Fri. Day 01: USA / Hong Kong
Today make your own way to the airport and taker your flight to Hong Kong.
Overnight: En Route
Sat Day 02: Hong Kong/ Denpasar Bali.
This morning meet at Hong Kong airport for check in. Clear security and proceed to the gate for our flight departure to Bali Indonesia.
On arrival this evening, make your way through to immigration (visa required) and afterwards through to collect luggage and through customs to the arrival hall.
Here we will be met by our guide and make our way to the coach where our driver loads our luggage. We drive north to the town of Ubud, an hour drive north of the airport.
Overnight: Max One Hotel (D)
Sun Day 03: Ubud. (Full day at Farm family)
This morning have breakfast and then we set out for a full day of outreach with the community.
Our guide will pick up and drive for a full day trip of immersion in Balinese daily life through a a project at the nearby village of the Marga. Get a taste of local Balinese life in a day full of experiences. Arrival at Marga Village, you will learn about farming and Subak system. Be prepared to get wet and muddy as you will be helping the farmers and families with the daily chores. We will be clearing irrigation channels that run up and down the sides of the hills. The fields are owned by many families of the village where they have a cooperative system to help each other maintain their farms. Home cooked lunch will be served in the village.
After lunch we will be working with the farmers who will show us how we plow the rice fields with buffalo. Be prepared to get muck all over you while we help the planting process. We may also be harvesting some other fields. Dinner with the village families in a center used for meetings amongst the locals. Transfer back to the hotel after dinner for a good night’s sleep.
Overnight: Max One Hotel (B-L-D)
Mon Day 04: Ubud Full day Balinese Traditions.
This morning have breakfast at our hotel. We will depart from the hotel by our coach and transfer to another side of Ubud. All areas are within approximately 30 minutes of driving.
Ubud is separated by various rivers, ravines and mountains. Other villages surrounding Ubud are within this radius. Today we set out to learn about the Balinese traditions by visiting these nearby villages.
Our guide will meet everyone at 8:00am at the lobby as we depart for a full day excursion to delve more into Balinese traditions.Once we wind around to one of the surrounding village which grow herbs, we will do an easy trek to discover the natural herbal ingredients of the traditional medicine called Jamu.
As you trek along the rice fields and farmland across the villages, you will observe some of the most important herb plants such as Lemon Grass, Citronella, Patchouli, Vanilla Bean, Turmeric and many more. Enjoy the fresh air of Ubud as you explore. After the trek and discovering which herbs we use, it is time to commence a herbal class and learn how to complete traditional tonic drinks known as Jamu.
Lunch will be served at vegetarian restaurant with a fabulous view over the valley in Ubud.
After lunch we will depart on a short 30 minute drive to the nearby Monkey Forest, one of the top places to go for any visitor to Ubud. The Sacred Monkey Forest is home of long-tailed Macaques. The forest contains the Pura Dalem Agung Padantegal temple as well as a “Holy Spring” bathing temple and another temple used for cremation ceremonies. We first stop to purchase some bananas.
Next, visit the Pura Saraswati temple with its unique and beautiful architecture. Pura Saraswati was devoted to “Dewi Saraswati” the goddess of learning, literature and the arts.
Admire the grounds, and the temple which the guide will explain the importance to the Balinese traditions.
Next we drive a short distance to the main downtown center of Ubud which is just a couple of streets with Markets and galleries. It is also loaded with crafts and souvenirs where you can shop at competitive prices; don’t forget to bargain!
End our afternoon and return to our hotel to sit back and relax with your teachers and discuss what we learned today. The hotel pool is also inviting and with teachers supervision, everyone can enjoy before dinner.
Freshen up and enjoy dinner together. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Overnight: Max One Hotel (B-L-D)
Tue Day 05: Ubud Cooking Class. Authentic Balinese Cooking Class . Excursion to Tirta Empul Temple and Gunung Kawi Temple.
After breakfast we again start at 8:00am from the lobby and board our coach for a drive back to Ubud market where the produce and spice area of the market is already in full operation. We will be accompanied by our guide and by the local chef of today’s cooking class. You will be learning which spices go with which vegetables and to purchase what is needed for today’s cooking class. From the market, we head straight to the family estate.
At the family estate in the village of Laplapan we meet with the chef’s and her husband who will be translated by the guide and they will discuss the rice fields who will explain traditional rice-growing practices and the recent switch to growing mostly organic rice. Your host and chef Puspa, will help you discover how to create your very own delicious authentic Balinese dishes. The class is held in a traditional outdoor kitchen, complete with a wood-fired stove, which is given daily offerings of a few grains of rice and salt as a gift to the god Brahma.
This class is ideal for guests who have an interest in learning about Balinese food preparation from garden to table. After lunch has been cooked, we all sit down for a lovely meal together.
This afternoon we set out with our guide and coach and drive towards Tirta Empul Temple, known as the “Holy Water Temple”. Next visit to Gunung Kawi Royal Monument with its impressive valley view. From the main entrance, descend about 300 steps to reach the Royal tombs and hermitage caves.
At the end of the afternoon we drive back to your hotel reaching around 17:00hrs.
A couple of hours free time at the hotel to freshen up before we enjoy a traditional Bali dinner again this evening at our hotel.
Overnight: Max One Hotel (B-L-D)
Wed Day 06: Ubud – Morning Visit Green School Ubud – Afternoon transfer to Sanur and change hotels.
This morning we have a later start than other earlier mornings and finish breakfast and check out.
Our guide will arrive with our coach and driver and assist with check out formalities as we load our coach with our baggage. Then we will drive to the Green School. This school is aptly named as it is an environment friendly campus made from bamboo. Enjoy an article from the New York Times (Nov 2017) recently on the Green School in Bali.
The morning school run proceeds, at first glance, like any number of demographically adjacent — affluent, socially progressive, private — school runs the world over: There are lithe yoga moms, dads with beards and the occasional man bun, kids with Messi jerseys and top-heavy backpacks. There are hurried embraces and pods of parents, to-go lattes in hand, swapping information and gossip. This boisterous procession — from filing past the security guard to the mass exodus when the first-period bell sounds — takes 10 minutes before calm descends.
The Green School Soccer Field
Upon arrival at the school, we will enjoy a Jalan Jalan (Indonesian for ‘a walk’) around the beautiful bamboo campus. In addition to the famous architecture, you’ll learn about their sustainability practices and what it’s like to be a Green School student in this progressive and wall-less place of learning.
Your Jalan Jalan tour leader, will be chosen by the principal who may be a staff member, parent, or student, and their job will be to guide you around the campus while sharing the Green School story and answering your questions. What will be your favorite? Aquaponics, the majestic bridge, the micro-hydro vortex, or the Green School music you’re sure to hear in the background!
Late this afternoon, we will say goodbye to the mountains and make our way down to the plains and the Ocean towns and villages. The drive is an hour and we find ourselves checking in around 15:30hrs with a couple of hour’s free time with your teachers to discover our new hotel.
Overnight: The Artotel Sanur (B-L-D)
Thu Day 07: Sanur Beach Bali. (Full day water sports)
Today is a full day of water adventures and activities. After breakfast and sunscreen applications, we head to the coach and transfer a short distance to our water sport areas.
Today we will work through each group member safety courses and then each student and teacher will participate in each of the following activities:
Turtle Island Glass Bottom Boat.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant. This afternoon if we complete the activities early there may be some free time at the beach with our guide and teachers before returning the hotel at around 17:00hrs. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Dinner will be served at our hotel this evening. (BLD)
Overnight: The Artotel Sanur
Fri Day 08: Ubud – (Community Service Outreach with young students)
After breakfast we will visit a school in our beach area of Sanur.
Today is a half day of community service. We will visit a local school with grades of Year 3, 4, 5 and 6. Travel by coach to our school and spend the morning from 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs in various classrooms, teaching the students conversational English.
Work with local children as an assistant teacher teaching English, Sport and Games in a local school. You can teach a variety of English based subjects, and you’ll also be able to teach whole classes on your own if you wish. In all classrooms, the home room teacher will be there to assist you and translate if necessary.
Balinese children rarely get to practice conversational English skills or hear native English being spoken so you will be very well received. You will have plenty of support and encouragement to be creative and show students that learning English is fun.
At lunch time, we will say goodbye to the students and the school staff and board our coach and transfer back to the hotel.
Lunch will be at typical Balinese restaurant and then back at our hotel, you can enjoy the afternoon free at leisure. You can enjoy the facilities of the resort or walking around of the resort to enjoy the Sanur atmosphere.
Overnight: The Artotel Sanur (B-L-D)
Sat Day 9: Denpasar Bali / Hong Kong / USA
This morning have breakfast at the hotel. Later we will board our coach and drive 30 minutes to the airport. We will clear security, walk to our gate and board our flight back home.
Overnight: En Route.