Volunteering Programs by Volunteer Programs Bali

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Here at Volunteer Programs Bali, we believe that education can change a child’s destiny. More than just an international volunteer program, we provide opportunities to empower local Balinese communities through free English classes, recycling events, workshops. Furthermore, we also provide scholarship program, paid-internship, and continuously encourage local business owners to create job opportunities for our students. These opportunities give our students the tools they need to achieve their fullest potential in an ever-changing society, while holding on to the values and respect for the vibrant culture that makes Bali so unique.

Impact

Every volunteer’s experience, empowerment, and growth is equally as important as anyone else in our family. We hope that the personal development and lessons learned during your time with us stay with you long after Bali, and ultimately inspire you to empower those in your own communities.

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Questions & Answers

Ubud!

Hi Juliette! As far as I know volunteers only get transferred if there is a case of illness or cancelation, and only if it otherwise means that a certain class doesn't have a teacher. When I was volunteering I did not see anyone transferred, they are very well organized and try to accommodate everyone's wishes.

Hi Rowan, From my experience I can tell you that during your classes you can pick up a lot of Indonesian very quickly. If you want to go more into debt you can always follow an extra course which can be found easily.

Hi Cathryn, a social/cultural visa is needed for this program. More information here: http://volunteerprogramsbali.org/placement-info/indonesian-…

Reviews

9.59 Rating
based on 235 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
  • Benefits 8
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9
  • Facilities 8
  • Safety 9
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JOANA
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with VP BALI

My experience with VP Bali was just unforgettable and magic.
It’s certainly my best experience. I had the opportunity to meet many people and discover the wonderful place of Bali.
You are in contact with a group of people from all around the world, you make unforgettable meetings and create strong relationships.
At the beginning, I wasn't totally confident about teaching English to kids but finally everything went very well and even better than I could ever have imagined.
We are helped and supported and the kids are just adorable and grateful, they want to learn and are very participative in class.
The time spent at school was a pure moment of happiness. We have the opportunity to teach a lot of things, to play with them and they love it.
As for accommodation, it's also very nice, you're staying in a homestay, in direct contact with the family, they are always available to give you advice about places to see in Bali. The accommodation is located in one of the best streets in Ubud and you will feel safe because the Balinese are adorable.
For my part, I stayed for two and a half months and I sincerely think that the best is to stay as long as possible.
Time passed so quickly and if I could have stayed a few more months, I would have done so without hesitation.
Do not hesitate to apply, do not doubt, there is no negative point in this experience.
LOVE VP BALI !!

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rafaella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My vp month!

I love kids and i volunteer back home sometimes, when i took a look at this program it was everything i wanted. The idea of teaching scared me a little bit because I’m not a teacher or close, but education is what the world most needs right now and I had to try my best. I think many people could be afraid because of the same reason but the amount of help you get is amazing!!!!
The topics are fun and the kids are so eager to learn you just want to give them your best each day. You arrive, meet amazing people with incredible values and a big big hearts and that makes you want to stay teaching forever. The kids are AMAZING and so loving.
Bali is really safe. I didn’t believe this that much until i arrived, you have nothing to worry about. It has been one of the best experiences of my life, thank you my vp family for everything!!!

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Diego
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Vp Bali Review

Review VP BALI
Diego De Corcuera Serrano

It doesn’t matter where you come from. You can either come from the other side of the world or just a couple of hours away, but the moment you arrive it begins to feel special.

Since the beginning you get picked up from the airport, all the way to the homestay your assigned to. If your excuse NOT to join Vp Bali is getting lost on the way or not meeting anybody, do not worry about it. Some of the volunteers arrive by themselves, and leave making new friendships from all over the world.

VP Bali has an amazing school schedule, because school begins around 1 pm to 5 pm almost. This leaves you more than enough time to prepare classes, see water fountains in the morning, or go to the monkey forest, or do a million different things. Also, VP Bali allows you to travel on the weekends after school with the other volunteers to wherever you want to go! It’s a perfect excuse to have fun on the weekends, travel and bond with the other volunteers.

Also Ubud it’s an amazing location in Bali, the spirit of the place will cheer up everybody. You can walk all around downtown, eat good food, or do some shopping at the market without the use of a car or a scooter. The home-stays are located perfectly, and also the families from the home-stays are really nice. They would always make sure everything is good while you stay with them. Also! The Home-stays include free breakfast in the morning. If you come with friends to the program, you can ask to be placed with them in the room.

The VP Bali school is great for making an actual difference for yourself and for the involved ones:

1. You can see over time how you bond with the children, and see them grow from your first day till your farewell.
2. It’s all fun! The children are really eager to learn english, get to know you more, and play lots of new games!
3. When you team up with your coteachers you create a special bond with the kids, because they will be more eager to be in your class if you have a good relationship.
4. Don’t know Indonesian or Balinense? Do not worry! Every single class room counts with Local Coordinators that will be happy to help you traduce some words that your students struggle with.
5. Creating life long memories with the students is priceless. You’ll see that most of them remember all the previous volunteers in the program, and tell you good stories about them. These means that eventually you’ll be one of those memories.
6. Your transport is already paid to go to school and back to the homestay! So don’t worry about walking in the hot Balinense weather.
7. Once is your farewell, you’ll see all the impact you caused in the VP Family, and the life long memories you’ll keep forever.

The program is also water clear with it’s finances so, do not worry or wonder where your money is going! The program wants to make the money worth it for the children, and not to make a profit out of it. If you have more questions about this, please visit Vp Bali’s web page.

For me VP Bali will always be one of the best memories I’ve had so far. I would recommend it to anybody who wants to do a volunteer program, and also travel at the same time. I am so thankful for this experience, and more thankful for people I got to meet on the trip. Definitely you do not go empty handed back home. Come join the Vp Family, and have the time of your life!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could change something, would probably be staying only for 1 month! For me it was not enough, there are so much things to do, and travel inside Bali to other locations. Even though I did so many countless things in such a short time.
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Diego
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Diego’s Review VP BALI

It doesn’t matter where you come from. You can either come from the other side of the world or just a couple of hours away, but the moment you arrive it begins to feel special.

Since the beginning you get picked up from the airport, all the way to the homestay your assigned to. If your excuse NOT to join Vp Bali is getting lost on the way or not meeting anybody, do not worry about it. Some of the volunteers arrive by themselves, and leave making new friendships from all over the world.

VP Bali has an amazing school schedule, because school begins around 1 pm to 5 pm almost. This leaves you more than enough time to prepare classes, see water fountains in the morning, or go to the monkey forest, or do a million different things. Also, VP Bali allows you to travel on the weekends after school with the other volunteers to wherever you want to go! It’s a perfect excuse to have fun on the weekends, travel and bond with the other volunteers.

Also Ubud it’s an amazing location in Bali, the spirit of the place will cheer up everybody. You can walk all around downtown, eat good food, or do some shopping at the market without the use of a car or a scooter. The home-stays are located perfectly, and also the families from the home-stays are really nice. They would always make sure everything is good while you stay with them. Also! The Home-stays include free breakfast in the morning. If you come with friends to the program, you can ask to be placed with them in the room.

The VP Bali school is great for making an actual difference for yourself and for the involved ones:

1. You can see over time how you bond with the children, and see them grow from your first day till your farewell.
2. It’s all fun! The children are really eager to learn english, get to know you more, and play lots of new games!
3. When you team up with your coteachers you create a special bond with the kids, because they will be more eager to be in your class if you have a good relationship.
4. Don’t know Indonesian or Balinense? Do not worry! Every single class room counts with Local Coordinators that will be happy to help you traduce some words that your students struggle with.
5. Creating life long memories with the students is priceless. You’ll see that most of them remember all the previous volunteers in the program, and tell you good stories about them. These means that eventually you’ll be one of those memories.
6. Your transport is already paid to go to school and back to the homestay! So don’t worry about walking in the hot Balinense weather.
7. Once is your farewell, you’ll see all the impact you caused in the VP Family, and the life long memories you’ll keep forever.

The program is also water clear with it’s finances so, do not worry or wonder where your money is going! The program wants to make the money worth it for the children, and not to make a profit out of it. If you have more questions about this, please visit Vp Bali’s web page.

For me VP Bali will always be one of the best memories I’ve had so far. I would recommend it to anybody who wants to do a volunteer program, and also travel at the same time. I am so thankful for this experience, and more thankful for people I got to meet on the trip. Definitely you do not go empty handed back home. Come join the Vp Family, and have the time of your life!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do not give to much thought into it, apply, book your flight, and enjoy all of it! No expectations are the best, take the risk!
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Erin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Trip of a lifetime

This trip to Bali was, by far, one of the most rewarding months of my life. I arrived with no expectations, really, there was no way I could comprehend what I was getting myself into. To begin with the reason for my trip, I spent the month volunteering at an incredible after-school initiative called VP Bali. Teaching in Bali was so challenging, but to have each day end with your class running up to hug you goodbye made it worth every second. It’s so easy to doubt your abilities, but looking back, being thrown into the deep end gave me the skills to adapt and imagine, to build up the confidence to teach without hesitation. I taught a young class who were still learning their animals and colours, and also a class of 16/17 year olds (not too far off my own age!) who left me in constant shock with their desire to learn and improve their English. This first class was the one I found most challenging - the younger ones need constant attention and interactive learning, but are also quite shy and insecure in their English skills. It was difficult to find the perfect balance of education and excitement, but once you do, you can instantly sense the shift in their confidence. The second class was predominantly boys, and the progression of their respect for me over the month makes me so proud. The saying ‘boys will be boys’ ran true when I first started, they were super cheeky & were always laughing between each other, but as I continued and persisted with them, they not only proved me wrong in their work ethic, but they showed me genuine friendship and connection. The girls welcomed me with open arms on my first day, and are the most lovely people you’ll meet! My final goodbyes at the school were so pure, so full of love. All of the staff, local coordinators, students, drivers and families involved; thank you so much, you are all so dedicated and passionate about the vision for this school. If you’re even considering taking on an experience like this, please just do it. This trip has taught me how to love deeply: the people I’ve met are so incredibly special, so unique, so worthy of everything this world has to offer. It’s such a crazy thought to know that you have connections with people in every corner of the world, and being able to encounter and navigate different worldly perspectives is such an underrated experience.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Stay longer!!! I was a month in the program - but which I could have stayed to experience more.
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Nehal
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

It was a great experience l loved it & I learned a lot from it.
VP Bali family were so helpful and the kids were so sweet, I never expected that it will be that hard leaving them on my last day although i stayed two weeks.
I also loved the idea of having the time to explore different areas of Bali during the weekend
If I would give advise to anyone planning to go that would be first try to go for more than two weeks because for me when i just got used to the kids and the place i was about to leave.
Also if you would like to donate VP Bali send you a list to choose to have different options but in my opinion craft materials are mostly needed , that’s the most thing the kids are passionate about.

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Emma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best three months of my life so far

Bali was one of the best experiences I've had so far and VP Bali made it even better! The kids are lovely and the people you get to know are amazing. At first I was kinda suspicious because it was my first time traveling alone and I just finished school a few months ago, so I had no experience as being teacher at all. The other volunteers made me feel home so quick, it felt like I knew them already for ages. You also don't need any experiences with teaching because kids learn way better if they see you as a friend and not as a classic "teacher". You also have a lot of free time so you can explore a lot of the island. I would highly recommend staying three months because you build a way stronger relationship with the children and you have enough time to experience Bali itself. By the weekly cultural exchange and living with a balinese family you also get to know a lot about the culture which I found was really interesting. VP Bali changed my whole mindset because I finally found out what's really important in life.

What would you improve about this program?
School is sometimes a bit unorganized but I guess that's everything in Bali.
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Clara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience ever!

I did the program for 8 weeks and had the time of my life here in Bali. It is an amazing place with so much to see and to experience. You get a lot of free time to travel all around the island on weekends and see everything around Ubud on the weekdays. However, the program made my time here even better and so much more meaningful. The kids are amazing and soo grateful. The amount of love they give you is really touching and you can see their eagerness to learn. I really recommend this program as it feels very personal in contrast to other programs led by big organizations. The staff is super helpful and planning the lessons and teaching is a lot of fun as you get to do a lot of creative learning and see the happiness in the kids. The owner of the program is always in the school and very helpful which really makes you feel like a part of the VP family. I also met some amazing people through the program. We all lived together and spent all day with each other. I made some truly amazing and deep friendships here and everyone made me feel at home straight away. You meet interesting people from all over the world and it really feels like one big family. I can say that I’m leaving Bali with friends for life. Can’t believe my time is already over; I’m gonna miss the kids, all the volunteers and the staff so much and am definitely planning on coming back. Could not recommend this program more highly ♥️