Community Development Practice Exchange

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Community Development Practice Exchange

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The International Association for Community Development (IACD) is excited to partner with Five Pillar Foundation and Real Indonesia to deliver a special practice exchange in Bali, Indonesia focusing on Sustaining Indigenous Wisdom and Cultures. This is a unique opportunity to participate in an inspiring learning event with other community developers from around the world. 

  • October 9th - October 18th 2018 (10 nights)
  • Accommodation included in traditional family homestays in Ubud (Central Bali)
  • Places strictly limited for this once-off special experience


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 Registrations for this special experience are now closed.

Why Are We Going to Bali?

Mass tourism in Bali over the last few decades has led to rapid economic growth in Bali. While mass tourism benefits local communities and helps to raise awareness of Balinese culture, it is not without its problems. Some of these challenges include water shortages, the loss of rice fields and natural areas, the abundance of trash, and the loss of Balinese culture in younger generations.

In this practice exchange, we will visit community development projects around Bali, where we will have the opportunity to explore these various community development challenges, engage with local communities and community leaders, and learn and apply community development strategies and best practices.


IACD member price: USD$1100, non-member price: USD$1155 with shared accommodations (2 persons per room), most meals and transport included.  Prices are subject to change slightly depending on currency fluctuations. Book now to secure the price you see published today.

Private rooms available for an additional AUD$145 (Note: Limited private rooms available and IACD members do not receive discount on private rooms).

The per person IACD member price, including 10 nights’ accommodation twin share, is approximately EUR$890 or GBP£780.

All payments will be processed in AUD. If you are paying with a non-Australia credit card, your final price will be subject to your bank’s exchange rate.

Special Membership Discount

Members of the International Association of Community Development (IACD) are eligible for a 5% discount. Membership to IACD starts at just GBP£5 per annum for a student. Interested in becoming an IACD member? Learn more and register HERE

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DAY 1: 9 OCTOBER 2018 (18:00-21:00)

Welcome Dinner: Program Orientation

The purpose of the orientation is for participants (1) to introduce the program design, guidelines, and expectations; (2) to introduce the Balinese culture; and (3) to provide an opportunity for participants to get to know one another through ice-breakers and team-building activities.

DAY 2: 10 OCTOBER 2018 (9:00-14:00)

Introduction to Balinese Culture: Penarungan Village Community Tourism Project

Villagers living in Penarungan started a community tourism project that enables visitors to learn about village culture and daily life while also generating economic opportunities for villagers. We begin our experience with a village walk where we will learn about the subak system and how the Balinese build their estates. We will also visit a temple to receive a blessing. Later in the morning, we will construct daily flower offerings known as canang, try our hands at making Balinese cakes, engage in natural materials painting, roast coffee in the local fashion, plough a field with the aid of a cow, and plant rice. After a sumptuous Balinese-style lunch made by the villagers, we will work with the villagers to learn traditional Balinese music and dance. Lunch and entertainment is provided by the community.

DAY 3: 11 OCTOBER 2018 (10:00-14:00, 18:00-21:00)

Anything is Possible: On Physically Challenged Individuals & Skill Development

In Bali, being physically challenged is a sign of bad karma. Physically challenged individuals are often seen as a reason for embarrassment and are hidden away and are discouraged from visiting temples and participating in community daily life. Bhakti Senang Hati was founded by a courageous physically challenged woman painter Ibu Putu, who wanted to create a community of disabled individuals to live together and empower one another. We will learn about their skill development program, tour the center, talk with the community members, and participate in a panel discussion with Founder Ibu Putu and Executive Director Pak Nyoman. We will also tour the nearby rice fields using modified scooters driven by their tour guides and participate in a dance performance led by the community. In the evening, we will participate in an empathy interview exercise and debrief the experience later in the evening using empathy maps. Lunch is provided by the community. Dinner will be provided by a local Balinese restaurant.

DAY 4: 12 OCTOBER 2018 (9:00-15:00)

Green Education for Sustainable Community Development

Green School, founded by John & Cynthia Hardy, is a unique international school built completely out of bamboo and based on eco-friendly principles. It offers an innovative curriculum designed to develop the next generation of green leaders. We will tour the Green School facilities and learn how this school integrates itself with Mother Nature and inspires creativity and social innovation in young minds for global environmental sustainability.

We will also have an opportunity to learn about the work of Kul Kul Connection. Kul Kul Connection is a division within the Green School that is intent on development and maintaining sustainable connections with the local Balinese Community. We’ll have the opportunity to learn about Kul Kul Connection and participate in a one-day environmental educational exchange program on design thinking and social innovation in partnership with Kul Kul Connection and children from the local community.

DAY 5: 13 OCTOBER 2018 (9:00-15:00)

Everybody is a Teacher: A Learning Community for Women

Women play a critical role in sustaining the Balinese culture. They have significant responsibilities in terms of preparing offerings, raising children, and working at home and in the rice paddies. Ibu Sari, who lost access to her daughter as a result of a bitter divorce, founded the PKP Women’s Center with the intention of providing local women with community support and tools to be more confident and assertive, to better strategize to resolve domestic issues, and to improve the well-being of their lives as well as those of their families.  

We will have the opportunity to meet Ibu Sari and her community and engage in some of the center’s activities. Possible activities include: sharing/public speaking class, beauty/fashion class, yoga/meditation class, cooking class, a village community gathering, and tree planting. Lunch is provided by the community.

DAY 6: 14 OCTOBER 2018 (14:00-20:00)

Mid-Program Retreat: Conscious Leadership & Community Building Activities

As we move away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud and into a rural village in Bali, we will spend the day deepening our relationships with each other. We will practice community building by sharing the responsibility of developing and delivering group-building exercises and explore principles of design thinking in community development work. Lunch is provided. Other scheduled activities include the following:

Pop-Up Sessions

This is an opportunity for us to engage in skill sharing as a community. As a community, we determine topics that are of interest to the group and self-organize into smaller discussion groups.

Stories Night

Storytelling is a very critical part of social innovation. It is through stories that we are able to connect with each other’s visions and work together for change. Thus, we will spend an evening where we will perform together on a stage and reveal vignettes from our past that shape who we are today. Dinner will be provided prior to the start of the event.

DAY 7: 15 OCTOBER 2018 (9:00-15:00)

Sustainable Agriculture & Community Health

As a result of rapid urbanization brought about by mass tourism, there are areas that are experiencing water shortages. Unable to grow rice consistently throughout the year, local rice farming communities in Central Bali have been involved in working together to implement organic permaculture and seed-saving practices to ensure biodiversity and food security on the island. In addition, communities rely on agri-tourism as a way to generate economic revenues for the local community as well as educate the local and global communities on sustainable agricultural practices. Community activities for this day include opportunities to meet the local leaders of the Kebun Mai Agro-Tourism Project and discuss ongoing challenges in getting local communities to embrace sustainable agriculture, participating in open gardening and learning about various herbs and plants, and making healthy food and drinks. A healthy organic lunch is provided by the local community.


Service Learning Projects: Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Northwest Bali

We will travel out of Central Bali and into the Northwest Bali coast where we will apply community development theories and best practices through work with the local Balinese community in several marine ecosystem restoration projects. The projects include the following:

Coral reef restoration

We will learn about 15 different coral species that are planted on an artificial reef using a technology known as biorock. The corals are collected in proximity to the project site and transported the short distance by boat. Only broken coral fragments are collected to avoid damage to the natural reef.

Mangrove replantation

We’ll learn about 6 different species are grown in local nurseries before being planted in the field.


Farmers plant a minimum of 3 different species on their farms out of a total of 8 species including guava, orange, maoni, gemelina and coconut.

Plastic Waste Management

Indonesia is the second largest contributor of marine plastic after China; plastic pollution is threatening marine life and ecosystem and causes an estimated 13 billion USD in damage every year. This project combines beach cleans with educational events, workshops and trainings, raising awareness for marine pollution as well as coral restoration and preservation. It also includes the implementation of metallic recycling bins and payable recycle collection for shops and businesses.

Possible optional recreational opportunities (Depending on available time & group interest)

Snorkeling in a coral restoration site, a hike to a nearby waterfall, and a temple visit.

DAY 10: 18 October 2018 (14:00 - 20:00)

Reflection & Final Integration (14:00-16:00)

We will spend a few hours making sense of our experiences and consolidating our learning. We hope to gather our key insights on community development and leadership.

Closing Dinner (16:00-20:00)

The evening will conclude with cultural activities, special closing dinner, and presentation of certificates.

Note: All activities are pending community availability and are subject to change.


Important Details

Duration: 10 days, 10 nights

Unique learning experience - maximum 35 participants.

5-star sustainability rating

2-star physical activity rating

Minimum age: 18 years old

Transfers to and from Airport: The homestays in Central Bali (Ubud) are located approximately 2.5 hours’ drive from Denpasar Airport. Specially-Priced Transport from the airport to the homestay can be pre-arranged or participants can meet at a designated meeting point in Ubud. These details will be confirmed in August.

Participants are responsible for covering cost of transport from airport to homestay on the first day of the program as well as the transport from homestay to airport after program has concluded.

About Family Homestays in Bali: Program participants will have the opportunity to stay at homestays owned by local families. Balinese families typically live in large family compounds passed down from one generation to the next. The family compound consists of a garden situated in a walled area where families grow flowers, herbs, and fruits for their foods and offerings. Within the garden are many different types of structures, including a house for the family head, a house with multiple units for other family members and guests, sheltered platforms for functions such as social gatherings and religious ceremonies, an outdoor kitchen, and the family temple. For agricultural families, there may also be facilities to store rice and house animals. Homestays at Balinese family compounds provide extra revenue for families and are specially designed to be comfortable for visitors. They usually have neatly made beds, western toilets, and provisions of soap, shampoo and towels for guests.  Homestays provide visitors with a unique opportunity to spend time with a local Balinese family and learn about daily life in Bali through observation and conversation with family members.



  • 10 nights’ accommodation at a traditional Balinese family compound in Ubud, twin-share, air-conditioned room with shared bathroom. You may pay extra to have a private room or nominate who you would like to share a room with or we will allocate you a room with someone of the same gender.

  • Lunch every day

  • Breakfast every morning

  • Dinner on days 1,3, 6 and 10

  • Snacks and water refill station (bring your own water bottle)

  • Local Balinese English speaking coordinators with first aid certification who are also available to answer questions about local culture and way of life.

  • Air-conditioned private transport

  • All community-based activities

  • Introductory Indonesian language and Balinese customs/manners mini-course

  • Real Indonesia Travel Guide © (including extensive pre-departure information)


  • Dinner on Days 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9

  • Pick up from and drop off to airport via partnering transport company.

What to bring:

  • Phone and/or camera (fully charged)

  • Sun cream, sunglasses, hat

  • Your own refillable water bottle

  • Umbrella in case of rain

Booking form

CLICK HERE to download the booking form for the Community Development Practice Exchange. This can be completed before or after making your payment. Once completed please send the form to


Can I just pay a deposit and pay the rest later?

We encourage all participants to make the full payment at the time of booking. However, if you are unable to you are welcome to pay a 50% deposit to secure your place. If your booking is made within 60 days (after 10 August 2018) of the start date then the full amount is payable at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 45 days prior (25 August 2018) to the start date of the Community Development Practice Exchange. This will be the second 50% and participants will be charged an additional $10 administration fee for this second payment. If this balance is not paid on or before the due date we reserve the right to treat your Booking as cancelled.

What happens if I need to cancel? 

We have a unique cancellation policy and modified Terms and Conditions for this special Community Development Practice Exchange. To view the full Terms and Conditions for this experience please CLICK HERE. Confirmation of all cancellations must be received in writing to The following cancellation charges will apply from the date the written cancellation is received:

  • more than 21 days prior to departure (18 September 2018): loss of deposit (50% of total cost of practice exchange) and refund of the remaining amount paid (if any), plus $10 administration fee;

  • 21 days or less prior to departure (18 September 2018 or later): no refunds will be given.

I live on the other side of the world, what’s the best way for me to get to Bali?

Fly from your location to Changi Airport Singapore (one of the biggest airports in the world). You can fly directly to Singapore from London, San Francisco, Amsterdam and almost all large cities in Asia and Australia. There are 10+ direct flights per day from Singapore to Bali, starting at USD$100 one-way.

Do I need a visa for Indonesia?

Indonesia has a 30-day free tourist visa for almost all counties (listed here), available on entry (no need to apply in advance for a visa). If your country is not listed, please contact us and we can assist with providing a letter from the host organisation in Bali for your visa application process.

What will the food be like?

Meals will be prepared by local villagers and local restaurants. Food is generally served buffet style and showcase popular local Balinese and Indonesian favourites.

What will the accommodation be like?

Accommodation will be in a traditional Balinese style homestay. All accommodation will be twin share, unless you specifically request and pay for a private room, however the number of private rooms will be limited. Please see some images below which depict the style of accommodation. 

Got any more questions? Check out the Terms and Conditions HERE and if you can’t find the answer Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

This experience is delivered by Real Indonesia’s local partner Five Pillar Foundation, in collaboration with the International Association for Community Development (IACD) and Real Indonesia. Some activities are weather dependent and in extreme weather situations, some activities may not be able to be offered. Five Pillar Foundation may provide reasonable and appropriate substitute activities in the event that planned activities are unavailable.