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Bali
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.2(farm)+0.4(rice field)
Persons: 1-6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 40180
Country: Indonesia

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Last Updated: December 31, 2017

((((((((( Sorry, we currently only accept volunteers who can stay for a month or more. Please do not send any inquiry if you can't stay more than 1 month!

(((((((( We're looking for the one who can teach English to mainly Japanese children.

(((((((( We need volunteers in our project to build a new kitchen. We're planning to build it as naturally as possible. We are also making new garden beds and cultivating vegetables on two farms near each other in Mas.

** ABOUT US **
We run our farms to live self-sustainably and as naturally as possible using bamboos, woods, cobs and so on.

Komang is Balinese but spent 9 years working in Japan. He returned home in 2011 to build his own organic farm near Mas, and is developing the mountain farm in his home village in Singaraja.
Kiyoshi-Kuning, Zuzu (and kittens), and Papaya are our adopted cats!

We have two farms, one in south Bali (Mas, Ubud) and one in the north mountains (Singaraja).
We need volunteer help at both.


----- Our Farm in MAS, Ubud -----

** JOBS & SCHEDULE **

Schedule -
As a minimum we ask you to work 5 hours a day from the following shifts:

6:00 - 9:00 (followed by tea break)
10:00- 12:00 (followed by lunch break)
16:00 - 19:00 (followed by dinner)

For this we offer you accommodation and one meal (following one of your shifts), allowing you plenty of time to travel around locally and enjoy Ubud.

If you want to really immerse yourself here, or work at the Singaraja farm, then we provide accommodation and all meals for a full 7-8 hours work. We can discuss this kind of schedule on a case by case basis, and any time you want to take out to travel Bali & beyond.

- All kinds of volunteers get 1 day off per week.
- Most of volunteers enjoy amasing morning yoga on every Tuesday 8-10am in Mom's friend's garden at reasonable rate.

Jobs -
These are the kinds of jobs you will be doing on the farm. What we need can change depending on the harvest cycle, the weather and the number of other volunteers we have / their skillset. The more you want to do, the better for us - but please be honest when telling us your expectations!

- Light garden work: weeding, mulching, planting seeds and transferring seedlings, harvesting vegetables and flowers, separating seeds & organising our seed bank
- Heavy garden work: watering plants, landscaping for irrigation, preparing vegetable beds, putting up shelters
- Organic rice field: we have a separate rice field and need a volunteer team (2-3 people) who would like to take responsibility for taking care of this
- Construction skills: specialist knowledge of carpentry, electrics, plumbing will really help us with our farm renovations.
- Computer skills: knowledge of website building and publishing software will help us with the promotion of our organic products. We use a Mac, so anyone with experience of Apple will help a lot. Also spreadsheets, emailing for volunteer coordination and communications
- Language lessons: any language at any ability is welcome. We also can share Indonesian and Japanese with you!
- Cooking: preparing meals for the volunteers and family, or assisting with preparing our food products
- Housework: the bamboo house is small and we need constant helping clearing, cleaning and reorganising!

Your Schedule -
To help us plan for your arrival, we’d like to know what kinds of experience you’re looking for
and why you want to stay with us on our farms.
What kind of schedule and job type suits you best / are you looking for?
What kinds of things do you want to do outside of your volunteering hours?
What do you imagine yourself doing here? What excites you?


* ** ACCOMMODATION & MEALS **

The Dorm -
Volunteers stay in a shared house in a (different!) Balinese family’s property, which has 2 dormitory rooms. We have space for 6 volunteers maximum. There are a set of keys per room (and a back up set at the farm). You’ll need to coordinate with your roommates who has the keys. The dorm is under 10 minutes walk from the farm.

These are simple, clean rooms. We provide thin mattresses, sheets, pillows and pillow cases. You will need to bring your own blanket/sleeping bag and mosquito net (if you want to use one).

There is a squat-style toilet and an outdoor bucket-shower. The tub can be refilled by turning the white-handle vertical at the pipe, near the well. Sometimes there is not much water and it needs to be shared with the other family - apologies for this inconvenience.

Meals / Kitchen -
We provide breakfast & tea after the morning shift (9-10am) as well as only bare essential foods like rice, vegetables, salt and some miso for your dinner (7-9pm), in exchange for 5 hours work at the farm. We share the cooking with our volunteers - everyone contributes, and this can count as your volunteering hours. All our meals are vegetarian and we mostly eat vegan, but sometimes we enjoy some butter and cheese.

You may cook your dinner in turn at the kitchen in the dorm. There are a few supermarkets to buy other vegetables, fruits, spices (etc) you might need. Otherwise there are lots of local places to get cheap food nearby - see our map for details.

Also ...
- There are dogs on the way to the dorm, but their bark is bigger than their bite!
- you don’t need an alarm because there is a cockerel just outside the apartment that will let you know when it is 4am.
- We accept NON SMOKERS only.
- There is a cheap laundry service nearby (MAS Laundry) charging 4k IDR. per 1kg of clothes


We kindly ask that you take joint responsibility for keeping the dorm clean and nice for all to use. We separate all organic waste, plastic, paper, card and glass (etc) for an eco-conscious waste disposal centre nearby.

** REGISTRATION & A REQUEST **

Coming directly from the airport -
We ask that everyone coming from the airport spends at least one night in a guesthouse away from the farm, to clean yourself and your belongings. We have discovered that we become ill when volunteers arrive here directly. Kindly wash yourselves from head to toe, and clean your bag with a wet cloth. Laundry services in Bali are cheap and usually take just 24 hours.

Registration -
It is very important that you come with a photocopy of your passport ready as we need to register you within 24 hours of your arrival here with the police … or we get fined! There is a small cost of 35k per month for your registration that we ask you to cover (approx 2.3 euro)


** TRANSPORT & GETTING HERE **

We are 1 hour from the airport / Denpasar, 6 hours from Gilimanuk ferry port, and 20 minutes from Ubud. We can send detailed transport information and a local map on inquiry. We also have an ojek driver who can collect you for reasonable rates

We can help you with cheap (monthly) motorbike & bicycle hire during your stay



----- Our Farm in SINGARAJA -----

We also have a tropical fruits farm (2 hectares) in the mountain area in Singaraja, north west Bali, near Komang’s hometown.

You may go with him to enjoy the wild mountain life - or we may ask you to join him if there’s not enough work / too many volunteers at our farm in Mas village.

This place is suitable for deep nature-lovers. Accommodation is a very simple hut, with a newly built bathroom (bucket shower and squat toilet), indoor kitchen space and an outdoor wood-fire kitchen. We especially need volunteers with construction skills here, and those ready for heavier physical work.





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