Arrive in Bali anytime. Sunset dinner and drinks while we catch our first Bali sunset in Seminyak, beachside.
After brekky, we’ll head on our private bus to our partner community in Kintamani province in the rural north . We’ll use the time to get to know each other a little better, and prepare ourselves for the hot & sweaty work ahead! Once we arrive, we’ll check-in to our project accommodation, where our project leader will brief you guys about just why we’re working with them, the good that your money has done, and the work that you’ve signed up for.
Day 2 on our project. As many of our returners can testify, the projects can be hard work, so we hope you’re ready. Depending on how far the construction has progressed with the local staff we have been hiring over the last few weeks, jobs can include lugging bricks, shifting sand, painting the buildings and of course playing with the kids. Be ready to turn your hand to anything required.
The third day at the project. Hopefully your body isn’t hurting too much, and you kept the sunburn at bay. After our first full project day yesterday, today should be a breeze, or at least that’s what we normally think. Then we realise how much work there is to do and we’re working like crazy people all day to be finished in time! Anyway, you’ll know exactly what you have to get done in order for the project to be ready to open. So hop to it!
This one could be an early start! It depends on how hard we’ve been working but this morning is our opening ceremony. So if we’ve stayed on top of our workload, we’ll work all morning, have lunch and then have a local religious opening ceremony to bless your generosity and graft. If we’ve fallen behind, we’ll be up at sunrise to get here and get the work finished. Let’s do it folks.
After lunch, we’ll hop in our transport and make our way to the imperious Mount Batur. Hotel check-in, shower, power-nap and then off to the natural hot springs, then a very, very early night. Because tomorrow…..
Our optional Mount Batur climb. For those brave enough to summit one of Bali’s active volcanoes, we have a 3am wake up. Then a 2 hour sweaty, dark climb to the top of Batur. Eeeek! Don’t worry, it’s safe. But leave the flip-flops in the hotel and get on your sports shows. The hike isn’t super difficult, so we’ll all make it up and down. The views, the jungle, the sense of accomplishment, and the views again. Seriously, just wow! Back down for a late breakfast, a well earned shower, and probably back to bed for a couple of hours to reflect on a hard morning’s work.
That afternoon you can recover lake side, a spot of cycling, or visit the local surrounding villages. Group dinner with a view and off to bed we go.
We’re off to Ubud, Bali’s gorgeous cultural centre. En route to Ubud we’ll be making a few stops (expect the kind of waterfall Bali is famous for, some rice paddies and a gorgeous temple complex). Lunch in the jungle area, and we’ll reach Ubud in the late afternoon.
Eat, pray, love or enjoy a Bintang beer. Ubud is our home for the next 3 nights. Monkeys, temples and chilling for days.
Time to see just why Ubud is the place on everyone’s lips at the moment. We’re off to explore Ubud and its surrounding and within an hour you’ll understand where all the hype comes from. First stop, meet some very mischievous friends at the monkey forest. If you’ve never had a monkey jump on your back, this morning will probably change that! As we move on, there are Bali’s most famous rice terraces, some of the most beautiful Balinese temples you can imagine. Keep that camera battery charged.
A day-off, or at least if you want it. No early wake-up, so you can chill in Ubud, go and explore the nearby temples of Kerta Gosa or Pura Tirta Empul. Alternatively, spend the day having a full body massage for under $10, sipping on fresh fruit smoothies and maybe finding time to kill waiting for cocktail happy hour. We’ll have an optional group lunch in our favourite Ubud spot too, it’s spectacular, we promise.
Our time in charming Ubud is up. Fear not, as we head east to Canggu, Bali’s most happening spot. Before we make it there, we’ll squeeze in a couple of waterfalls to make your Insta followers weep. You haven’t experienced a waterfall until you’ve been underneath a Balinese one, so pack your swimmers and let’s get wet. Another couple of hours and we’ll reach Canggu, with time for a quick hop in the ocean and then sunset dinner with the group.
It’ll be hard to pry ourselves away from our Canggu accommodation, but we’ve got places to explore. We have a couple of Bali’s most famous temples to wander around, and if you’re not rice-paddied-out yet we may venture to one more beautifully stepped scene there too. Finally Tanah Lot for sunset, a beautiful end to a beautiful day.
The last day?! Already?! How did that happen? These are the days we earn with all our hard work and early starts. The accommodation looks good, and a late breakfast sounds even better. Enjoy your day-off. Rent a scooter, grab another massage, tan those buns on the beach. Optional activities are available too of course, as a gorgeous venue for group dinner, it’s our favourite place in all of Bali, you won’t wanna miss it. Soak up all Bali’s beauty today, but save enough energy for our last group dinner and drinks this evening. Tears? We fully expect them!
We’re less than an hour from the airport, so that teary goodbye isn’t too drawn out at least. We’re pretty confident you’ve just signed off on one of the best trips of your life, and we’ll see you on the next one! Unless…
Climbing Mount Rinjani, venturing to the Gili islands and Lombok are calling Johnny and Josh for a well earned beach break from all that, ermmm, beach life they’ve been living. And you guys are welcome too. Think Bali 20 years ago. Small towns, beachy vibes, but first it’s Lombok, to climb Mount Rinjani. Now who’s in?!
As we say goodbye to the GBGAers that aren’t joining us, we head to the airport, for a 30 minute flight to Lombok. We’ll be picked up at the airport and driving to Mount Rinjani where we’ll settle for the night ahead of the climb
Early brekky and starting the hike at 8am, we’ll have 8 hours or so of trekking today so we hope you have more than a pair of flip-flops. We’ll camp the night on the crater rim. We can enjoy the view of sunrise and sunset.
The reward. Set-off at 3am for to reach the crater rim (2641m) with a beautiful sunrise, and panoramic view of Lombok island, the island of Bali, the island of Sumbawa and Segara Anak Lake. The Summit has been closed since the earthquake, but don’t worry, the crater rim gives us the view we’ve been chasing! After that, we will descend into the crater rim Sembalun within 2 hours and have breakfast here. Then will continue to go down to the village Sembalun, on to our private boat transfer to Gili Trawangan to cash in some of those reward points after all that hard work!
Now you see why the Gilis islands have such a buzz. Thailand/Bali but 25 years ago. Beach huts, ice-cold beers, electric blue water and white sand for days. Enjoy the day off, snorkel, chill, and rest those aching bones.
Let’s get a boat and explore, nothing too strenous, top up that tan, and don’t forget a speaker. These are the days traveling was made for. Wacthing the sunset from our private boat, life is good, and you’re doin’ it right.
The last, last day. For real this time! Our tour finishes up in Gili Trawangan, but we can of course help you get back to Lombok, or Bali or all the way home. Let us know, we’ll stay for a couple more days to soak up those beachy vibes.
Here at GBGA headquarters, we truly believe that education is the only medium that can truly break the cycle of poverty both in Bali on this project, but globally. So while Bali is indeed a paradise for many, there is another side which most of us never see. When the curtain is drawn back, for most of Bali’s rural population, life is very different from the emotive images portrayed in bright tourist brochures.
Here, in stark contrast, there are no sparkling coral beaches, only hour upon hour of back-housebreaking toil in the oozing mud of the rice terraces, interspersed regularly with colorful, complex rituals overseen by priests to ensure the gods look favorably on the people and the endless cycle of labor. These rituals, and the offerings which always accompany them, take hours of labor, mostly on the part of the women. Even in heavily visited areas, there remain many families who see little of the economic benefits tourism supposedly brings.
Our continued projects here hope to alleviate that, in any tiny way we can. Refurbishing a school and building a library can allow children within these rural communities to flourish, and to begin to dream of a life beyond Bali. So let’s help them. One project at a time.
All accommodation in comfortable hotels usually with wifi, air-con and hot water as a minimum. (Price based on per person sharing)
All breakfast included on tour.
All group day trips, group excursions and Bali highlights.
All group in country transportation.
100% of your donation goes directly to the project.
Two experienced western guides that will be there for you 24/7.