest forms.
Flores is a multi-religious and multi-cultural island where 60% of the people are Christian, 20% Islamic and 20% Hindus and Buddhists. The holidays for Flores are similar to the general Indonesian calendar.
Flores, though one of the main islands in Indonesia, is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. Evidently, its exceptional natural treasures need more care and its warm hearted people need more support.
Temperatures are pleasant, varying from 20-33 degrees celsius year-round. The monsoon season strikes in November and makes its way until March, bringing in humidity and a significant amount of rain. However, this usually does not stop people from visiting, as the rain usually begins in the late afternoons and evenings, meaning the daytime remains sun-filled. From June to September, the weather is dry and there is not too much humidity in the air.
Indonesia is a haven for customs and this can be seen in every corner of the islands. Not to mention the fact the these islands themselves have their own traditions and customs which are different from one another.
A good example of this can be experienced in Bali, where small offerings containing flowers, rice and even cigarettes (sesajen) are found in every house, restaurants, stalls and even at the check-in desks at airports. The offerings are set with burning incense sticks and sprinkled with holy water three times a day before every meal.
There are roughly 20,000 temples spread around the Bali island and, because the Balinese are masters of sculpture, the temples are guarded with statues of gods and goddesses.
Keep, in mind, however, that the Hinduism you will see in Bali is often different than the one seen in India.
Take a look at our latest gap year volunteer projects in Indonesia below or get in touch with any questions you have about volunteering in Indonesia.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance