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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

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  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.2
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.7
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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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Fijeanty
10/10

Bali Days

I absolutely loved working at the WG program. It was challenging at first as i was teaching the youngest group however i gained so much from this experience.

I learned how to be patient,and to think on my feet one thing is for sure in bali you have to go with the flow when you plan something most of the time it will not go how you envisioned it. Which might be hard to get used to as a western because we are so used to structure and doing things a certain way.

Living in the village at the WG program was just amazing as you get to interact with the locals i have been to bali twice before but this was the first time i actually learn some indonesian and the locals really appreciate it so my advice is to take a little dictionary with you as a few words will go a long way.

Its an amazing experience and even when you have had a difficult day at school because the children didn't really listen just remember why your there your there to help and teach the children something and your in paradise so tidak apa apa ( no worries)

How can this program be improved?
I would of liked it if WG program interacted socially with the Ubud Program as we were in the village and a little removed from the other activity otherwise i have no complaints :)
Yes, I recommend this program
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Bianca
10/10

an experience i will never forget

This program was so much more than i expected. The level of commitment and passion the program leaders/organisers have for volunteer programs Bali is amazing. My experience is one that i will never forget. It was extremely well organised and easy to follow and Kimberley and Jose were very helpful with answering any questions we had for them. The children we had the priviledge of teaching were lovely and happy which made it so much more rewarding to be there. The homestay was very suitable and for the cost of volunteering at volunteer programs bali was very reasonable for the living arrangements, breakfast every morning, pick up and drop off to the school and of course the donation. Having a curriculum folder to follow and see what past volunteers had tought the students was extremely helpful although there was an obvious language barrier with most of the children it was easy to adjust as long as we spoke slowley and used many hand gestures. I was involved with the program for 2 weeks which was not long enough. I have every intention of returning in the future and staying atleast for one month. This experience is one that i can take with me and have forever and as a future primary school teacher in Australia it has giving me new ways of looking at teaching.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Olivia
10/10

Communication and Teamwork

I understand this Yayasan is work in progress and runs of sponsorship.
My only recommendation would be for VPBali to work in a more connected way with Ketut and Nyoman; perhaps calling weekly meetings with the volunteers, as I felt little communication regarding the teaching and expectations from their perspective (K and Ny's).
Since they "run" the school, I find it would be highly beneficial to have a more open approach to the experience as a whole and receive and get feedback as well.

How can this program be improved?
Communication and Teamwork
Yes, I recommend this program
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Alex
10/10

A life changing experience

It's such a cliché - 'an experience that changed my life', but that's what it was :)

I came for two weeks originally, but loved it too much to leave. VP Bali was nice to let me extend my stay over and over and over again and only pay as if I'd known from the beginning what the duration would be. In the end, I did 9 weeks in Program Ubud and one in WG, so my feedback is mostly relevant for the Ubud program.

One great thing about my experience was timing: I came nearly at the beginning of the ubud program, so it was great to see it find shape and even impact some of the changes. The kids are just amazing, so willing to learn, obedient, never get bored and just open your heart. So don't be nervous about teaching, just get some ideas about what you could do before you leave - activities, games for different levels of English (Google it, ask friends, remember what you used to do in school etc).

There is a curriculum in place, there are lessons plans and suggestions filled in by the other volunteers so once you get here, just take time to read them and you'll know exactly where the kids are. After that, you can come up with games and fun stuff to review the material (it's very important to always review existing material, maybe even more than half the time of the lesson) and teach new things. You may find some of your ideas from home are useful for this or not. But I assure you, ideas will come. Just remember: make it fun and the more competitive, the better. The kids love that. Be prepared to have varied attendance, so adjut your lessons accordingly - cover the same material more than once, make sure everyone has learned a certain topic etc.

In program Ubud, they encourage co-teaching, which means you get to teach with an existing volunteer so that also helps to warm up and find ideas.

The highlight for me was the interaction with the kids: palpable progress leads to joy of teaching.

I'm happy to report no difficulties for me. The only bump in the road was not due to the place or the program, it was meeting people that do not seem to come for the right reason. That made me sad because these kids deserve everything. So make sure you come to give 100% percent to the cause, and not for fun or travel or any other reason. Of course, there is enough time to explore, but that can't be your priority. When you put the kids first, you get the most of the experience and if you're lucky enough after it, you will know your life has changed. And you will be surprised to hear everyone around you say how much you've changed also - who knew they can tell?!

Keep in mind local culture and habits: don't expect things to go on a roll, expect things to take time and plan accordingly, be proactive and organize anything you want to do, don't leave it to anyone else.

If you want to fund raise for the kids, that's a great idea. I did it after I arrived, but it is better done before so you have enough time. VP Bali can help you with ideas and logistics to use the money you raise (supplies, scholarships etc).

One small advice to make your life easier: try to get on local time. People in Bali sleep early and wake up early. You get the most of your time if you do the same - and this is coming from someone who could not get up before 10am or sleep before 12 am prior to Bali.

My daily activities included art classes (Ubud is great for that: painting, batik, cooking, pottery, you name it, it's there), spa, cycling, going out for dinner and jalan jalan - just walk around. There are many things to discover in Ubud.

In the weekends I did some trekking (Batur, Agung - this one is not for everyone, make sure you know what you are in for beforehand), visited the south of bali (Uluwatu and all the west coast there is great), went to Gili T and Nusa Lembongan (the diving is better than the Gilis and it's more quiet, so this was my kind of place. But if you like to party, Gili's is better).

Lastly, be prepared to be sad to leave, but don't spend too much time moping about it, or you'll miss the experience. You can be sad about it at home. And you can be pretty sure, the kids will remember you too. I've seen many volunteers come and go and the kids never forget anyone.

Thanks so much VP Bali. Till next time - I hope to come back soon ;)

Alex - Romania.

How can this program be improved?
Just a small idea: I would keep the volunteers better connected to each other before they arrive: for example have a facebook or mail group where are the volunteers who will be at the programs of vp bali in the same time are *automatically* added (optionally, you can ask someone, once they are accepted into the program, if they want to be part of the group or not). That way, even people who come for a short time, already have a network of friends to explore with. Vp Bali is good for giving us each local phone numbers, so that can also be included in the group information - if the volunteer agrees.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sharonne
10/10

Heart Warming Experience

This volunteering program have been such a blessing and a heart warming experience. VP Bali team is very hands on and friendly, they were so helpful from the beginning and made all the volunteers feel welcomed. I joined the Ubud Program and contributed as an English teacher, helping the children learn day to day spoken and written English. We help to make this learning experience a fun one that they enjoy and will want to continue. We maximize involvement of the students by playing games, teaching them new songs and spicing it up with a bit of friendly competition. The highlight of my experience is getting to know my students as individuals, their personality, their capabilities, and their stories.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alexandra
10/10

wonderful experience=)

I really enjoyed volunteering with vp Bali! It was an amazing and rewarding experience for me. I volunteered for two weeks at program WG in Bedulu, a village near Ubud.
Volunteering at the Yayasan school was really nice, even though I never teached before. Our class was quite advanced and we were very impressed by the children´s creativity and motivation. It was very much fun for us to create ideas every day to equip them with new knowledge.
I stayed with some other volunteers in a very nice compound of a local family. Ketut and Nyoman were wonderful hosts and were always there to help us. Ubud is very close by, 10-15 minutes by car or motorcycle and offers many opportunities for nice restaurants, yoga, shops,ect.
Kimberley and Jose were very friendly and supportive all the time and I felt very safe during my whole stay.
All in all, I highly recommend this program to everyone! It was so much fun and an experience I will never forget. Thank you so much vp Bali team!!!

How can this program be improved?
I really liked the idea of sharing our daily experiences with other following volunteers! The only thing I would change ist the schedule, which we use for it. It is a little bit confusing and repetitive.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emma
9/10

Amazing first experience!

Going with VP Bali for my first experience at volunteering was a great choice! Hose and Kimberley are two amazing, motivated and passionate people who work really hard to run their projects, support the local Balinese people, look after the volunteers and make sure you are safe and have fun. I volunteered for two weeks at the yayasan in Bedulu, about 15-20 min drive from the heart of Ubud. Staying in the cosy compound with the volunteers was really nice and we formed a kind of family! In the mornings breakfast would be served and we could spend the day how we wanted with class being in the afternoon. The children are great and it is inspiring to see them work so hard. We could also go into Ubud at night to enjoy the amazing restaurants, as well as live music and shopping. It helps if you can drive a motorbike at this project so you can go to Ubud when you need without the expense of a taxi!
Kimberley and Hose are very supportive, giving you an orientation of Ubud to begin with and giving a run through of how the projects work and what to expect, as well as always being available to talk and help whenever you need. They were more than I could ask for!
Overall, my experience was really inspiring and eye opening. I would highly recommend going through VP Bali if you want to volunteer as well as meet lots of new people, feel safe and well looked after!
Thanks VP Bali!

Yes, I recommend this program
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svetlana
10/10

amazing stay

its a pleasure of meeting vp bali team and teaching the most wonderful kids! they are very curious, motivated and eager to learn.such a pleasure to teach and to stay on bali! thank you VP Bali for this program and your support during our stay

How can this program be improved?
more organized group activities (to see some places around bali and exerience the beautifulness)
Yes, I recommend this program
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Aurelia
10/10

Volunteer Programs Bali,Indonesia- with underprivileged Children - things I love, my experience and suggestions

I love - the fact that the supervisor is always there to guide the volunteer and that the supervisor are both as a friend and supervisor, that we have gatherings/ dinner when volunteer leaves, the fact that one of the focus of the class attitude is to combine fun & learning,the fact that the kids are eager to learn.

my experience - It was really fun and one of the awesome thing about this teaching program is that I ended up learning too! about the culture of Bali, about these kids, their daily lives, and the way they think. To experience the peaceful and healthy lifestyle of Bali. Its a good feeling when after you teach for a while you notice the progress and improvements that these kids have. I feel attached to these kids even after a week of teaching, once you get to know their personalities and how clever they are. Now I feel that I would love to stay more than 2 weeks, however, I cant, as I was not prepared to do so.

How can this program be improved?
To improve and suggestions- to have more example of ways to teach the kids so that the new volunteer can ease into the teaching program easier and perhaps to have more copies of the same story book, so the kids can borrow them to bring home, so they can read some stories in english as this will help them to learn vocabularies the use of the right tenses and the habit of thinking in english.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sameer
10/10

Review of program ubud

One major difficulty was the fact that we were teaching English, a subject with many exceptions to its general rules. Also, explaining the logic behind our sentence construction was difficult. However, we managed to teach them using examples and physical interactions, such as asking them to find the contrast between hard and soft by pinching their table and hand and seeing which hurt more. We were also able to lighten the atmosphere of the class by bring cheeky.

How can this program be improved?
Encouraging teachers to better understand each student's individual needs.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sital
10/10

Amazing experience with my SUPER awesome Bali kids

I really enjoyed the programme and the children are just brilliant. Teaching them and seeing them smile was the hightlight of my day.

An example of my day to day teaching would be starting with the alphabet song and asking them to pronouce the letters, then what day it is?, then working on 2 letters a day with 3 categories (food,place and animal). So we started with the letter 'A' and split them into 2 teams and we gave them 10 minutes to find as any words as they can. It was really great to see them working as a team and funny to see how competitive they are. After time was up we would go through each word and get them to pronounce it and ask them if they know what it is and then later announce the winner :)

We also went through body parts and played Simon says with them - they are really bright.

With the older class we also did all the above but went more advanced on the body parts and also went into vowels which they picked up very quickly.

We sang heads shoulders knees and toes which they really enjoyed.

All the children's are very creative and amazing. On our first day we gave them some plain paper to write their names on so we can call them by their names. I just expected them to write their name on it but they got really creative and started writing in bubble hand writing and adding all these special affects.

I never encountered any difficulties, the children are just brilliant and I wish I could have spent more time with them.

Just continue what you doing and make sure these kids get the best out of it.

How can this program be improved?
All I would advise is, these these children are really bright and they pick things up really quickly so instead of working on 1 letter a day and just doing the alphabet, make it more fun and exciting for them. They enjoy word games and really get into. Team work is really important and, and from experience they really enjoy it.

I just miss it :)
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....