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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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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-visa/

Reviews

95%
based on 184 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.2
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
  • Benefits 8
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9
  • Facilities 8
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Tess
10/10

fantastic program

I found the Ubud program to be a really positive experience for me. It was challenging at first because I had no previous teaching experience plus no experience working with kids. However, it is important to challenge yourself which is why I chose to do this program. After the first few days you will easily be able to get into the swing of it because the kids were eager and motivated to learn, the classes were fun plus the program staff and other volunteers were wonderful. If you want to immerse yourself in a different culture, language and way of life while having the time of your life then you should do this program.

How can this program be improved?
2 weeks goes way too fast!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tima
10/10

GOLDEN CHAPTER OF MY LIFE

this was the best part of my life so far, this program was the best decision i ever made, first i had a really big connection with Bali since day one, i felt m home, everybody is welcoming, cheering, smiling, social... volunteers where family, the family we leaved with, was literally a family, where i teared when i left and said goodbye, the coordinators are such an inspiration that you will admire, full of energy happiness and fun. the students are the best part, when you know how to get to their heart and have that connection with them, you will earn their love, they are all smart, ambitious, love work, and they really make your day with their laughter, it is so fun to teach them and put all your energy in teaching with fun, games, laughter and craziness just free yourself from boundaries and act a child, you will love it. believe me when you leave, you will be sad, you will cry and you will never stop thinking about them, you gave studies and literacy, and they will give you love, happiness, peace and they will change your prospective about life. you will learn a lot that you will appreciate it a lot. ubud is such a great place where everybody will make you feel home, it is really safe, and everything you need is near and close, the food and fresh juices are really amazing. just be careful on getting sunburns, dont be exposed to sun for more than 3 hours, and if you will drive a motor cycle be carefull. rather than that, everything is just perfect. you will just wish that you spent the rest of your life there...

How can this program be improved?
i would change the timing, make it earlier around 12 pm or 11 am
Yes, I recommend this program
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Veronika
10/10

Unforgettable experience

We volunteered together with a friend at Program Ubud for 2 weeks in January 2014.

Ubud is one of the loveliest places on Bali - it's safe, there're many things to do and see (morning yoga, jewellery making classes, batik painting, white water rafting, those famous massages, various performances and so on) and there're a lot of good places to eat at. Even though the classes lasted for 3 hours in the afteroon, we were never bored.

The program was very well organized - from picking us up at the airport and the accommodation to the support we got during the program itself (from Kimberley, Jose, Novia and our homestay family).

Teaching kids was the biggest highlight of the program itself :) It was a very fun, exciting and interesting experience. BUT please do keep in mind that it involves hard work - be it preparation for the class or the class itself. The kids were very eager to study and absorbed all the materials very quickly.

Also you do get an opportunity to travel around during the weekends. Due to its convenient location, it's quite easy to get to different parts of the island - the choice is yours - surfing in Kuta, enjoying wwaterfalls in the north or diving in Amed.

Bottom line - to go or not to go? Definitely yes! Trying is much better than listening to others - you'll never know what it's like until you're there :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Daniel
8/10

Great program with lots of promise

Overall, I really enjoyed the program and am glad I made the decision to participate in it. Working with the kids was impactful for me as I don't get to work with young children in my day to day job, and haven't done much volunteer work with young kids before.

My main challenge however was not speaking any Indonesian, I think preparing with basic vocabulary and/or simple instructional language would have been helpful prior to my visit. It was somewhat frustrating not being able to communicate directly with the children, as I felt this limited my ability to teach them (even with Novia in the room).

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps 4 weeks should be the minimum duration for the program? 2 weeks was a bit short and you're just getting to know the kids by the time you leave.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Dylan
9/10

Volunteer WG

This is an excellent experience and very fulfilling. Make sure
You bring some resources because they can be limited and try and get
Comfortable riding a scooter or can can get expensive getting lifts everywhere even in Bali

How can this program be improved?
If you are not a teacher bring lots of resources and get ideas for games with kids because you may just be asked to start teaching a class by yourself. Some volunteers thought they would just be assisting and then given whole classes as long as you are ok with that it's super fun and the kids are amazing.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Mohammed
9/10

I'd definitely do it again

Program orientation was very useful at the day of my arrival. I had no previous experience of teaching but I received some useful tips on teaching and what do students expect from the teacher that appeared to be important and very practical. Although some resources are limited and there's some lack of teachers, most of the students in (program by the sea) are very active and very eager to learn. They are very smart and respectful. I started to connect with the kids at the end of my volunteering period and I wished that I could stay longer to make a bigger impact. My overall experience was amazing and I would definitely recommend this program to others who enjoy new experiences/cultures and want to meet new people and make new friendships.

How can this program be improved?
It would be more practical to have a set curriculum where volunteers can build the language of the kids in an organized manner instead of jumping thru different topics. Also, my class had two different levels of students which made it hard to select topics that could be useful for both levels.
Yes, I recommend this program
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karli
10/10

VP Program Ubud - 2014

20/1/14
I enjoyed everything about this program and wish I could've stayed longer! The organisers were fantastic, the homestay was beautiful, and the students were amazing!
Having classes in the afternoons was great as it allowed us to experience the culture and lifestyle that Ubud had to offer. Some of the activities we did before classes included: silver jewellery making, yoga, white water rafting and shopping :) The restaurants in Ubud were great and you could find anything you wanted. Everyone was really helpful and friendly and there was never a time when I felt unsafe.
The students at the school were so appreciative and fun to teach and I really looked forward to spending my afternoons with them. I never experienced any difficulties as there was always someone around to help (Novia, Kimberley or Jose). There were so many highlights to my time in Ubud but definitely playing games with the students and watching them create and perform role plays. I also really enjoyed meeting new people and learning more about the culture that we were immersed in.
I had such an amazing experience and would definitely like to participate in this program again in the near future!

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing it would be that volunteers were given the folders with previous work/work outlines on the Sunday afternoon when the orientation was held. This would just help with the planning for the first day :)
Yes, I recommend this program
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Elizabeth
10/10

Tidak apa apa (No Worries)

I'm writing this review from my home in Washington, D.C., and with every word I write my desire to return to Bali grows. I am eighteen years old and currently taking a gap year. The concept of traveling by yourself at such a young age is foreign and unheard of in America, however I had a thirst for new experiences and knowledge that only travel could quench. Considering how young I am, it was important to me that I not only find a volunteer program that I felt actually made a difference, but also a program in which I would feel safe and supported. I considered many different programs taking place in Bali, and I had already signed up with one when I finally came across VP Bali. I was instantly attracted to the non-profit program, and fell in love, applying to VP Bali and changing my flight to Bali a week before I was meant to go. I volunteered for eight weeks at Program Ubud, and for one month at Program by the Sea, and visited Program WG. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I am a nanny at home, and children are my passion. The students crave knowledge and laughter, and give back as much, if not more, as the teachers. The culture is rich and mesmerizing, and more than once you may find yourself caught up in the spiritual magic that seems to envelope the island. The people are perhaps the best part- the locals are always smiling and willing to help and talk, and you create bonds with the fellow volunteers that can only be born out of sharing amazing experiences...like volunteering with VP Bali. I have no regrets about joining this program, and neither would future volunteers. During my time there I felt only happiness, with tidak apa apa (no worries).

How can this program be improved?
Prepare yourself for less than ideal living situations at Program Ubud (Scorpions under the bed and rats running across pillows), however the culture in Ubud more than makes up for that.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rita
9/10

working with children with disabilities

During my stay as a volunteer I worked for the disabled children. It was a pleasure to help these children. It did me good to see how happy these children are as they can learn new things, like counting in Dutch, recognize colors or mention the weekdays in English. I have also talked with the parents during parents-teacher conference about hygiene and better physiotherapy support. Improvements will be implemented. The gratitude of parents and children is overwhelming. Will you do something for disabled children than I can highly recommend you to volunteer. If possible I will be back next year!

How can this program be improved?
Up to date information about the things that the previous volunteer has done with the children and their levels.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rosy
7/10

volunteering

I found my overall experience really good. - Novia was a pleasure to work with along with Kimberley and Jose. The kids were absolutely beautiful and teaching them english and about western life was amazing. The home stay could be improved, small things such as bathroom, bedding, fan, storage and insects and bugs.

Usually they aren't a problem for many people but when it becomes annoying and ruins your stay / sleep it can get frustrating and very annoying.

How can this program be improved?
I would improve the accommodation as this has a big impact on peoples decisions to stay extend or not leave early.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Gemma
8/10

Ubud Program

I very much enjoyed the classes. I feel like I made a good connection with the kids and found great ways to connect and keep them interested through learning games. The curriculum was a great way to know what you should be teaching.

The first week Wayan was on time when picking us up, but failed to arrive on time the second week. I didn't mind as much as some of the others but it was a little inconvenient for girls who needed to go to the toilet or had made dinner plans.

How can this program be improved?
The one thing I would change about program Ubud would be the accomodation. I found it rather unpleasant that there were gaps in the roof/wall that allowed animals to enter the room. I opened my bag and found a rat run out of it and escape to the corner of the room. I found this rather disturbing. And made my stay very unpleasant. I tried to embrace it as 'part of the experience' but it definitely would have been a top experience if the accomodation was satisfactory.
Yes, I recommend this program
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lieselot
9/10

very nice experience

-ik vind de templates niet handig, het is onoverzichtelijk en een heel werk. Zelf had ik er weinig aan de templates van vorige leraars te lezen. Misschien zou een beknoptere samenvatting van de leerstof/activiteit handiger zijn.
-het project is fantastisch, niets op aan te merken
-organisatie vond ik super, ik wist dat als er problemen waren ik altijd kon bellen en er een luisterend oor zou zijn

No, I don't recommend this program
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Christian
10/10

Such an amazing experience in Program Ubud with VP Bali

The homestay for Program Ubud with VP Bali is right in the middle of central Ubud, so during the mornings I was able to go to the Yoga Barn and go to the market etc. the food is so cheap in Ubud, a favorite is Dewa Warung on Jl. Goutama! Teaching was for 1:30 for each class with 2 classes a day. The kids at the school are amazing, they are so motivated to learn from you but I learned so much from them too! As extra English practice I had them talk about their lives and culture which was such an amazing insight into Balinese life! The weekend is 3 days long which is ample time to travel to any part of Bali, for example, I had 3 weekends and made it to Kuta, Mt Batur, the Gilis and Nusa Lembongan. Everyone in the program is so kind and amiable, they will help with any problems if you have any, I never did! Definitely recommend to anyone who wants to help people and also see a lot of Bali. I only wish I could've stayed longer, 2 months would have been perfect! At the end, the kids became so attached that there were tears which makes me want to return to the program ASAP! I will miss VP Bali and my group of volunteers so much!

How can this program be improved?
This is a truly excellent program, however, I only wish I knew more about getting around Bali, but I think it was a good experience to find my own feet and make my own mistakes.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Marieke
8/10

I had a very good time and learned a lot about myself!

I had a very good time teaching. In the beginning it was sometimes difficult to invent exercises, but over time and with some help it became a lot less difficult and even interesting.
I loved the energy you get from the children and the appreciation they have for what you do.
Furthermore I loved having the long weekend to travel. Its also nice living in Ubud, and all the freedom that it gives you.
Overall I had a very good time!

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked to have a manual to teach.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Aleksandra
10/10

An unforgettable experience beyond any expectations!

I joined VP Bali’s programme in Ubud for 4 weeks in June/July. It was my very first time in Bali and my first time ever in Asia as well. I came with no previous teaching experience and no knowledge of working with children. I simply didn’t know what to expect, but quickly I discovered and experienced more than I could have ever dreamed of.

Joining the programme in Ubud you will be accommodated in a local homestay in the very center of Ubud. The location is excellent – on a very central but yet quiet street where you will find some of the best places to eat and the cutest art shops in town. Living in a homestay is truly the best way to discover typical Bali life as for these four weeks I became a part of the family – observing their daily routines, the preparations for the ceremonies and I was even lucky to attend the weeding of the owner’s sun! Of course the family is more than hospitable and friendly, making you feel truly at home.

After my very first lessons I was enchanted by the smiles of Bali children. It is impressive to see the eagerness and the motivation in their eyes to soak up every new word, phrase or expression. You will be placed with another volunteer which makes teaching easier and much more fun of course. There is a teaching curriculum for every class and a constant support of a local teacher. It is a good if you have planned your lesson ahead, but you should be aware that you will rarely follow it as you need to adapt to the kids’ level, their previous knowledge, the speed of learning and so on. Most importantly you should have fun. Enjoy what you do and the kids will easily join you! Teaching for these four weeks has been an amazing experience. The children are so bright, smart, motivated and full of positive energy that they made saying ‘bye’on my last day one of the hardest things I have ever done.

Classes take place in the afternoon Monday to Thursday. This gives you a lot of free time to explore the abundance of activities Ubud offers. Walking around the rice fields, cycling around the near villages, doing yoga, cooking classes, art classes or just wandering around Ubud’s streets looking for one more hidden warung are some of the things you may do. You also would have plenty of time to travel to other places of the island and enjoy Bali’s beaches, volcanoes, lakes and sacred temples or visit the nearby islands too.

Kimberly and Jose, the people behind the programme, will help you adapt to the new environment quickly from your very first day. They are always there should you have any problem or if you need advice or anything. They are always around during classes, we have farewell dinner whenever a volunteer is leaving and they will make everything to make you feel like at home.

My time at VP Bali Ubud programme was truly an amazing and unforgettable experience. I enjoyed every minute and would love to come back again one day.

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....