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At VP 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, and more.

Since 2013, over 1000 international volunteers have provided the backbone for our community of learning in our after school English classes (Monday-Thursday). Year round, volunteers from the ages of 18-35 come from all over the world to inspire our communities through diversity and cultural exchange. As part of “The VP Bali Way: Education Through Play,” volunteers are encouraged to use creative learning techniques such as games and class competitions. This helps reinforce the idea of education as a journey, not an end goal for Balinese youth.

Volunteers are immediately assimilated into Balinese culture, starting off with traditional homestay accommodation. Weekly cultural exchanges with our kids and local staff members create a special experience far beyond a typical holiday, where volunteers can truly understand the vibrant traditions that make Balinese culture so unique.

Everything we do at Volunteer Programs Bali is for the Balinese and with the Balinese. Our English classes and community opportunities help Bali's youth and their families develop in today's changing society without losing the rich culture and family values that make Bali, Bali.

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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-visa/

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  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.1
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
  • Benefits 8
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Sanne
10/10

Teaching English

I got the opportunity to volunteer with VP Bali and teach english for the past 7 weeks. This experience was more than what I could have ever expected! The children at school are some of the most loving and enthusiastic kids I have ever met; they all want to play, learn english, sing and dance and just have fun. Teaching the kids english was challenging at times, but it is so rewarding as towards the end you see the kids improving their english and starting to properly understand it, step by step of course! Working together with the staff and the volunteers to come up with fun and educative games is also something very special and challenging to do, but in the end I learned so much about teaching and especially when having to teach a foreign language to someone!

Not only is the teaching aspect of volunteering amazing and indescribable, but the other volunteers you meet whilst you are there and the places in Bali you visit makes it just that much better. I got to make so many amazing friends from all over the world, who I can now call very close friends of mine. I got to see so many beautiful places in Bali with them, it was great!

A unique aspect of VP Bali is their dedication to us volunteers learning more about the Balinese culture and traditions. We got to visit a ceremony, had to dress in the proper clothes for this and then learning how to pray. Every Wednesday you have a cultural exchange at school, where I got to dance, learn Bahasa, walk with a box on your head and so much more!

It really is something special you do there, something you need experience to realise how special it is. I loved every moment and I will miss the kids, the staff and all my friends I have made. Thank you VP Bali!

Yes, I recommend this program
Caitlin
10/10

I now call two places home…

During the time I spent with VP Bali I’ve made life-long friends from around the world, contributed to the education of my students by having fun together, learnt new skills both inside and outside the classroom, had the freedom to explore this beautiful island and have tried all kinds of delicious local cuisine.

From day one, nothing was ever too much trouble in this community and you will instantly feel a part of the family. I felt so comfortable to ask for any assistance while settling in and was surprised of how quickly I felt at home. The staff really make an effort to help you understand your surroundings through cultural exchanges in language, dance, amazing food and various other Balinese traditions. I didn’t expect to learn as much from the staff and students as I did. I was also surprised to be one of the only native English speakers within my volunteer group. Being such a mix of nationalities, I learnt things not only about the Balinese culture but about cultures from around the world, too.

VP Bali has opened my eyes to a different side of Indonesia that I had never experienced being here on holiday. It seems like a totally different place to me now. Being able to visit the temple in traditional dress, buying my groceries at the local (5am!) morning market and making friends with the Balinese have all enriched my time here. My one piece of advice would be to stay as long as you can because one month of volunteering in paradise goes way too quickly!

The students are warm and full of energy which you can feel as soon as you walk into school. They are excited to learn, compete in games and just to be around you really. The relaxed environment of VP Bali helps the students learn English naturally, with no pressure. This is what I love about the program and it has been so refreshing to see kids just being kids. It’s incredible how quickly you can form a bond with your students and you realise the effect you’ve had on them when they’re upset to see you go. They really do look up to you. I have great memories of teaching at VP Bali and will never forget my students and the staff involved. I wish them all the best in their bright futures to come!

Yes, I recommend this program
Louise
10/10

Thanks again Vp Bali ❤🙏

After two months in Vp Bali, i have to let you know how amazing it was.
I decide to come here alone, for giving and sharing with the children but also learning about me and the balinese culture.
And im today the happiest person ive ever been.
The programm is activ and adapted to the children. They wait for us. They need to learn and they’re everytime enjoying each lessons and moments together.
The staff is also very present during classes and very nice.
The volunteers arrive and leave each week, but its everytime a pleasure for us to meet new people and discovering the culture for the all world.
I really recommand this programm to everyone, cause its a life lesson but also new friends everywhere and the proud feeling for having giving your time to let a chance for this cutest children.
Thank you Vp Bali, thank you for all you brought me. I’ll come back. That’s a promess.

Yes, I recommend this program
Alejandra
10/10

Life changing experience

I just finish volunteering last week, and there are not enough words to explain how grateful I’m feeling for having had the oportunity to share life time with so many beautiful souls.

I was supposed to volunteer just for two weeks, but when time passed by I couldn’t imagine leaving so early; so I decided to extend one more week.
At first I was a little bit affraid because I had no experience teaching and I’m not a native speaker, but once I was at the Monday meeting listening about the vision and mision of the program, getting to know the amazing staff, how does it works, etc I started to feel very comfortable and cheerfull to do my best. Also what made me feel very confidence and happy was knowing that’s this volunteer is not only about teaching but also about learning. What really caught me was when in my first day Kimberly told us that if she would have wanted to have “perfect English” teachers for the kids she could have only accept experienced English teachers, but it wasn’t about that. It was about exchanging knlowledge, experiences, culture, joy, fun, learn and obviously teaching English. You can immediately see the transparency of this program and the will to really make a positive change in society.

At the end of the volunteer in VP Bali I end up with my heart full, full of sharing with the kids what makes your day happier, full of new friends, full of joy, better skilled, rich of experiences, lessons learned, amazing views, food, people, animals. I sweat out literally 💦☀️ and metaphorically speaking my mental and material attachments, your tightness, your comfort zone, being picky, enable to adapt and feel happier and lighter as a human being. To smile just because you are, to give because you feel, to recibe because there are plenty of good souls around the world that are welling to give. Even tough I was only volunteering for 3 weeks, this was a life changing experience, and this doesn’t ends up in Bali, but it’s the continuity of a better version of me expanding and sharing everywhere I go.

Alejandra Quintero
From Mexico .

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
10/10

Enriching experience

My experience in Bali was a very fulfilling experience. The kids are so full of life and they are always happy. They were easy to create a bond with in a short amount of time, and some of them genuinely cried on my last day after two weeks. They love to learn the English language and about your own culture wherever you're from. It was challenging and fun to come up with new games for them to play and explain the rules to them. Living in Goutama Homestay in the heart of Ubud was truly a special experience that I couldn't have gotten on my own. The family was so caring and kind, breakfast and laundry services were amazing, and there was so much that I could walk to easily close by. I found several yoga studios that I could walk to, incredible food, and sights to see only a short motorbike taxi ride away. The other volunteers were from all over the world and I am happy to have left with friends from countries that I've never been to before. I even took weekend trips to Canggu, Uluwatu, and climbed a volcano with my new friends. Overall this was a life-changing experience that brought me so much joy and I look forward to returning to Bali again and visiting the kids from VP Bali!

How can this program be improved?
I think the program could be improved with slightly more structure/guidelines for the teaching aspect. I love that there is a lot of freedom but also feel I could have done a better job with more tools and knowledge at my disposal.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Anna
10/10

Unexpected perfect

Coming to Bali has been one of the most enjoyable experiences in my life.

In my case, this program has enriched my experience as a teacher. The kids were amazing, a bit noisy, but very thankful. The staff in the school has been incredible. If you have any question they will help you anytime!

The accomodation is clean and the breakfast is delicious (how I've missed the banana pancakes now I'm home...). In my case, as the classes happened in the afternoon, I used the mornings to enjoy the town. You can go to yoga classes, or just go to have a walk, or go to the market. It is very important to use the time you are in Bali to know the culture (which is amazing).

I have only good words for the program and the organisation. If you are interested in joining the program, do it. Don't be scared to be alone, there is full of other volunteers that will help you during your time there. :)

Yes, I recommend this program
Outi
10/10

Amazing 12 weeks

Hi, I am Outi from Finland. I I was a volunteer for 12 weeks and how wonderful and valuable experience I got. Through volunteering I had possibility to offer my help to the empowerment of children and their communities and to enabling better prospect of future studies and employment for children. Even though I gave a lot for them, they gave me more.

I believe that this experience has taught me to be more adaptive and it has grown my capacity for problem solving. I am the type of person who likes to plan and prepare a lot before I go into a new situation or have a meeting with new people. During my volunteering I also have planned my classes very carefully, but I noticed that everything did not always go as planned and it's really not are serious thing. Volunteering in VP-Bali encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and I really learned enjoy being spontaneous and playful.

I am very grateful that I got to be part of this loving family for three months. VP-Bali family accepted me as I was, they did not ask me anything. the children in school showed their love so openly. Every time I went to school, I faced smiling faces and kids ran to my arms. I felt that I was loved, and I did not have to try anything. I understand that I do not need to be performing to be loved. Thanks to thanks VP-Bali family, that you taught me to love myself. I found my inner child that I had lost, and now I couldn’t be happier.

Love, Outi

Yes, I recommend this program
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Cedomir
10/10

VP Bali

Indonesia was the most incredible trip I've ever been on,it was amazing, and I'm glad I went on it. I met incredible people from all around the world, and made some great friends along the way. This trip will forever change how I view myself, my world, and my opportunities. Ubud is fantastic and there is a lot of free time to do things during the day. The friday and weekends are free as well, which gives us time to go on little trips and explore other cities with each other. Bali is genuinely the most beautiful place I've ever seen, I'm so honoured I got the chance to go there through VP Bali and have such an amazing experience.

Serbian, Croatian,Bosnian review :)
Indonezija je jedno od najboljih putovanja koje sam do sad imao. Upoznao sam fantastične ljude iz celog sveta sa kojima sam još u kontaktu. Ovo putovanje me je promenilo zauvek,pre svega poglede na sebe,svet i svoje mogućnosti. Ubud je prelep grad i prilikom slobodnog vremena ima dosta stvari da se obidje. Petak i vikendi su slobodni tako da volonteri imaju mogućnost da putuju ostrvom i upoznaju druge gradove i mesta. Sve u svemu Bali je jedno neverovatno mesto,sigurno jedno od najlepših na kojima sam bio,osećam se počastvovano i ponosno što sam 4 nedelje bio deo organizacije VP Bali!

How can this program be improved?
The programme was incredible and there's not much I'd do to improve it.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ghada
9/10

Life changing experience!

I first want to thank VP Bali for this sacred and nurturing experience. The past three months in my life were full of self fulfillment, magical moments, connections, growth, and serenity. Originally we come to this program to teach English but trust me what we learn from these kids is much more than what we teach them. These beautiful creatures teach you how to appreciate the little things in life no matter how little they are, they show you how easy it could be to be a genuinely happy person, they give you the opportunity to discover how beautiful you could be by acting like a kid, by forgetting your personal life for a little while and by giving unconditionally. Willingly, these kids attend our classes right after their schools. They come not because they have to but because they want to. Seeing their improvement make you feel as proud as seeing your own child making his first steps. What's so special about VP Bali is that they work their best to make sure that we leave with much more than what you gave. With VP Bali you cannot but be a part of the culture. You'd be living in the homestay of one of the sweetest families in Ubud; you would have the opportunities to be a part of at least one ceremony, you would witness how Balinese people spend their days. With the cultural exchange on Wednesday you learn a lot about their culture and you get to act upon it as well. You also get to attend Balinese ceremonies in the village or even pray with your students in the special occasions. Finally, imagine how much you can learn about the culture when the staff members are all locals with the sweetest hearts who are always ready to share with you everything they know! More than the Balinese culture, with the diversity of nationalities of the volunteers, you would have the opportunity to have a glimpse of knowledge about a lot of different cultures as well! Especially that in VP Bali we are much more than colleagues; in VP Bali we are family! Starting from the most influential founder Kimberly, to the interns, the staff, the volunteers and most importantly the kids. You might think that three months is a long time but I was learning something new each day! No time would feel enough but the more you stay the more you learn. I came back home with a long lasting smile on my face, serenity and peace in my heart and most importantly a lot of knowledge to share.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Laura
9/10

My internship with VP Bali

When I first started the internship I didn't imagine how much I would learn about the Balinese culture. As an intern at VP Bali you get the chance to work closely with the local staff. This was for me the best way to learn about their culture cause they are all happy to let you in and give you an inside look.
I've also learned a lot from the Kimberley. Even though she is the founder and has a million things to do she is always there to answer all the questions and help you where it's needed.
I've learned so much more about Marketing and Social media. I for sure grew a lot professionally but even more personally!
This experience is truly incredible. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made (if not the best).

Yes, I recommend this program
Daniel
9/10

Best channel to experience meaningful local life in Bali

Kim and her team were extremely courteous and helpful right from the start. Getting used to the climate and daily schedule was the easy part. Leaving the new friends and students upon conclusion of the program was quite difficult. I am glad that I ventured out of my comfort zone to join a group of dedicated volunteers and staff who tirelessly work to educate and mentor the children and youths of Bali.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Saskia
10/10

Unique experience

Interning with VP Bali for three month was one of the best experiences in my life! When I arrived, I didn't know what to expect but my expectations were more than exceeded! I have gained new skills but most of all I have grown a lot on a personal level and I changed my way of thinking in many points. The founder Kimberley and the local staff are great! It's heartwearming to see how they support the students and the local Balinese families and communities! I had the chance to immerse into a completly new culture and I have leraned a lot about their traditions.
Either volunteering or interning with VP Bali is a great opportunity and I can highly recommend this organization! It was such an enriching experience for me and I am so grateful to had the chance to be part of the VP Bali Family! I just wish I could have stayed longer!
Thank you for this incredible three month experience! VP Bali changed my life and they will stay in my heart. I will come back for sure!

Yes, I recommend this program
Nathan
10/10

VP Bali is doing very wonderful things!

My time with VP Bali has created wonderful and lasting memories. Kimberley and the local staff are quite wonderful and have such a beautiful vision and a wellspring of energy and drive with which to bring this vision to life.
The other volunteers who are attracted to this work are very special people also; I felt a common spirit of goodwill and the desire to be of service and to give, and that is an exceptional feeling to be around.
Then there are the children; it was the biggest treat and honor to spend time with these joyous, energetic, talented and giving young people. They are so fresh and full of vitality, they are friendly and kind, and they are so willing to connect and share themselves with you. They make you want to give the very best effort that you can give, because they are such good and beautiful people. This was so rewarding and I felt like I could never give as much to them as I received.
VP Bali is a great organization with wonderful plans and is devoted to promoting sustainability, health, welfare, opportunity and inspiration for these children and the local communities. I would partake of this experience again in an instant!

Thank you all!

Yes, I recommend this program
Noëlle
9/10

After volunteering 16 weeks

I am a French student and I worked with VP Bali as a volunteer for four months. It is a really unique and priceless experience. I have experienced Balinese culture, which is really different from the Occidental one and spending my afternoons with the kids was amazing. I also met a lot of other volunteers from all over the world so I could improve my English and it was interesting to see how differently they see, understand and feel the different situations.
At the beginning I was worried but finally, the kids are really cute and kind and it is funny for the volunteers and the kids as long as the teacher is comfortable and energetic.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Catherine
10/10

Enriching experience

VP Bali is such an enriching experience! I learned a lot about how to teach English (how to make grammar fun, how to keep the children entertained and concentrated...), the culture of Indonesians (code of conduct and cultural classes every wednesday)... But most of all, i learned a lot about myself! Personal improvement in one month only! I totally recommend this program. The staff is amazing and so supportive! Plus, you only work from monday to thursday, so you also have the opportunity to discover Bali !!

How can this program be improved?
I think it would be great to have a staff in each class! I had the chance to have "Eka" in my class and he was so helpful and supportive! He helped me translate into indonesian the rules, helped to keep the class quiet...etc!
No, I don't recommend this program

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At VP 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, and more....