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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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Barbara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Balinese Experience

Volunteering in Bali with IVHQ is definitely one of the best experiences Ive had. It really went beyond my expectations. Getting to immerse and help the locals, was incredibly amazing, people are so nice and unique. Getting to help the locals, ends up having a greater impact on yourself, I learned and grew spiritually thanks to all the people Ive met. Bali is really a paradise as well as all of their people. The teaching program was increidble and getting to interact with kids that were so grateful was amazing! What I loved the most was the energy and attitude of volunteers and locals to make the best out of everything. IVHQ, makes the whole experience so organized and perfect, staff was always available and ready to help! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a volunteer experience, and I can assure you it will leave you a lifelong mark!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most amazing thing about this program is the local community. They are all good and dedicated persons! Apart from the people, Bali is so beautiful and amazing, there are so many activities like hiking, surfing, and rafting that can be done in breathtaking views!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you for your feedback, Barbara. It's awesome to hear that you feel like this experience leaves a lifelong mark! Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Sajy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience

I am sajy thamine, a 21 years old lebanese girl.
I volunteered in the construction and renovation program in bali-lovina
It’s definitely my best experience so far, where i had the chance to meet new people from all over the world, i had the chance to work on myself and to contribute in helping to build a better environment for kids at schools. Volunteering and helping others is a great feeling. Seeing the kids smile after our hardwork is such a rewarding experience. Everyone should try to experience at some point they will never regret it.
I really enjoyed the whole experience, therefore I extended an extra week.
I am so sad that i have to leave, it’s sad because i really felt at home with my family ( all the new friends and the green lion team were the best)
I will definitely come back again and enjoy another experience with ivhq since what better way to explore a new country just by helping the community and meet new people?

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you so much for your feedback Sajy. I am so stoked to hear that you felt so welcome and comfortable in Bali! We would love to have you volunteer with us again! Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Galen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I <3 Bali

I did an IVHQ program in Bali Indonesia. I was abroad for a month, and it was by far the funnest most life changing month of my life. I volunteered at a turtle conservation center on Nusa Penida, one of the most magical places I have ever been. The coordinators were some of the nicest most passionate people I have ever met. They are knowledgeable about what they do, helped you at every turn, and were always there if you needed something or had a question. The experience is absolutely magical I would recommend volunteering to any traveler of any age. Volunteering is a great way to immerse yourself into the culture of your destination. Once my month was over I didn’t want to leave at all, even being home now all I can think about is planning my next trip to go on my next adventure. I believe that traveling can be for anyone and it can change your life for the better if you have the right mind set. Thank you IVHQ for being such a incredible resource for traveling!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you Galen. We really appreciate your kind feedback! It sounds like you have caught the travel/ volunteering bug! We can't wait to have you back on another program! Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Kelsee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bali - Unbelievable Experience!

What an amazing experience.
I don't even know where to start with my time spent in Bali.
The wonderful local people who taught me about happiness and seizing each day; my students who were motivated and so kind; the breathtaking scenery; my friends I made from around the world who i volunteered and travelled with; the amazing, supporting IVHQ staff members.
All this was made possible and so easy with IVHQ, and I would highly recommend any trips with them - especially to Bali.
Upon arrival in Bali I was made so comfortable and this was maintained throughout my entire trip - I've never met such generous, kind, people.
It truly was a once in a lifetime experience, and a life-changing one at that.
I hope to one day be able to travel and volunteer with IVHQ again!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you Kelsee for your kind words. I am very happy that you have had a memorable experience that had some sort of impact on your life ahead! We would love to have you back on board! Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

Ismena
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Bali

Volunteering in Bali through IVHQ was truly a life changing experience. It was my first time traveling alone, and I was petrified to fly across the world and step out of my comfort zone. However, upon arriving, all of my worries subsided. The Green Lion crew was so welcoming and accommodating, I immediately felt at home. Over the next week, I had the opportunity to get to know many of the other wonderful IVHQ volunteers and coordinators, as well as experience complete immersion in Indonesian culture. Orientation week was very well organized and filled with fun activities, such as Bahasa language lessons, traditional cooking classes, and visiting the Ubud monkey forest. The accommodation exceeded my expectations -- our rooms were cleaned daily, there was a pool, and delicious Indonesian food was served buffet style three times a day. My second week was spent in Nusa Penida working on the turtle conservation project. We got to experience a more local way of life while caring for endangered species of sea turtle. Our days would consist of cleaning tanks, feeding the turtles, beach cleaning, and crab catching. In the evening, many of the volunteers would relax at the beachside Young Coconut Cafe to watch the sunset. Overall, my IVHQ experience left me with new friendships and a new perspective. I look forward to my next volunteering abroad adventure!

What would you improve about this program?
It could be more cost-effective, and more of the money could be directed towards the community rather than the volunteer organization.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Ismena, it is so great to hear what an amazing time you had in Bali! Traveling alone for the first time can certainly be scary but it's great to hear you felt so welcome - congratulations for stepping outside of your comfort zone! It sounds like you really made the most of your experience and we are glad you enjoyed it! We look forward to your next volunteering abroad adventure too! Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Georgia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ubud Bali.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience volunteering with IVHQ in Ubud, Bali.
The program was extremely organised prior and throughout my experience.

I thoroughly enjoyed the orientation week that we had the opportunity to experience. I felt that I was able to experience a completely different side of the country than if I was simply a tourist.
I enjoyed the wide range of activities and experiences that we undertook throughout the week. This included Batik painting lessons, visits to the temple, walks around the rice field, language lessons and much more.
The language lessons were particularly valuable as I was able to use my knowledge when out at the local markets and in town. The locals were impressed with our knowledge of the language.
I felt through this orientation I saw a side to Bali that most people travelling there are not lucky enough to experience.

The staff at Green Lion Bali were not simply staff who worked there, they became friends. Everyone went out of their way to make all of us feel welcome and part of the community. The accomodation was nice and clean.

The actual volunteering experience was incredible.
I did the teaching project and myself and my friend had a year 4 class. The Green Lion staff were supportive throughout our lessons providing us with translation where appropriate.

The students were extremely eager to learn and extremely intelligent. It felt like we had made a difference.

I am so eager to do another volunteering trip with IVHQ.
It was my first time overseas and I enjoyed every minute of it.
I highly recommend IVHQ as an organisation.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you Georgia! I am stoked to hear that you loved the orientation week and your volunteering experience as a whole! We would love to have you back on board in the future! Lena - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Eva
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing time at Turtle conservation

My name is Eva, I'm 18 years old and I just finished my 3 months volunteering at the Turtle conservation on Nusa Penida Island. I can honestly say it's been the best three months if my life. From the introduction week in Ubud to the daily volunteering on Nusa I can only say all the staff members I met were absolutely incredible. From the coordinators to the kitchen staff everybody greets you with a smile. ivhq's support was really good, they answered to my Emails super quickly and always encouraged me to ask more questions if I was unsure about something. The only thing I feel could use improvement is the support in getting a visa extension but that really only matters if you plan on staying longer than 60 days and isn't that big of a deal. All in all, I had the most amazing time, I made friends for life with other volunteers and the coordinators there. I am beyond grateful for the experience I've had.

What would you improve about this program?
Obviously making it cheaper would always be welcome. Other than that I mostly would have wanted more support when trying to get my visa extension after 60 days. I was a little stressed out by that.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey Eva! Thanks for your review! Awesome that you enjoyed the Turtle Conservation so much! It is great to hear that you were well looked after and felt supported throughout your experience. Thanks for your advice about the visa as we will take that on board when assisting other volunteers! Brigitte - IVHQ Program Manager.

Ashley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Above and Beyond

IVHQ was above and beyond what I had expected! The hospitality, the people, and volunteers were all amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better experience than what I was given the last 4 weeks. Orientation week was spectacular! The program really had us submerge into the culture, and really prepared us for the weeks to come in our volunteer program. The program staff were very helpful for all my questions, and if they didn't have an answer they were very eager to find one. Weekends away from volunteering was an amazing way to go out and explore all the island had to offer with my new volunteer friends! I met the most amazing people in a short amount of time, who will become long time friends. I can't wait to sign up for my next big volunteer adventure through IVHQ!

What would you improve about this program?
More preparation. More information of Visa requirements.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey Ashley, it is great to hear about your experience in Bali with IVHQ! Awesome to hear that you loved the orientation and that you were able to submerge yourself into the culture. We look forward to assisting you with your next volunteer experience :) Brigitte - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Sydney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ivhq Bali

I had the opportunity to meet life long friends, volunteer on a project I am super passionate about, and have new experiences. I had a hard time leaving and considered staying longer! Nusa Penida was a great place to call home for a while.
I took this trip as part of a gap year between high school and college and had the best time. I know I want to do something with marine conservation so seeing that there was a turtle program drew me in! This trip really instilled my passions even further and I cant wait to go on another trip like it!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish the introduction week was a little shorter. Staying in Nusa Penida was amazing and I wish the introduction week didn't take a whole week.
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Patrick
6/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Many positives, but they are overshadowed by big voluntourism problems

I was in Ubud, Bali for 16 weeks in the Summer of 2018 working in the construction program. The actual volunteer organization is Green Lion Bali, which I believe currently runs all of the programs in Bali that IVHQ advertises; IVHQ matches volunteers and programs, but is normally uninvolved once the volunteers are on the ground.

I'll start with the positives:

• The volunteer accommodations were above my expectations. The rooms were cleaned daily, the food was tasty (though after 16 weeks I am ready to not eat rice for a few years), and there was a bar/restaurant right across the street. Safety was largely not a problem, but a few volunteers did have their items stolen (mainly phones and cash). To Green Lion's credit, in at least one case they were able to get the item back. Please note that there are several volunteer houses in the Ubud area (as well as Lovina), and I am not sure how the others compare. Also, while I did not personally experience the accommodations at Nusa Penida, I heard from many volunteers that there were issues with bed bugs, hot water availability, and food quality. Many of the volunteers in the turtle conservation program cut their time short to return to mainland Bali due to the accommodations and lack of work.

• The program coordinators were nice, helpful, and present. All of the staff were Balinese (with a few interns from other Green Lion affiliates in Southeast Asia). The local village drivers were fun and personable, and I made friends with lots of them, as did many other volunteers.

• The construction projects on which I worked were 'real'. We were laying brick walls, mixing and pouring concrete, demolishing old walls, plastering, etc. During my time, we helped build 2 separate schools to expand classroom capacity and give free Kindergarten to local families that could not afford it.

• Bali is beautiful and safe, and there are dozens of places to visit on the weekend breaks. At my facility, there were normally 80+ volunteers, most of whom were interested in exploring Bali.

Unfortunately, there are core problems with the programs that make it very difficult for me to recommend Green Lion/IVHQ to other volunteers. In short, Green Lion has a big, and still growing, voluntourism problem:

• Most programs only work a few hours a day. In construction, it was typically a 3-4 hour day, with additional time for the commute to and from the site. The teachers worked less than that. During the prime of Summer, when there were hundreds of volunteers, the turtle conservation volunteers worked an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. I heard that the programs used to have longer working days, but Green Lion shortened it due to volunteer feedback. This leads into my second point.

• Many, if not most, of the volunteers were more interested in partying than volunteering. It was normal for significant numbers of volunteers to miss work because they were hungover from going out the previous night. Many skipped Monday or Friday to extend their weekend travel. On at least half a dozen occasions over my 16 weeks, volunteers came back at 3-5 AM and woke the sleeping volunteers up by jumping into the pool from the second story, playing music on speakers, and just generally being loud drunks. During orientation week, all volunteers are required to sign a code of conduct that threatens removal from the program if it is violated. However, I never saw a volunteer get kicked out or meaningfully reprimanded during my stay.

• Most of the volunteers (maybe 75%) were 18-20 years old. This is not an intrinsically bad thing. However, older volunteers may struggle to share living space with people who are just out of high school. I had roommates vomit in our shower, 'adopt' stray dogs (resulting in puddles of urine in the bedroom), and leave half-eaten snacks on the floor (exacerbating insect problems). I know of one volunteer that was so drunk that she wet her bed, and one of her roommates had to clean it up. For context, I'm in my late 20s. Don't get me wrong, there were many volunteers that were older, and many great volunteers among the younger group. I was also in Bali during the American/European summer, so it may be a different age make-up at other times of the year. However, if the above sounds awful to you, I would look into the private room housing options.

• I have concerns about how the volunteers' program fees are being spent. To be fair, I never asked Green Lion for a detailed accounting of the cost breakdown (though I would love to see one even now). The coordinators seemed to be underpaid, the volunteering accommodations were packed (i.e. lots of program fees flowing in), and the supplies for the various programs/projects were okay at best. Construction volunteers must pay an additional 50 USD/week, which meant there should have been anywhere from $400-800 more for supplies, but we didn't see that money manifest in better building supplies or tools. I did hear that Green Lion was building several new facilities in the next few years, leading me to worry that much more money is getting poured back into the organization instead of into the communities that are being served.

I loved so much of my experience in Bali, but I can't bring myself to recommend it to volunteers that are looking to maximize their impact and work alongside like-minded people. I would love to see Green Lion and IVHQ make some improvements to remedy this. If, however, you are looking for a vacation with some volunteering, this may be a good fit for you.

What would you improve about this program?
• Start holding volunteers accountable. Green Lion and IVHQ treated us more like customers of their business than volunteers in their programs. I get that this is a tough balance to pull off, as volunteers and their program fees are the life blood of these organizations, but in its current state Green Lion pushes away passionate volunteers.

• Increase the amount of work/volunteering hours.

• For the teaching programs, institute a curriculum that volunteers can use to guide their lesson planning. As it stands, many of the volunteers primarily played games with the kids or repeated the same lessons as previous volunteers to the same class.

• Reduce orientation time to 1-2 days and eliminate everything that isn't needed (visiting the Monkey Forest, water temple, etc.). Right now orientation takes an entire week, and many volunteers are only there for 2-3 weeks total.

• Potentially institute minimum duration stays (e.g. 3+ weeks). I know that other organizations have done this. This would help dissuade volunteers that are primarily looking for a vacation, but may also eliminate people unfairly.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Patrick,

I’m the Program Manager for IVHQ Bali - Ubud program and I wanted to take the time to acknowledge your review and the part your feedback plays in the ongoing improvements around our program and ensuring it is contributing to positive outcomes for the people and community in Ubud.

Our Bali - Ubud program typically receives consistently positive feedback so I was sorry to read that you felt certain aspects of your experience weren’t positive. However, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the volunteer work on the Construction and Renovation project.

We do our best to prepare volunteers before they arrive with realistic expectations around projects and volunteer hours. I’ll be following up on the feedback you’ve raised around the Teaching project, as our aim is for volunteers to follow the local curriculum, and the overall impact of volunteers.

Thank you again for taking the time to share your feedback and providing us the opportunity to discuss how your experience could have been improved.

Brigitte - IVHQ Program Manager

Michela
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching (and learning) in Bali

Hi everyone! I am Michela, I am 20 years old and I live in Italy. I study management engineering in Milan and my dream job is to become the Italian minister of education. I have always dreamt of volunteering abroad, but every time I tried to apply the prices were very high and I couldn’t afford it. I found IVHQ right before giving up my dream, and they helped me realizing it. They supported me in every step of the project: from the application process to the end of my amazing two weeks. I choose to Volunteer in Bali as an English teacher. Why Bali? I don’t know. They had so many different destinations and choosing one was very difficult, so I just followed my instinct and picked Bali and, believe me, it was the perfect place. I am one of those people who get bored very easily, but Bali always offers so many different activities and experiences that you could stay here for a year and still have new things to try. Their culture is inspiring, the people are as nice and happy to help as you can’t even imagine. Why did I choose to be an English teacher? To answer this question, I have to tell you a little bit about myself. My life changed completely when I was given a scholarship by one of the most prestigious schools of Milan. While I was growing I realized that the difference between my friends who lived in Pero (the small town I live in) and me was that I was actually learning what there was outside the box. I started middle school without knowing a word of English and I finished high school considering myself almost a mother tongue. I've made friends all over the world, I traveled, I studied, I learnt how to interact with cultures that were completely different from mine. And none of this would have been possible if I hadn't been taught English. This language represents a chance for everyone to be understood and considered in a world governed by people who have no interest in growing critical thinking in poor and non-developed populations. I believe in the power of instruction more than in anything else. I am firmly convinced that the only way humanity is going to improve and empower itself is by extending education in the entire planet. By teaching kids English we can not only give them the possibility to interact with the rest of the world population, but we can also give them a chance to think critically and become citizens of our world. My first day teaching I was amazed by the curiosity of my kids (yes, I consider them a little bit mine too). They had so many questions, if they finished an exercise they wanted another one immediately, if I taught them how to introduce themselves on Monday, on Tuesday they would come to me the moment I walked into class to let me see that they remembered everything. On my last day I wanted to try something different: I wanted to teach the verb “to be”. Everybody told me that would have been too hard for them, but I thought they were worth a shot. So, I asked if a member of IVHQ could help me translating what I was saying in Indonesian. After one hour my kids were screaming the verb “to be” as loud as they could. They were happy, they knew they had learnt something new, and they were proud of themselves. And I was proud of them too. My last day was also the day before Independence Day, a very important holiday here in Bali. I could hear other children playing outside our class, so I asked my students if they wanted to end the class earlier and go play with their friends. What they answered made me cry of joy and think a lot: “No miss, we’d rather stay here and learn with you”. We went on learning that day, and as soon as the class was over, we ate chocolate laughing for another hour. When I got home I thought about the difference between us, citizens of developed countries with very good education systems and them. And the more I thought about it the more it was clear: we study because our parents, the society, the job market, want us to study. They study because they are passionate, because they are willing to communicate with the world, because they know how important it is. They don’t have marks. They don’t want to copy. They want to learn. I came here thinking I would have taught something, but at the end I was the who learnt the most.

Thank you IVHQ for giving me the opportunity to grow and for giving them opportunity to learn and have a voice in this world.

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Georgia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful experience

I was a part of the Bali Sea Turtle program with IVHQ. I could not recommend it more highly. I learned a lot about marine life, experienced snorkeling and hiking and holy water temples and hidden beaches. I made friends I know will last for years and memories that will last forever. The staff was incredibly helpful and the accommodations were lovely, much nicer than I would have expected because of the low price! I will 100% be traveling with IVHQ again.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey Georgia, thanks for your review! It is awesome to hear that you immersed yourself in the Balinese culture and had and incredible time on the Turtle Conservation. We really appreciate your time and efforts, thanks for volunteering with IVHQ! Brigitte - IVHQ Program Manager.

Alice
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ubud, Bali- Exceeded my expectations

I'd never payed to volunteer abroad somewhere before so was quite unsure about the whole thing and I had no idea what I was getting myself into... but the application process of IVHQ was so easy and the abundance of information provided/ support offered made me more at ease.
I initially wanted to volunteer to help with the turtle conservation however due to the locations I ended up volunteering to teach English to kids in Ubud, Bali. Teaching English to kids who don't speak a word of your language doesn't sound easy... and it wasn't... especially as the kids were just crazy. But despite the language barrier, I really loved spending time with the kids who were surprisingly really eager to learn and they are always so happy to see you. I would highly recommend that if you are staying in Indonesia before hand then learning a bit of Bahasa Indonesian would be very useful.
In addition, the accommodation was far nicer than I was expecting (there's a pool!) and I had the most amazing experience getting to know so many young travellers from all over, with all sorts of great personalities. Initially, I was not keen on the idea of a whole week of orientation, but it was so fun and full of laughs, and its not often you get such a good chance to get to know other people in a fun, relaxed environment.
Ubud is such a beautiful area and the people there are all so kind and friendly. I have so much admiration for the Balinese culture. Bali also has so much to explore, and other than the hours you have off volunteering everyday, the weekends are the time that EVERYONE leaves the campus for a trip elsewhere.
In a nutshell, I had one of the best experiences in my life.
(This is a legitimate review :)) )

What would you improve about this program?
Balinese teacher present during classes and can help teach along side volunteers who are new /beginners in teaching
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thanks Alice for the inspiring review! It is really great that you enjoying the Teaching project and got so much out of it. Awesome that the accommodation was way better than you expected too! Very heartwarming that it was one of the best experiences in your life! We would love to have you volunteer with us again any time! Brigitte - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Farah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Found my self in Volunteering

Getting out of your comfort zone always seem like a scary idea, however volunteering with IVHQ turned out to be the best experience I have gone through during the 30 years I have lived. I went through the volunteering experience as part of my career shift plan, a break to consider this turning point in my life, I was lost, overwhelmed with the fast track lifestyle we get engaged in. An in this socio cultural experience I have found what I have been missing for a while: peace, happiness, and my self.
IVHQ Volunteering has provided me with all necessities to complete this experience and end up giving and getting in return at once.
To start with, the accommodation was very clean and comfortable, and the local cooks fed us with healthy and variable food on daily basis.

The local coordinators provided us with support at all time and were friendly and cooperative. The orientation they have provided gave us an insight to the local environment and connected us with the surrounding culture. They also were of great support while carrying out the volunteering duty.

The online community assisted in all questions and concerns I had before, during, and after the trip.

International Volunteer HQ, was recommended to me by many of the previous volunteers, and after my trip I definitely recommend them for any person looking to pursue such a mind and social broadening trip.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thanks for your awesome review Farah! it is great to hear that you came out of your comfort zone and ended up having an incredible experience. It was our pleasure to help you along the way and that you found the local team helpful and friendly. We hope one day you will volunteer with IVHQ again! Brigitte - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Lourdes
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my Life !

This year I decided to pick up my bags and travel as a volunteer. I choose to volunteer in Bali, Lovina teaching English with IVHQ and it was the best decision I made. From the second the airplane landed it was paradise. The landscape surrounding me was green, the smells were natural and pollution free, and the plants, the fruits, the sound of the birds, the people singing, and the children playing filled me with a sense of complete joy. The program was very well organized. An administrator sent a driver to pick me up from the airport, and on my very first hours I was already exploring different places. It was a mesmerizing experience!

When I arrived at the volunteer house I was nervous to meet the rest of the volunteers. After all, I was traveling alone from the other side of the globe. From the moment I got there, we were all automatically connected. It was amazing! the very first day before our introduction to the program we all went out to watch the sunrise and dolphins. It was down the street from where we were staying and it cost us only one dollar per person. Incredible! Some free afternoons we went to waterfalls or hiking, and each day was better than the one before. I went to Bali thinking I could make a difference in the lives of others, but little did I know the life that would be changed would be mine. The team from IVHQ made a big impact in my experience. They always made us feel at home, they helped us with everything, they cooked amazing meals in the mornings, the afternoon, and the evenings. Something I loved is how they played their guitars at the end of each day. They truly made the atmosphere a happy and welcoming place. Just thinking about it and writing about it feels like a dream again.

Let me tell you about my teaching experience. I never realized how much impact we make on these children until I was there. Every day these kids had their papers, their pencils, and were ready to learn. They waited at the doors and they had the biggest smiles on their faces, and they loved getting their papers graded. They felt loved and they were learning English and interacting with people who really cared for them and had the desire to teach them. I thought them healthcare Education, the classes can include topics such as brushing teeth correctly, washing hands, general body cleanliness and nutrition. I also tought them English using games, songs, art, sports and music and I teamed up with other volunteers for additional support. We all had so much fun! When I saw their excitement, I realized that I was little by little starting to make a difference in the world one person at a time. The last day, the kids prepared a good-bye surprise where they wrote letters and brought flowers and little presents.

It is amazing how you come into this program as strangers and you leave with bonds of friendship that will endure. You see all the human beauty of humility, patience, inner happiness, and souls at peace with the world as it is. These are all “Lessons of Life” that I could have not learned in a classroom. I am not a teacher, in fact I’m going to be a lawyer, but what I experienced in Bali, no money or college degree can buy. I transcended race, religion, language barriers and cultural divides to arrive at happiness and peace. The dresses and trinkets I brought home may remind me of my time there, but the true souvenirs will be the memories of the warmth and smiles of the Balinese people. Those souvenirs cannot be lost or broken and can’t be stashed away in the bottom of a box or the corner of a closet. They will always be within me. My way of seeing things has changed and I can change things for the better one person at a time. I’m extremely thankful for all the help and professionalism of the IVHQ team in making this experience exceptional and look forward to the next volunteering opportunity. In fact, I have already been accepted to volunteer in India during my winter break! Thank you IVHQ !!!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Lourdes, it is awesome to hear from you and thanks for your review. Great to hear that you found that the program was well organized! It sounds like in your free days you did some pretty incredible things. Wonderful, that you made such great memories on your Teaching project with the children and the other volunteers. Thank you for volunteering with us! Brigitte - IVHQ Program Manager.