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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

95%
based on 163 reviews
  • Impact 8.9
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.1
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.7
  • Benefits 8
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9
  • Facilities 8
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Felipe
10/10

A positive-impact experience in paradise

VP Bali is more than just a volunteer program. It's a full immersive experience that allows you to connect with a beautiful project located in the paradise that Bali is. And this paradise has many challenges to overcome of which education is a key factor. The desire to empower these children is strongly felt in the VP Family of staffs, interns and volunteers and even though you are the 'teacher' you will learn so much from the children with their hugs, smiles, laughs and football matches.

The infrastructure and design of the program made me feel so welcomed and supported, even though I never taught English to children before, that I will highly recommend it to everybody.

Yes, I recommend
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Emily
8/10

Great experience!

I'm immensely grateful for the experiences this program provided me with. I stayed for three weeks, however I wish I could have stayed longer. The children are beautiful. They are very enthusiastic about learning which makes our job much easier and more rewarding. The teaching hours are very manageable, and the weekend breaks are prefect for taking in the Island. You teach with a co-teacher which presents its own challenges, but I never felt out of my depth. The local staff are just lovely and are willing to support you in any way possible. The communication between the program director, staff and interns, and the volunteers could be improved. I feel confident that I made a positive impact during my time with VP Bali. The program is well designed to ensure the sustainability of the program, so that the children continue to benefit despite some of the volunteers' short stays. I also liked that although the program is not Indonesian owned, they employ a number of local staff and clearly respect the local community. I highly recommend volunteering with VP Bali!

How can this program be improved?
It was all very relaxed (Balinese-style!) however expectations were not very clearly communicated. This is partly due to the language and cultural barrier between local staff and the volunteers, but I feel it is also the result of a lack of organisation. I feel the program would benefit from a greater emphasis on curriculum development and teaching support, rather than marketing etc.
Yes, I recommend
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Maria
10/10

Five inspiring weeks!

What an incredible time! Five weeks went by so quickly.
Once in Ubud there are many things one wants to do and see. It can feel a little intense sometimes, preparing the lessons, being a tourist and spending the afternoons teaching. But I got so much energy from my amazing, adorable students!! Such a blessing to be greeted each day with many hugs and big smiles.
The staff is very supportive, kind and warm hearted. Always smilling and energetic they try to help you in any way they can. I was amazed how creative they are as they organised every week a different farewell event. Also the family from our homestay was lovely...it felt like 'home away from home'.
I had planned to stay four weeks only, when I heard that a few volunteers had cancelled I decided to stay an extra week. Spending time with wonderful children who are eager to learn, a fantastic staff and great volunteers from all over the world made this an inspiring, enriching experience!

How can this program be improved?
The program needs a more structured curriculum. The ESL sheets offer a good basis but there should be more fun exercises for different levels.
Yes, I recommend
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Kelly
10/10

My time living in beautiful Bali

This program was the best decision I have ever made in my life! After feeling extremely stuck in my life, I took a chance to try something completely outside of my comfort zone - and it was the best thing I have ever done. This island and it's people are beautiful - they are so happy and so filled with culture and life, Bali really is magical. And it was truly a gift to be able to live right in the middle of Ubud with a Balinese family who welcomed me with open arms. The homestay began to feel like home and the owners began to feel like family. It's wonderful that all of the volunteers live together and I was able to make some life long friends from all over the world. The program itself is very beneficial to the community since most of the Balinese depend on tourism for income and livelihood - therefore learning English is vital. The school is wonderful and the children are absolutely AMAZING - I fell in love with each and every one of them. They are so happy to be at the school learning and are always so welcoming to each new volunteer. I honestly think that I learned more from the children than they learned from me. The staff is also wonderful - they are always there if you need assistance or translation in your class, they are so kind and understanding to each and every one of your needs. If you are considering this program, I would urge you to stop thinking and just do it - you won't regret it!! This program and my time spent here will always hold a special place in my heart - I miss my children, the volunteers and the rest of the staff every day and I will definitely be back!

How can this program be improved?
I only have a couple complaints about this program because overall it was fantastic. I think it could use a little more structure as far as the amount of volunteers that filter in and out - it takes about 2 weeks to truly get to know the children and how the school functions and some volunteers only stay for 2 weeks before they are gone. I also think the kids get really attached to some volunteers, so I worry about their psychological health with so many volunteers coming and going. I think that each new teacher MUST get an experienced teacher to co-teach with for the first week - I was teaching by myself when I first started out and it was extremely difficult for me. I also think that the volunteers should have a solid foundation of the English language before being able to teach it (there should be some sort of testing) because I found that a lot of the volunteers spoke very poor English and were teaching the children incorrectly.
Yes, I recommend
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Lisa
9/10

VP Bali (4Weeks)

I am so impressed about how many kids come to the lessons and how well they do! I think i have learned a lot from them as well.

the most ipressive thing i have experienced here was one afternoon when we wanted to play a game with one part of the class while the other part was finishing a test. I asked them what they wanted to play and they told me they don't want to play!! They wanted to study, i was so impressed and it took me some time to think of something we could do! We ended up reading and they were happy.

Even the first class, i wanted them to learn vocabullary and started writing the words on the board. When i finished i turned to them to see that they had allready finished to copy the words and started to tell me the transalation in bahasa, some of them also started to shout otherr words that would go with that topic! The most impressive thing was that they knew every word the next day!!

Yes, I recommend
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Helena
9/10

Amazing experience with VP Bali

I had an amazing time with VP Bali. All the staff is very kind, helpful and motivated. You always had fun with the kids and playing educational games helps them to learn English in funny way. Volunteers use Google drive to update diary to help new volunteers. You can also find games from Google Drive although I think it would be good if there were more games and ideas for volunteers. Anyway I had an amazing experience!

Yes, I recommend
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Inaki
9/10

My experience at VP Bali

My time here in Bali was very good, more than I expected, I get to know a lot of people in here but what I like and what I think was the best of my experience, were the kids, so full of energy and with so many hopes. I thought that I was coming to teach, but instead they teach me more than I could teach them. They just want to learn and have fun. There was a day that the other volunteers and I want them to play a game, but instead, they ask us for a book to read, we were so surprise because we just finished the lesson and then was time to play. That makes us realized that Volunteer Programs as this are so good for so many people, and also so needed in many places. I am greatful with Vp Bali because of this experience, they treat me so well and they were always there helping other voluunteers in the school and after the school. They really care about the kids and his future.

How can this program be improved?
They need more donations for the materials, because it is not always enough. The kids want to learn so much and in so many different ways, that it would be better fot the kids to have more material.
Yes, I recommend
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Marilisa
9/10

Amazing Experience Volunteer Work at VP Bali

Volunteer work abroad is the amazing experience to know about the culture, people and real life. Its a big immersion.
I have been volunteering with VPBali for 2 weeks and it was a great experience. The children are lovely and they like learning and enjoy with us. 2 weeks is too short time, but better than nothing and im so happy to helped the childrens new things in this time, like teaching them about articles. We just need make fun and they learning very fast. At the end of the day, we are (volunteers) satisfied with the result. Thats amazing.

We can teaching them english, but they give us more than this, they give attention, love and happinness.

For sure, i recommend this for everyone.

How can this program be improved?
I know the children need have fun because this is the second school where they are going in the same day, but, I think the staffs need to incentive the volunteers to do more education games for children to pratice the vocabulary or learning new things. Funny and learning at the same time, not just games like: football. Its funny, but this kind the game they dont learning english at the same time.
More details on diary its good for help new volunteers and maybe on sunday meeting show the informations on google drive and explain about same games for new volunteer to be prepared for the first class.
Yes, I recommend
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Gonzalo
10/10

Great experience. The staff was very nice and welcoming.

This NGO is inmersed quite deeply in the local community. Volunteering with them not only brings volunteers the experience of giving back and working with children but it also provides a deep understanding of the local culture and it makes the experience much better overall.
On my first week we got invited to a wedding and I, personally, got invited to the cooking ceremony the day before the wedding. These kind of ceremonies are only for men and for me it was an unforgettable experience that will for sure made me think differently of local food!
I don't know if I was just lucky with the timing or if it Always like this but I had so many cool things to do every day, two weeks flew so fast!
Housing was very good in terms of facilities and the local family was able to provide many different organized activities.

How can this program be improved?
I think that the kids can learn more than they are learning currently. We play many fun games with them that are not very didactic, they are just for fun. Teaching English by playing games is definitely the way to go, but maybe it might be a good idea to avoid unuseful games and focus more on English (going more through the ESL sheets and giving them tests more often). I really believe that they can learn a lot more :) They are very lucky thatt they get this opportunity so let's make the most of it!
Yes, I recommend
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Fiona
10/10

Highly recommend this experience!!

I had an amazing time volunteering at VP Bali. I really like the transparency about where the money goes and of course all the incredibly dedicated staff behind the scenes who make it all happen.The children at the school are so full of life, friendly and all have a desire to learn like I have never seen before. I will miss them very much and they will have a special place in my heart forever. I can only recommend this wonderful organisation to anyone wanting to make a meaningful contribution and at the same time, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the magical place that is Bali.

How can this program be improved?
i think there could be more clarity about the arrival procedure. Many people agree with me when I said that I felt quite lost after I got dropped off at the Homestay. There is often no one there which is rather worrying after a long journey. I understand that the driver cannot park there and help us, but I just walked around in the dark, looking for someone to tell me where to go.
Yes, I recommend
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Beth
10/10

My experience at VP Bali

I decided to join this program as I am passionate about helping young children learn- I am currently training as a teacher so I thought this would be good experience and it certainly has been. The staff here are extremely helpful and the local staff especially really care about the ethos of the program. There is support with regards to travelling also- as this is my first time coming to Asia I felt very cared for and supported. I felt that by joining this prgram I was certainly able to make a difference.

How can this program be improved?
Ensuring that every volunteer is following the ESL curriculum and that the children are playing games for educational reasons and not just for fun.
Yes, I recommend
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Renee
10/10

Albina's experience at VP Bali

One of my students shared a story of her life with me recently in class. She Told me how her father passed away because of cancer and how her mom has to work hard to make the living. I was so touched that she trusted me. This girl always has a big smile on her face, she is eager to learn, she would run to me when i come to school, so she can give me a hug first. I really wish that when she grows up, she will still remember me. And i hope that i helped her and the other students improve their language.
Coming here to volunteer was one of the best decisions i made. And i will always remember my students and the girl (not mentioning her name on purpose).
I wish them all the best.

Lots of love,
Albina

How can this program be improved?
The program needs more structured curriculum, so the volunteers will all stick to the same program.
Yes, I recommend
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Reem
10/10

My first volunteering experience.

As i first came here, i didnt know anything about teaching or how to handle kids; However, vpbali made it very easy and smooth thanks to the staff. They were always supportive and there whenever we needed something. i had a very good connection with the students. They are so adorable and loving and most of all they appreciate the small things you do. I applied for 3 weeks although i wasnt very much attentive to classes, but i can tell you this was the most rewarding and experience ive ever had. what made it easy was that there was a curriculum that you can follow. a very simple one depending on the class level. and this is very beneficial for first timers such as me. I loved the overall experience and i will definetly do it all over again.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly, i think this organization is doing a great job to keep up with everyone at the same time. As i see and by the questions they ask they are always trying to be on top of things.
i recommend this organization to everyone who really wants to see change and knows why they are for.
Yes, I recommend
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Flo
8/10

Flo Wilkinson - VP Bali review

My time at VP Bali has been such a lovely experience as I havé met such a range of people which i hope to stay in contact with. The children who attend VP Bali are a delight to teach and everyday bring a smile to my face. Their passion and dedication to learn english amazes me as I havé never met children so willing to improve.
VP Bali on a whole is a great charity and has great intentions for m the future of thèse children who attend daily out of their own will.

I am only staying in Bali and doing a 2 week placement so last week-end I was able to venture out of Ubud and visit Seminyak. We stayed in a hostel over the week-end and also visited Cenggu and Tanah Lot. During the week I havé been to the rice fields, trekked up Mount Batur, visited the market and done lots of yoga and sunbathing in the mornings.

No, I don't recommend
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Natalie
6/10

Volunteer Experience with VP Bali

First off, Bali is an absolutely amazing place. The homestay is located in central Ubud, o you are able to experience the full thrill of the city. Everything is very close in distance here, so the farthest beach is only about two hours away. Wayan and his family are extremely nice and hospitable at the homestay. They are always willing to drive you and a group of people to any destination you are curious about. Not to mention, they make some killer banana pancakes! The homestay has a beautiful courtyard, and it makes interacting with the other volunteers easy because everyone is located in the same place. The rooms are all very different so the accomodation varies for everyone.

How can this program be improved?
This program needs a great deal more of structure and organization for the students' sake. I think the heart is there but the actions often fall short of the intention.
Yes, I recommend

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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....