2020 Bali Itinerary
Arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airportin Denpasar, Bali. Padma staff will be waiting at the airport to meet you.
Stay in Ubud, the cultural and spiritual hub of Bali. While in Ubud we will relax by the pool, take in the sights of old Bali and explore the famous monkey and water temples while the effects of jetlag fade.
We leave for Tianyarafter breakfast and wind through verdant mountain forests on our way to the rural northeast coast. We will stay at North Bali Reef Conservation on the beach in Tianyar for nine nights. During the day we will construct reef domes, tutor English, work in the plastic recycle cent, and perform beach cleanup together with locals. Students will also help construct new permaculture based edible gardens to be used and maintained by several local families.
When not working, students are free to snorkel, hang out on the beach, explore the village of Tianyar, enjoy beachfront bonfires, paddleboard, fish, or just relax. While in Tianyar students will have two adventure days, where we will scuba dive oat a WWII shipwreck site, rainforest hike and waterfall jump, and learn to freedive taught by local professional divers.
After lunch we will head south to catch a ferry in the town of Sanur to the island of Nusa Lembongan. Our first evening on the island will be spent with the amazing folks of Marine MegaFauna Foundation where we will learn about the biodiversity of the surrounding waters with a focus on large species such as manta rays and whalesharks. In the morning we will head out with a research team to observe and help identify local manta rays. The rest of our time in Lembongan will be filled with surfing, snorkeling, and exploring tropical paradise.
We leave Lembongan after breakfast and head to the yoga and surfing town of Canggu to spend our last few hours together before catching a flight back across the Pacific. Vans will drop off all students at Ngurah Rai Airport with plenty of time before departure. The flight home promises to be a quiet one with everyone sure to be ready to sleep after the adventure of a lifetime.
*While in Bali the best way to contact the group will by using the free international messaging/calling App “WhatsApp”. All trip leaders will have phones throughout the trip and can be contacted at anytime using this App. Your trip leader’s WhatsApp ID will be sent via email to all parents before the trip begins.
How to Sign-up?
Before joining a trip all prospective students must have a phone interview with a Padma trip leader or attend an in-person info meeting. This is to make sure the trip is right for you, and to answer any questions you may have. To schedule a call, send us a message and we will find a time that works for you. Following this conversation or meeting, download and print a trip application. Once your application is complete, mail it to:
Padma Organization P.O. Box 982996 Park City UT 84098
Once your application and trip deposit are received you will be sent a trip info packet including a checklist and timeline. Throughout the year before your trip begins, we will be in routine contact including up to two in-person meetings with fellow students joining your same trip to go over trip preparation details and offer a chance to meet the other members of your adventure.
2019 Utah Info Meetings
During the week of October 21-25, 2019 Padma trip leaders will be hosting meetings around Utah to let interested high school students and parents/guardians know more about our trips and work around Asia. Email us to find out where and when the closest meeting to you will be. We'd love to meet you and answer any questions you might have.
Trip Payment Deadlines
Trip payments can be made all at once or in three payments by check or via PayPal at padmaorganization.com. As we have expense deadlines throughout the year if payments are not made on time a $25 fee will be assessed for each late payment.
There are no required vaccinations for traveling to Bali. The US Center for Disease Control updates a list of suggested vaccinations annually. It is up to each individual to decide which vaccinations they receive. For specific questions regarding vaccines contact us at . For the Center for Disease Control’s suggested vaccinations go to:
Many travelers to Thailand and Indonesia are bothered with stomach and gastro-intestinal illness even when conscientious efforts are made to eat hygienic foods. It is safe to assume that at least one member of our group will fall ill during the trip. If you are beginning to feel the onset of any type of illness, immediately contact one of the trip leaders so treatment can be administered in hopes of staving off a multi-day ailment.
During our trips there may be opportunities to swim, snorkel, scuba dive, and surf in the ocean. Riptides, large waves, sharp reefs, stings and bites from marine life are some of the inherent risks we will face. Trip participants are never to swim alone and careful consideration of individual swimming ability and experience in the ocean must always be considered.
Padma High School Service Trip
When ten or more students from a high school join a summer service trip at least one faculty member from that high school is encouraged to join the trip as a lead chaperone. The main role of these individuals is to serve as the principal liaison between students and trip organizers both before and during trips. This role has proved very important for ensuring trips run smoothly. This position requires individuals who are expert in communication, experienced in international travel, service work, and outdoor adventure. Faculty chaperones airfare and all trip costs are provided for by Padma.
Faculty Chaperone Responsibilities
Organize and set dates for trip information meetings for both students and parents. Padma staff will attend one information meeting in the fall, and one trip preparation meeting in the spring.
Communicate with Padma staff throughout the year including forwarding whatever parent or student inquiries and issues that may come up.
Communicate with all student trip members regarding trip meetings, deadlines, payments, etc.
Choose fellow chaperones when needed for larger groups.
Assist in the student application process and advise on potential problem students. -Select student leaders from among trip members.
Assist in scholarship and financial aid selection.
Coordinate international flights with students.
Encourage students to, or help lead fundraising activities to offset trip costs for students.
Aug-Oct 2019 Inform students about Bali 2020 within the parameters of your school’s guidelines.
Oct-Nov 2019 Schedule and publicize October student/parent meeting.
Work with Padma staff to finalize trip member list and scholarship recipients. Remind students to complete applications and make trip deposits.
Nov-Feb 2020 Encourage students to purchase airfare, decide on additional chaperones and manage student travel questions via group messaging App (GroupMe or WhatsApp). Appoint student leaders to help with communicating with students and organizing potential fundraisers to offset trip costs for students.
Feb-March 2020 Organize Trip Prep meeting with Padma staff for students/parents.
March-May 2020 Remind students to get their passports, make trip payments, and get vaccines.
June 2020 Organize chaperones who will accompany students on their flights several weeks before they travel and communicate with students who choose to fly individually.
June/July 2020 Arrive in Bali.