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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/

Reviews

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Stephanie
10/10

VP Bali

I’m in my last week at VP Bali and i would really recommend it i was here from 3 weeks and time passes so fast i don’t want to leave this amazing place, 3 weeks wasn’t enough for me i will definitely come back and volunteer for more than 3 weeks. You will love everything, Kimberley and the staff are amazing, the kids are amazing and so cute, the people from the homestays are super kind, and the homestays are in a great location in the same street there are a lot of restaurants and shops, and on the weekends you can travel with other volunteers to Gili, Nusa, Canggu, Seminyak, Uluwatu, etc , you will end up with a lot of friends from all around the world.
Also this was my first time traveling alone and from the other side of the world (I’m from México), but i totally felt so safe and you will never feel alone because you will make a lot of friends and the kids are always there showing you their unconditionally love, i really don’t want to leave this amazing place and this amazing life changing experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
Stephanie
10/10

Best experience at VP Bali

I’m in my last week at VP Bali and i would really recommend it i was here from 3 weeks and time passes so fast i don’t want to leave this amazing place, 3 weeks wasn’t enough for me i will definitely come back and volunteer for more than 3 weeks. You will love everything, Kimberley and the staff are amazing, the kids are amazing and so cute, the people from the homestays are super kind, and the homestays are in a great location in the same street there are a lot of restaurants and shops, and on the weekends you can travel with other volunteers to Gili, Nusa, Canggu, Seminyak, Uluwatu, etc , you will end up with a lot of friends from all around the world.
Also this was my first time traveling alone and from the other side of the world (I’m from México), but i totally felt so safe and you will never feel alone because you will make a lot of friends and the kids are always there showing you their unconditionally love, i really don’t want to leave this amazing place and this amazing life changing experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Laura
10/10

Amazing month volunteering

VP Bali is such an amazing program, I have had the most life changing experience volunteering teaching the children English for a month. The schedule is perfect as it enables you to explore and travel around Bali over the weekends as you teach Monday to Thursday. Through staying with a Balinese family I have been able to really experience their culture and this has been such a great part of the program also, Wayan and his family are brilliant as they help you to book transport for your trips, including boat tickets to other islands. The program is great as you also have your mornings to explore Ubud. The children at VP Bali are so welcoming and eager to learn English so its been a pleasure teaching them, they make me smile everyday. I would definitely recommend VP Bali to anyone who wants to volunteer teaching English, I used my summer vacation from university to come here for a month and it has been such a rewarding experience as you really make a difference to the childrens future.

Yes, I recommend this program
Sabrina
10/10

1 month with VP Bali!

My time with Vp Bali was fantastic. I am a Canadian student who went to Vp Bali alone for 1 month. At first I felt nervous and scared because it was my first time traveling alone but the moment I got in the car with Wyan and Ibu (airport pickup) I totally felt safe and at ease. I can go on and on about how much I loved this experience but I will keep it short by giving you 5 main reasons why you should volunteer with VP Bali.

1- Volunteer experience: The kids are amazing and love to learn. They bring joy to your day and it is so rewarding to see them grow intellectually. The program is great because you do not need to know anything about teaching to be able to follow the curriculum and help the children. Truly great experience!

2- The homestay: Love love love the homestay family! They are honest and welcoming. Spend as much time with them as you can, you really get to know the culture through them.

3- Free time: The program is so flexible that you get a bunch of free time to roam around and travel other places.

4- Location: UBUD! I don’t think I need to say much more… great restaurants, market, temples, ... so much to do and see.

5- Fellow volunteers: You get to meet people from around the world and instantly make friends the moment you arrive. Great to have others share this experience with you and have people to travel with on weekends/free time.

The only regret was not staying longer!!!

Cheers,
Sabrina

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maddie
10/10

An amazing 3 months

I came to volunteer for VP Bali after dropping out of uni and it was the best decision I've ever made.

The time I spent in Bali was absolutely fantastic and I wouldn't have changed a moment of it. All of the staff and volunteers are so incredibly friendly, as are the locals, and not once did I ever feel unwelcome. On multiple occasions, I was able to experience Balinese culture in all of its beauty, and I wish I could've stayed longer to immerse myself even more.

The best part of this whole experience, though, was getting to know the children. They're always so happy and eager to learn, and they have the best sense of humour. Teaching them was such an enjoyable experience and I'll never forget them.

I had such a brilliant time at VP Bali and I'm absolutely planning on going back.

Thank you all so much for having me!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maria
10/10

Two amazing weeks on Volunteer Programs Bali

Volunteering at VP Bali is an incredible experience. I had been in the program for two weeks, and I wish I could stay more.
The volunteers have all the support from the Staff through all the journey. They give us time to settle in Bali and then they give us all the orientation for the actual volunteering.
You don´t need to have experience teaching, because you have always a co-teacher with you and mostly the classes are really fun, you just need to be a little creative. The kids are amazing, they are the best about the program.
The classes are from Monday to Thursday from 2PM until 5.15PM. You have the mornings too visit a little more of Ubud and the weekends to travel in Bali.
Volunteers stay at a family homestay in Bali which is very important to help their community. Balinese people are really friendly and they make you feel at home.
VP Bali is an amazing program, I loved everything about it and I will surely come back to visit.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Anna Maria
10/10

my time with vpbali

I remember arriving in Bali at the airport and it was really hot. Well. It wasn’t that bad actually but very humid. So welcome to Bali, this is what it’s going to be like the next few weeks! But I promise you, you get used to it. I wanted to shower two or three times a day when I arrived. After two weeks I was okay with the climate, I got used to it. But now I’m kind of cold back home even though it’s up to 30 degrees…
But let’s go back to the airport: At the airport I waited a bit for the driver who fetched me (Bali time is different than ours, don’t forget that, they don’t forget you). There were a lot of taxi drivers who wanted to offer me a ride which is really tiring. But some also talked to me about their life and stuff, they are quite friendly. Then I found the vpbali driver I was looking for. He is a really nice, good man and he’s the owner of the homestay who’s cooperating with vpbali and brought me to the homestay where I was about to stay for the next five weeks. Since there were a lot of volunteers back then I stayed in the other one that is organized by him. So actually, I stayed only two weeks there and moved to his homestay as other volunteers left. So, what is a homestay? A homestay is very common in Bali, the family owns the land and builds other houses on their land, so tourists can rent it. It is really nice because you get to stay with the family, believe me the grandchildren of the owner are adorable, there’s no chance you are not going to love them! 😊
Since you live at their home you will find out Balinese people are morning people. If you don’t sleep very tight usually bring earplugs unless you want to be woken up quite early. But I would recommend doing that anyway, you’re going to be two people in the room and sometimes you have different plans like getting up at 2 AM to do the Mt. Batur hike! Your roommates are other volunteers of course! This is quite nice because you stay with them and if you have the same mindset you’re just going to hang out together, get some food together in one of the million possibilities (you always eat out, you don’t need to do grocery shopping unless you want to buy snacks and water; oh and go and try Clear Café!) and travel together.
Talking about plans: You’ll have time to go exploring in the mornings and on weekends. And there are plenty of possibilities, you can stay in Ubud and do some yoga, go to the north of Bali, Uluwatu in the south, the surfer area Canggu, have parties and good food in Seminyak, you can go to visit the Skygarden in Kuta, the Nusa islands, Gili islands…. You will find something!
You’re going to teach English Monday to Thursday in a funny way. But you’ll get an introduction about what’s expecting you at school by the staff once you arrive. Don’t worry too much about it and don’t worry if you never taught before, that’s not a problem at all, I didn’t do it either. But it is really cool, the kids are so cute, it’s fun to work with them. They are openminded, interested in you and thankful for you teaching them as well! It’s not hard to have a conversation once their English is good enough, they want to get to know you. At least the older ones the younger ones are really cute as well but they just begin to learn. They might sometimes look at you and ask or tell you something in Bahasa and don’t even think about you not being able to speak Bahasa. But especially for this you have helpers in your class and you can just ask them to come and help you which is very helpful.
So how do you get there? Well, you either take the car which is provided or you rent a scooter on Bali and go there on your own. You haven’t been to Bali unless you drove a scooter! You can go anywhere. You might be stuck in the traffic jam with the car but with a scooter you can go anywhere. I started taking the scooter after a friend taught me how to drive on an empty space somewhere in Denpasar. It’s quite convenient! And you get used to it very quickly. Just don’t try to do it in rush hour. And make sure you drove before you rent a scooter and that you’re comfortable when you want to take it away because otherwise no one’s going to rent you one. You can rent one at the homestay usually, if not the owner is going to help you organize one.
Well… as you see, I loved teaching and even though I like my life at home I was really sad to leave Bali. It’s a totally different lifestyle, so peaceful, so deeply relaxed, so Bali. I highly recommend doing the program! So what are you waiting for? Check their story on Instagram and you’ll know exactly what is going on, the staff and Kim are very busy keeping you up to date on social media! 😊

Yes, I recommend this program
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SAVANNAH
10/10

BEST EXPERIENCE !

I stayed 4 weeks at VP Bali and it was the best experience I have ever had.
It was my first volunteering program abroad and everything stated on the website was what happened.
Children are amazing and you can bond really fast with them. Preparing the classes and knowing how to teach was my biggest fear but you are always paired with volunteers who arrived before so you have a smooth integration.
The homestay was really nice and clean and Wayan and his family treat you like kings and queens. You are paired with another volunteer in the room which helps you adjust more easily. When I stayed at Wena (Homestay) there was around 24 volunteers from different nationalities so you won’t be alone and you can meet people from all around the world.
On the top of the program, you have Friday to Sunday to travel and discover Bali. There are a lot of different places to visit. From temples and secluded areas to more popular areas like Seminyak and Canggu.

I would definitively encourage anyone who wants to mix volunteering and holidays to come to Ubud.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing need to be improved expect that more volunteers should come and bring awareness to this cause.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tifanie
9/10

An unforgettable experience

A huge thank you to Kimberley and her team for doing such an amazing job for these kids! This experience was one of the most touching experience in my life. Teaching these cute and adorable kids was such a pleasure.
I also discovered the Balinese culture which is so different than the European one, but so beautiful. Balinese people are extremely kind and welcoming (the homestay family was amazing!).

How can this program be improved?
a smaller class for the first levels
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ester
10/10

Amazing!

Amazing experience! Don’t think twice, just go! It was literally best weeks of my life there and I planned to teach for three weeks but ended up extending two more. Believe me, time goes way too fast. Homestay is super nice, school and kids are amazing and of course Bali itself is incredible🙏🏽
You won’t regret your decision once you have gone through teaching experience with VPBali.
Definately recommended.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Charlotte
10/10

Don't miss the opportunity to volunteer with VP Bali!

Volunteering with VP Bali was a truly unique and incredible experience! There hasn't been a single day at school and in Bali in general that I haven't enjoyed! During my ten weeks with the kids and VP Bali I realised what it means to be happy again.

Learning with the kids was not only enriching for them but also for myself personally! The VP Bali staff was always supportive and always there to help. Kids and Teacher always have so much fun together - the kids are eager to learn English and the volunteers are eager to teach them.

Living with a Balinese family has been nothing but amazing. You get to explore the Balinese culture from an inside perspective and you can share lots of happy moments with the family. The family made me feel welcome from the very first day and was always helpful and super friendly!

Not only do you have the opportunity to teach amazing kids, but you also get to travel all around Bali on the weekends to see lots of beautiful places. During my stay I came to the conclusion that for me Bali is paradise!

Thanks to all the VP Bali staff and helpers for everything!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Harri
9/10

My review

I spend three amazing months in this program. I don't have even words how I can describe this program. When I start this program I was so shy and nervous about teaching. First I was thinking that I will teach with someone else at the beginning but no I teach alone my first week. It was so good idea from them. I got more self-confidence. There was always stuff member who was ready to help if I needed.

I really loved my student. Kids really want to learn English and way how we teach was very creative. One of my favorite experience was when locals invite us to the ceremony.

I have so much to say but if I said everything this going to be too long review. I would like to thank whole vp Bali family cause you made my volunteer period so successful. I also want to thank family of wena homestay. They were like a second parents for me. They always helped if I needed something.

Thank you all!

-Harri Mäkinen

Yes, I recommend this program
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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

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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....