Help on a small family farm in Bali, Indonesia

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  • Description

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    *** About Us ***

    We run our farms to live self-sustainably and as naturally as possible.

    Myumi (‘Mom’) moved to Bali with her two sons, Yuu (18) and Mimi (13) in 2011 because of the Fukushima accident in Japan. She has over 5 years’ experience of hosting WWOOFers from all over the world and is a homoeopath. Komang is a Balinese but spent 9 years working in Japan. He returned home in 2011 to build his own organic farm in Mas (near Ubud), and is developing the mountain farm in his home village in Singaraja.

    We have two farms, one in south Bali (Mas, Ubud) and one in the north mountains (Singaraja).
    We need volunteer help at both, depending on what kind of environment you like and what kinds of activities you want to do outside of your working hours. Ideally we need volunteers who are flexible about working in both places, depending on the farm work and how busy we are. Let us know if you have a preference or are flexible!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    ** 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

    For this we offer you accommodation as well as vegetables from our farm and some cooking staples (rice, coconut oil, salt). After the morning shift, we come together for tea and a snack to enjoy and quickly check in with each other. All kinds of volunteers get a day off on Sundays. However we also need some volunteers to help our small organic products shop on Sunday market in Ubud. We're sure you can enjoy vegan & organic buffet and communicating with many customers from all over the world.

    We currently only accept volunteers who can stay for a month or more. Sorry, but please do not send any inquiry if you can't stay more than 1 month.

    We are very interested in hosting families, but there are some different terms as this is a very different volunteer arrangement and really depends on the size of the family and the ages of the children. We can discuss with individual families about this.

    You will need waterproof (rubber, 100%!) boots for working on the farm - it’s very muddy and wet. Please come with these or be prepared to pay Rp.100k for your own set.

    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?

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

    Komang will work and stay at this farm sometimes throughout the month. 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, as Komang is looking to extend a building structure with earth walls.

    This farm is best for those ready for heavier physical work, and who enjoy quiet, remote and natural places.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Japanese, Indonesian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    *** Meals & Accommodation ***

    THE DORM
    Volunteers stay in a shared house in a (different! not Kaman's family) 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 and pillows. You will need to bring your own blanket/sleeping bag and mosquito net (if you want to use one). Each volunteer should wash a sheets and pillow case before leaving for the next person.

    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
    We provide tea & a snack after the morning shift (9-10am) as well as some essential foods like rice, vegetables and salt for your other meals, in exchange for 5 hours work at the farm. 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 dorm that will let you know when it is 4am.
    - We accept NON SMOKERS only.

    There is a cheap laundry service nearby (MAS Laundry) charging Rp. 4k per 1kg of clothes.

    We kindly ask that you take joint responsibility for keeping the dorm clean and nice for all to use. We hope you’ll treat it as your own home, and be our ‘eyes and ears’ if there is anything out of place, or that needs repair. We can’t always get down there, so rely on you to let us know, and to care for it.

    We separate all organic waste, plastic, paper, card and glass (etc) for an eco-conscious waste disposal centre nearby.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a request for all volunteers coming from the airport to the farm:

    We evacuated Japan 4 years ago because of the Fukushima accident and the radioactive danger in that country. We have relocated to Bali and have made great changes in our lives because of this belief, and avoid all products made in Japan.
    There are many Japanese tourists visiting Bali every day, and we believe that they carry a lot of radioactive dust into the airport here. We often become sick when volunteers visit us directly from the airport, which is why we ask you to kindly -
    - spend at least 24 hours in alternative accommodation before visiting our farm
    - wash yourself from head to toe with a thorough shower/bath
    - carefully clean your bag and belongings with a wet cloth, to remove the dust

    We believe this makes a significant difference to the radioactive exposure. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this. It is of great importance to us.

    We'll send you a map around here and a handbook which includes information about available transport and recommended places to stay near us. Just let us know your email address.

    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 community police … or we get fined! There is a small cost of Rp. 35k per month for your registration that we ask you to cover (approx 2.3 euro)

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunites

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunites

    - On Sunday morning one of our friend organises group yoga lesson (7:30-9:30am, Rp. 50k) near the farm.

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


Photos

Our Farm in Mas

Some pictures from the farm and volunteer accommodation at our place in Mas, near Ubud

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Mom, our second helper Tristan and Komang sow baby leaf salad.
The toilet facilities in the shared dorm for our volunteers. Live with another Balinese family and experience the real local style!
The smaller dorm room (one of our previous volunteers helped Komang construct these bamboo bunks)
The bigger room at the dorm.
The courtyard in the family compound, where you'll be living as a volunteer. This is Balinese family life ...
Our adopted dog, Cappuccino!
Some of our adopted cats, taking a rest at the Bamboo House ...
We grow all kinds of plants at the farm - Basil is one of our favourites
We are building a Tipi in our farm. You may stay or take a nap inside which is so cool even in daytime.
We prepare fresh vegetable baskets for our family, a small pool of local customers and some organic businesses in Ubud
Host ref number: 394975159616

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