FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I sign up?
For workshops/courses you can sign up as individuals by contacting us…
If you are faculty and wish to develop a learning adventure for your school, please send us an e-mail. We would love to talk…
Where else can I find info about the Odyssey Institute?
Two letters: FB. Our Facebook page is constantly updated with details about our activities.
Twitter’s good, too!
What’s included in the course/program fees?
All your meals. All your transport. All your activity expenses. The only thing the price does not include is, international flights, visa fees, any necessary gear rentals and personal emergency medical travel insurance.
The Odyssey Institute currently provides snorkel sets (mask, snorkel, fins) to every students at a rental rate of 100,000 IDR/program.
Other specialist survival gear will be available to rent soon.
Can I pay by cheque?
For schools – all financial transactions are managed by direct transfer.
For individuals – payments can be arranged by various means. Please contact us for details.
How much money should students bring with them?
We recommend bringing $50-100 USD of spending money. That should be plenty for all but the most ardent shoppers!
Upon request it is possible for us to provide opportunities for students to buy souvenirs, but generally speaking whilst on program (in West Bali National Park, or rural village settings, for example) there will be little or no opportunity to spend money.
If I decide not to come will I lose all my money?
It depends. 25% of your fees are non-refundable. The rest are refundable depending on your circumstances and the timing. See our TERMS AND CONDITIONS for details.
Do I need insurance?
Absolutely! Every camper must have emergency medical travel insurance that includes “medical evacuation insurance”.
Do I need a visa?
You cannot enter Bali without one. Please see our Health and Safety page for details…
How physically challenging are OI programs?
Programs with an environmental focus tend to include camping, forest hikes and snorkeling* and are generally a little more rugged. Students should expect to do some kind of physical activity at least once per day.
We are experienced in working with big groups and able to work with a variety of ability levels. Our pre-trip screening process allows us to proactively identify students with specific needs and/or physical limitations.
*Snorkeling is strictly weather dependent and subject to other safety restrictions.
What will the weather be like in West Bali?
The weather is often very different from the west to the east of Bali, with seasonal monsoons affecting the country differently. The “rainy season” lasts roughly from November to February in Bali with the dry/windy season bringing sunny skies, calm seas and hot, humid days from March to October. However, being tropical, there is still some rainfall during the ‘dry’ season and July and August experience monsoon winds which occasionally lead to choppier seas.
What happens in an emergency?
In the event of an emergency, Odyssey Institute has prearranged emergency procedures (including evacuation plans). These emergency action & evacuation plans can be put into action at a moment’s notice. The Program Manager is in 24hr contact with the Odyssey Institute HQ, allowing the staff to liaise directly with their base.
Please see our Risk Management page for details of our safety protocols and evacuation plans.
What inoculations will I need when visiting Indonesia?
We suggest visiting your local GP for advice on inoculations and medications that you may require. Links to more information are provided on our health and safety page. Please note that Malaria is not a problem on Bali.
Are there any incentives for getting other people to join your programs?
We run an Odyssey Ambassador program for our international school liaisons, please contact us for more information.