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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 94 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.6
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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
turtle!
Zoé
8/10

Turtle Conservation Project 2016-17

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

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

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

Yes, I recommend 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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Morgan
9/10

WOW

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

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

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

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

Yes, I recommend this program
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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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