During the expedition, your team will stay in the village of Les in the accommodations hosted by Sea Communities. Les is on the northern coast of Bali approximately 3 hours from Bali’s main airport (Ngurah Rai International in Denpasar).
* Please note that not every expedition has couples’ or single's accommodations available. Please call or email Earthwatch to check for availability prior to reserving your space(s) on the team.
All bedding is provided and beds are stand-alone (not bunk). All rooms have screens and fans. Each room accommodates 3 or 4 people, and includes an ensuite bathroom. Participants will be segregated into single gender rooms (not mixed). Depending on available space at the accommodation, single or couple room requests can be accommodated.
* Earthwatch will honor each person’s assertion of gender identity, respectfully and without judgement. For both teen and adult teams, where logistics dictate single-sex accommodations or other facilities, participant placements will be made in accordance with the gender identity the participant specified on their Earthwatch Participant form and/or preferences indicated in discussions with Earthwatch.
Each dorm room (or single/couple room) has an ensuite bathroom with a western flush toilet and a hot shower. The ensuite bathroom is shared amongst the participants occupying a room.
You are welcome to bring personal electronic equipment. Electrical outlets in Indonesia are 230v. The outlets require the type C or F two-pin round plugs. Power in Indonesia can sometimes be unreliable, so come prepared for outages.
Wireless Internet access is available in rooms and common areas. There are no computers at Sea Communities for the public, but you may bring your own laptop or tablet for free-time use. Mobile coverage in Les is available, but strength of signal varies from time to time. Participants who wish to obtain a local SIM card may purchase one at the airport on arrival.
Please note that personal communication with outsiders is not always possible while participating in an expedition. Earthwatch encourages volunteers to minimize outgoing calls and immerse themselves in the experience; likewise, family and friends should restrict calls to urgent messages only.
FACILITIES AND AMENITIES
The project home base is the seaside villa accommodating Sea Communities guests in the village of Les. They have dormitory style accommodation, a common eating area, and bathroom facilities. There are also two showers and and two toilets in communal areas of the Sea Communities compound. There may be other Sea Communities project volunteers at the same time as your Earthwatch expedition.There are limited shopping opportunities nearby. If there is something that you like to have every day, we recommend that you bring it with you.
DISTANCE TO THE FIELD SITE
The distance to the field sites varies from right outside the door to a 15-20 minute walk, or a short van ride (10-15 mins) to the ‘control’ sites in the nearby village.
FOOD AND WATER
Your meals are prepared by a brigade of village housewives who now have a restaurant specially dedicated to preparing food for volunteer guests. Meals are typical Indonesian fare—tempeh, rice, vegetables and poultry, pork or fish. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be sit-down, family style. Volunteers will not have to do meal preparation or shopping. Clean up will only include taking plates and utensils to a counter near the sink.
Drinking water is available in large gallon jugs at the common and dining areas. Participants are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to fill from these jugs. Both hot and cold water can be dispensed.
There is limited personal refrigerator space available for special circumstances, e.g. medicine storage or highly specialized dietary requirements.
The following are examples of foods you may find in the field. Variety depends on availability. We appreciate your flexibility.
- Breakfast: Rice, eggs, toast, pancakes, fried rice/noodles, fresh fruit,
- Lunch: Rice, noodles, fried fish, pork, or chicken and vegetables
- Dinner: Chicken, pork or fish option, plus vegetables and fried rice/noodles and tempeh
- Snacks: Pastries, fruit
- Beverages: Fresh juice, water, coffee
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Please alert Earthwatch to any special dietary requirements (e.g., diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut or other food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets) as soon as possible, and note them in the space provided on your volunteer forms.
Vegetarians and vegans can easily be accommodated on this project. There is plenty of food where meat and dairy can just be avoided, and tempeh will usually be a good protein substitute, but processed vegetarian meat substitutes are not available. There is not much dairy included in the typical Balinese diet so lactose intolerance should not be a problem to accommodate. Wheat-based foods are not that common in Bali (rice is the primary grain consumed) and so a gluten free diet should also be easily accommodated. The information provided above is as accurate as possible, but please keep in mind that conditions may change.