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

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

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

IVHQ Volunteer Projects in Bali:

  • Teaching (Ubud)
  • Kindergarten (Ubud)
  • Construction & Renovation (Ubud)
  • Turtle Conservation (Ubud)
  • Environmental Education (Ubud)
  • Health Education (Ubud)
  • Kindergarten Support and Teaching (Lovina)
  • School and Community Renovation (Lovina)
Highlights
  • IVHQ’s Bali programs are available year-round, starting every Monday and you can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks.
  • Highly affordable program fees from $295 for 1 week - including airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
  • You’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure training.
  • Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart - we are the world’s safest organization and you’ll have 24/7 in-country support.
  • You’ll be joining between 40 and 80 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Bali each month and you’ll be joining a network of 80,000+ volunteers.

Questions & Answers

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

Reviews

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based on 94 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.6
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Nick
9/10

Fantastic time doing Construction in BALI

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

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

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

Yes, I recommend this program
Nick
9/10

Construction in Ubud, Bali - GREAT

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

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

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

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lucien
10/10

IVHQ Construction and Renovation Bali Ubud

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

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

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

Yes, I recommend this program
Uiga
10/10

Un-bali-vable!

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

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

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

Yes, I recommend this program
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Marissa
10/10

Healed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

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

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
10/10

The Turtles of Nusa Penida

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

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

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

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

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

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

A volunteer or a local?

I wanted to travel out of my depth, on my own and as far away as possible... I wanted to escape my ordinary routine and day to day activities by stepping out of my comfort zone completely. I live in England and Bali has always been a mere dream however this year I decided to make it my reality.

Firstly, the IVHQ volunteer Facebook page gave me the platform to chat to other volunteers and before I had stepped foot out of my hometown, I had made friends for life. I planned to travel alone, however I made arrangements to fly with another IVHQ volunteer I met on the Facebook page who I ended up living with during my stay in Bali. So, my first tip to you... you should use social media to its advantage and be confident to talk to new people, it’s where my volunteering story began.

Bali welcomed me with open arms; from the minute I stepped off the plane (from a long 27 hour journey) I was greeted by my transport, on time too! When I arrived it was the middle of the night, therefore my journey from the airport into Ubud centre was dark and a little daunting. However, my driver spoke good English and he made me feel very safe.

Let’s talk about my accommodation. Now, I have known a fair few people that have volunteered with different programmes all over the world and I have to say I had build up an imagine in my mind of where I would be sleeping... let’s just say it wasn’t pleasant. Nevertheless, when I arrived at Tini House (my house name) in the middle of the night, jetlagged and hoping for the best, I was pleasantly surprised. My accommodation was absolutely stunning and bursting with Balinese culture. Mrs Tini, our house owner, was a lovely lady who made me feel welcome from the get go. She spoke about how she wanted to keep the volunteers safe in her local town and if we needed anything night and day she would be at hand. I did feel very much at home, I have to admit. I was sharing with 5 others in my bedroom but in total 18 in our house, which at first was daunting however after a couple late night chats in the front garden, quickly we became a family.

Tip: if you meet people in your house that you get on really well with and feel you would like to volunteer with them on your programme, don’t be scared to ask. I asked to teach with a friend that I lived with and the co-ordinators are more than happy to put people that get on well together, together in the classroom.

The orienteering week for me was absolutely fantastic. It gave you the opportunity to see the best of Bali. The rice fields, temples, traditional dancing and so much more. On reflection they gave you the opportunity to live like a local while getting to know your peer volunteers from all over the world. As a student art teacher at home... I personally loved getting involved with local Batik painting; we were even allowed to keep our design. (which made an amazing souvenir by the way.) This week was packed with energy and all the volunteers were buzzing, we were able to mingle in the cafes and meet local people that lived in Penestanan village. Its true what they say about the local people being friendly and accommodating, they are happy to help you with whatever you may need during your time volunteering.

Tip: If you are travelling from England, the exchange rate for British Pounds is higher than any other currency you are recommended to take. Get your money changed over there instead of prior to your trip, the ATM’s are really close by and easy to access money too. The closest ATM was located at the BINTANG MARKET, around a 20 minute walk from the village.

As I student teacher at home, teaching the kids at Sabatu school was a dream. It was challenging if I am going to be honest, the kids struggled with English speaking and the language barrier proved to be difficult at times however with help from the co-ordinators you soon feel comfortable being left alone with them. A quick tip; don’t plan a lesson each day to fill the full two hours you are teaching in the classroom, the kids get bored quickly after a long day at school so plan some games, prepare to have fun and don’t be scared to get involved, they love it! We played games such as; Simon Said, Duck Duck Goose and Heads up Thumbs Down.

The rice terrace house was accommodating to plan lessons with plenty of books, two computers and a photocopier, so don’t worry you aren’t left to your own devices. What I would say is don’t be afraid to get attached to the kids, you build a relationship with them that changes your life, they appreciate everything you give to them and in return they give back by making you smile. Leaving them is hard, for sure, but it makes you feel like your time volunteering has been worth it.

You are given the option with IVHQ to be in a school teaching or to teach kindergarten. I wanted to teach as this is my career prospect however with teaching comes restriction as you are travelling to the school and teaching from 1pm- 5pm, I didn’t mind this as I was there to teach however this factor caused issues with other volunteers wanting more spare time to see the island. Kindergarten starts very early in the morning and ends around 10.30am. If you are unsure, you can change programmes while you are there or you can do both during your time, even better!

The food at the canteen gave you a taste of Balinese culture. Each day was something different, some days you might like it, other days you might not but don’t expect western meals as this was not on our menu. It was nice to try new things and I certainly did, there is always something you can eat so don’t worry about that. But, if you prefer to eat out, there are local cafes in the village that have amazing local and western dishes for real cheap too. A walk into Ubud centre, which is filled with restaurants and always buzzing from morning until night, is around 30 minutes from the village and you can always find something you like to eat there.

I was lucky enough to meet fantastic people and make friends for life, we all shared a common interest and that was to explore the island. On weekends we visited Gili Air, Ulu Watu and Nusa Lembongan, along with doing activities such as; visiting the rice terraces, white water rafting, snorkelling, visiting food festivals and doing Mount Batur sunrise trek. You seriously can’t be robbed for the price you pay to do fantastic things in Bali that at home would cost you an arm and a leg. The memories that you make here are built into the weekends, there's nothing better than experiencing new things with a group of people who are there to have fun just as much as you are. Also, quick tip; get a massage in Penestanan, they are fantastic.

I loved every second of my time in Bali; you are able to experience the different ways of life to Bali by living away from the beach in an area packed with culture however the option to travel at the weekend is there for you too. I can honestly say you will be welcomed into the community by the locals with grace and appreciation for your kindness to volunteer which makes the experience worthwhile. So, finally I hope I have been as helpful as I could be to new volunteers, I hope you have a fantastic time in Bali or with any IVHQ volunteer programme and stay safe!

Jenny Anderson

How can this program be improved?
I don’t feel that there is much you could improve about this programme, what I would say is it would have been nice to have a return transfer back to the airport from Green Lion. But other than that, I had a great time!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jenny, Thanks for sharing! We are so happy to hear that you loved every second of your time in Bali. Thanks for sharing practical advice around connecting with other IVHQ volunteers through social media, meeting the local community, making the most of your teaching placement, and enjoying the local food and Balinese sights. We have loved having you volunteer with us and would happily welcome you again in the future!
Brigitte – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Gloria
9/10

Bali - not just about resorts

Teaching healthcare classes in a district called Lovina for a week took me plenty of energy, but the experience was soooo rewarding that I didn't feel tired at all when I was back home! Probably it's what it meant by feeling pumped?!

The kids I was assigned to teach were second to third graders, who were all eager and humble to learn. It took me a bit of time to get used to their pattern, like they might be so excited during the class that they put off their shoes and ran around; and you could also from their tiny brown teeth that they had not been brushing them very properly. Well, I guess that's why they need better healthcare education (including the basic stuff like how to wash hands and shower) and that's what makes the volunteering extra meaningful. Another fun thing is that they only had limited proficiency in English - so we had to communicate in the very basic English, a bit of Bahasa Indonesian and a lot of body language. No worries though, through games and laughter, everybody's able to get along well very quickly. The most encouraging moment to me was that, after each class, kids would come to you one by one to thank you for the efforts made (by putting your hand gently to their foreheads).

As for the accommodation and meal, of course you can't expect to have 5-star services, but you can definitely feel the most original, exotic kind of lifestyle there, with the local staff there trying their best to ensure everything is clean and safe. The transit transport from airport to the hostel offered by IVHQ is also a plus to me!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Gloria, Thanks for sharing! We are thrilled to hear that your experience on the program in Lovina left you feeling pumped! It sounds like you had a lot of fun teaching Healthcare Education and we thank you for adapting your lessons to suit the age and level of English of the kids in your class. Thanks for being a great IVHQ volunteer!
Brigitte – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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Thivashini
10/10

Bali truly Asia

Bali has always been a truly Asia country with its own unique practices and believes. As for me, Bali was the first country I have visited alone after 23 years. The first country that actually makes my journey smooth, makes me feel safe and builds my confidence. I never had any expectations from the beginning of the program as I did not know what was coming. But trust me! The moment the program started, I've gained numerous amount of friends from locals and foreigners. They treated me like a family and I did not feel any less than home. It was also a great opportunity to learn about their culture and country. During my 2 weeks of stay, I chose healthcare education. There were about 25 to 30 kids aged 6 to 12 years old in my class. Yes!! they can be really a pain in your butt but when comes to education, they are very much eager to learn. The respect and love, you receive from them is inevitable. I was left in tears on my last day when the kids came hugging and said goodbye. Even saying goodbye to the locals and other friends I've met was really hard and sad. I cannot express my feelings but I can surely say that it made a huge impact on my perspective towards life when I left Bali. Embrace the needs whenever you can. The smallest act of kindness is the road to victory. Dear future volunteers, have the least expectation and you'll have the best time of your life.
After returning from Bali, I reminisced all the moments I had in Bali and really looking forward for my next visit.
Thank you to everyone who was part of my journey.

How can this program be improved?
Everything has been good so far
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Thivashini, Thank you for your beautiful review! We are so happy to hear that you felt safe, confident, supported and welcomed while you were on the program in Bali. It is inspiring to hear that your time in Bali has given you a new perspective toward life and we would love to have you return one day. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Chloe – IVHQ Bali Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program
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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program

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