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
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Bastien
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

my VP Bali experience (4 weeks)

Staying for 4 weeks at VP Bali was the best decision I could have made. It was my first volunteering experience and also my first time in Indonesia. I went there alone and I had the opportunity to meet people from all around the world, by joining this family. Everything was well organised by the staff/helpers, they give you a lot of tips and advice about the balinese culture, how to teach children, how to make it fun and creative. I really wish I could extend.
I couldn't expect the program and the lifestyle to be as satisfying as it is. The kids are very touching and sensitive, they gave me so much love. It bring so much emotions.
You will also have time to travel on the week-end with the others volunteers, and discover the heavenly landscapes of Bali.

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Sofia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in Bali

Coming to Bali was the best decision that I could have ever taken, but joining the program made it even better. Bali is an amazing place to visit with so many beautiful places and temples but in my experience what makes it prettier is the people you get to meet, all the locals are very nice and kind and it’s interesting to be surrounded by internationals because you learn a lot about different cultures.
The kids at school have so much potential and are eager to learn which motivates you to teach them more and more things every day. I’m very proud of myself and the kids because we both learned a lot, they leveled up their English and I learned a lot of things, like the real meaning of happiness. Everyone at the program is very nice and will always be there if you need help.
These 3 months have been the best of my life and the time I spent here was perfect because I got to know a lot of places and ended up with brothers and sisters that I didn’t know.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come here expecting nothing... you’ll be amazed by the place and the people. Just open your heart and get out of your comfort zone
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Paulina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience, you learn and grow

Volunteer Programs Bali has been an amazing experience. It has taught me more than I could have ever taught my kids. I used to be a girl that got everything solved for her. This experience has helped me a lot to appreciate everything I have, and it made me realize how easy it is to achieve genuine happiness. The kids you teach to are super grateful and eager to learn new things. They give you so much love and motivate you to be better everyday. The program consists in after school hours where you teach 2 classes for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Every sunday the programs receives new volunteers, but the group is always between 20 and 30. I loved that it is such a small group because you get to bond with a lot of people. I’m grateful for all the amazing persons I’ve met, and I can honestly say you leave the program with so many new friends. It’s incredible to talk with people from all over the world, and learn from all their cultures and traditions. I loved to stay in a homestay with a local Balinese family and get the opportunity to see how they live on a day to day basis. You get to live the experience of going to Bali to the fullest. The family is always there to help you if you need a ride or to book a trip, and they are super kind. They make you feel like you are home. I had never taught in my entire life and coming here taught me that teaching can be super fun. I loved that they gave me a list of the topics and how advanced they are because you know where to start teaching and you get ideas about exercises and fun games you can do with them. I came here the 3 months that the program has and I wouldn’t have stayed less. The people I got to meet through so much time, the things I learned, the bonding I made with my kids, everything was incredible. It has been the best experience I’ve lived. Kimberley, the founder, is an incredible person who knows all the kids personally, you can ask for help with topics and she’ll always be there to help. There are also a lot of fun activities that we sometimes do to relax and forget, and they are also really fun. I love that the week someone is leaving they do a farewell in school, it makes you feel special and it’s a last day to enjoy the dances and do a proper goodbye. The cultural exchanges also help you learn something about the balinese culture. I loved that I got to live here and get to know what locals do and eat. I’m forever grateful for this experience, for all the love I gave and received. For every lesson learned, it was my first time traveling alone and I wanted to learn, this helped me a lot. The thought of leaving makes me so sad but at the same time it makes me realize how happy I was this whole time that it’s going to make it such a hard goodbye. Like every good thing, this must come to an end. I would definitely recommend this experience if you have the opportunity to come, and the more time you come, the better! I love everyone here and I will miss the people a lot. Thank you VP, Bali. Hope I get the chance to see you again. ❤️

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open minded since you get there! You’re gonna learn a lot and meet incredible people.
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Carlotta
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Bali Experience (3 months)

Hi, I‘ve had the joy to be a part of the VP Bali program for the last three months. It has honestly been the best experience of my life so far, because the combination of teaching the kids and spending time with the other volunteers is amazing. From the beginning on it felt like living with people I have known for ages because everybody has been very welcoming and open. I love about the program that you meet a ton of people from all over the world and in a lot of different ages. I got to know people from Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Amerika, Italy, Palestine, Libernon, France, Portugal, Australia,.... Another part I appreciate about the program are the kids we work with. Seeing their joy and fun learning, all the effort we put into the lessons is worth it. It is amazing to actually see their progress and also how much they enjoy being around you and at the school. Additionally to that, the program is amazingly well organized. You always have somebody to talk to in case you are worried about something. Furthermore we have a lot of people supporting us during the lessons with for example translation and we are in constant exchange with all the other Coteachers and also the founder of the program, Kimberly. When I arrived and first talked to the other volunteers I arrived with, I was a little afraid, the amount of time I chose to stay, was too long, but all my worries we‘re for no reason. I am sooo happy, I had the chance to stay for such a long time. I got to know a lot of kids, volunteers and people involved in the program and also actually saw the progress „my kids“ went through. Also, I had enough time to see a lot of different places in Bali on the weekends. Aaand, I don‘t know when, but I will definitely come back and stay a part of the VP Bali family.

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Sabrine
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Vp Bali Experience

If you are looking for a great volunteering experience ,i highly recommend Vp Bali.i joined the program for 2 weeks and i wished i could have stayed more .every aspect of the program was amazing from the founder,the volunteers,the stuff,the kids,till the locals .
It feels so good to be back to school and teach kids who are exceptionally kind and welcoming.The stuff of Vp Bali are very helpful and professional and Bali is a magical place to be in .I admire everyone for their efforts because they are not only empowering the kids but also contributing to the community .
And finally as Martin Luther King Jr said "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
So be great and join Vp Bali.

Renee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience at Vp Bali!

My experience at VP Bali was for two weeks. It was a fun filled 2 weeks teaching kids how to learn english! However I would suggest doing it for longer than 2 weeks because it went really quick and I felt as though I only just started creating a relationship with the kids. The whole program was really good we were given lessons of what we were going to teach the kids and I really loved that we had bring our own creative minds to teach the kids! Not only that you get to teach kids but you also meet other volunteers who are from all over the world and you get to create long life friends. Also the staff and founder Kimberly were all really welcoming which made me feel good! I would recommend this program to my friends and family as it was such a good experience!

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Marta
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

VP BALI

Volunteering with VP Bali was one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life.
I've made strong relationships with the others volunteers and saying goodbye was really difficult, in them I've found a family.
Kids love you since the firs moment and the atmosphere that is perceved is of happiness and tranquillity, think that here in the west side of the World is difficult to find.
And, in the end, Kim and all the staff; without them the program wouldn't exist, they are really nice and they make you feel really a part of VP Bali family!

ffnally there is the most frivolous part... you have the possibility to travel around Bali, there are too many thinks to do and to see and also living in Ubud with a local family give you the possibility to know the local culture more than a simple journey.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Join the program for at least 4 weeks, you won't regret it
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Nathalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I left my heart in VP BALI

This was the most beautiful experience I’ve ever had in life. It taught me much more than I initially imagined it would. It devastated me more than ever when I had to leave. Kimberly and the staff have built a home inside of our hearts besides our own. Not only did we feel at home, every volunteer believed that they really were. The staff and the other volunteers automatically turn into family its crazy. Negative energy is not tolerated or welcome at all in this program which is so beautiful. On the other hand, the children, the children, they are the best part. You fall in love with them and you wake up every morning super excited to go see them,and little do you know they are just as, if not more excited to see you! Its one hell of an experience. It teaches you, it grows you, and it changes you. I was thrilled to have taken part in such a wonderful program and I am most definitely going to be going back soonest possible. So much love to Kim, Tutik, Eka, Indra & the rest of the beautiful team that makes VP bali what it is ❤️

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
go with no expectations and a journal because you need to keep those beautiful moments forever