Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Bali from $295

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Trusted by 90,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Bali and 40+ other destinations around the world.

As an IVHQ volunteer in Bali, you can choose to volunteer in 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 every year, so before you even depart for Bali, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure volunteer training.

IVHQ Volunteer Projects in Bali:

  • Teaching (Ubud)
  • Kindergarten (Ubud)
  • Construction & Renovation (Ubud)
  • Turtle Conservation (Ubud)
  • Environmental Education (Ubud)
  • Health Education (Ubud)
  • Kindergarten Support and Teaching (Lovina)
  • School and Community Renovation (Lovina)
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.
  • Highly affordable program fees from $295 for 1 week - including airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
  • You’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure training.
  • 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 80,000+ volunteers.

Questions & Answers

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 88 reviews
  • Impact 9.1
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.6
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Matthew
8/10

An amazing time

I was in Bali for 10 weeks and did 3 projects: construction, teaching and turtle conservation. It was great to work with and meet so many people from all over the world, and to meet local people too. I loved the island too, I had plenty of time to explore as I had all the weekends to go away. My best moment was releasing the turtles at Nusa Penida and hiking up Mount Batur to see the sunset. Would definitely recommend going for more than 2-3 weeks.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Matthew, Thanks for sharing! We are stoked to hear that you had a great time on the program and exploring Nusa Pendia! Thanks for the recommendation, was great to have you on board.
Brigitte - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
Rita
10/10

Amazing Experience!

This program is a great way to get involved with helping the Balinese community along with exploring the beautiful island of Bali. I loved our orientation week at the beginning because we got to do many activities that allowed us to learn about Balinese culture. We explored the village, saw a Balinese dance show, participated in a Balinese cooking class, etc. The orientation was especially helpful because it allowed us to also learn about the dos and don’ts in Bali and how to stay safe.
I first started out doing the turtle conservation program on Nusa Penida. That was absolutely incredible; we got to do a lot of hands-on work with the turtles such as feeding and cleaning them. We also participated in other activities such as beach clean ups. Being on the island was so chill and relaxing.
This program is also very flexible. Many volunteers who wish to change their placement can do so easily. I wanted to experience a variety of projects, so I did construction and renovation for my third week and kindergarten for my fourth. Participating in many of the projects was such a rewarding experience for me. There is a lot of free time to do things during the day in Ubud. The city is filled with fun things to do. The weekends are free as well, which gives us time to go on little trips and explore other cities with each other.
The coordinators for this program were amazing. They went out of their way to make sure we were safe and having a good time. They gave us good tips on fun things to do in Bali and also how to stay safe. When volunteers were sick, they were extremely caring and made them feel at home. I never once felt uncomfortable or unsafe during this entire trip. Overall, this experience was amazing and I strongly recommend it.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe there could be a little more detailed information given out about each project, just so the volunteers know exactly what they are doing before they start. Some of the info was a little vague, but it wasn't a huge deal because everyone picked up quickly.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Rita, thank you for your amazing review! We are so pleased that you found the experience rewarding. It's great to hear that you found the orientation really useful and our local team made you feel at home. Thank you for your time and being a great volunteer!
Brigitte - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Gemma
10/10

Turtle conservation - Nusa Penida

I recently went to Bali for 5 weeks to do turtle conservation, and I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life! The friends I made on the trip I know I'll keep for life. The coordinators made us feel like family, and all the staff were so nice and friendly. The project itself was what I expected plus more. We helped to feed the turtles, clean out their tanks, help them with their medicine, cut up their fish, take part in regular beach clean ups and collect crabs and seaweed to feed the turtles. At the end of your programme you get to watch a turtle release, and that for me was the moment I realised that all the work we'd been doing was worthwhile, to help give the turtles a better chance in life. The island is also beautiful, there's so much to do in Nusa Penida! My overall favourite memory of the trip was watching the baby turtles hatch! I would recommend this programme to anybody who had a passion for turtles and conservation and is willing to try new things and meet like minded people. :D

How can this program be improved?
The programme was incredible and there's not much I'd do to improve it. The only thing is that sometimes I wanted to do more work as some days there was a lot of free time. Even if there are no more jobs in the centre, people should be given an option to help with other jobs in the area. I just wanted to help out more :)
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Gemma, It's awesome to see your great review! We are so glad that you have made friends for life on our program and you feel that you made a difference as you certainly did! Thanks for your recommendation and for being a great volunteer.
Brigitte - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
Bella
10/10

Incredible Volunteer Experience in Bali

I have just returned from volunteering as an English teacher in Bali. I cannot describe how fantastic the experience has been. From the people I met at the homestay to the places I was able to visit on the weekend the whole experience was unbelievable. The Indonesian people make you feel like family and take you in as if you were their own. It was so hard to leave the program and say goodbye to the children, friends and coordinators, however I will have the memories of my time in Bali forever and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be returning sometime soon.

How can this program be improved?
I would say that the only room for improvement would be transport into Ubud. As a volunteer who isn't earning any money the cost of the taxi journeys are much higher than the general expected cost of living in Bali. The taxis we were taking were costing more than in London which really surprised us. It would be great if there were more shuttle runs into the town or at least help in organising a pre paid, slightly more affordable taxi. Otherwise no room for improvement :)
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Bella, Thank you for sharing this awesome review! We are so pleased that you had an unbelievable experience and that you will return sometime soon. That is great advice on the shuttles and we will look to increase the amount of runs into Ubud that our local team provide. I look forward to receiving your next application, as we would love to have you back :)
Brigitte - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Yasmin
10/10

Eat Pray Bali

As I entered the security line at SFO airport, the security officer checked my passport and then my final destination on my boarding pass, it read Bali, Indonesia. He looked me over and with a surprised smile he exclaimed " wow! what an exotic location!" I smiled back at him and responded "I know. It will be a trip of a lifetime."
In the 4 weeks I spent in Ubud, Bali I learned about aspects of my personality, qualities, and skillets that I doubt I would have been able to gather in such a short period of time in any other experience. To start off, Ubud is magical. Every morning, I would wake up to the sound of crying roosters, exotic bird tunes, chirping crickets, clucking chickens, and the loud but overwhelmingly beautiful sound of the living jungle surrounding our villa. I shared a room with 7 other volunteers from all of the world. These girls became my family and support system for the next 4 weeks. We the together, we went out at night together, we shared our amazingly different, yet similar goals, life stories and fears with one another, and these individuals made my experience at Green Lion utterly unforgettable. During orientation week, we got to get a glimpse of Bali by exploring the monkey forest, the rice fields surrounding Ubud, the Holy Water Temple, the Ubud art market and many many more exciting cultural landmarks and experiences.
I took part in the teaching program and I was given a fifth grade class consisting of only 5-10 students daily. If I can emphasize one aspect of my time in Bali, it would be the fact that these children changed my view on life in a way I never expected. Their passion and urge for learning shocked me. It truly shocked me to see these children, some coming to school with the same clothes everyday, and to see that children with so little, were so rich in happiness and fulfillment. Although I tried my very best to leave a lasting impact on these children in the form of education, I truly believe that they have taught me more about life and the beauty it holds than I could ever teach them.
On our weekends, several of the other volunteers and I would take weekend trips to other parts of Bali. A few of my absolute favorite destinations were the surf areas of Uluwatu and Canggu along with the Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok. On these weekend trips, we got to explore all that the breathtaking island of Bali had to offer and try new experiences such as surfing (It's a lot harder than it looks!), diving and snorkeling.
Overall, I would not change any parts of experience in Bali for the world. Both the local ivhq staff as well as the amazingly friendly and supportive local Green Lion staff met my every need and were always on top of responding to my emails whether it be asking simple packing tips or more major topics such as sickness prevention medications prior to and after arrival. Yes, adjusting to Balinese life was not an easy task and I experienced homesickness, Bali Belly, and a number of other discomforts such as the massive bats, spiders and lizards that roamed the walls and grounds of every surface, but these were all aspects of this unique once in lifetime experience that has shaped me into a more independent, inquisitive and happy woman.

How can this program be improved?
I would say that the accommodations and food were quite excellent and far beyond my expectations so I would say there is not much that needs improving!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Yasmin, Wow! Thanks for your incredible review! We are thrilled to hear that you had an unforgettable experience in magical Ubud. It has been a pleasure to assist you in this journey and it certainly sounds like you made the most of your time on the program. We would love to have you join us again in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Whitney
10/10

The Bali Trip-My Bucket List Summer

Greetings, Whit here.

I made a whim decision this year to start pursuing my dreams. Therefore creating a bucket list for Summer 17'. A friend sent my IVHQ information and really recommended I look into them. Obviously I did just that! And am 100% HAPPY and THANKFUL I choose to volunteer through them.

First off let me start off with how helpful IVHQ was with organizing my flights, and preparing me overall for my trip. I was very prepared and ready for the trip of a lifetime. I am a 24 year old single Mom of two beautiful daughters. And this trip I voyaged on alone greatly impacted my life, my heart, and spirit.

Upon arriving in Bali, Indonesia I was greeted right away by the kind gentlemen that would be bringing me to the Green Lion Camp in Lovina. When I arrived at the camp everyone was very friendly and showed me around.... I couldn't be happier with how smooth everything went!

The two weeks I was in Bali was filled with volunteering at the nearby schools teaching English. The impact I feel I had on the students was truly humbling... I adore them all still, and will always remember their smiling faces each day I came to class.
During the free time we were given I toured Lovina Center, went to a highly sought after waterfall. It was breathtaking and very adventurous! Probably one of the best adventures of my trip! We have the weekends free to travel around the Island. Therefore a group of girls I became close with (also volunteers) and I traveled on a fast boat to the Gili Islands! Now what a BLAST that was! I highly recommend it! Beautiful water, amazing people, food, and atmosphere!

Now let me tell you about the overall impact this had on my life. Traveling solo to Bali really taught me just how capable I was. My heart is full my cup runneth over. I can't even explain how much my soul needed this volunteer trip. I met people from all over the world as well. Speaking with the other volunteers, sharing our thoughts on life, why we came to Bali, and what our home country is like. Was very eye opening and amazing to spend time with new people. I cannot wait to travel internationally again in 2018!

If you are thinking about volunteering with IVHQ I would highly recommend them. Their fees are inexpensive and fair, and all that they offer is top notch!

Much Love - Whit

How can this program be improved?
I honestly have no negative feedback! I think everything was great!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Whitney, Thanks so much for your lovely review! It has been an absolute pleasure to help arrange your volunteer trip and we couldn't he happier to hear how incredible the experience has been for you. Thanks for being an outstanding volunteer and we wish you all the best for the adventures you will be embarking on in 2018!
Brigitte - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

No, I don't recommend this program
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Matracea
10/10

Healthcare/ Education

I could not be happier with my experience with IVHQ and Green Lion in Ubud Bali. I was not sure what to expect traveling to a foreign country as this would be my first time leaving the United States. Some of my main concerns included safety, living accommodations, and becoming sick (getting Bali belly) while there. All of my fears and worries were quickly put to rest. Our living accommodations were nice and clean. If we had a problem with something or needed something the staff was right there to fix our problem. The food was good and they always had plenty. It was prepared freshly and I didn't get sick while there.
Teaching the kids was an experience I will never forget. They are so eager to learn. They love talking to you and practicing their English. The kids loved getting stickers and having you check their work. Playing hang man, musical chairs, and doing word searches were a huge hit.
I would recommend volunteering through IVHQ to any one who is considering volunteering. It will change your life and you will learn so much about yourself as well as other cultures.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Matracea, We are thrilled that you could not be happier with your experience in Bali! It is nice to hear that you were well supported by our local team and found the living conditions clean and the food to be fresh. Thanks for sharing your experience and for recommending IVHQ to others - we really appreciate it!
Brigitte - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Melissa
10/10

Just do it!

Dare to live the experience you've always wanted and JUST DO IT!

I did wait so long to decided to go and believe me, now I just can't understand why?! At the main beginning I was afraid to go alone, by myself, without knowing anyone there; I started to think about what the project consists, about safety, accommodations, etc etc... I search between a thousand associations, companies and I had more doubts than certains. But was when I found HVHQ and I try to apply for this program, that I realize that you just need to go with the right organization. It was all thing so organized and transparent that I just decided was the moment to go!

Now, after three full weeks of an intense experience, where I had friends for life in all parts of the world, where I met fantastic local people and learn with the amazing stuff in UBUD, I just want to return back there! Was really a dream and you will forget you're volunteering to help change lifes, because it's changing yours.

As you, I did read all this reviews and posts and I had high expectations because of that.
In the moment I arrived in our accommodation in UBUD I couldn't believed, I felt immeadiatly like home. Someone was playing some music and they were all outside of the bedrooms and give me an huge hug of welcome. There were some "old" volunteers and I arrived with more 3 "new" and the match was perfect.

The first week is an introduction in the Indonesian culture and is the perfect moment to make friends and start to know more about this amazing culture. But the best part was when I started the construction program: you really see you're doing something concrete. The next day you will appreciate all the hard work you did and have the straight to start a new one with your team and in the meantime you will have a blast, you will get fun- and those are the moments you will never forget!

I just did it! And I will do it again!

Check my instagram to see some pics of this aventure
meli.instants

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Melissa, Wow! What a great review. Thanks for sharing your strong words of encouragement for others who may be feeling a bit hesitant about travelling alone - we love how welcoming our volunteers, local team, and communities we work with can be. We are so excited to read that this is the start of more adventures and we can't wait to see where you head to next. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Brigitte - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ziling
10/10

One Amazing teaching program in Bali-Ubud

My program was the teaching English in Bali-Ubud. It was an amazing experience.
My friend and I were super satisfied with this trip and we hope we can return to Bali again.

The first three days of orientation, we have a great time visiting the Ubud center, sacred monkey forest, rice field. we also watched the famous fire dance show, learned basic bahasa language, learn how to cook traditional food instructed by our loving coordinator. Everyday was super fun and fulfilled. We went to a local bar with live music on Tuesday, dancing to the Despacito music with friends. And the Canteen served the delicious traditional food, we have many options for each meal. It was a great way to learn a culture by eating the best local food.

It was a shame that we only have two days left for the teaching program. We went to the Preparation Center house to prepare for the lessons afternoon. The kids we taught were in 6th grade, in SD5 Kedewatan. They were super energetic and loved to learn. It was a honor and pleasure to teach them. We missed them a lot since we left Bali.

It was an unforgettable experience of a life time. We meet cool friends from all over the world and we made our effort to support the education of Bali. It's a remarkable experience with the Green Lion and IVHQ. I hope I can continue doing international volunteer in the future.

How can this program be improved?
The program is almost perfect, could be improved in the weekend of arrival. There should be more coordination work at the arriving weekend, it will be more clear and easy for the volunteers to arrange the plan for later.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Ziling, Thanks for sharing this great review. We are so pleased to hear that you had an amazing experience in Bali. Thanks for taking the time to outline what volunteering for 1 week in Bali is like - it certainly sounds like you made the most of every moment! We hope you will join us again soon.
Brigitte – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nick
9/10

Fantastic time doing Construction in BALI

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Ubud, Bali, with IVHQ. Although only taking part in a 2 week stay, this experience exposed me to an entirely different culture and way of life, and enabled me to visit fantastic places and meet some great people. The orientation week prior to beginning the volunteering scheme was fascinating, I was able to go to some main attractions in the local area, as well as learn about the local culture, language, and food. This week was very well organised by the coordinators who all ensured each volunteer experienced as much as they could. My week of volunteering was doing construction and renovation for the community centre in Pejeng Kaja, the village in which we were based. The program was well organised, and the volunteers worked with a coordinator for the project as well as one local construction worker. Hard work was encouraged, and despite only being on site for one week, some fantastic progress was made. This volunteering opened by eyes to the tangible difference that can be made, and by doing construction in particular it was brilliant to know I could make a physical difference to the community, and give back to the people of the village. This whole experience, made possible by the brilliant organisation of IVHQ, has made me not only want to volunteer again, but to travel further afield post-university - it has given me an opportunity to experience and do something different from the monotonous activities back home - and made me more open-minded and aware of the different cultures and customs that exist around the world. If you are looking for a beautiful place to go, with genuinely humble and friendly locals, exotic attractions and a safe and warming environment whilst making a difference for the community, Ubud is fantastic, and with IVHQ you are in safe hands in terms of accommodation and organisation.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps more information on the specifics of the construction project in the week prior to starting it, despite having a program meeting on the Friday beforehand.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Nick, Thanks for sharing! We are so happy to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your time in Bali. It sounds like your Construction and Renovation work was hard yet rewarding and we are stoked that you were able to witness the tangible difference that volunteers can make. Thanks for being a great IVHQer and we would love to have you volunteer with us again in the future!
Brigitte – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
Nick
9/10

Construction in Ubud, Bali - GREAT

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Ubud, Bali, with IVHQ. Although only taking part in a 2 week stay, this experience exposed me to an entirely different culture and way of life, and enabled me to visit fantastic places and meet some great people. The orientation week prior to beginning the volunteering scheme was fascinating, I was able to go to some main attractions in the local area, as well as learn about the local culture, language, and food. This week was very well organised by the coordinators who all ensured each volunteer experienced as much as they could. My week of volunteering was doing construction and renovation for the community centre in Pejeng Kaja, the village in which we were based. The program was well organised, and the volunteers worked with a coordinator for the project as well as one local construction worker. Hard work was encouraged, and despite only being on site for one week, some fantastic progress was made. This volunteering opened by eyes to the tangible difference that can be made, and by doing construction in particular it was brilliant to know I could make a physical difference to the community, and give back to the people of the village. This whole experience, made possible by the brilliant organisation of IVHQ, has made me not only want to volunteer again, but to travel further afield post-university - it has given me an opportunity to experience and do something different from the monotonous activities back home - and made me more open-minded and aware of the different cultures and customs that exist around the world. If you are looking for a beautiful place to go, with genuinely humble and friendly locals, exotic attractions and a safe and warming environment whilst making a difference for the community, Ubud is fantastic, and with IVHQ you are in safe hands in terms of accommodation and organisation.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Nick, Thanks for sharing! We are so happy to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your time in Bali. It sounds like your Construction and Renovation work was hard yet rewarding and we are stoked that you were able to witness the tangible difference that volunteers can make. Thanks for being a great IVHQer and we would love to have you volunteer with us again in the future!
Brigitte – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lucien
10/10

IVHQ Construction and Renovation Bali Ubud

Before getting there I didn't know what to expect exactly. We had this guide we had to read to learn more about the Indonesian population and culture and I was like Wow I had no idea that was how they live over there. So many beliefs, does and donts that I had to learn before starting the program. The day I got there I instently met tons of amazing people that were here to help the Indonesian people in a variety of ways. During the first week we got to learn about the balinese language and culture by having language classes, visiting temples and rice fields, walk around the center and many more. It was a cultural shock for me and it was amazing learning so much in so little time. I was mostly amazed by how kind and welcoming the Balinese were. Despite the difficult conditions they live in the Balinese are some of the kindest people I've ever met. I am so happy and so glad I did these two volunteering weeks. Two very short weeks indeed but I am definitely looking forward to doing it again!

How can this program be improved?
It is an amazing program I have nothing bad to say about it
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Lucien, Thanks for sharing! We are so glad to hear that you had an eye-opening and enjoyable experience in Bali. We have loved having you volunteer with us and would happily welcome you again in the future!
Brigitte – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
Uiga
10/10

Un-bali-vable!

I was so nervous travelling alone for the first time to a foreign country where I didnt know the language or anyone. Im so happy I volunteered with IVHQ because first day I forgot about my fears and worries and have already made life long friends. From accomodation to food to resources and helpful tips IVHQ never fail to disappoint. There was never a dull moment plenty to see and do. Loads od free time and flexibility. Teaching kids in Ubud was such a rewarding experience. The children are so eager to learn and I had so much fun teaching, playing games, and even painting. IVHQ was with me every step of the way. Don't worry about anything and just go! You won't be disappointed. Terima Kasih IVHQ Bali!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Uiga, We are so glad that you pushed through your initial nerves to have a rewarding and exciting volunteer experience in Bali! Thanks for sharing your review and for being a great IVHQ volunteer!
Brigitte – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Marissa
10/10

Healed

When I left home, I was worried, it was my first time traveling alone and going to Asia. I didn't know what to expect, I researched, read a lot, saw videos and tried to prepare myself for this trip.
Arriving to Bali changed all of the information I had in my mind, I can't even begin to explain what I felt, so much emotions all in one. I arrived to one of the best house, Tini house became my home away from home. I loved everything about it, now I even have the picture of the statue of Ganesh that was in the house entrance in my phone wallpaper.
In the same room I lived with another 5 girls. Those girls became my sisters, and we complemented each other so well. Being away from home is difficult but here I met people that made this a lot better.

I feel that Bali is such and amazing place to listen, learn, meditate, forgive, heal, and work on yourself. Being surrounded by nature makes you feel recharged with positive energy.
I chose the Kindergarten project and let me tell you at first it was a little hard for me, but after a couple of weeks I feel in love with my kids, they are the purest souls there are, they are kind, smart, loving and accepting.

In Bali there's always things to do, so don't worry about being bored or alone, hahaha believe me you won't be. I recommend you visit Ubud, which you will because it's the nearest town to Penestanan. Also visit Uluwatu, Canggu, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan, Seminyak and Kuta.

Take a surf lesson, visit waterfalls, go to all the temples you can, make friend with a local, go to ceremony, take a yoga class in Yoga Barn, meditate, eat at various warung, try nasi goreng, mie goreng and banana desserts, if you are old enough drink a Bintang of the beach, visit Jungle Fish, Sundays at Single Fin are a must, eat a Nalu Bowl, Go to Motel Mexicola or La Favela in Seminyak. take a run along the rice fields, take a massage, snorkel, dive, go cliff jumping, walk around in the village, take a dip in the pool in the hotel near the village.

One of my favorite memories is celebrating Nyepi Day in Nusa Ceningan, one of the parts of the celebrations is Silent Day in which we didn't have any electricity, but that night we laid outside of our hotel by the ocean, and watched the stars, I saw the most stars and shooting stars that I have ever seen in my life, laying down with my roomies, playing good music, and meditating, is an experience that I will never forget.

Please stay as long as you can't you wont regret it.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Marissa, Thanks for sharing this beautiful review! We are so thrilled to hear that Bali was a home away from home for you, and that the experience left you feeling healed and recharged with positive energy – how wonderful! Thanks for your recommendations for future participants and for being a lovely IVHQ volunteer!
Brigitte – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
10/10

The Turtles of Nusa Penida

This trip for me was 2 weeks long and consisted of a 1 week stay in Ubud (just outside the city center) and 1 week on the beautiful island of Nusa Penida.
This trip over all was amazing and beautiful. Although the orientation week wasn't really tailored to my program specifically that was the turtle conservation, it was a really cool way to see some good spots of the country. Also VERY inexpensive to live here and eat well and go lots of activities.

When in UBUD: If you're looking for down time, good food, and/or a relaxing massage then the monkey temple forest Rd. is the place to go! When staying in Ubud we got to stay in a small village just outside with a 4$ cab ride or a 20 minute walk to the city center. Here is where I had alot of fun getting to interact with locals, try some foreign cusinines and do some shopping at the market (which is huge if you're a flea market junkie).

when in NUSA PENIDA: This island is MUCH more isolated than the city of ubud. Hot water doesn't exist unless you're drinking tea so prepare yourself for that! Working with the turtles here was the best part of my trip and I don't think 1 week was enough for me! The 1 week orientation takes up alot more time of your trip than you think so take that into consideration for when you get to the actual project. This island is also beautiful! There is so many look out points and places to go that everyday there is something to do after work. The uniform of "covering shoulders and wearing pants below your knees" also doesn't apply at this program! I made the mistake of strictly packing with the guidelines. You do alot of beach clean up and going into the tanks so you get hot and wet and bathing suits, shorts and tank tops are totally acceptable.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sarah, We are glad to hear that overall you had an amazing and beautiful trip to Bali. Thanks for taking the time to outline different living situations in Ubud (where the orientation is based) versus Nusa Penida (the site of the Turtle Conservation Project), as this may be really useful information for future volunteers. Thanks for volunteering with IVHQ!
Brigitte – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

No, I don't recommend this program

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