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Bali, Indonesia

April 1, 2011 to April 16, 2011

Join us for an exciting build in beautiful Bali. This is an excellent opportunity to work with friendly people and learn about their unique and colorful culture. No construction skills or experience are required, just a thirst for adventure and a willingness to learn.


An Indonesian family in front of their new Habitat for Humanity home.

About Indonesia

The republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, consisting of 17,508 islands (6,000 inhabited). It straddles the equator and is a strategic location on major sea lanes from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The climate in Indonesia is hot and tropical, with more moderate temperatures in the highlands.

With a population of more than 237 million, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populated country. For many, a long-held cultural tenet of Indonesia is the importance of “Gotong-royong,” or communal spirit. In addition to hospitality, it means helping each other in times of need and despair—a very appropriate term for Global Village team members, too.

About Bali
Our team will be building in the western side of Bali, most likely in a community in Jembrana—about a three-hour drive from the airport in Denpasar. Bali is the westernmost of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands and is the country’s most popular tourism destination. While many families are in great need here, there is also a thriving arts scene, and the region retains its rich, cultural heritage.

About Habitat for Humanity Indonesia
HFH Indonesia was established in 1997. It now has affiliates in Bali, Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Batam and Manado, and there are disaster-recovery projects in place in Aceh and Yogyakarta. Many partner families here participate in “Save and Build” programs that enable families to empower themselves. As of 2009, Habitat has built more than 5,600 houses with at least 18,000 people served.

Recently, HFH Indonesia marked four milestones: It completed its 1,500th house—built in Meulaboh under the tsunami reconstruction program; finished repairs of 1,000 houses for flood-affected families in Jakarta; celebrated 1,000 houses built for earthquake-affected families in Yogyakarta; and marked 300 houses constructed in Batam. To learn more about Habitat Indonesia, visit

Types of construction for volunteers
The core first-stage home normally measures 21 square meters. Houses use cement slab foundations and are made from concrete blocks and plywood, with wood frames and clay tiles for roofs. It takes between 14 and 21 days to build a house. Volunteers may work on existing home renovations and complete home construction. Volunteers may help transport materials; fill foundation with dirt, stone and sand; compact floors; mix mortar; lay bricks; and clean and paint doors and windows.

Standard itinerary
(16 day itinerary)

Friday, April 1:
Depart from home.
Saturday, April 2:
Travel day.
Sunday, April 3
: Arrive in Denpasar (Mgurah Rai Airport); travel to host program site; check into hotel, welcome dinner and orientation.
Monday–Friday, April 4–8
: Workdays with breakfast served before traveling to build site; work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on site. Free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Saturday–Sunday, April 9–10:
Free days; cultural activities in the local community.
Monday–Friday, April 11–15:
Workdays with breakfast served before traveling to build site; work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities. Farewell ceremony and dinner on the final day.
Saturday, April 16:
Depart for home.

Note: Other cultural activities will be offered throughout the trip.

Our team will stay in a hotel, typically in double-occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel. Lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on site. Dinner will be eaten at local restaurants.

Trip cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village trip cost.)

Team leader
Ezra Millstein is a staff photographer for Habitat for Humanity International. He works to document Habitat’s work in 90 countries around the world and has led Global Village teams to Vietnam, Hawaii, Tajikistan, South Korea and Jordan. You can see his work at

For more information about this GV trip to Indonesia, please e-mail Ezra at

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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