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

96%
based on 87 reviews
  • Impact 9.1
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.6
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Abigail
10/10

Ubud - Bali

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

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

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

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rula
9/10

IVHQ Bali

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

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

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

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

Yes, I recommend this program
Jake
10/10

Amazing experience

This was an amazing experience of a lifetime and nothing like anything else. I really enjoyed sharing a room and meeting so many nice people from different countries and will probably see them again. The staff and locals were very nice and supportive and very encouraging. The program fees may seem expensive but is definitely worth every cent. I would definitely come back to Bali or some of the other amazing locations and other projects. I have learnt so much in the introduction and from the placement that you can't learn from reading books. This is definitely the best experience of my life.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jake, Thanks for your recommendation. It is awesome to hear that you had an amazing experience in Bali. We are glad you found the local staff supportive and really got along with and the other volunteers – we hope that you will stay in contact. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we would love to have you join us again.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Madison
10/10

IVHQ Bali Was The Best Decision I Ever Made

Spending a month in Bali changed me as a person. Or I should say, bettered me. Working in a completely new place where the culture is so different, I thought would be overwhelming and scary, but it was the best thing I have ever done. Bali is such a beautiful place and the people are so kind and welcoming and they want to know all about you and where you are from. As I walked through the city streets of Ubud at night, I didn't at all feel in any type of danger because Bali is so safe. Teaching kindergarten the children were so eager to learn from me and it was so rewarding teaching them something and them catching on and using it everyday. Being emursed into their culture and classroom was an eye and mind opening experience. Through the IVHQ Bali kindergarten project I realized that I was so happy working and teaching these children that I have decided to go to school and become an elementary school teacher. I went on this month-long trip because I was feeling stuck at home in my everyday life. By going on this life changing trip, i realized my true passion and have started on my new life path and I will be forever grateful for that.

How can this program be improved?
It could not be improved if they tried
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Madison, Thanks so much for sharing. We couldn’t be happier to hear how rewarding, welcoming and life changing the volunteer experience in Bali ended up being for you. Congratulations on your new path toward being an elementary school teacher! We wish you all the best and would love to have you join us again in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ellis
10/10

Eat, pray, VOLUNTEER!

Leaving home and travelling to the other side of the world was one of the scariest things I've done... Until I arrived in Bali.

As soon as I arrived every worry that I had went away. Not only is Bali absolutely stunning but so are the people; they're the friendliest people ever.

The local staff are very nice and helpful. Kadek from Teblin (Sudi) House became family to me, she is so amazing and always there to help as well as great company when you want to sit out in the sun for a few hours and talk. Plus her little 3 year old daughter is a gem!

The staff at Green Lion were really helpful also. The coordinators showed us around, took us on trips, stayed in touch at all times to help with anything we needed and helped us fit into their culture.

The location of the accommodation is perfect because it is close enough to everything but still remains natural and cultured; unlike tourist areas. It makes it easier to socialise with locals and get the real Balinese living experience. Instantly Ubud became home to me.

The orientation was very well thought out and there is so much put into it. From the Bahasa language lessons, Batik painting class and Monkey Forest to the Balinese dance shows and group walks through the amazingly beautiful rice fields, the team tried to make us all have an amazing experience and they succeeded in my opinion.

Volunteering in the kindergarten was the most rewarding experience ever, the only downfall is that I didn't stay longer. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive and the children are amazing and so so precious! Their eagerness to learn is inspiring and their fun and free positive attitudes is infectious! I feel like they taught me so much and changed my life completely just as much as I helped them learn English. Forever grateful.

If that wasn't all great already, I met the best people who were also volunteers and create lifelong friendships with people from all over the world and I couldn't be more grateful.

I have already recommended IVHQ, especially Bali, to everyone that will listen and will continue to recommend this experience. It's the best thing I've done in my entire life and given the chance I would definitely volunteer with IVHQ again. Thank you IVHQ, Green Lion and the amazing people of Bali.

How can this program be improved?
Longer hours to volunteer at the Kindergarten.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Ellis, Thanks for your awesome review! It sounds like you had a perfectly well rounded experience that included Balinese culture, rewarding volunteer work, tourist activities and friendly fellow volunteers. This is the experience that we try to provide for all of our volunteers. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we would love to have you join us again!

Yes, I recommend this program
Andrea
9/10

Kindergarten in Ubud, Bali

I was a part of the Kindergarten project in Ubud, Bali. The local staff are so nice, and do their best to help out when they can. Bali is a gorgeous place, and there are so many sites to see. Being in this program, I felt like I was truly immersed in the local culture. I was in Ubud during Galangan and Kunigan, a very special celebration in Bali. During this time cools were closed, so we worked on renovating a local school rather than teaching. It was a difficult but fulfilling experience. I appreciated IVHQ coordinating with Green Lion to make the volunteer process extremely easy. Any sort of issue the volunteers had, the IVHQ team immediately tried to work with local staff to help the situation. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone looking to travel with meaning, and to really experience the culture.

How can this program be improved?
Organization
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Andrea, Thanks for sharing! We are thrilled to hear that you felt immersed in the culture and supported by the local team during your time in beautiful Bali! The photos from your placement are great! Thanks for being an awesome IVHQ volunteer and we would love to welcome you onto another program in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Yiru
9/10

Fun and fulfilling experience in Ubud Bali

I had a great one week experience in Ubud Bali teaching kids English. Though short, it was very memorable. The kids in my class were really sweet. They appreciated their teachers and were well-behaved for their age. It was also a challenge and learning experience for me because teaching is not within my comfort zone.
The orientation was a lot of fun. We visited some of the tourist destinations and were introduced to the culture and some languages by our local guides. The Batik painting was a lot of fun, and we were able to make ourselves meaningful souvenirs. This was the type of traveling that was more impactful for me, which was what I had expected.
I think IVHQ does a good job at prepping the volunteers and making them feel secure both before and during the program, with a personal volunteer page, pre-departure training, and information provided. Their choice of local partner in Bali (Green Lion) is also good. I would volunteer with IVHQ again and try to do a longer program.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Yiru, Thanks for sharing. We are so happy to hear that you had a memorable experience teaching English in Bali! It was great to have you volunteer with us and we would love to have you join another IVHQ program in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maleah
9/10

Its all about the polarities

Coming to Bali on my own was the scariest thing I ever decided to. I had never traveled internationally, but I kept reminding myself that we only grow when we push our comfort zones! I was pushed to my limits by dealing with the cultural and language barrier. But the best experiences I had while in Bali, was when I chose to go even further! I had the opportunity to climb Mt. Batur and Mt. Agung. These two hikes challenged me physically and mentally, but when we reached the top, the view was SO worth it. Within my time volunteering, I chose to wake up early everyday and go see something new on the amazing island, before returning to the homestay, and going to teach in the afternoon!
More importantly than pushing myself however, was learning to relax and enjoy when there was nothing to do. When the lesson plans were all finished and maybe there was nothing to do, or like in my last week, I had seen everything I wanted to see, I had the opportunity to spend my mornings doing absolutely nothing. Some mornings I took a yoga class, others I laid by a nearby pool.
This trip taught me a lot about polarities. Traveling alone and with a group. Living in very cramped quarters and feeling very alone. Being busy and rushed and having nothing to do. now that I am back home I look forward to pushing myself to continually improve, and also give myself time to take a breath!

How can this program be improved?
Having more communication between the volunteers who leave to the volunteers coming in to take their place
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Maleah, What great photos! It looks like you had a blast while on your volunteer program in Bali. Thanks for being brave enough to live beyond your comfort zone and really make the most of your time travelling. It has been great to have you as an IVHQ volunteer and we would love to have you join us again in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Isabel
10/10

Started as solo traveller ended up with a whole international family on my back.

My experience in the IVHQ Bali Project has been unsurpassable, I started my adventure as a solo traveller but it was very easy to make new friends since most of the people there are also solo travelers with adventurous soul and friendly character.

I lived in a dorm with 4 other volunteers and even thought the room wasn't very big we managed to make it work out. We had our meals at the canteen and the food was delicious!!

I got to know a bit of their culture during the first week since we had a very complete orientation, where we visited the most important places in Ubud as well as learned bahasa, how to cook balinese traditional food, created traditional art… but the most part of what i learned about the balinese culture was shown by the local people and kids I teach, the people there are always smiling and willing to help you if you need anything.

During the teaching program my partner and I had to prepare the clases in a teaching center to make sure we found the best way to teach the basic english the kids were learning, since they are very energetic we always used games to catch their attention rather than normal clases where they had to just listen and write, and they enjoyed that lots!! As the days were passing by I notice how they respected, liked us more, in fact they would wait for us at the school door and welcome us with huge smiles and hugs. Those moments every day were just magic, and made me realize how worth it was, and how our little labor there meant so much to them.

Every weekend I would go on a little trip to some city, I had 3 weekends, so I spend one in Uluwatu which is a beach town where people from all over the world went to surf, once more it was very easy to get to know new people and my friends and I had so much fun there going to the beach to swim, tan and party. I spent my second weekend in Lovina, where we chose a relaxing plan, we did some snorkeling and hiking, and of course we couldn’t leave the city without a boat ride during the sunrise accompanied by dolphins. I chose Gili T to be my final destination, which is a small raw island where no cars or mopeds are allowed, and where amazing sunsets can be seen from its amazing beaches.

To be honest, this has been the best travel I have ever done, it made me realize how lucky I am to have what I have and how a little help can be so appreciated. I was a whole new person on my way back, much happier!! I loved it!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Isabel, Wow! What an awesome review! It sounds like you had an amazing experience in Bali and were really able to get stuck into your volunteer placements and exploring the island in your spare time. We are thrilled that you found in Bali a warm home and a welcoming family. Thanks so much for the recommendation and we would love to welcome you on another IVHQ program in the future!

Yes, I recommend this program
Courtney
8/10

Health Education Program

My volunteer trip to Bali was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The views around the island are unbelievable and the locals are very friendly and accommodating to us. Despite being sick for most of my trip, I really enjoyed myself and being able to meet people from all over the world. I met people from Canada, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Lebanon, and many other countries! But best of all, my students stole my heart. I was able to teach 5th and 6th graders different subjects of health such as types of fruits and veggies, how to brush your teeth, how to stretch, and more. Even though the language barrier was tough, we always had a coordinator to translate for us and the kids were eager to learn English but also teach us some of their language too. We had lots of time throughout the day to prepare our lessons but also tour the main city. I will never forget this place and the friends I made.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Courtney, It's nice to hear from you. We are glad that you had an enjoyable time on the program in Bali. Thanks for being an IVHQ volunteer and it's great to know that despite getting sick you were able to have a meaningful experience volunteering. We hope to see you on another program soon.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Allison
10/10

Life-changing Experience

Volunteering in Bali - Ubud with IVHQ changed my life. I know that sounds cliche, but it's so true. I never expected to fall completely in love with EVERYTHING around me - the people, the culture, the language, the landscape, even the weather! Making the decision to volunteer for six weeks on the Environmental Education project was one of the best decisions of my life. I feel I really made a difference in the community by teaching my students how to care for their environment (as well as teaching them English). We picked up trash and recycled it appropriately, planted flowers, learned about animal habitats and how to care for them, and learned about how to conserve electricity and water. I can't wait to go back!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Allison, We can’t wait to have you back! Thanks for your great review – we are stoked that you had a life-changing experience on the program in Bali. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
Carlos
10/10

2 Months in Construction and Renovation -Bali

A perfect program for those seeking to immerse themselves in a foreign culture while being surrounded of diverse kind of activities and environments. Bali is probably the number 1 spot for travelers visiting South East Asia and more often than not the preferred one, and there's a reason for that; the island holds multiple scenarios ranging from volcanoes, jungle to beautiful beaches -and it is big enough to get escape the touristic culture whenever you feel like to. The program itself is located in the "highlands" of Bali, in Ubud -the cultural capital of the island; volunteers can expect a green environment, local culture and lots of temples! the center, while touristic, is one of the few places that remains touristic and it is not the place where the program is hold. Concentrating efforts in helping those that haven't really benefit from external capital, the local agency distributes volunteers to relatively near places to Ubud (normally within 45min) and transport is provided. In construction specifically, volunteers meet at the general office -refer to the booklet- and then head to work from 1-5pm; you can expect hard team work and some breaks during the journey (beverages are provided). If the team exceeds 15 people it is most likely for the agency to distribute volunteers in two different projects to increase productivity, be aware of this and try to help where they need you the most. Both our teams were lucky as we were able to contribute in the end-process of 2 kindergartens, providing small communities a space that they did not have before -this was really rewarding for us.

Housing? fear not! the community in which the program is held is known as "Penestanang" and is just 5min away from Ubud, it is more authentic and provided with all the services you will need. Volunteers are distributed in around 5 or more Houses that lay close to each other, normally two floors high and separating men from women -yeah you can still gather, it's cool! Houses are safe and the cleaning staff shows up every day during the morning, be polite to them as they often don't speak English very well. Here, your main preoccupation should be how to get the bed with the best lightning and the best breeze, if not, make sure to get yourself a fan -there are plenty at the house. Be organized and make sure not to loose your stuff; with so many people coming and going the house feels up with old memories and it becomes easy to loose things and think that someone "stole" it from you -remember Bali practices Hinduism and stealing is bad karma.

In terms of activities there's a clear routine that volunteers in Penestenang follow and it goes like this; Mondays, Wednesdays is movie night -starts at 8pm and ends at 10pm at Kopi Desa, a place run by Made a genuine Local and where people often meet whenever they have free time -try the Nasi Goreng Ayam, a local dish! For boys, these are the days and time where Football will most likely find place, talk to Jeffrey! he is one of the organizers and makes sure to rent the football place -located just 8min away from the Cafeteria. Tuesdays and Thursdays is both Cupid and CP Launge night, Cupid an open bar-restaurant was built upon a river and it's the starting point of the night -head there around 8.30 pm, most of the volunteers will do so; expect live music and a great service provided by the local-owner Leo, a great guy that often performs live as well. Later on, and as Cupid prepares to close, volunteers head to Ubud center, to CP Launge. As one of the few places that offer night scene in Ubud, CP Launge is the perfect place to grab some drinks, play pool and dance to world-wide rhythms -bare in mind that Thursdays is a bit more busy than Tuesdays and that volunteers may often go only during this days but other travelers, expats etc will be there. Organize your mornings or afternoons as there is a lot to do next to Ubud, feel free to visit one of the many infinity pools, UNESCO rice terraces or waterfalls; use your weekends to travel to more remote places, go to a volcano, visit the beach, spent the night in a world class club -you pick the program.

How can this program be improved?
I think the program should try to focus on the concepts they are trying to achieve rather than workload they give to volunteers, let me clarify this in terms of our project; the ultimate goal was to provide a kindergarten to a community that didn't have one, as such efforts should try to minimize the time in which the project is delivered and maximize the space to hold more children -therefore changing the community. What could have been improved?

A. The project was based on a relatively small concrete construction -30 kids aprox.- and most of the time was spent on mixing cement, plastering and re-plastering. I would have suggest to either invest in a mixing-cement tool to save efforts or to choose another construction method, wood? prefab? options are available! again, the concept is to create a space that functions as a learning room for students and I genuinely think that the process-time could be reduced from months to weeks by doing so -not to mention the amount of material and water that the project could spare.

B. Volunteer work; volunteers come and go and normally volunteer no longer than 3 weeks -1 of which is spent as introduction week- with that said, volunteers tend to have difficulties in activities that require deep focus and technique -lets take plastering for instance; a wall, built upon concrete brick must then after be covered by a cement layer "the plastering" before being refined by other techniques. In such, the local constructor can plaster a wall with just 1 layer of cement and in one afternoon, the problem? volunteers need more time to learn the technique, which leads to 3-5 layers of plastering before it is done right; this process can take weeks, different volunteers and lots of material. What could be improved? in my opinion, work allocation -volunteers that are working for a short period of time should focus on tasks where they really can provide help rather than delaying the project, this is essential and fore-planning should be taking into account.

C. House donations; going back to the housing facilities, I was amazed by the amount of goods people leave while returning home, yeah it's common and we have all been there -too much luggage to carry, not willing to pay the extra kgs, the solution? through everything out and create a mess? no. I think there should be a donation box or facility, volunteers should be aware of this and it could be very profitable for the vicinity -items could then be split into medical products, clothing, electronics, books, and others to suit the desired purpose; I myself had to leave 10kg of goods probably valued in usd250 plus and I am not the only one -I would feel very fulfilled if someone in need could benefit from this.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Carlos, What an awesome review! Thanks so much for taking the time to write an in-depth review from your time on the program in the Bali, we really appreciate it and we are sure that future Bali volunteers will appreciate this insight too. It sounds like you had a really special time and we will be sure to take your feedback on board – the donation box is a great idea! Thanks for being an IVHQer and we would love to welcome you on another IVHQ program in the future!

Yes, I recommend this program
Miguel
9/10

Having the best time with IVHQ in Bali-Ubud

My time in Bali with IVHQ was just amazing. I spent 7 weeks volunteering in the kindergarten program in Ubud.
The first week is the orientation week and we did a lot of activities with the local staff like visiting temples and palaces in ubud, having a tour of the rice fields, cooking classes and an introduction to our volunteer projects.
In the kindergarten program we have to wake up really early because we start teaching at arround 8am. So we normally woke up at 7 and went to breakfeast and then at 7.30 a car would take us to our school/kindergarten.
Each class has between 15 and 30 students, mine had 27. And there are 2 and sometimes 3 volunteers per class. In the school there is always a local staff and the teacher is in the class to help you translate things to the kids.
The kids were amazing and super funny, always laughing and wanting to learn. We had to make it fun by singing songs and playing games for them to be interested and participate. The main thing is that you have to be creative and find fun ways to teach them some words and sentences and get them used to english. If you cant make it fun they will just lose interest and be bored.
We normally stop teaching at arround 11.30 and go back to the volunteer placement to have lunch. In the afternoon we have to prepare the class for the next day and for that we have a house with papers, pens, computers and printers, everything you need to prep a great and fun class.
There are a few volunteer houses all in the same street and a canteen where we all meet to have our meals. The food is great, some days you have more western food and in other days you have traditional balinese food wich is delicious. The accomodation is great, 6 people per room with a bathroom. I met volunteers for all around the world and made really good friends.
During your free time in week days we would normally go to ubud center where you can shop in the market (train your bargain skills) and go to really nice cafes and restaurants. In the weekends we travelled all around the island and also went to the gili islands and lembongan island wich are just a piece of paradise, visited amazing beaches, watterfalls and partied during the night.
The only advice i have for future volunteers is to have an open mind, have a lot of fun and enjoy your time because it will go so fast.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
10/10

Falling in Love with Bali

I have traveled overseas for volunteer work before. It was about 5 years ago, and I traveled to Uganda for 2 weeks of volunteer work. It was my first big trip going without friends or family but I was confident with the long flight because I would be meeting with 12 other volunteers the day of our flight from Newark airport. This time was different though. I was ready to venture and travel the world again.This time I would be doing the flight by myself and landing in a different country half way across the world. I was nervous, I was excited, and I was overwhelmed with empowerment that I was actually doing this. I would be in Bali for two weeks, volunteering to teach health education to 5th graders. The experience that I had during my stay was beyond what I had imagined. The overall love and culture of Bali is amazing. The first week of orientation we experienced so much of the culture, religion and beauty of Bali thanks to our Green Lion staff. We visited sacred and holy temples, learned about the importance of the religion and participated in a holy water tradition. We were able to learn the art of Batik painting and became mini artists for the day, painting our own. We learned about the Bali language and the history behind it so that we could interact with Ubud villagers. We walked through town, experienced a traditional Balinese dance, and did so much that we were all overwhelmed with gratitude and joy each day we returned to our volunteer house. I had the opportunity we live 15 other volunteers. Each girl with a story of her own and from a different part of the world. We created a bond that will last us a lifetime and we found a place we fell in love with that will be a part of us forever. I could not have asked for a better stay and experience in Bali and can not wait to return one day. So much gratitude and love for those who have made this kind of volunteering available.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lyne
10/10

IVHQ for the Win!

As a woman in her mid 30's embarking on her first solo trip to go take a crack at the volunteer world out there....I was a nervous wreck! From the time I arrived in Bali and was greeted by my driver, I had an instant sense of relief. From that moment on, I had a team of young, yet very dedicated and organized Coordinators ensuring all went smoothly for myself and the 100+ other volunteers. Orientation week was packed with events to give you a sneak peak at the local culture. It was a great way to get to know all the new volunteers.
The volunteer week in the School was emotional and amazing all in one little package of fun. You are given free range to teach as you please while following a guideline/plan set out by all the previous volunteers and local teachers. The kids eagerness to learn, their love of life and simplicity was amazing to be a part of.
When we first arrived, the kids were able to count to 10, by the end of the week, they were counting to 15 on their own. Seeing their enthusiasm towards their progress throughout the week was so fulfilling.
The goodbye's were a little hard and promises to return were made!
Great job IVHQ! Keep on making a difference, one program at a time!

How can this program be improved?
Orientation Week could be condensed. 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon really messes with your day. Would be nice to do orientation in the first 2-3 full days and spend the last 2 days just observing at the School, getting a preview of what your next week will entail.
Yes, I recommend this program

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