Have you ever wanted to learn to surf? Would you like to spend some of your next vacation giving back to the local community? In that case, i-to-i Volunteer and Adventure Travel has a voluntourism package for you!
Their “Surf and Teach English in Bali” trip lasts 3 weeks or longer and gives you the opportunity to teach English to local kids and learn to surf. Here’s how i-to-i describes the package:
“The picturesque coastal village of Canggu remains largely ignored by all but the cleverest tourists and you’ll only have the locals to share the beach with. You’ll spend your time teaching English to the local kids and young adults. They won’t be the only ones doing the learning though as free surfing lessons are included in the project along with enough free time in the afternoons to practice.”
Nice! Even better, the trip is on sale through the end of January.
Accommodations are a shared room, and while breakfast is included, you’ll need to budget for lunch and dinner. You’ll also need to make sure you have your visas squared away. American citizens are required to have an Indonesia visa. Tourists can get an visa on arrival at certain airports and seaports, but according to the US Department of State, “even gratis volunteer work with local or international NGOs is not permitted on visitor status.” So, you’ll need to apply for a “social visit” visa in advance.
To get your Indonesian visa, you’ll need the following documents:
- A US passport, which must be valid for 6 months and have two blank pages in the back for the visa.
- 2 completed Indonesia visa application forms
- 2 passport photos
- A copy of your most recent bank statement
- A letter from your boss verifying that you are employed or on a leave of absence. If you don’t have a job, you’ll need to include a detailed letter explaining that fact. If you’re retired, you’ll need to submit proof of a retirement fund.
- An itinerary letter that explains why you are going to Indonesia.
- 2 copies of an invitation letter. This will be provided by the company you volunteer with in most cases.
RushMyTravelVisa makes getting an Indonesian visa a snap. We offer a handy checklist to make the paperwork easier, plus access to a visa specialist to answer any questions you might have. Then, we’ll deliver the paperwork to the Indonesian Embassy for the fastest processing available.
Apply for your Indonesia visa today!