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Learning How to Code in Paradise with The Institute of Code

So you want to learn how to code? Well, what if I told you that you could learn this skill in Bali staying at a luxury villa instead a dreary florescent lit classroom?

Well good news! The folks over at the Institute of Code have made this dream a reality. I just got back from a 10 day all-inclusive coding retreat with The Institute of Code in Bali and I walked away with not only valuable coding skills but a fresh new perspective, inspiration, motivation and wonderful new friends.


Photo by Matthew Della Bosca of Skyvu

Here are just some of the reasons why you should consider learning how to code in paradise with IOC.

1. Cost efficient and all-inclusive
Bali is on the bucket list of wanderlusters all over the world and for good reason! But to be able to travel luxury in Bali is another story! By attending the IOC, uou will not only learn how to code but you’ll stay in a gorgeous, luxury villa while enjoying delicious gourmet meals prepared by the villa chefs. IOC even organizes mini adventures throughout your 10 day stay. We made day trips to popular sites such as the Monkey Forest, Ubud Market, Tanah lot and more. A one hour massage, transfers to and from the airport, ongoing coding support post-retreat and course materials are also included in the price.

(For a more in depth guide to Bali, click here).

2. Prior coding experience is not required
The course is intensive and you’ll definitely hit the ground running once you get settled in the villa but don’t fret because your fellow students are also at the beginner level. Be patient with yourself, by the end of the 10 days, you’ll be surprised to discover how far you’ve come and how much you’ve learned. Plus, you’ll have a gorgeous new responsive website that you created and will be able to maintain yourself without depending on someone else to do it for you.

3. Helpful Mentors

During the retreat, you’ll be learning HTML, CSS, Javascript and more enabling you to build a responsive website from scratch. Learning these skills is not easy and at times I was frustrated because it seemed like a foreign language. However, I am very grateful for the help of IOC’s patient and knowledgeable mentors. They worked tirelessly (even at the expense of their breaks sometimes) to ensure we understood what we were doing and to get us back on the right track when we fell off. The mentors not only guided us in coding but genuinely connected with the students and spent time getting to know us. They made our experience that much more fun and comfortable. A huge thank you to Bryan, Lisa and Daniel for your help and patience! You’re awesome.
4. Hands on learning
Classes are very hands on so if you’re a hands on learner, you’ll love IOC’s style of teaching. Mornings started with mini lectures and were spread out sporadically throughout the day. Once the lectures were over, we dove right in and began coding ourselves side by side with our mentors with mental breaks in between (i.e. laying out by the pool 🙂 ).

5. Balance
IOC understands the art of balance and they carve out enough time for students to relax and unwind in the villa. Yoga lessons by a yoga instructor are offered bright and early in the morning and on some days, in the evening as well. They understand that in order to work more efficiently, breaks are necessary to become more mindful and present. This is something I’ve always struggled with since I am a workaholic but was inspired by my peers and the IOC team who seemed to apply this to their daily lives so beautifully.

6. Excellent Food

Daily meals were prepared by the villa chef for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they never fell short of delicious. You surely won’t be living off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on this retreat. Every meal was gourmet and so good. Everything from vegan to Indonesian to Mexican food and more was served. All meals are served family style and IOC does an excellent job of catering to people with food allergies, vegans and vegetarians, offering a variety of choices.

7. Luxury Villa
We shared the villa with a group of wonderful people and it was gorgeous. It felt like a huge cozy house and it was the perfect setting to learn in. The villa was located close to Canggu and had a giant pool in the center, surrounded by gorgeous rice paddies.

8. New friends
I couldn’t be more grateful to have met and shared the villa with such inspiring, kind and driven people from all over the world. Each one of us were so different from one another but had a common goal- to learn a skill that will grant us the freedom we all desire. We learned so much from each other and offered helping hands whenever needed, all the while having a blast in the process. Thank you IOC for bringing us all together and for creating the ideal environment for us to connect and learn in.


9. Last but not least, the keys to freedom

Learning how to code with IOC is not about just acquiring a technical skill, it goes beyond that. We live in a digital age where we are more connected than ever before. If you’d like to live freely like the digital nomads or travel bloggers you follow on social media, coding is the perfect place to start. As a travel blogger, I am able to work remotely from anywhere in the world and learning how to code will help me more so because I’ll be in complete control over my online business. Whether you’re interested in travel blogging, web development, entrepreneurship, etc., coding can open up so many new doors to the life that you’ve always dreamed of living.

Visit The Institute of Code‘s website to learn about upcoming retreats and to speak with a mentor about your goals.

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site.

This trip was hosted and sponsored by Institute of Code. As always, all opinions are my own.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Kyomi (Wading Wade) February 9, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Hey hun, I’m considering the course, did you stay on a few days after the course finished, if so, how many? 🙂

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