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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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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-visa/

Reviews

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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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Soraya
7/10

Good program

I really liked this program, the children are very sweet, it is very safe and the people in the village are nice. If you have any problems you can talk about it with the people from the program, they are very helpful and nice. The children of the morning class really appreciate everything you do. I am very happy I could work with them. You have to prepare lessons for the children in the afternoon every day. They already go to normal school in the morning, so it's nice to do something active. The accommodation is very good.

How can this program be improved?
I think it would be good to prepare lessons before you come to this program.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lachlan
9/10

Teaching English to children aged 5-7

I was essentially put in charge of a class of 15-20 children aged 5-7. There was also a broad spectrum of skill level and knowledge amongst the students, ranging from those who were very capable of learning the new concepts to those who had difficulty writing in Indonesian, let alone in English.

The experience was both challenging and very rewarding. It was rewarding in two main ways, firstly, to see that the kids were learning some basic English words and having fun provided me with a sense of achievement and satisfaction. Secondly, my Indonesian speaking skills improved exponentially and my teaching skills definitely got a work out.

My main criticisms are as follows. Firstly, there was no curriculum at the school, and so it was totally up to me to find out what English level the children were at. This makes it hard for the children to progress because with each volunteer they may be taught things that they have already done or things that are too difficult for their current level.

Secondly, the class was too big. This was not an issue of class control, as the kids were well behaved and I could comfortably control the entire class. This was more an issue of differing levels of ability. There were basically two main groups in my class - extroverts who worked hard and were able, and introverts who were a little shy and a majority of whom were unable to write neatly or at all. Because of this wide spectrum of ability I realized I had to create easier tasks for the less able and harder tasks for the more able students. Having two teachers or having two streams would be the solution for this group.

How can this program be improved?
Main criticism: the cost of 'i to i travel'. The programme was way too costly ($880 for two weeks, where $100 went to accommodation and $75 donated to the school, leaving about $700 to go the pockets of the organisation). I would have preferred a cheaper organisation or at least one that donates most of the funds to the school/charity.
Yes, I recommend this program
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M.
8/10

Observation

What I have seen are very motivated children and staff. New coming volunteers are receiving a warm welcome and de guidence of the coördinators is also very good. Friendly people, staff are very open for new ideas. This helps student volunteers. So the benefit works on both sides. What I like the most about VP Bali, is that the number one goal is that the children learn, have fun also and the local people are the ones who benefit.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jimmyaus
9/10

Great expereince for my future social work back home

The volunteer programs available were helpful to the development of the underprivileged children.
l especially enjoyed teaching English to 8-12 years children in the afternoons.
Working with the disable children in the morning was challenging, but rewarding.
Great support from the program's volunteer coordinator during my 6 weeks volunteering.
Accommodation was at a Balinese home-stay near the learning center, so it was really good to experience the real Balinese culture away from the tourist locations.

Overall great experience for my future social work back home.

How can this program be improved?
The Learning Center is currently updating their English Teaching curriculum, so that will be great help for future volunteers.
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....