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Bali, Indonesia

May 22, 2010 to June 6, 2010

Experience Indonesia’s fascinating culture and diverse people as we build hope and homes in Bali! Team leader Shelley Ulmer is looking for adventurous people to join her on this exciting and challenging trip to help people in need of decent housing. On this trip, you will help build a home for a local family, learn about Indonesia’s fascinating history and become immersed in its richly diverse culture. Have fun and become a part of Habitat for Humanity’s fight for affordable housing! No previous construction skill or experience is required.


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 astride major sea lanes from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The climate in Indonesia is hot and tropical throughout, with moderate temperatures in the highlands.

With a population of more than 237 million, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous 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—an appropriate term for Global Village team members.

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 six affiliates in 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. The affiliate also 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
Day 1 (Saturday, May 22)
: Depart from home.
Day 2 (Sunday, May 23)
: Travel day.
Day 3 (Monday, May 24)
: Arrive in Denpasar (Mgurah Rai Airport); travel to host program site; check into hotel; welcome dinner and orientation.
Days 4–7 (Tuesday, May 25–Friday, May 28)
: 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.
Days 8–9 (Saturday, May 29–Sunday, May 30)
: Free days; cultural activities in the local community.
Days 10–14 (Monday, May 31–Friday, June 4)
: 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.
Day 15 (Saturday, June 5)
: Optional R&R.
Day 16 (Sunday, June 6)
: Depart for home.

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

The 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
Trip cost includes: donation to the Habitat host program and HFHI; meals; accommodations; transport (excluding trip participant air fare); medical emergency evacuation and trip cancellation insurance; some local cultural activities and team coordination and orientation materials. The team leader’s trip cost and estimated air fare may be included in the trip budget. The trip cost does not include trip participant air fare, optional R&R activities or visa and exit fees.

Team Leader
Shelley Ulmer is an adventurous person who has led Global Village trips to Malaysia, Chile and Fiji. She enjoys watching UFC, Top Chef and trying all sorts of new things, including skydiving, kayaking, bungee jumping, canyon swinging, parasailing, etc. She is very excited about creating a diverse group of dynamic team members and leading this trip to Bali, Indonesia.

For more information on this trip, please send an e-mail to Shelley at

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

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