Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Bali from $295

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Are you ready for a meaningful adventure in Bali? Join International Volunteer HQ, the world’s most trusted and affordable volunteer abroad organization, and travel with purpose.

You can choose from 6 volunteer project options based in and around the cultural center of Ubud, or the coastal village of Lovina. Your program fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in dedicated volunteer houses, 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.

If you’re all about authentic experiences, diving deep into the culture, searching for opportunities to grow, discovering exciting adventures and real connections, then volunteering in Bali is for you.

IVHQ Volunteer Projects Available in Bali:

  • Teaching
  • Kindergarten
  • Construction and Renovation
  • Environmental Education
  • Healthcare Education
  • Turtle Conservation
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 70 reviews
  • Impact 9.1
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.6
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Hindu purification ritual at Holy Spring Tempel
Kevin Joachim
10/10

IV-licious Experience!!!

This was my first time volunteering abroad and I'm so glad that I got the chance to do it with IVHQ! I really loved it and I won't hesitate to go for it another time! IVHQ is a really great partner at your side throughout the whole experience: From the very first email I received from Chloe to the after-volunteering services I felt well taken care of.
Looking back, I find it important to share that the most important thing to do in order to have an outstanding volunteering experience was a proper planning before starting the program. Although most information mentioned in the interactive volunteering handbook provided by IVHQ is obvious to most of us, it was still very useful and reminded me of some things I might have forgotten to consider without reading it. Therefore, I can definitely recommend to go through it well a couple of weeks before leaving your home country.
In contrast, the best thing to do when actually being on the volunteering program is abandoning this kind of planning approach and rather engage in an more open and adventurous "let's just do it approach"! Although one might encounter several "uncomfortable" situations, I really enjoyed being outside of my usual comfort zone - teaching English to 4-years old kids was completely new to me and I had no idea how to manage it in the beginning! Thanks to being open and saying "yes" to things I usually would have said "no" to helped me to meet outstanding personalities and make unforgettable memories.
The life lesson that I took from this experience is not being afraid of possibly "uncomfortable" encounters anymore and integrating the respectful as well as peaceful Balinese lifestyle into my way of living.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I can emphasize here is that the interactive IVHQ volunteering handbook should have an earlier deadline by which outgoing volunteers have to complete the "cultural lessons". In my opinion, this deadline should be one of the first things that a volunteer has to complete before leaving for a program so that all the necessary planning can be based on this information accordingly; e.g. what to expect from the program, being realistic about personal goals, what not to do, what not to bring, what to bring, etc.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Kevin, Thanks so much for sharing the lessons you learnt while volunteering in Bali. We think that your advice to thoroughly read the volunteering handbook before you leave and to then allow yourself to stop planning and to enjoy all aspects of the program when you arrive is spot on. Thanks for being an awesome IVHQ volunteer and we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Julie
10/10

Get ready to have the time of your life!

First, a little bit about Bali: Bali will forever have my heart! It's cheap and safe, most people speak English, and it has amazing culture and nightlife, as well as every activity you could possibly want to do on a tropical island (snorkeling, waterfalls, surfing, volcanoes). Hands down my favorite place I visited in SE Asia.

Volunteering abroad, particularly with IVHQ, is a truly amazing experience. The program itself was affordable and well-organized, and my homestay was so cool! The compound I stayed in was absolutely beautiful, and my host family was really welcoming.

Another thing that makes this program so great is that it provides a built-in support and social network. Being able to lean on the local volunteer organization for assistance when necessary makes traveling internationally less daunting, and the program also provides a great way to make friends if you're traveling solo.

I loved being able to make a positive impact on the lives of others while also getting the chance to explore a new place and culture. Traveling around Bali on the weekends with the friends I made was probably my favorite part. I highly recommend Nusa Lembongan, Uluwatu, and Gili--truly heaven on earth!

How can this program be improved?
My main suggestion is to work with the local volunteer organization to make the projects more organized. I taught English, and the program was pretty disorganized. We weren't given any guidance when creating curriculum, and I had a different class and age group each day, so it was hard to effectively teach concepts because we were constantly having to start from square one. It also wasn't fair to the kids, as they were continuously cycling through new teachers and lessons, making it hard for them to really learn and internalize concepts.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Julie, It is so great to hear you had an amazing experience volunteering in Bali! We received similar feedback at the time you were on the program and since then we have developed a dedicated learning center for volunteers to create their lessons with the support of the coordinators. Volunteers are also now working with the same classroom for the duration of their program. It was awesome to read your review and very interesting for us to see how much the program have improved since 2015! Thanks for being a great volunteer and we would love to have you join us again in the future!
Chloe - IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Mackenzie
10/10

My Review

I really enjoyed my program in Bali. The accommodation was clean, the food was great, and the staff were very helpful and kind. I heard some of the other houses, however had issues with cockroaches and bedbugs in their rooms, but I didn't have any of those in my house/room, so I'm very thankful for that.
I would suggest though, that everyone get a mosquito net for at night, because the occasional mosquito does get in, and at one point, one of my roommates woke up covered in bug bites because she didn't have a net.
My favorite memory was climbing to the top of Mount Batur, the volcano and watching the sunrise. It was so ethereal and tranquil, and there's nothing like it. It was also freezing cold and incredibly hard to go back down, but totally worth it.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing that I can think of that can be improved is the food that the program served. I didn't like it whenever they would make us the "western" meals. But I did love when they made the Indonesian food so much, I just wish they would've made it more often.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Mackenzie, We are so glad to hear that you really enjoyed your program in Bali. It is awesome that you were able to experience watching a sunrise from the top of Mount Batur! Thanks for your advise for future Bali volunteers and for being an IVHQer!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Erin
10/10

Kindergarten Caos to Comfort

On the first day of volunteering I was a bit overwhelmed by the craziness of the kindergarten students and their inability to comprehend what my fellow volunteer and I were trying to teach them. I became a bit scared that teaching them would be harder than I thought it would. But by the second day my worries completely vanished. We played games and used pictures and the whole experience became incredibly fulfilling. When it was time to say goodbye I had unexpectedly learned so much from all of the students and I of course didn't want to say goodbye.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Erin, Thanks for sharing. We are so glad to hear that you persevered after a difficult first day at your placement to have a really rewarding and fulfilling volunteer experience. It has been great to have you volunteer with IVHQ in Bali and we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Teisha
9/10

Healthcare Education in Ubud, Bali

Heading into my program I experienced a range of different emotions. I was overwhelmed with excitement, anticipation, but nervous about the experience which awaited me.

I've always had this overarching desire to travel, experience and help others. However, anxiety and fear had always stood in my way.

Fortunately I managed to convince my best friend to partake in this experience with me. And what an experience it was. I never expected to meet so many kind and compassionate people, and build such strong and relationships.

I was submerged into a totally different society and i learned about the cultural backgrounds of my fellow volunteers.

As we arrived at our volunteer house we really weren't sure what we had gotten ourselves into. We had set expectations. Do not set expectations. Expectations can often lead to disappointment if your experience doesn't turn out to be what you were expecting. This is a really significant piece of advice that I can give to any person not only considering volunteering, but in day to day life. It's about staying in the moment as often as you can. It was only my first day into the program and I had already had my first learning experience.

The next morning we met our orientation group and began our volunteer adventure. I had already made tons of new friends, which were soon to be life long friends. The orientation week was phenomenal.
Overall, my volunteering experience in Ubud, Bali was like nothing I had ever experienced. It was

I had gone into this experience stressing about the 'what ifs.' What if I don't make friends? What if I'm not good at my project? What if I don't have a good experience?

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Teisha, Thanks for sharing a little about your experience on the Bali Healthcare Education program. We are so glad to hear that you pushed through your anxiety and fears to have a phenomenal experience in Bali. Thank you for being an IVHQer!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Aviva
8/10

Bali, a breathtaking place making you wanna go back

I have to admit that some regret exists in my every trip, however, what surprise me is that this trip to Bali is totally awesome.
First of all, the arrangement is more than appropriate. During the first week, all the activities we had is for us to fit in. The orientation gets us to know about each other. Actually, you can make quite a few friends after this week. Among all the classes we had, I suppose one, the Bahasa Indonesia class, is really unique as well as useful. It contains basic Bahasa Indonesia words and expressions which makes it a lot easier for us to communicate with our students in the next week. And when I asked about my friends who also volunteered overseas, they wished they had such arrangement. In my view, if you go overseas, a language class helps most and gives you something to take back home.
When teaching week came, every two people took charge of one grade. That's pretty good. Also, the staff gave us some information on teaching feedback from earlier volunteers. We made our teaching plan basing on the feedback. We were teaching the second grade, and those kids had the big passion for English learning. Honestly, some of them were quick learners. So, teaching is not that hard, and pretty interesting as well.
Moreover, the school starts at 2pm in summer, so you can explore the island in the morning. Like the girls in next dormitory took one morning to see the dolphins. Also, you can go to some islands on weekends to learning surfing, as there can be too many people in Kuta. I went to Bali with six friends, thus we spent two relaxing days in Lembongan.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe staff could do better in connecting the previous volunteers and the coming volunteers.
Although we have the feedback, it didn't tell us in detail, just some overall stuffs. And when we went to class, we found that students actually knew those things we planned to teach. As there was no time for a new plan, we just taught them the same thing again.
If staffs have a book for each grade where previous volunteers can write down daily plan. I believe not only time will be saved, but also children can learn something more.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Aviva, We are so glad to hear that you had a totally awesome time on the program in Bali. It sounds like you made the most of your time there by enjoying orientation week, getting stuck into the volunteer work and exploring Bali in your spare time. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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YAN HUI
10/10

Surprising travel

I have never thought about the great change this program brought to me.It was the first time I went abroad and met different people all over the world.This program gave me the chance to learn about different culture and experience a different life.After this activity,I became brave to try new things.

I really recommend you to come with your friends,especially to the person who like experience the new things.

How can this program be improved?
wonderful culture difference
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Yan Hui, Thanks for sharing. We are so happy to hear that you had the opportunity to learn about a different culture and experience a different life while on the program in Bali. Thanks for being a great IVHQ volunteer and we hope your new-found bravery continues to grow!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Yiying
10/10

More Than Volounteer

IVHQ is definitely a responsible organization,it helped me solve all my problems in preparation with amazing efficiency!Besides,they offer all volunteers good conditions of service.The airport transfers,daily trips transfers ,educational advice and culture introduction,all of these make me feel safe and warm.I was made to feel at home.
Teaching kindergarten kids was fun and rewarding.Singing with them,drawing pictures with them,playing outside with them,all these activities made me energetic and cheerful.Even though it was difficult for them to focus and memorize,it was completely worth it to see the look of joy on the kids faces when they can write down the numbers and the words.It was a little difficult to let all of them focus on your teaching but by asking them questions one by one I still overcame the it.Being a teacher in kindergarten makes me patient and outgoing.
The activities with other volunteers helped deepen friendship among us,and I feel so grateful to meet these amazing guys!All the volunteers got together at the beach with candles and drinks,playing games and talking about our hometown.The memory was precious.
This was my first volunteer experience through IVHQ and won’t be the last.Thanks for my great decision to start the unforgettable journey!
TIPS (Before)
1.Book your airline tickets as early as possible as the tickets will be ample and cheep.I booked 3 months before my program.
2.Review your route and confirm it with your local guide.Like ask him or her about the time of the airport transfer.
3.Check the web page termly.Make yourself clear about the materials that you need to be prepared in addition.Like the criminal background.
4.Prepare some gifts for your students and the volunteers there.
5.Check the weather condition and prepare proper clothes and shoes.
6.Buy a phone card online before your program in your own country.
7.Bring your own toiletries like toothbrush,toothpaste, towal and so on.
(During the program)
8.Be fully prepared for your lesson next day in case that your kids get bored.
9.Games always come first!Mix your education plan with games!Make them cheerful while learning things.
10.Step by step,repeat again and again!Kids in kindergarten are too young to memorize so many things as once is not enough.
11.Give them reward for good behavior.Small gifts will cheer them up.Candies,stickers and paper planes are all useful.

How can this program be improved?
It can have an experience sharing before the program.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Yiying, Thanks for sharing! We are so happy to hear that you had fun, made great friendships, and felt well supported by IVHQ and our local team. Your practical tips are awesome and will be very useful for those considering the program in Bali. We particularly like number 9, as you can’t be too serious when teaching kindergarten kids! Thanks for being a great volunteer and we would love to have you join us again in the future!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
turtle!
Zoé
8/10

Turtle Conservation Project 2016-17

I stayed in Bali for 3 weeks which I personally thought was more than enough but others a lot of other volunteers stay for longer period of time so that really depends on what you're comfortable with.
Orientation week: To be completely honest, since the turtle conservation project is on nusa penida and the orientation week is in bali, orientation wasn't a big must (but it was still nice considering because you do get to meet people from other projects).
As for the project itself, apart from being a bit repetitive, you get to work with a bunch of people you live with and with whom you get super close because we all live in the same accommodation and we all eat together so you really get to bond with everyone which is awesome. I have to say though that not all rooms have their own bathroom (but you get used to it fast) and yes, hot water in the shower is not a thing but seriously, you end up looking forward to your cold shower, trust me. Everything is also super close to the accommodation like the laundry place (it's literally next door and she sells MAGNUM ICE CREAM), the super market which is just down the road along with the ATM which is just a bit farther down and finally the place where all the turtles are that's right in front of our accommodation (along with the beach!!!). So really, it's an amazing experience :)
There's also the coordinators that are super super sweet and approachable! They always have a smile on their face and are super nice to be around.

How can this program be improved?
Buy filters for the tanks!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Zoe, Thanks for sharing this informative review from your time in Bali. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed getting to know the other volunteers from all around the world and felt well supported by our local team. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
Hayley
10/10

An Unforgettable Experience

A group of 26 children running and climbing all over me can only have one explanation - it was the first day of my Kindergarten project. I have never seen so many smiles in one room, the children were incredible, full of life, and so ready to learn. We had been given a lot of information on our class and were provided with notes on what they had already been learning so planning lessons and activities was a breeze! All the nerves I had recently had about teaching had completely gone since myself and my teaching partner made a great team. We used the week to try and help the children learn about plants, so with this we had them making DIY trees, singing songs, and creating their own gardens. Whenever a child had finished with their work they would run up to you just so they could get a high 5 (I probably gave out a 1000 of these every day)! This project was extremely rewarding, especially when you could see what a difference you were making to the children. When I wasn't in the Kindergarten I was exploring Bali with new friends from all around the world. During the induction week we were taken on lots of tours to become familiar with Ubud one of which was the Monkey Forrest. I bought a bunch of bananas and held them up in the air, not expecting the drama that would then follow... 6 monkeys began to jump and hang all over me. I couldn't stop laughing but eventually one sat on my shoulder and in return for the banana I gave him, he left a warm present on my shoulder and even though I was disgusted by the smell, I had never laughed so hard! Overall my IVHQ experience couldn’t have been better, from the second I signed up to the final day of my project I was given complete support from all the staff. I couldn't recommend IVHQ enough, I now have friends from every continent around the world and have made some unforgettable memories from one of the most incredible experiences of my life!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Hayley, We are so happy to hear that your IVHQ experience couldn’t have been better! You have a great way of expressing how exciting, challenging, fun and rewarding it is to volunteer on the Kindergarten project in Bali. Thanks for being a great volunteer and we would love to have you join us again in the future!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Nicole
9/10

First Time Traveling Alone

My IVHQ trip to Bali was not only my first time traveling not alone but also traveling to Asia! I was not only nervous, but extremely scared. After arriving and meeting all of my new friends, all of my fears instantly disappeared. I have grown so much personally and am very excited to take many more trips in the future. Staying the home was very comfortable and everyone felt like family. We went on many adventures together and I never felt alone.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Nicole, Thanks for sharing. We are so happy to hear that you had such a positive experience travelling on your own! Hopefully this is just the beginning of many more adventures for you. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Thomas
10/10

The best experience of my life so far

I was lucky enough to spend 12 weeks volunteering in Bali via IVHQ and I can honestly say it was the best experience of my life so far.
Everything about Bali I fell in love with - the people (the most welcoming and friendly people you'll ever meet), their values and culture, the scenery (from mountains, to lush greenery, to some of the most stunning beaches in the world), the food and just the general way of life.
Everything about the volunteer program was great as well. IVHQ were fantastic leading up to going out there, dealing with any queries/concerns imminently and Green Lion (the organization that runs the projects out there) were incredibly helpful and really go out of their way to make sure each volunteer is happy and getting the most out of their time out there.
I did the kindergarten project and was blown away by just how keen the kids were to learn English. I found it incredibly rewarding and my one piece of advice would be, if you can, go for as long as possible as the longer you stay teaching these kids (or doing any other project for that matter) the more you will get out of it and the more they will get out of you as well. Sometimes it can be hard on the kids if they have a different teacher every couple of weeks (especially the kindergarten age group) and the longer you stay with them the more they'll get used to your teaching methods and you'll form more stronger bonds with them over time.
One final thing, I've done a bit of travelling before but this was the first time I went out by myself and I'm so glad I did. Not only will you form friendships for life with other like-minded volunteers from around the world but if you go out of your way a bit you can get to know the locals really well as well. The Balinese are incredible people, whose values in life I highly admire and I'm now lucky enough to call a fair few of them very good friends.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Thomas, Thanks for sharing this fantastic review from your time in Bali! It is awesome to hear that you fell in love with the people, their values and culture, the scenery, the food and the way of life. We love the final paragraph of your review as we often hear about how travelling alone provides an amazing opportunity to connect with like-minded travellers from all over the world, however it is also really special to have the opportunity to make local friends too. Thanks for your review and for being an awesome volunteer! We would love to have you back one day.
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Morgan
9/10

WOW

When I first arrived in Bali to undertake the teaching program, I felt nervous and excited and was so glad to have one of my close friends sharing the experience with me. As we drove closer to our accommodation, the nerves and fear hit an all time high and all of a sudden I found myself feeling a sense of culture shock- something I had never even heard of, however unbeknownst at the time; the start of something wonderful.

By day two, I was at home in Penestanan. The Green Lion Staff were simply friends who went over and above to ensure that all of our needs, no matter how great or small, were met beyond expectation. The Hindu culture was an amazing thing to learn about, as well as the traditional ceremonies and practices of the modern day Balineese people. Orientation week (although exhausting in the heat) was a great experience, and I fully encourage everyone to attend every activity and make as many friends as you can- from all around the world! Weekends away were always exciting, with the prospect of exploring a new place and meeting new people. The children were beautiful, some of the most grateful, humble, loving children I have met (coming from a teacher background). We would drive around half an hour to have them waiting out the front of the school with smiles on their faces, arms wide open and ready for some fun and games (and of course some English). There aren't enough words to express how the experience makes you feel, do it for yourself!

How can this program be improved?
I would remove the kindergarten program. These children are too young to understand you and the language barrier is far too significant for any learning to be communicated.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Morgan, Thanks for sharing. It is great to hear that even the most intense nerves can vanish in a day. We are glad that you enjoyed the orientation, meeting other volunteers, and teaching the children at your placement. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Abigail
10/10

Ubud - Bali

Everything about this trip was incredible. The scenery, the accommodations, the food, the culture, the entertainment were all wonderful. I participated in the construction program and it was so much fun. There wasn't by pressure to be experienced in construction and the coordinator was very helpful. I met so many wonderful people on this trip with everyone being from different backgrounds and with different stories as to why they were there. My most memorable part of the trip was going to a little local tattoo shop with another volunteer and getting tattoos as a memory of our time in Bali. It was the least painful tattoo I have ever gotten and I have a lot and it was just such an amazing atmosphere in the shop. A lot of the volunteers go there and the shop takes pictures of your time there and hang up everyone's pictures and tattoo designs on the wall.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Abigail, Thanks for sharing! We are so happy to hear that you found the scenery, accommodation, food, culture and entertainment all wonderful. It is awesome that you had fun at your volunteer placement and met great people from all around the world. We are sure your tattoo will be the perfect reminder of your incredible experience in Bali. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Rula
9/10

IVHQ Bali

Amazing experience !! from getting to know new people , to exploring new countries to leaving an impact on a child's life ! would do it again in a heartbeat...my only advice is to stay longer than 2 weeks and be very open minded and flexible!

I remember the first day I reached and it was 1 am , everyone wa a asleep and I had to tip toe to sleep we were all so shy and timid , 2 days later we were sharing stories about our families and having drinks together!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Rula, We are so happy to hear that you had an amazing experience in Bali! It is great that you were all able to overcome initial shyness to become friends with the other volunteers, creating new friendships is a huge part of the volunteer experience. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend

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