The Newman School

The Newman School and Bali Institute presents

Newman Nomads in Bali

• Summer 2018 • Bali, Indonesia •


newman-1 Location 1: Central Bali – Ubud

Ubud is a thriving village in central Bali and is considered the cultural capital of this tiny island. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the village and nearby areas consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. Here you find remarkable architecture and other sites, historical museums, famous woodcarvers and artists, and an array of interesting cafes, local foods, and non-stop ceremonies. The word Ubud comes from the Balinese word for medicine, so it is here that people flock for healing energies, good spirits, meditation, yoga, artistry, and indigenous knowledge.

newman-2Days 1-4

  • Stay in a traditional family compound where you will live like a true Balinese villager!
  • Intro to Bali orientation
  • Head out into the village in teams and get to know Bali through a scavenger hunt
  • Visit a traditional market and temple, walk through serene rice paddies, and visit one of Bali’s active volcanoes
  • Learn Balinese music and dance, woodcarving and offering-making at a local banjar (community center)
  • Attend a private dinner and dance performance at the Peliatan Palace. Over
    dinner, you’ll have the opportunity to ask the Prince questions about Bali’s traditional culture as well as modern-day challenges
  • Spend a morning at a local NGO for Balinese with disabilities—learn about their skill-building programs and share lunch with the residents
  • Visit  a holy spring temple where countless Balinese go for purification rituals each year

newman-3Location 2: North Bali – Singaraja

Singaraja is the largest city in North Bali, and the former colonial administrative capital for the Dutch.  Singaraja still has some of the feel of an old colonial capital.  The streets are wider and grander than elsewhere in Bali and some of the old houses set in large gardens recall days long gone.  This is also a noticeably multiethnic city.  The Arabic influence is especially apparent and the largest Chinese temple in Bali is here.  There are over 25,000 students who live in Singaraja, as this is also a major academic center with two universities.  

Days 5-9

  • Stay in a International dorm near the main University of Singaraja
  • Spend three days teaching English at a local elementary school. Participants will create lesson plans and teach 4-6th grade students english through art, games and classroom activities
  • Cross-cultural experience with Bali Mandara High School, a special boarding school for disadvantaged students that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership potential
  • Witness a gorgeous sunset on a Balinese spider boat and swim in the warm blue waters of Lovina
  • Learn Balinese songs as you sing around a bonfire after enjoying a delicious fish dinner
  • Trek to a nearby waterfall and cherish the stillness of the Balinese natural world

talking to studentsLocation 3:  Northwest Bali – Pemuteran

Pemuteran is a small fishing village on the northern coast of West Bali. It is located in close proximity to West Bali National Park, Menjangan Island, and Gilimanuk, the port allowing passage between Bali and Java. Pemuteran is home to the largest artificial coral reef project in the world, and the village’s model of community-based tourism and conservation has been recognized by the United Nations.

3Days 10-13

  • Stay in a hotel near the coast, a short walk from some of the most beautiful waters in Bali!
  • Learn about the Bio Rock Coral Restoration Project and snorkel over the amazing coral structures
  • Share a meal with a local Balinese family at their home and join them for a ceremony at a local night temple
  • Visit a sea turtle hatchery and conservation project
  • Hike into West Bali National Park and do an environmental project in the mangroves

palm treesLocation 4: West Bali – Mengwi

Mengwi is located in the western part of Bali and is famous for its rolling green landscapes, clove and coffee plantations and spectacular rice paddies. The village of Mengwi has a long and rich history associated with its royal family, one of Bali’s main ancient kingdoms, and is nestled in shady coconut groves, surrounded by rice fields and rivers.

Days 13-14

  • Stay in relaxing accommodations nestled among the rice paddies
  • Observe traditional Balinese life during a walk around Mengwi guided by a village elder
  • Enjoy a delicious final dinner and end your journey to Bali with a special closing ceremony at an important temple of the Mengwi royal family

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Bali Institute provides:

  • Shared room accommodations in all locations
  • All transportation throughout the program
  • Airport transfer on the start and end date of the program
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • All cultural immersion activities and meetings with NGOs and Balinese leaders
  • Facilitation for group reflections to help students digest their experience in Bali
  • Staff support for the entire duration of the program
  • 24-7 Health and Safety Support

Program pricing**

$1500 – shared occupancy

**Please note that parents must complete the registration on behalf of any minors.


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Bali Institute for Global Renewal is the largest provider of cultural immersion and service learning programs for universities and high schoolers based in Bali, Indonesia. Other programs include internships and practicum opportunities, faculty training programs and other services to international groups and organizations in their quest to provide inspired learning towards global citizenship. Bali Institute is located in Ubud, Bali and Sausalito, California. It is the only affiliate member of ISEP, and an educational partner with Udayana University and Ganesha University — both based in Bali.

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