Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Bali with IVHQ

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About

Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Bali and 50+ other destinations around the world.

As an IVHQ volunteer in Bali, you can choose to volunteer in the cultural hub of Ubud or the coastal town of Lovina. Your Program Fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals, and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a volunteer house with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers, so even before you depart for Bali, you’ll receive outstanding service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to pre-departure volunteer training.

With IVHQ, you can expect to establish real connections within the community while supporting projects that make a genuine difference.

Highlights
  • IVHQ’s Bali programs are available year-round, starting every Monday and you can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks.
  • Best value volunteer program fees from $325 for 1 week - including airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
  • Choose from a diverse range of project options, including Teaching, Kindergarten, Environmental Education, Health Education, Construction and Renovation and Turtle Conservation.
  • Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart - we are the world’s safest organization and you’ll have 24/7 in-country support.
  • You’ll be joining between 40 and 80 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Bali each month and you’ll be joining a network of 110,000+ volunteers.

Popular Programs

Teaching Project

As a volunteer on our Teaching project in Bali, you will play a hands-on role in developing the English language skills of elementary students within Ubud. Balinese students are eager to practice their conversational English skills and learn from native speakers, as greater English literacy supports opportunities for higher education and career prospects in areas like Bali where Tourism is a rapidly expanding industry.

Environmental Education Project

As a volunteer on our Environmental Education project in Bali, you will play an important role in educating young Balinese children about protecting the local environment. Plastic water bottles and plastic food wrappers are of great concern in Bali and you will often see people simply throwing these on the ground, as food in Bali was traditionally wrapped in banana leaves.

Turtle Conservation Project

As a volunteer on our Turtle Conservation project, you will work alongside a local team on the small island of Nusa Penida to help protect the endangered sea turtles of Indonesia via both proactive and reactive activities. The long-term aim of this project is to increase the turtle population within the area of Nusa Penida.

If you’re someone who has an interest in wildlife, conservation efforts and likes being outdoors, this project is for you!

Construction and Renovation Project

As a volunteer on our Construction and Renovation project in Bali, you will play an important role in supporting the development and refurbishment of community infrastructure within Ubud.

This project is well suited to volunteers with a willingness to work hard and an enthusiasm for helping out wherever your support is most needed. Your tasks may include laying bricks, painting, laying tiles, carpentry, landscaping or gardening. A typical day on the project will involve 3 - 4 hours of work.

Questions & Answers

It depends on where you are going and how long you are staying. For Indonesia, you do not need one if you are staying less than 30 days.

IVHQ requires that all volunteers participating on the program be at least 18 years old. However, if you volunteer with a parent or guardian on the same project as you, you can go at younger than 18. It is important to note that the local organization, Green Lion Bali, does host volunteers from other organizations other than IVHQ, and some of those organizations have different age requirements...

Reviews

96%
based on 146 reviews
  • Impact 9.1
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.7
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
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Alice
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in Bali

Hi i am Alice, i am 19 years old,
I am from italy and this summer i had the possibility to experience a volunteer project in Bali.
This adventure turned out to be one of the best things about my young life and now i could say that i am proud to think that when my parents asked me if i Wars sure to do an experience like that i answered yes.
it was not always easy indeed, most of the time I had to struggle with nights without sleep, difficulties with the language and homesickness.
But at the same time it gave me sensations I had never experienced before, like experiencing a Balinese festival in person, entering typical temples and praying with the locals.
And all this also doing good to people who really need it, but who nevertheless never stop smiling and remember that life is good after all, you need just to know how to balance good and evil.
but this would not have been possible without all the friendships I have been able to make from every part of the world and to a very efficient stuff that has provided to help me in every moment of difficulty.
so thank you

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Alice, Thanks so much for your review of the Bali program. I'm happy to hear that you have had a rewarding experience on your project. Your hard work makes a difference. We look forward to having you volunteer with IVHQ again soon. ^ Lena - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

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Carson
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my life so far

The whole operation was ran amazing. Signing up and booking everything for the trip was very easy and accessible. The program managers that guide you along the way during the registration process were so helpful! Right from the start, the program in Bali was amazing the local team had everything set up and ready to go whether it was airport pick up, to the accommodation and volunteer program. They made the experience stress free and convenient. The people I met along the journey were amazing from the locals to the others in the volunteer house. Everyone was so genuine and unique in their own way which added to the experience. Being able to meet and connect with people from all over the world was incredible and made the trip better than ever expected!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers is don't be nervous at all! Yes, you might be a little out of your comfort zone at first but you will then realize everyone volunteering at this program is in the same boat! You will be able to connect with awesome people from all over the world and you will settle in just fine. The locals and the friends you meet from the program are all very welcoming and helpful in all situations. The final tip I have for you it to be as open-minded as possible. You will experience so many new things and you need to try as much as you can becuase it will open up your eyes to a lot of things in life!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Carson, I'm so glad to hear you had a great time on the Bali program. It's a very rewarding program and the community really appreciate all the hard work that you put into your project. We look forward to having you volunteer with IVHQ again soon. ^Lena - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

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Charbel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One of a kind experience!

Volunteering with IVHQ is truly a mesmerising and unforgettable experience! From the first day until the last day of the trip, I felt part of one, big family. This experience was not only life-changing but well beyond. The program was extremely well organised and our program coordinator was always available to us and very helpful and knowledgeable about everything we needed and especially the work we were doing.
Obviously, the first time you travel to a developing country such as Indonesia, you hear about the poverty and issues that local people are experiencing. But the fact of being present there really put things into perspective.
I felt so different and especially humbled after spending two weeks there, teaching the children basic English and getting to learn more about the culture and the way of life of local inhabitants. I am just so glad I didn’t let fear stop me from coming here. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming and I am thankful to everyone during these two amazing weeks.
Finally, some people say that travelling to a different country can sometimes be difficult, but the support and help offered by IVHQ, throughout the whole process, make you feel at home! From the first day to the moment of departure, they were there for me and for anything I needed!
I hope to be able to volunteer again with IVHQ and make a change in the future!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just go there and enjoy yourself! Don't be afraid of getting out of your comfort zone and making new friends! The people are so nice and welcoming and the experience itself is very rewarding!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Charbel, thanks for sharing your review of our program in Bali. It's great to hear that you felt the program was well organized and that you felt supported and safe during your stay. Thanks for your contribution to the project and we hope to have you travel with IVHQ soon! ^Lena - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

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Anais
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable two weeks!

I did the teaching program this summer for two weeks in Ubud, Bali. It was one of the best weeks of my life. I chose Bali because I am from Indonesia but i live in Amsterdam. I wanted to follow a program where I could really make a difference, that’s why i chose Bali. The program was to teach the kids english and if they didn’t understand something I could explain it to them in Bahasa. Not only the kids were amazing but the other volunteers were also so livening and kind. I would really recommend to volunteer with IVHQ.
This was the first time for me to do a volunteer program abroad. I was really nervous to travel alone and stay with “strangers” for two whole week. But after the first day you already feel like you’re part of something big. I made friends from all over the world. For me these were two unforgettable weeks!! If you’re thinking about it, Do it! you will not regret it!

What would you improve about this program?
The accommodation could be better, but it’s okay for two weeks. But if people are staying for two months, i don’t think it would be very comfortable.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Anaïs, thanks for taking the time to leave your review and your recommendation on choosing IVHQ when volunteering abroad. It was great to have you on the program and we thank you for your valuable contribution. ^Lena - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

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Ann
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Embarking on a life-changing journey

This was my first volunteering trip with IVHQ, and I’m certain it will not be the last. Bali had been my second home for two weeks and I had met the best people here! At first I was worried and anxious about going abroad all alone but when I put myself out of my comfort zone, I have one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Even though I only stayed for two weeks, I was indulging in the rich Balinese culture and was surrounded by helpful, supportive staffs and friends from all walks of life. Teaching the kids was very rewarding because I was welcomed with smiles and happy laughters everyday and the kids were so eager to learn. Being here definitely broadened my horizon and gave me a wonderful lifetime experience. Pictures will never describe my experiences here enough, and for sure it cannot explain how everything was even better everyday as I was with the best people!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish the content of the teaching made by previous volunteers could be gathered and passed to the next volunteers because my partner and I were repeating some of the things the kids already knew. It’s kind of wasting the kids’ time because they lost the chance to learn something new from the volunteers.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Great to hear you had a fantastic time in Bali, Ann! It sounds like pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone was a great decision and it's great that you felt emerged in the local community and culture during your time on the program. We'd love to have you come back soon! ^Lena - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

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Grace
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Program in Ubud, Bali with IVHQ

My program with IVHQ in Ubud, Bali was honestly the most amazing opportunity and experience I've ever had. Though only two weeks, I truly felt like a different person leaving the program; I gained humility, understanding and an invaluable appreciation for balinese culture, however different it may be from mine. The other volunteers as well as the amazing local staff made me feel so safe, cared for, and welcomed--I will never forget them, not to mention the kids I taught, who by the end of two weeks had a special place in my heart. I cried when we had to leave them, and again in the taxi to the airport, overwhelmed with the thought that the most amazing experience of my life was now over. Though I am back in my home country now, the things I have learned and gained from this program I will long carry with me.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Grace, what a powerful review and experience you had in Bali! It's fantastic to hear that this experience has had such a positive impact on your life as well as the lives of the Balinese community that you were based. Thanks so much for joining us and we hope to have you join us again sometime soon! ^Lena - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

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Jone
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What an experience!

What an incredible journey! I have volunteer with IVHQ in Bali this summer for two weeks and this has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life.

First of all, I did the turtle conservation project and fell in love with the island, the animals and the local people. The staff there is awesome and extremely supportive, always willing to help you if they can or listen and be there for you all the way.

During the 2 weeks, we worked with the turtles feeding them and cleaning them, we cleaned the beach and the streets, we made rubbish bins for the islanders... there were lots of things to do! We even try to build walls for the water bomb... and try is the word there.
But in every single activity we had so much fun and the coordinators were always there to help us.

We explored the island Nusa Penida where the project is seated and we couldn't believe the paradise it is. The views are breathtaking and the beaches astonishing, despite all the walking down the cliffs and then back up again. Be ready for a lot of sweating if you want to go to the best ones! We even went snorkelling and saw big turtles.
And the locals... always smiling and so welcoming.

Overall, I wouldn't change a single thing and I wish I could have stayed forever there!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I definetely would have spend more time on the program and on the island.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jone, thanks for sharing your experience in Bali with us and for you valuable support of the Turtle Conservation project in Bali. We hope to welcome you again in Bali sometime soon! ^Lena - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

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Michelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ BALI

Hello ! My name is Michelle, I'm 18 years old from Lebanon 🇱🇧
This august I volunteered for 2 weeks in Bali on the construction and renovation program and I wish I could have stayed longer. The journey radiates a feeling you can't express or accurately explain until you actually live it. IVHQ has taught me more about myself than anyone has for the past 18 years. It is a self developing experience that drags you out of your comfort zone to show you that life is all about perspectives and you get to choose how happy you want to be. I got to meet Bali not only through her tropics and beautiful sceneries, I got to meet Bali through the locals themselves. They always managed to put a smile on their face and never failed to make me feel at home. I can't wait to discover new places with IVHQ 🤩🤩

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you Michelle for your nice review! Its sounds like you had an amazing time on the Construction and Renovation project in Bali. We would love to have you back on one of our programs! ^Lena - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

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Jamie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Turtle Conservation

I volunteered for 3 weeks on the turtle conservation program with IVHQ, and I can confidently say that this has been a life changing experience for me; as I have returned from the trip feeling more confident.

The introduction week was a great way to meet new people and explore Bali, from visiting the monkey temple in Ubud, to spending the day at Kuta Beach; the local team are always ready to help you get around.

The volunteer work took place on Nusa Penida where we looked after the turtles. This included cleaning their tanks, brushing them clean, and feeding them fish and crabs. Other tasks included street cleaning, beach cleaning, crab catching and trash bin making.

Accommodation at both locations were top notch, with comfortable beds and clean bathrooms. The food was lovely and catered to everyone's needs.

Overall this has been a wonderful experience and I will definitely be volunteering with IVHQ again in the future.

What was your funniest moment?
My new friends and I all dancing on a night out in Ubud - Nights to remember!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jamie, so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip and your time on the turtle conservation project. It was great to have you involved. We look forward to hosting you on another trip soon! ^Lena - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

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Carmen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ubud, Bali

I had the time of my life in Bali, I made a bunch of friends and I got to contribute in world a better place. I have memories that will last me a lifetime. The locals and the volunteers were so friendly, everyone was so happy I just wish I could of stayed longer. It was so peaceful to get away for the busyness of every day life. It was worth every second and I’d love to go again. I didn’t mind the hard work, the heat or working for free at the end of the day it was totally worth it! Learning to cook local foods and hand weave the daily ceremony baskets was a cool look into the lives of the locals, and getting to see the monkey forest and the sunrise hike was an amazing way the explore the island. I would definitely do it again there’s nothing like waking up oceanside on a tropical island.

What would you improve about this program?
I just wish I could stay longer I wouldn’t change a thing if I could.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Carmen! Thanks for leaving such a fantastic review on the IVHQ Bali program. So glad that you felt the project was worthwhile and that you've now made friends for life! You'll have those new cooking skills for life as well! All the best. ^Lena - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

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Phoebe
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful experience

My program in Bali - Ubud was an incredible experience. I spent 2 weeks on the island of Nusa Penida doing the turtle conservation project, which was so gratifying. The volunteer work itself was very well balanced with the amount of free time we were allowed; we were allocated one full day or two half days off per week, which was a great opportunity to explore the island on a bike taxi, or just lay by the beach! The local team treats you like family and by mid week you will have established some great friendships with the other volunteers and a sense of community. My programme manager, Lena, was so supportive ensuring I was comfortable and prepared before my departure as well as during the 2 weeks; the IVHQ team is always quick to respond and incredibly willing to work through any potential issues you might face. I would definitely recommend the IVHQ - Bali programme to anyone willing to volunteer abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps offer a little more volunteer work - it almost felt we had a little too much free time!
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Kylie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bali 2019

Hello, my name is Kylie I am 22 years old. As I was flying from Buffalo, New York to Denpasar, Indonesia to start my 3 weeks teaching English in Ubud I never could have predicted how much I would really learn from this experience. From the amazing cultural I got to experience first hand on a daily basis, to the 3rd graders I taught, to the people from all around the world I made forever friends with, volunteering has made a huge impact on my life. After spending 3 weeks with my students the last day was so hard to say goodbye to each and everyone of them. They’re so respectful and eager to learn it’s hard to leave them after class everyday because they want to stay and learn more. It’s amazing to see how joyful these kids are with every little thing they have. From playing on break time with a ball made from recycled paper to playing jump rope with old shreds of fabric and clothes tied together. This experience will really open up your eyes and help you realize how incredibly blessed and lucky you are. Having clean running water, more than enough food in your belly, and all the electronics and technologies we take for granted. I can say that I will definitely be volunteering again, and hopefully for longer next time! This experience really touched me, and made me look at life differently. If anyone is considering volunteering through IVHQ I would 100% recommend it. If you have any questions or concerns you’ll always get a quick helpful response. Your coordinators you’re provided with give you so much helpful advice and tips on where to go and how to get there, they help so much it’s so nice to have them there. Volunteering can help find your true self, while helping those around you. My dream of helping others and traveling has came true thanks to IVHQ Bali, Ubud teaching program. Can’t wait for my next trip!

What was your funniest moment?
On my first day we took a tour around rice terraces in our village we stayed at. I was in the front of my group of 30 or so people and fell right into a muddy deep ditch. My whole entire body was in the ditch covered in mud. It was hilarious and a little embarrassing.
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Miguel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ (Bali)

I decided to volunteer in Bali 3 weeks before my trip. And I was able to book and organize everything in such short noticed thanks to IVHQ.
The resources the provide are of extreme value, and makes the whole journey really stress free and enjoyable.
Plus, since they are really easy to contact, you are able to go with no doubts about where you are staying, how will you get there, and how will the trip be.
Also, not only they they allow you to visit the island by giving you the time you need, as they facilitate that for you by arranging good deals with the local community.
And finally, the amazing people that you meet along the way just make the whole journey an unforgettable time.
Definitely the platform I will use when I volunteer next year!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The kids that I taught were the most respectful and amazing ones. So full of fun and willingness to learn from us!
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Taylor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience Volunteering in Bali, Lovina

My experience volunteering in Bali, Lovina with IVHQ was unforgettable. For just over 2 weeks I participated in the Kindergarten Support & Teaching program and already cannot wait to go back someday very soon. The housing was very welcoming making it easy to meet others and feel at home. There was lots of traditional food offered at the house giving a small taste of what Bali’s culture has to offer every day. A cool thing about this program is that half of your weekday is spent at schools teaching children and the other half of your day is spent doing something for the community such as, cleaning beaches or the streets of garbage. This made my experience in Bali, Lovina even more rewarding than I could have imagined. On weekends I would venture off with other volunteers and had the chance to see what other beauty Bali had to offer in different towns. For anyone considering in participating in this experience, I would highly recommend. I hope all who participate have the time of their lives, just as I did.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I were to do it all over again I would book to stay longer. 2 weeks was enough to fit a lot of different adventures into and very possible to complete this program in just 1 week. However, I loved the experience so much I would love to go back to see more.
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Kami
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Trip of a Lifetime!

My time in Bali was something I will remember for the rest of my life. I spent three weeks in a kindergarten in Ubud, and two weeks on the Sea Turtle Conservation project. The kids in the Kindergarden were so cute and absolutely loved that you were there. There was also lots to do around Ubud on the weekends and during your free time. The Sea Turtle Conservation project on Nusa Penida was I think my favorite IVHQ program I have done, and I have completed five. You could tell the Conservation center really needed the volunteers, and you could see your work pay off because of how well the turtles were doing. Nusa Penida itself is an absolute dream. So many unreal places to visit, amazing beaches, and everything you need is walking distance from the accommodation!

What would you improve about this program?
I think while I was in Ubud, we could have been volunteering for a longer period of time. It felt like some people came to vacation more than to help. On Nusa Penida however, that was not the case.