Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Bali from $295

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

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

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

IVHQ Volunteer Projects in Bali:

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

Questions & Answers

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

Reviews

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based on 88 reviews
  • Impact 9.1
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.6
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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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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program

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