Bali Escape

Bali Escape - Gap Year ProgramEscape to the cultural haven of Bali, where rich history, vibrant traditions, and captivating landscapes converge. Immerse yourself in local customs, take part in breathtaking ceremonies, and explore stunning beaches. Witness majestic sunsets, meet amazing new friends and let the rhythm of the island enchant you.

Join us now and immerse yourself in Balinese traditions, share your language skills amidst stunning landscapes, contribute to sea turtle conservation efforts or get your adrenaline going with an exciting adventure week - it's your choice! This is a unique, enriching experience that encompasses culture, language, and environmental stewardship in one unforgettable trip to Bali!

Perfect for: Summer Escapes & Marine Conservation 



Short, flexible and customisable programs ideal for people looking for a unique travel experience

Typical age range: 18 – 29

Departures: Every Sunday through April to September


Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in Bali's rich cultural tapestry through visits to ancient temples, vibrant ceremonies, and interactions with the friendly locals.

Scenic Beaches and Landscapes: Relax on Bali's pristine beaches, surrounded by stunning landscapes. Whether it's enjoying sunset views or exploring hidden gems, the natural beauty of Bali is awe-inspiring.

Build your own Experience: Choose from English Language teaching, Sea Turtle conservation, or a action packed Bali Adventure week - enjoy a cycle tour, visit an active volcano, tread into spice plantations and rice fields and hike into the stunning mountains.

Week 1: Culture Week (Ubud)

Monday: Immerse in Bali's Rich Culture

Start your day with breakfast before diving deep into the heart of Bali's traditions and culture. Take an enchanting walking tour through Monkey Street and Ubud Market. Delve into a captivating class on Balinese culture before rounding off your day with an unforgettable traditional Balinese dance show.

Tuesday: Embrace Learning and Exploration

Rise and shine and enrich your mind with a Balinese Language Class. Embark on a mesmerizing Village Walking Tour, where you'll encounter the breathtaking rice terraces, vibrant art villages, and majestic hills.

Wednesday: Unleash Your Creative Spirit

Prepare yourself for another day of exploration and discovery. Dive back into the Balinese Language Class before unleashing your creativity in a captivating Batik Painting Class. Unwind with dinner, reminiscing about your newfound artistic talents!

Thursday: Culinary Delights and Spiritual Insights

Kickstart your day by donning your chef's hat for an immersive Cooking Class. Savor the fruits of your labor with your own homemade lunch before immersing yourself in the intricate art and meaning of Balinese flower offerings.

Friday: Spiritual Awakening and Project Reflections

Embark on a spiritual journey to the renowned Pura Tirta Empul temple. Experience the sanctity of the holy water temple and rejuvenate your soul with a refreshing shower with the Holy Water. Enjoy a late lunch amidst the tranquil surroundings before gathering to reflect on your experiences and prepare for the week ahead.

Weekends: Enjoy some well-earned Free Time

As no activities are scheduled at weekends, you are free to go wherever you please. You may choose to stay in Ubud and explore the city more widely, or sit back and relax by the pool. Alternatively, popular destinations that you can reach by taxi are the Gili Islands, a popular destination for snorkelling and diving; Nusa Lembongan, an island paradise where you can find peace and completely relax; Sanur or Kuta beach for surfing; or Uluwatu a temple built at the edge of a 70-meter high cliff at the edge of the sea and inhabited by monkeys.

Week 2: Build your own Experience

Here’s the fun part! You have the option to select a project that best suits you!

Select from three distinctive programs to further deepen your connection and insight into the wildlife, people, and ancient practices of this captivating country:

English Language Teaching (Ubud):

With Bali’s rapidly expanding tourism industry, the demand for local English speakers has never been greater. Children may have the opportunity to learn English at school, however, this is usually taught by a local Balinese teacher and thus the children never really get to practice their conversational skills or hear native English speakers. This is where you come in!

On this project, you will be spending about one to two hours each morning preparing lessons and around three hours in the afternoon teaching at a local elementary or high school. The aim of this project is to show students that learning English is fun so let your imagination run wild and be creative with your methods of teaching – through games, songs, art, sport, and music!

Sea Turtle Conservation (Nusa Penida):

Help and support our local partners with their vital Sea Turtle conservation efforts. Our Sea Turtle Conservation project is located on the charming island of Nusa Penida, which is a 45-minute speedboat ride from mainland Bali. The project is in its early stages, giving you the amazing opportunity to work alongside a local team and contribute to the protection of endangered sea turtles, ensuring their survival for future generations. 

As part of the marine ecosystem, turtles play a key role in keeping seagrass beds and coral reefs healthy. These, in turn, are important sources of food and shelter for countless marine species. Depending on when you join us, you may be identifying turtle species, collecting eggs, monitoring nests or seeing hatchlings get safely to sea. This is your chance to connect with nature, learn about marine life, and leave a legacy for the environment and future generations!

Bali Adventure Week (Ubud):

Get ready for an adrenaline-fueled week packed with unforgettable experiences! Kick off your adventure by exploring the majestic Kintamani volcano, followed by an exhilarating bicycle tour through spice plantations and rice fields, boasting breathtaking views of Mt. Batur.

Soak up the sun at a stunning Southern Bali beach and visit the Turtle Conservation Village. Days three and four promise thrills as you conquer the rapids of the Ayung river with an exhilarating rafting excursion and embark on a sunrise hike up Mt. Batur. Wrap up your action-packed week with a well-deserved Balinese massage, melting away any lingering fatigue and leaving you with nothing but cherished memories to treasure. Choose this option for an epic adventure and memories that last a lifetime!

*Whichever project you choose, your trip will end after breakfast on Saturday!

For more information on what to expect, or to chat with an advisor, contact us today for more details on this exciting summer escape! 

2-weeks: $1350

For available start dates check out the 'Dates & Availability' section below - you may need to scroll right to view the prices and book on! You can secure your place on your chosen adventure with a deposit of either $300 or 10% of the trip price, whichever is higher. The remainder is paid leading up to the program departing.

We are able to offer this program on a rolling basis, meaning you can start on any Sunday through April to Septmber. If your ideal travel dates aren't shown below do contact us and we can arrange a date for you!

Should you wish to extend your stay you can add additional weeks at $650 per week. This can be done by selecting an 'extra' after clicking BOOK below. Contact one of the team for more information. 

What's included:

  • Pre-departure support 
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Local project coordinator
  • Local support staff 
  • All accommodation
  • 3 meals a day during the week, 2 meals a day at weekends
  • Trips & activities as listed in brochure 
  • 24/7 emergency back up 
  • Financial failure protection 

What is not included:

  • Flights to/from destination
  • Return airport transfer
  • Inter-project transfers
  • Weekend Activities
  • Weekend Lunches
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa & Vaccinations
  • Spending Money
  • Tipping & gratuities

Who can join this program? 

This program is for anyone looking to explore one of Asia’s most ecologically and culturally diverse countries. There is no prior experience required although the minimum age is 18, you will need a criminal record check (DBS check) and you must also have your doctor sign our medical form confirming you are medically fit to participate. A reasonable level of fitness is required to participate, and if you plan to take part in any water based activities you must be able to swim.

Where will I be staying?

The accommodation in Ubud is located in Pejeng Kaja, a village on the outskirts of the city. Life is quintessentially local here and you will get a good chance to see typical Balinese life – roosters crowing and all! You will stay in a volunteer house in a single sex, 4-8 person dormitory with shared bathrooms. You will have access to a swimming pool with a snack bar 10 minutes walk away.

Nusa Penida is an enchanting island located southeast of Bali. With its rugged beauty, pristine beaches, breathtaking cliffs, and crystal-clear waters, Nusa Penida showcases a picturesque landscape that remains relatively untouched compared to its neighboring islands. Here you can expect to stay in a single sex, 4-6 person dormitory with shared bathrooms.

What is the food like?

You will be provided with 3 meals during weekdays and 2 (breakfast and dinner) during weekends for the duration of your trip. Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavours and meals during your 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). Some western dishes would also be available. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee and purified water are available at your accommodation.

Who will be supervising me?

Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of local program coordinators. We will also provide you with a 24-hour emergency telephone number so that you can always reach a member of the team in the event of an emergency.

What type of transport will I be using?

You are responsible for getting yourself to and from the start point of the program. Your arrival airport transfer is included, however you will need to arrange your own transfers between project sites (e.g from Ubud to Nusa Penida) and back to the airport at the end of your program. Local staff will be on hand to advise you on the best routes and methods for these journeys. Internal travel throughout the course will consist of a range of transport types including public and private buses, and 4x4 vehicles. Please give us a call for more information on individual journey details.

How much spending money do I need?

You will need money for programs transfers, extra meals, drinks & snacks, as well as for any activities not on the itinerary. We advise you to budget for £140 / €160 / $200 per week (this is a guideline only).

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  • Indonesia
  • Duration: 2 to 3 weeks
  • Departures: April, May, June, July, August, September

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