Bali Volunteering Gap Year Holiday Programs from GroundRocks
Become a part of local Balinese culture and engage with a rural community on one of our GROUNDRocks Bali volunteer programs aimed at students looking for a unique travel experience. Through our Bali gap year programs students have the opportunity to travel to far-flung corners of the island where they can take part in one of our ongoing community development projects – learning to solve practical challenges and adapting to different customs and environments.
Experience the Diverse Bali Culture while Volunteering on Our Gap Year Programs
Volunteering programs are a great way for young people to become empowered, build resilience and strengthen their leadership skills. Each of our Bali gap year programs includes key elements where students learn to understand and work with people from different cultures, while at the same time demonstrating through practical implementation the importance of sustainable community-based development through volunteer work in Bali.
Soak Up the Rich History and Traditions of Bali while Volunteering with GroundRocks
One of 34 provinces in the vast Indonesian archipelago, Bali stands out as a destination blessed with incredible natural beauty. A mere mention of the name conjures up for many, an idyllic palm-fringed getaway in paradise. In reality, Bali is also one of Southeast Asia’s most culturally rich destinations with a high regard for artistic values of expression, including traditional and modern dance, painting, sculpture, leatherwork, metalworking, and music – which makes Bali a great place to gain volunteering experience.
Its culture was strongly influenced by Indian, Chinese, and particularly Hindu culture, which began around the 1st century AD. Heirs to the Hindu influence in Java, the people of Bali were once described by Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Modern Singapore, as “the last repository of Javanese Hindu culture.”
With a population of over 4 million, Bali is home to the majority of Indonesia’s Hindu minority and is a loosely unified confederation of kingdoms made up of 10 traditional royal houses, with each house ruling over a specific region. While these royal houses are not officially recognized by the Indonesian government today, they were a part of the Bali Kingdom long before the Dutch colonization of Indonesia.
Dutch political and economic control over Bali began in the 1840s and in 1906, a number of Dutch naval and ground assaults in Bali’s Sanur region culminated in members of the royal family and their followers committing ritual suicide (puputan), rather than yielding to the Dutch, which effectively ended the Bali Kingdom – now modern day Denpasar, Bali’s capital. Today Denpasar’s Puputan Square is a historic landmark that honors the site of the heroic stand by the royals of Badung against the invading Dutch army. An enormous central monument represents the Balinese royal family defiantly brandishing their weapons.
As part of the Coral Triangle, Bali is also one of the world’s richest habitats for marine species where over 500 reef-building coral species have been recorded – about seven times as many as the entire Caribbean. Bali is also renowned for the Subak Irrigation System – a 9th century water management system consisting of terraced rice paddies and temples covering nearly 20,000 hectares and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, providing plenty of Bali volunteer opportunities.
Find Out More About Our Bali Volunteering Programs for Your Gap Year Travel
So why not join us on one of our Bali gap year volunteering programs for one of our student travel programs – an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime! At GROUNDRocks we understand the value of cross-cultural sharing and providing an environment in which our educational tours and student travel programs can help you grow and mature intellectually – setting you up for life, ready to lead the next generation into a healthier, cleaner and safer place for our children and future generations.