Tri Hita Karana Bali is an NGO that works throughout the island of Bali, Indonesia. The organization aims to reinvigorate the Balinese philosophy of harmony between people, nature, community, and God through educational programs and projects. These awareness raising, community-centered projects are based in permaculture principles that help increase environmental sustainability.
Currently the organization is involved in a host of projects throughout the island that volunteers can assist with. Some of the efforts include: picking up food for animals, helping with consulting for the newest Green School Bali, planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables, preparing existing land for farming, harvesting, and innovating in building structures needed for the farm and volunteer area.
While there are various projects underway, volunteers are given freedom to find additional projects within the area that they can support.
Volunteers work about five hours a day farming and commuting between locations. Weekends are typically free, depending on what the weekend schedule entailed. Often volunteers have the opportunity to attend and assist with workshops and the occasional Balinese wedding :).
While this program has flexibility with it’s duration, to maximize your impact and own exposure to the various farming projects available, GV recommends 2 or more weeks. To contact the host, send a Facebook message.
There is a $5 USD fee per day for accommodation. Since the accommodation is part of the family’s home who heads the foundation, the space is more of an Airbnb and very well kept.
Food must be purchased off-site and cooked at the volunteer accommodation, but occasionally the family will invite you to their food as well. The main volunteer location is walking distance to Ubud, Bali; however, the host requires that all volunteers either 1) rent their own motorbike or 2) let him know so he can arrange a cheaper monthly price. It’s $50 per month, but with volunteers coming and going GV recommends communicating with the host on whether you can share or take over a scooter from a leaving volunteer.
Other ways you can help
The organization is run by a small, but dedicated group in Bali. With that said, assistance with permaculture design, specialized construction skills, or business development expertise are always useful.
For more information about volunteering with Tri Hita Karana Foundation, visit them online: