Bali is one of the most popular island destinations in the world. This beautiful Indonesian province offers volunteers a variety of options when it comes to activities and landscapes. From supporting health care and human rights, to swimming, hiking, and learning about the rich culture and history of Indonesia, there are infinite ways for volunteers to spend their time. Learn about Bali and immerse yourself in culture while volunteering!

Work with Children

Many organizations in Bali are dedicated solely to working with children. There are about 4,000 children living in 71 orphanages around this island province. Several different factors contribute to the high number of orphans including poverty and health issues like HIV.

Public education is free until age 11 and many families lack the money and resources to continue to send their children to school. Many families believe education is a luxury for the rich and children start working at a young age. Volunteers can work in orphanages, assist local teachers, or teach a variety of subjects, including English.


Volunteers who are willing to work outdoors and get their hands dirty building and restoring structures can be of great help in Bali. Because of the lack of money in education, many schools are in poor physical condition. The 6.0 earthquake that hit Bali in 2011 also caused damage to many old structures that need restoring. Daily activities may include laying bricks or painting buildings.

Volunteering Tips

Best Places to Volunteer: While volunteers are sure to enjoy nearly every part of Bali, there are a few specific places that stand out. Nusa Penida is sometimes called the best off-the-beaten-path spot, a great way for volunteers to live amongst locals. West Bali National Park is the only nature preserve in the area and is perfect for anyone interested in conservation volunteer work. Denpasar is another great spot. This busy urban destination is surprisingly free of crowds of tourists.

Know Before You Go: While Bali is an amazing vacation spot, volunteers are encouraged to take their work seriously. Always keep your impact on the local community in mind and make sure to be respectful. Take time to relax on the beaches while also working hard to make a real difference.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Bali

Bali is generally a safe place for volunteers and tourists. Things to keep in mind are avoiding scammers and anyone selling drugs, also watch out for the monkeys known for stealing small personal possessions. When swimming in the ocean, stay away from areas with red flags, which signify dangerous currents.

Before volunteering in Bali, all travelers should get a routine health check up as well as some vaccinations. Recommended vaccinations include: hepatitis A and B, yellow fever, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, and MMR. Check out more details on MD Travel Health.

Volunteer Programs in Bali

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International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Most Affordable Bali Volunteer + Gap Year Programs with IVHQ
9.61 •153 reviews

Trusted by 113,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer...

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Volunteer in Indonesia | Most Affordable Projects in Bali

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Volunteering Programs by Volunteer Programs Bali
9.59 •235 reviews

Here at Volunteer Programs Bali, we believe that education can change...

Involvement Volunteers International (IVI)
Affordable Volunteer Projects Bali - Charity & Non Profit Org
9.2 •5 reviews

When you volunteer in Bali, you are helping transform developing...

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Yayasan Widya Sari: Volunteer Teaching Children in Bali
9.78 •40 reviews

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International Humanity Foundation
Work-Study Volunteer opportunity in Indonesia
8.94 •18 reviews

The International Humanity Foundation (IHF) is seeking forward...

IFRE Volunteers Abroad
The Most Affordable Volunteer in Bali - 25K happy Volunteers Since 2006
9.8 •5 reviews

Bali, the Island of Gods, is one of the 13,667 islands of Indonesia...

Global Crossroad
Volunteer in Bali - Lowest Fees & Trusted Since 2003
9 •1 review

Bali is a breathtakingly beautiful island in Indonesia. It is an...

Love Volunteers
Make a REAL difference in Indonesia with Love Volunteers - From just $449

This wonderful teaching program is set in the picturesque coastal...

RCDP International Volunteer Program
Volunteer in Bali - Lowest Fees & 20K Happy Volunteers Since 1998
8 •1 review

Do you want to visit a new exciting country and be part of something...

Friends for Asia
Friends for Asia: Volunteer Programs in Bali, Indonesia

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Volunteering in a WINS Learning Center
9 •3 reviews

Our volunteers come from all over the world, are of all ages, but they...

Biorock Indonesia
Coral Reef Restoration & Scuba Diving in Bali with Biorock Indonesia
10 •2 reviews

Biorock is the leading technology on coral reef restoration with a...

Friends of the National Parks Foundation
Conservation & Community Work in Pejeng Village, Bali
10 •1 review

Our main goal in Pejeng is to engage with the local community to...

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Volunteer in Bali with Adventure Road Trips
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Our Volunteer in Bali program combines an introduction week (we'll...

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What People Are Saying

First off, I loved my two weeks of volunteering in Bali and I couldn't be more glad I did it. This was my first volunteer experience abroad and it really was perspective-shifting, fun, challenging...

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What an incredible trip. I have nothing bad to say about Bali. Booking is a simple process. The pre departure help was fine, if not slightly unorganised (being asked for documents I had already sent)...

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