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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Riley
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bali Ubud Teaching Program

IVHQ was a seamless process of communication before I traveled abroad. Their response times were fast and the team took the time to answer all my questions. They helped me feel supported and prepared to be in country through providing valuable information about the country and program before I left. My teaching experience changed my life and my perspectives. When in country, I felt I was completely immersed in the culture and can not wait to volunteer again. This experience was unique because I got to teach with another volunteer and I got to completely choose the content and methodologies I used. We also had a translator in classroom for help, who was supportive of our classroom choices. There is also so much to do around the area of Bali we were in, and the local team helps plan the outings for you if you seek help.

What would you improve about this program?
The travel insurance that was recommended by IVHQ was not accepted in Ubud Bali at any clinic.
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marili
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering at Bali

Everything has been amazing!!!! , food, staff, local people, kids, trips, the house, the people you meet, classes, moments, temples, the orientation weeks, the organization, prices, etc.
It was my first time at teaching and it’s lovely how kids are so smart, loving, open, excitedddd about everything!!!!!, the new friendships that you made are for life with great memories of everything together as well.
At first I was scary about coming alone, but it really worked for me, because you are forced to open and meet new great people, join to different activities, etc.
The local people and the staff so dedicated, nice and loving making sure that you have a good time and that also you understand everything and that’s great! How they’re open and disponible for everyone all the time.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The be open mind & friendly with everyone , and not to come just to travel or take good pictures, come with a real meaning and enjoy every second and person that you meet
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Amelia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The adventure of a lifetime

As a first time solo traveler, I was a bit weary of the various programs I saw online. After months of research, however, I decided to give it a go and put my trust in IVHQ. I couldn't be more happy with that decision.

I felt safe and supported throughout the entire process. I was provided contacts in case I needed help once abroad and met some of the most genuinely amazing people along the way. My volunteer experience with the sea turtle project in Bali was truly eye opening, the orientation week allowed us to all be deeply immersed in the local culture and I was able to make several friends that I still stay in touch with. I recommend this program to anybody who is a little anxious of traveling alone. I am already scheduled for my next adventure through IVHQ and am excited to volunteer in Belize in 2020! I can't wait!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just embrace the culture, trust the hosts in the country you visit, and remember you are on a volunteer trip, so even if you are given some slack, make an impact while you can.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Amelia, thanks for taking the time to complete your review! I am so glad to hear that you felt well supported and safe as a first time solo traveller. It's amazing to hear that you made so many special connections while on the program! We look forward to having you volunteer again with IVHQ in Belize! Grace - IVHQ Program Manager

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Ruby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

4 weeks in Bali with IVHQ

My name is Ruby and I'm from Australia. I recently spent 4 weeks volunteering on the teaching program in Bali with IVHQ. I cannot recommend IVHQ enough and it is indescribable how much my 4 weeks in Bali meant to me.

I met people from all over the world and shared some of the most enjoyable experiences of my life with these new friends. Each weekend we travelled all over Bali but were always happy to return home to our village life to relax by the pool, eat delicious home-cooked food and meet the new volunteers that had arrived.

Teaching in the village school was more difficult than I was expecting but all the more rewarding because of it. The children I met were so energetic and enthusiastic to learn that in returning to Australia I felt ever more appreciative of my own opportunities and education. Long after I left Bali I am motivated by the people I met there- The children who persisted with their worksheets whilst it was pouring down rain, the taxi drivers who demonstrated kindness to every person who entered their car, the staff at Green Lion who made sure every volunteer felt safe and all the like-minded friends I made.

This experience was the best of my life so far and I will definitely be travelling with IVHQ again. If you're thinking about going - JUST GO and go for as long as you possibly can. You won't regret it!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My biggest piece of advice is stay for as long as you can! I was worried 4 weeks wasn't going to be enough but I left feeling super jealous of all my friends staying for 12 weeks. Many of my friends were only there for 2 weeks and every single one of them wished they'd booked for longer!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Ruby, thank you for this kind review. I am so glad to hear that you feel like this was one of the best experiences in your life! By the sounds of it you had an unforgettable time in Bali. Thank you so much for all your hard work and help. We would love to see you back on a program in the future! - Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Karen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nusa Penida Turtle Conservation Project

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A few weeks ago I had the most wonderful 2 weeks east of Bali, Indonesia at the Nusa Penida Turtle Conservation Project. The experience of taking care of the turtles and contributing to their survival was immensely rewarding. The beach clean ups were so satisfying realising that everything we collected would be one less risk to turtles and other marine life. I have a way to go with the morning crab catching though! I was impressed by the management of the project and each of the 4 coordinators were a delight to be around. They made every effort to make our stay enjoyable and went over and above to support us, even helping with information about what we could do on the weekends and helping arrange transport. Their dedication to the project is an inspiration. They actively encouraged our feedback and suggestions for improvements. The weekly beach bonfires were a blast and clearly there’s no end to the talent of the coordinators who entertained us with great music. IVHQ were always very responsive leading up to the volunteering and supportive throughout with emails to see how it was going. I am very happy to have arranged my volunteering through such a professional organisation like IVHQ. Transfers were a breeze too. I treasure the friendships that grew with other volunteers and many of us are regularly in touch from all our different locations around the world. I’d encourage anyone volunteering at this project to think of ways you can reduce your plastic consumption e.g take your own refillable water bottle, container for take away foods, calico bag for laundry - the public laundry services will return your washing to you in plastic if you don’t supply your own bag.

What would you improve about this program?
Introduce a Nusa Penida Turtle Conservation Project branded calico bag, keep cup and refillable water bottle for volunteers to purchase. As far as possible have them produced locally so that it generates local employment.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you Karen for your nice review! Its sounds like you had an amazing time on Nusa Penida. Awesome to hear that our local team was there to support you where needed. They are pretty amazing people! Its also great to hear you made friends from all over the world. We would love to have you back on one of our programs! - Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Ruth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ivhq volunteer teaching programme in Bali. :)

Hey guys, I went on my first volunteering abroad experience with IVHQ for June & July last summer of 2018 and I could not have had a more magical experience. IVHQ have been unparalleled to any organisation i have ever have been lucky enough to be involved with. When I first found them online I remember thinking this just looks pretty great but was it just really well advertised...I can reassure you it wasn't! From the beginning before the trip even began the staff were so friendly & helpful. They would always get back to me within no time about any questions or if I just had queries about travel insurance or flights etc! By the time I was ready to head to Bali I just knew instinctively I went with the right group. It is really well thought out program which is hugely down to the people & organisers at IVHQ that made the whole experience. From the moment you arrive in bali you are picked up in the airport, we were collected in groups & driven to the IVHQ house where we were warmly welcomed by the Indonesian staff. Everything was covered from basics like accomadation ( the house which is so so incredibly beautiful! (The views/pool/activity rooms/outdoor icecream truck!) the food (not 5 star but It was still really tasty) taxi rides, excursions & trips... To the actual Teaching program itself. You were always given anything you needed for classes in prep. For me getting to teach with another volunteer teacher in the local school was one of the highlights! You really feel like you couldn't be in a better place helping teach english to the children.. It is hard to leave but you feel good knowing you've made a difference in a childs education & life! It gave me such a love of teaching & volunteering. Sorry I'm finishing up! The ivhq staff remain in contact throughout the entire process beginning to finish so don't worry about ever feeling alone! Even a year after my program finished I emailed some staff members at IVHQ about possibly getting a certificate & three members of the team got back to me within the day with a certificate & a reference letter to show that I was part of the program. They are such a helpful kind group to go through! You will be in for such a treat!! It will be the highlight of your summer and definitely make you hungry for more volunteering! Enjoy your new adventures! Best of luck!! Ruth

What was your funniest moment?
Probably the music that the Indonesian taxi drivers (Or just mine) listen to!.. 😂😂 If your a fan of 90s classics.. boy bands or Mariah Carey! your in for a great time.. Kareoke galore!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Ruth, thank you so much for your kind review. I am happy to hear you have felt supported and well looked after! Thank you for making a difference and being a great volunteer. It would be awesome to have you join another program in the future. All the best Ruth! - Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Mackenzie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bali, Indonesia Sea Turtle Conservation

I recently went to Bali, Indonesia for the IVHQ sea turtle conservation volunteer trip. This was the first trip abroad that I had ever planned entirely on my own and IVHQ was very supportive and communicative throughout the planning process. The trip itself was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I met volunteers from all over the world and made memories that will last a lifetime. The program gave me a routine schedule for my volunteer work that allowed me to do productive work while still getting plenty of free time to explore the country and get the most out of my short trip. I highly recommend using IVHQ if you want to make a positive impact on the community you travel to and fully immerse yourself in a new culture. The in-country staff were friendly and energetic, making for an even better experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I only went on this trip for two weeks. I HIGHLY recommend going for a longer period of time. IVHQ did a good job of giving us free time to explore the island but Bali is too beautiful to be ready to leave after two weeks. My only regret is not spending more time there because I enjoyed the trip so much.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Mackenzie. Thank you for your kind review. Volunteering in a completely foreign country is definitely a step out of your comfort zone - you can be proud of your achievement! I am glad you felt supported throughout your experience and that you were able to make amazing memories! We can't wait to have you back and plan your next adventure! Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Eva
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience!

This was my second time volunteering in Bali with IVHQ and it was just as great as the first time. The first time I stayed for three months and made friends from all over the world, including the coordinators, which is why I just had to go back this year and visit them. Even the kitchen staff still remembered me and vere super excited to see me, which was absolutely heartwarming.
Last time I had a lot of questions about safety, visa application, etc. and the IVHQ Team was very helpful, friendly and quick to respond. This time I was fairly relaxed as I already knew everything but I was checked- in on and genuinely felt like they wanted me to enjoy the experience and feel save, which I definetely did! Loved it and will be going back as soon as possible!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Please don't expect a five-star hotel when you get there. I know it seems obvious when you go volunteering abroad but somehow people still managed to come there with completely ridiculous expectations. The accomodation is clean and exactly as described on the website, if not nicer. Just read the description on the website and then you will have realistic expectations and have an amazing time! You're on a beautiful island so just be excited!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you Eva for your review! It is awesome to hear that you have completed your second trip with us. Thanks for being an amazing volunteer. Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Aymi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best investment of your time and money!

I had been wanting to travel internationally for a long time and wanted to do something meaningful while I was there. IVHQ offered so many different program options in tons of different countries - all places I wanted to visit too! They were quick to answer any emails with any questions I had along the way. Best of all, of the bunch of volunteer abroad organizations that I researched, IVHQ offered the lowest program fees I could find!
I ended up choosing the Turtle Conservation project in Bali! And it was incredible! The accommodations, food, local team, and activities were so much fun! I had enough time to go and explore the islands while also helping the local community! I highly recommend IVHQ and the Turtle Conservation program! The memories I’ve made and the fulfillment I feel is unbeatable!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Definitely opt for the orientation week option! Such a great way to learn about the country you’re a guest in.
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Hope
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!!

I had an amazing experience volunteering abroad with IVHQ. Everyone from my co-volunteers, coordinators, cooks, drivers, and kindergarten students were so incredibly kind and genuine. In particular, I found that this trip was the ideal combination and balance of volunteering and travelling. The volunteer aspect, in which I worked with children in a kindergarten, was incredibly rewarding and definetly the highlight of my trip. On my free time, I was able to see many different parts of the island and even got to travel to nearby islands on the weekend. IVHQ does a great job of accommodating to students desires to both volunteer and travel. After having such a great experience on my first IVHQ trip to Bali, I am very eager to have the opportunity to go on another IVHQ volunteer abroad trip.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you for your feedback Hope. I am so happy to hear you had an incredible time. :) Lena - IVHQ Program Manager

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Rim
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First and awesome volunteering experience with IVHQ

Volunteering abroad to a new country, with a completely different culture, seem very challenging and risky, but it is definitely one of the best decisions I have taken in my life.
It was my first time volunteering abroad, therefore it was a little bit scary but thrilling at the same time. However, IVHQ made it seem very easy and safe with its assistance from the day I reserved my place online till the end of my volunteering program.
My volunteer experience in Ubud, Bali, with IVHQ, was an awesome journey. It gave me the opportunity to visit a beautiful city, while immersing myself in its culture. During this period, I felt useful because I was actually contributing to the enhancement of other people's lives. Finally, volunteering allowed me to develop long-lasting friendships with amazing people from all over the world.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make the most of it!
Contribute, visit and socialize as much as you can.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you for your kind feedback. It's great to hear that volunteering was one of the best decisions of your life! Thank you for being a great volunteer and we would love to see you back one day! Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Christie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First time Volunteering

This was my first time volunteering overseas and I enjoyed it!
The IVHQ website was a huge asset to help get me prepared. It told me how to prepare before the trip and offered suggestions for scheduling flights and purchasing travel insurance.
The tabs gave me great insight into my accommodations and meals.
From being picked up at the Denpasar airport to arriving in Bali...everything went smoothly and as anticipated.
My room was very clean. The food was fresh and delicious. Taxi assistance in front of the main building was super convenient. Everyone at Green Lion was very friendly and always willing to help.
Vivi, Tirti were excellent coordinators. The program sessions were timed well and always packed with interesting information. We felt confident making basic communication with the local people.
Nusa Penida was as expected but clean and comfortable. The food was even better on the island.
Ketut, Intan, Agus made my trip so very special.
I loved the music, the get togethers, the free time and of course working with the sea turtles.

What would you improve about this program?
Programs could always improve but I can not think of any recommendations at this time.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you Christie for your feedback and for being an awesome volunteer! It was great to meet you in Bali and I am so happy that you have enjoyed your time! :) Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Fernanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bali

I volunteered in ubud for 7 weeks, 6weeks in Ubud in the construction program, and 1 week in Nusa Penida at turtle conservation.
During the construction program I learned how to mix concrete, lay bricks, plaster and so much more while working with locals and other volunteers. In Nusa Penida we got to catch grab, feed the turtles and clean their tanks, participate in beach cleanings, and it was the best because we also got to see the beautiful island.
It was definitely one of the most amazing experience of my life. The island is filled with adventures and with the most amazing nature and sunset I’ve ever seen. I also met so many amazing people from all over the world who taught me so much more than just building or taking care of turtles. The staff, coordinators, cooks, and drivers are so warm and welcoming that they became my family in no time. I am truly greatful to have had the opportunity to volunteer through green lion and ivhq in Bali, i would do it a million times over. Suksma🙏🏽

What was your funniest moment?
Most of the funniest moments revolves around the unpredictable rain, because when it rains in Bali, it reallyyyyy rains. All those moments trying to find shelter from the rain were filled with those laughs that make your abs hurt
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you Fernanda for your beautiful words! I am happy you have enjoyed your time and got to experience the real Bali! :) Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Stephanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

100% recommend this program!

The 2 months I spent in Bali volunteering were the best and happiest 2 months of my life. I’ve taken away with me so many incredible life lessons and have grown so much as an individual. I have made friends for life some of which I now consider best friends and I cherish every moment I got to spend with these kind souls. The children I taught really did open my eyes and even though I was the one teaching them, I feel like I learnt a lot more then they did. I grew to love the kids I taught and the happiness they had just shone through no matter their circumstances. I am so privileged to have met such incredible and inspiring people from so many different walks of life. I 100% recommend this experience to everyone that has the chance to do it. It really will change your life!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you Stephanie for your nice feedback! I am stoked to hear that you feel like this experience has changed your life, and I am sure you have changed other lives as well by volunteering your time. Thank you! Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Katarina
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bali is amazing!

Volunteering in Bali, Indonesia on the sea turtle conservation program was very very fun and life changing. Getting to work so up close with those beautiful creatures was so amazing. Being an ecology major, this experience made me want to pursue what I am doing even more than I already did. Twice a day, you clean turtle tanks, clean turtles, feed them, and catch crabs and clean the beach! I felt like I was making a true impact. However, I do wish that there was more scientific validation behind the program. My program manager addressed my concerns and plans to talk with the coordinators about that. The first week was an amazing orientation in which we were exposed to Balinese culture and got to visit some really neat sites. We had the weekends to ourselves to go explore anything we wanted to see. Overall, Bali is a must in terms of traveling and volunteering. You won’t be disappointed

What would you improve about this program?
Despite the fun experience working with the turtles, i wish there was more scientific validation behind the program.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you Katarina for your feedback. I am glad this experience has encouraged you to pursue your ecology path even more. Thank you as well for your comment in regards to the scientific validation. We are currently working on providing more information about the impact on the Turtle population in the area. You can be assured every little bit helps. Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.