A number of different airlines fly to Ngurah Rai International airport located in the city of Denpasar in Bali. Please arrive between 7am and 5pm on the date that your placement commences. We will come and collect you from the airport and take you to your accommodation.
We recommend arriving a day or two before your placement starts in order to adjust to the climate and catch up on sleep. Unfortunately, your homestay is not able to house you early, as they will be making preparations for the team’s arrival. You will need to find somewhere to relax and unwind before returning to the airport on the Monday for when the work begins. Please check accommodation on Trip Advisor before booking, as they will have the most up-to-date information and reviews of any guesthouses.
Your final day on placement is the last Friday of your final week so you'll be on projects until the late afternoon, please bear in mind that SLV.Global is not responsible for your transport back to the airport once your placement finishes. We’re happy to help you book a taxi, budget approximately £25/$35/€25 for the trip from your homestay.
If you need help or advice with flights, we work closely with Student Universe. You can get in touch with them on 0333 333 9224 or by filling in this form.
We recommend booking flights no more than 3 months in advance and buying your insurance at the same time, to cover you should the unexpected occur.
Travel Insurance - It’s got to be done so don’t get on that plane until you’ve got sufficient insurance to cover your whole trip. Travel insurance needs to cover any medical expenses that may occur in country, delayed flights and lost baggage etc. Travel insurance is different from health insurance and is specific to the country you are travelling to. Therefore, if you already have health insurance please do not assume it will cover you whilst you are abroad. You will need to check the details as this often isn't sufficient for overseas travel. Check the conditions of your insurance and make sure you’re covered for White Water Rafting level 3. As with flights, Student Universe are really helpful for insurance too! You can get in touch with them on 0333 333 9224 or by filling in this form. We also find using comparison sites like 'Compare the Market' can be a really useful place to start to find a policy that suits you best.
It’s also worth checking that your provider will cover your care in a private hospital, as those are often the facilities we use in Indonesia
Just Before you Go
The week before you arrive in Indonesia, you’ll be sent a sheet of all of the other volunteers’ flight details. This is so that you can check that we have the correct flight information and also so you know with whom you will be traveling. Many people will then introduce themselves on Facebook, and although the intentions are there, often it is not possible to meet in the airport before you travel. We do encourage you to try, although most people will meet for the first time at the airport in Bali.
What happens at the airport?
On the plane you will probably have been given an arrivals card. If you were not they are available just before the customs desk. Immigration officials will expect you to have this ready to hand over. Please see the visa document for instructions on how to fill this out.
A number of different volunteer organisations work in Bali, but we are the only organisation obtaining Social Visas for our volunteers, which is the best visa for the type of activity you are engaging in. However there is no “volunteer” visa and in Indonesia it is assumed that volunteers are taking money. If immigration, ask you any questions regarding the purpose of your visit, we find that the easiest and fastest way to get through is by telling them you are travelling and not mentioning your volunteer placement or SLV.Global. Just let them know you’re a tourist on holiday looking forward to soaking up some sun. You will be given an address to provide to immigration once your full deposit has been paid and one month before you depart.
After you’re through customs and have your luggage, you’ll be greeted by one of our team in the arrivals hall. You’ll recognise them as they’ll have a sign with the SLV.Global logo and/or be wearing a fetching white SLV.Global t-shirt and a big smile.
The team will endeavor to arrive early however occasionally your flight may be early or the Balinese traffic descends upon us and we are a little late. In these instances, you could have a seat or go get some cash from the ATM, 1million rupees is good for now (it sounds a lot but is about £50/$75/€65) or use the facilities, and we will be there soon. We have not forgotten you, I promise. Please never ever leave the airport without a member of our team.
Once everyone’s arrived, we’ll take you to your accommodation; the trip from the airport is about 2 - 3hrs, so it’s best to use bathroom before you leave the airport. Before you leave the UK, SLV.Global will give you contact numbers for our Indonesian team, please make a note of these and keep them on your person in case of any issues meeting up at the airport.
If you’d like more information please see the document titled ‘What to Expect’ in your Participant Portal
We’re not doctors and so are not authorized to dispense health advice. Preventative measures should be taken, as you will be working in a medical setting with individuals who suffer from communicable diseases such as Hepatitis B.
We trust all volunteers to take suitable precautions and volunteers are expected to get vaccinated against all possible contagions. Please see your GP or local travel clinic for advice on vaccinations.
Remember to tell them that whilst in Indonesia you will never be more than 2 hours from a hospital: we are not based in a remote location. For the most up-to-date information about travelling to Indonesia please check out this page!
In some cases, if you have previously visited an area affected by Yellow fever you will be asked to produce evidence that you have been vaccinated. If this is the case you should have already been vaccinated and should have the card with you ready to produce. Check with your GP or travel doctor if you are unsure. Just before you go the week before you arrive in Indonesia, you’ll be sent a sheet of all of the other volunteers’ flight details. This is so that you can check that we have the correct flight information and also so you know with whom you will be traveling. Many people will then introduce themselves on Facebook, and although the intentions are there, often it is not possible to meet in the airport before you travel. We do encourage you to try, although most people will meet for the first time at the airport in Bali.
Courses or boosters usually advised:
- Hepatitis B is spread through infected blood, contaminated needles and sexual intercourse. Vaccination is recommended for those at occupational risk (e.g. health care workers), for long stays or frequent travel. The vaccine is given as three shots over six months. A rapid schedule is also available, as is a combined vaccination with Hepatitis A. For 95% of people, a lifetime protection is the result.
- Adult diphtheria tetanus Single booster recommended if you haven’t had one in the previous 10 years. Side effects can include sore arm and/or a mild fever.
- Hepatitis A Provides almost 100% protection for up to a year; a booster after 12 months provides at least another 20 years’ protection. Mild side effects, such as headache and sore arm, occur in 5-10% of people getting the shot.
- Typhoid The vaccine offers around 70% protection, lasts for two to three years and comes as a single shot. Tablets are also available; however, the injection is usually recommended as it has fewer side effects. Sore arm and/or mild fever may occur.
Vaccines not required but sometimes advised:
- Japanese Encephalitis is spread by mosquitoes. It is a serious infection of the brain and vaccination is advised for those in risk areas unable to avoid mosquito bites, staying for long periods (e.g. more than 4 weeks) or visiting rural areas.
- Meningitis Single injection. There are two types of vaccination: the quadravalent vaccine gives two to three years protection; meningitis group C vaccine gives around 10 years protection. Recommended for long-term backpackers aged under 25.
- Tuberculosis (TB) Adult long-term travellers are usually recommended to have a TB skin test before and after travel, rather than vaccination. Only one vaccine is given in a lifetime.
- Rabies Course of 3 injections, but you should never be more than 3 hours away from a hospital in Bali.
From the time you are picked up at the airport to the end of your placement we have a great support system in place. There are Coordinators and Supervisors who live with volunteers who give day-to-day support as well as the National team who help volunteers to projects and with getting to grips with the culture. Senior in country management is always just a phone call away and the London office are also in contact throughout their placement.