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About

At VP Bali, we believe that education can change a child’s destiny. More than just an international volunteer program, we provide opportunities to empower local Balinese communities through free English classes, recycling events, workshops, and more.

Since 2013, over 1000 international volunteers have provided the backbone for our community of learning in our after school English classes (Monday-Thursday). As part of “The VP Bali Way: Education Through Play,” volunteers are encouraged to use creative learning techniques such as games and class competitions. This helps reinforce the idea of education as a journey, not an end goal for Balinese youth.

Everything we do at Volunteer Programs Bali is for the Balinese and with the Balinese. Our English classes and community opportunities help Bali's youth and their families develop in today's changing society without losing the rich culture and family values that make Bali, Bali.

Founded
2013
Headquarters

Banjar Tengah,Lodtunduh
Ubud, Gianyar
Bali 80571
Indonesia

Reviews

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Carlotta
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hi, I‘ve had the joy to be a part of the VP Bali program for the last three months. It has honestly been the best experience of my life so far, because the combination of teaching the kids and spending time with the other volunteers is amazing. From the beginning on it felt like living with people I have known for ages because everybody has been very welcoming and open. I love about the program that you meet a ton of people from all over the world and in a lot of different ages. I got to know people from Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Amerika, Italy, Palestine, Libernon, France, Portugal, Australia,.... Another part I appreciate about the program are the kids we work with. Seeing their joy and fun learning, all the effort we put into the lessons is worth it. It is amazing to actually see their progress and also how much they enjoy being around you and at the school. Additionally to that, the program is amazingly well organized. You always have somebody to talk to in case you are worried about something. Furthermore we have a lot of people supporting us during the lessons with for example translation and we are in constant exchange with all the other Coteachers and also the founder of the program, Kimberly. When I arrived and first talked to the other volunteers I arrived with, I was a little afraid, the amount of time I chose to stay, was too long, but all my worries we‘re for no reason. I am sooo happy, I had the chance to stay for such a long time. I got to know a lot of kids, volunteers and people involved in the program and also actually saw the progress „my kids“ went through. Also, I had enough time to see a lot of different places in Bali on the weekends. Aaand, I don‘t know when, but I will definitely come back and stay a part of the VP Bali family.

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Sabrine
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you are looking for a great volunteering experience ,i highly recommend Vp Bali.i joined the program for 2 weeks and i wished i could have stayed more .every aspect of the program was amazing from the founder,the volunteers,the stuff,the kids,till the locals .
It feels so good to be back to school and teach kids who are exceptionally kind and welcoming.The stuff of Vp Bali are very helpful and professional and Bali is a magical place to be in .I admire everyone for their efforts because they are not only empowering the kids but also contributing to the community .
And finally as Martin Luther King Jr said "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
So be great and join Vp Bali.

Renee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience at VP Bali was for two weeks. It was a fun filled 2 weeks teaching kids how to learn english! However I would suggest doing it for longer than 2 weeks because it went really quick and I felt as though I only just started creating a relationship with the kids. The whole program was really good we were given lessons of what we were going to teach the kids and I really loved that we had bring our own creative minds to teach the kids! Not only that you get to teach kids but you also meet other volunteers who are from all over the world and you get to create long life friends. Also the staff and founder Kimberly were all really welcoming which made me feel good! I would recommend this program to my friends and family as it was such a good experience!

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Marta
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering with VP Bali was one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life.
I've made strong relationships with the others volunteers and saying goodbye was really difficult, in them I've found a family.
Kids love you since the firs moment and the atmosphere that is perceved is of happiness and tranquillity, think that here in the west side of the World is difficult to find.
And, in the end, Kim and all the staff; without them the program wouldn't exist, they are really nice and they make you feel really a part of VP Bali family!

ffnally there is the most frivolous part... you have the possibility to travel around Bali, there are too many thinks to do and to see and also living in Ubud with a local family give you the possibility to know the local culture more than a simple journey.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Join the program for at least 4 weeks, you won't regret it
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Nathalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was the most beautiful experience I’ve ever had in life. It taught me much more than I initially imagined it would. It devastated me more than ever when I had to leave. Kimberly and the staff have built a home inside of our hearts besides our own. Not only did we feel at home, every volunteer believed that they really were. The staff and the other volunteers automatically turn into family its crazy. Negative energy is not tolerated or welcome at all in this program which is so beautiful. On the other hand, the children, the children, they are the best part. You fall in love with them and you wake up every morning super excited to go see them,and little do you know they are just as, if not more excited to see you! Its one hell of an experience. It teaches you, it grows you, and it changes you. I was thrilled to have taken part in such a wonderful program and I am most definitely going to be going back soonest possible. So much love to Kim, Tutik, Eka, Indra & the rest of the beautiful team that makes VP bali what it is ❤️

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
go with no expectations and a journal because you need to keep those beautiful moments forever

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Harriet Grainger

Hi! I'm Hattie, an undergraduate music student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, but I am originally from England. I study music composition, but also love playing the cello and piano, photography, dance and travelling!

Why did you pick this program?

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I chose VP Bali because it is located right in the centre of Bali, in Ubud, which is a town known as the major cultural and arts centre of the island. I planned to go to Bali to research about the traditional music there, but I also really wanted to volunteer as a teacher too during my one-month stay.

The program seemed really appealing to me on the website and Facebook page, and after reading really great reviews about it I knew it would be the perfect program to apply to. It is very inexpensive too, which is really great for students!

What is the most important thing you learned abroad?

One important thing I learned abroad was not to be afraid to follow your dreams (no matter how scary they seem!) and know that you can do something really great on your own. My experience teaching in Bali was a real self-esteem booster for me; I gained a huge amount of independence and confidence, and not to mention lots of amazing friends!

Two other important things I learned were how important family, connection and community is to leading a happy life, and to always remember that your actions affect everybody around you. I have never been so happy as I was in Bali, the Balinese are so kind and friendly and always ready to laugh or to point you in the right direction if you get lost on your moped!

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

Balinese music lesson

I think, just go for it! You have nothing to lose; it really will change your life forever! You learn so much about the world, about others and about yourself.

I have never met anybody who regretted going abroad to travel - you can see amazing landscapes, learn about other cultures and languages, become independent, and study what you love. It expands your mind and brightens your personality, and I think going abroad makes you really appreciate your own family and what you have back home. And, of course, you will always have amazing stories to remember for the rest of your life!

What was the hardest part about going abroad?

The hardest part about going abroad for me was worrying about my studies at university, and that what I would be doing in Bali wasn't really related at all to my studies. I also worried about getting the right flights and navigating my way around the airport in Hong Kong, about luggage going missing or that the VP Bali driver might not be waiting for me at the airport. I suppose I was thinking about the worst-case scenarios as I hadn't travelled that far before, which wasn't a good idea!

Thankfully the journey went smoothly, and my time in Bali has really helped my studies since as I arrived home much more motivated and inspired!

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

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I think climbing Mount Batur to see the sunrise was one of my favourite experiences in Bali. We had just a couple of hours sleep before waking at 2:30am and being driven to the foot of the volcano to climb and see the sunrise at 5:30am. It was pitch black, and we were given torches and two Balinese guides to help us hike. I remember, about halfway up, looking back down and not being able to see anything except a long path of torchlights going all the way back down, it was so magical!

Once we eventually had arrived at the summit (1,717 metres!) we waited for the sunrise. It was incredible, and so colourful, I remember everybody cheering and then becoming silent and just watching. There must have been almost fifty people up there with us.

On the way down we were taken into bat caves and to see monkeys, and to see hot steam rising from fissures in the volcano. On the way home, we were so exhausted that we decided to visit a coffee plantation. Needless to say after sampling every type of Balinese coffee that exists we were ready for a day of teaching!

Tell us about an experience you had that you could not have had at home.

On my last day there was a ceremony at our school in Ubud celebrating Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, learning, wisdom and music. We all wore Balinese ceremonial dress, and took part in the whole ceremony as special guests of the school.

After it had finished we had rice on our foreheads and chests, lotus flowers in our hair and were all smelling of incense. Some of the students played instruments and danced throughout the ceremony; it was just beautiful and the perfect last day of an amazing month.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

On your weekends off, hire a moped and explore the whole island as much as you can!

What made this trip meaningful to you, or how did this trip change your perceptions or future path?

I studied a lot of traditional music and the relationship between music, community and religion. The experience has made me think about studying Ethnomusicology after graduation next year, and I will hopefully be exploring more of SE Asia with a funded research program which I am excited about!

I made amazing friends from all over the world, not just Bali, and learned that I absolutely love teaching! I will never forget the experiences I had there.

How much does it cost to stay in Bali?

It is very cheap to live in Bali. Meals cost about $2 - $3, and accommodation for one night is about $8! I went to Bali with just £150 for the whole month, after paying the program fee (which included accommodation).

Also, don't be afraid to haggle prices with the local Balinese! And definitely try street food.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Kezia Koen

Job Title
Marketing & Fundraising Coordinator

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

VP Bali allows me to put my skills and experience to use for a greater cause. For once, I'm actually working for an organization that is not about revenue and sales, but making a real impact in communities.

Working closely with Kim (the founder), local staff, interns, and volunteers from all over the world taught me to be agile and able to adapt to many different kinds of situations.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose our volunteer program because it's much more than just gathering volunteers, interns, and staffs from all over the world and conducting free English courses to local Balinese kids.

We provide an opportunity to exchange cultures and experience different perspectives, a great personal development and life-changing lesson for those who come with an open mind and an open heart.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

In VP Bali we strongly believe that we can help make the world a better place by enriching the community, providing free English Courses, preserving local Balinese culture, exchanging local and foreign ideas to learn from one another. This is just a bit of what we do daily to help our community.

I'm especially proud of my team when I see progress - in the kids, in the volunteers, in my fellow local staff , and in myself. Also when we learn something new together and master it.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

When the company puts their people and their people's growth first (just like at VP Bali) it's very unlikely for the company to not strive and succeed.

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