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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

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  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.2
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
  • Benefits 8
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Ghada
9/10

Life changing experience!

I first want to thank VP Bali for this sacred and nurturing experience. The past three months in my life were full of self fulfillment, magical moments, connections, growth, and serenity. Originally we come to this program to teach English but trust me what we learn from these kids is much more than what we teach them. These beautiful creatures teach you how to appreciate the little things in life no matter how little they are, they show you how easy it could be to be a genuinely happy person, they give you the opportunity to discover how beautiful you could be by acting like a kid, by forgetting your personal life for a little while and by giving unconditionally. Willingly, these kids attend our classes right after their schools. They come not because they have to but because they want to. Seeing their improvement make you feel as proud as seeing your own child making his first steps. What's so special about VP Bali is that they work their best to make sure that we leave with much more than what you gave. With VP Bali you cannot but be a part of the culture. You'd be living in the homestay of one of the sweetest families in Ubud; you would have the opportunities to be a part of at least one ceremony, you would witness how Balinese people spend their days. With the cultural exchange on Wednesday you learn a lot about their culture and you get to act upon it as well. You also get to attend Balinese ceremonies in the village or even pray with your students in the special occasions. Finally, imagine how much you can learn about the culture when the staff members are all locals with the sweetest hearts who are always ready to share with you everything they know! More than the Balinese culture, with the diversity of nationalities of the volunteers, you would have the opportunity to have a glimpse of knowledge about a lot of different cultures as well! Especially that in VP Bali we are much more than colleagues; in VP Bali we are family! Starting from the most influential founder Kimberly, to the interns, the staff, the volunteers and most importantly the kids. You might think that three months is a long time but I was learning something new each day! No time would feel enough but the more you stay the more you learn. I came back home with a long lasting smile on my face, serenity and peace in my heart and most importantly a lot of knowledge to share.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Laura
9/10

My internship with VP Bali

When I first started the internship I didn't imagine how much I would learn about the Balinese culture. As an intern at VP Bali you get the chance to work closely with the local staff. This was for me the best way to learn about their culture cause they are all happy to let you in and give you an inside look.
I've also learned a lot from the Kimberley. Even though she is the founder and has a million things to do she is always there to answer all the questions and help you where it's needed.
I've learned so much more about Marketing and Social media. I for sure grew a lot professionally but even more personally!
This experience is truly incredible. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made (if not the best).

Yes, I recommend this program
Daniel
9/10

Best channel to experience meaningful local life in Bali

Kim and her team were extremely courteous and helpful right from the start. Getting used to the climate and daily schedule was the easy part. Leaving the new friends and students upon conclusion of the program was quite difficult. I am glad that I ventured out of my comfort zone to join a group of dedicated volunteers and staff who tirelessly work to educate and mentor the children and youths of Bali.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Saskia
10/10

Unique experience

Interning with VP Bali for three month was one of the best experiences in my life! When I arrived, I didn't know what to expect but my expectations were more than exceeded! I have gained new skills but most of all I have grown a lot on a personal level and I changed my way of thinking in many points. The founder Kimberley and the local staff are great! It's heartwearming to see how they support the students and the local Balinese families and communities! I had the chance to immerse into a completly new culture and I have leraned a lot about their traditions.
Either volunteering or interning with VP Bali is a great opportunity and I can highly recommend this organization! It was such an enriching experience for me and I am so grateful to had the chance to be part of the VP Bali Family! I just wish I could have stayed longer!
Thank you for this incredible three month experience! VP Bali changed my life and they will stay in my heart. I will come back for sure!

Yes, I recommend this program
Nathan
10/10

VP Bali is doing very wonderful things!

My time with VP Bali has created wonderful and lasting memories. Kimberley and the local staff are quite wonderful and have such a beautiful vision and a wellspring of energy and drive with which to bring this vision to life.
The other volunteers who are attracted to this work are very special people also; I felt a common spirit of goodwill and the desire to be of service and to give, and that is an exceptional feeling to be around.
Then there are the children; it was the biggest treat and honor to spend time with these joyous, energetic, talented and giving young people. They are so fresh and full of vitality, they are friendly and kind, and they are so willing to connect and share themselves with you. They make you want to give the very best effort that you can give, because they are such good and beautiful people. This was so rewarding and I felt like I could never give as much to them as I received.
VP Bali is a great organization with wonderful plans and is devoted to promoting sustainability, health, welfare, opportunity and inspiration for these children and the local communities. I would partake of this experience again in an instant!

Thank you all!

Yes, I recommend this program
Noëlle
9/10

After volunteering 16 weeks

I am a French student and I worked with VP Bali as a volunteer for four months. It is a really unique and priceless experience. I have experienced Balinese culture, which is really different from the Occidental one and spending my afternoons with the kids was amazing. I also met a lot of other volunteers from all over the world so I could improve my English and it was interesting to see how differently they see, understand and feel the different situations.
At the beginning I was worried but finally, the kids are really cute and kind and it is funny for the volunteers and the kids as long as the teacher is comfortable and energetic.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Catherine
10/10

Enriching experience

VP Bali is such an enriching experience! I learned a lot about how to teach English (how to make grammar fun, how to keep the children entertained and concentrated...), the culture of Indonesians (code of conduct and cultural classes every wednesday)... But most of all, i learned a lot about myself! Personal improvement in one month only! I totally recommend this program. The staff is amazing and so supportive! Plus, you only work from monday to thursday, so you also have the opportunity to discover Bali !!

How can this program be improved?
I think it would be great to have a staff in each class! I had the chance to have "Eka" in my class and he was so helpful and supportive! He helped me translate into indonesian the rules, helped to keep the class quiet...etc!
No, I don't recommend this program
Tom
10/10

Amazing experience

I spent 4 months volunteering in VP Bali.
It was one of the best experiences in my life. The kids are awesome and it is really easy to quickly feel comfortable in VP Bali. The staff is so nice and I would like to thank them for their kindness.
Bali is the place to be to travel on the week-ends with so many islands to visit!
The experience with the volunteers was also incredible because I really had the opportunity to meet people from all around the world

Once-in-a-lifetime experience !

Yes, I recommend this program
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Margarida
10/10

VP Bali Family

This was from far the best experience I have ever had in my life. I enjoyed everything about the program but I sure regret one thing: not staying for a long time. I sincerely advise other people that want to join this program to stay more than one month. This was an amazing experience full of just positive things. It brings together the volunteer work and fun. When you are not at classes you can spend the free time visiting and doing amazing things that Ubud offers. Such as going to swimming pools in the middle of jungle, go to the monkey forest, spent time with elephants, visit the temples, go to the incredible rice fields, do some yoga, learn some cultural things about Indonesia and eat delicious meals! On the weekend you can go to close places in Bali like Gili Islands, which is a must go place. Even when you are in classes you are also having fun with the kids because you have space to be creative and teach in a lots of fun ways. The kids are absolutely amazing and want to learn whatever you want to teach them. You think you go there to teach but you will be the one who learn more with this experience. You will certainly fall in love for the places and for the people you will know. Vp Bali is not just a program is a family and you will understand that if you live this. I will always keep this family in my heart! I want and I will for sure come back one day!

How can this program be improved?
I think this program is very well organized I just hope that the program expands to another school because it brings so many good and positive things, not only for the kids but to the community.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rita
10/10

My 2 amazing week experience

I think that the program is well structred and I have nothing to say but good things! The kids are wonderful and also the staff. For the next participants I would advise them to write in the dairy because they might get a really fun dinner at Kimberlys house ahah and also because its good to keep the staff aware of the progress we make in both classes. Eventhough it only been a few days since the volunteer program the thing that most made impact in my life was the reminder that we cannot forget how important is to encourage people to be selfconfident. The tips I have is to go to the biahbiah warung in front of the Goutama homestay because its really good and cheap and to try the coconut store! And to go to the ricefields, elephant park, jungle fish, monkey forest and the waterfalls!!

How can this program be improved?
I think the briefing should prepare more the volunteers about the drive and how it works
Yes, I recommend this program
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Isabel
9/10

What an experience!!

Ever since the beginning, the process of volunteering with VP Bali ran smoothly. Kimberley was prompt and helpful. The information I got before getting there was a great preparation for the experience ahead. Once there, I met great people who were also volunteering, as well as the Founder Kim and the super friendly staff of VP Bali - Komang and Eka . Everyone was like minded, independently of age differences. We got introductions and meetings before the actual teaching and that was helpful.

The experience of teaching just came very naturally to me, although I haven't done it before. Creating a bond with those students didn't take long at all, I found them to be so very genuine, affectionate and willing to learn! Kim -- it is inspiring to meet people who set such a great example and who are willing to give with very little in return, besides a purpose.

I find Ubud itself to be a very deep and spiritual place; being able to live there (even if only for a couple weeks) was a tremendous immersion in the culture and habits - also because of the acommodation with a Balinese family who were always lovely. I came across such kind people all throughout this experience. I wish I could have done it for a couple weeks more. Hopefully a come back... Thank you so much for this incredible experience! :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lidiamara
10/10

So much more than teach english!

I can say safely that my time here were the thirty happiest days in sequence of my whole life. no one of them i wanted to be in another place, with other people or more material goods. staffs, local people, homestay's people, the children, other volunteers.. everyone is very nice, with a big heart and disposition to do the best in this program. Along the time you start to see that the program is more than provide english classes, is also a big idea able to empower everyone that is envolving by one way.

How can this program be improved?
Even through i know that few applies to say long time but, i wouldn't recommend accepted for short time like 2 weeks ( but this just about the classes, about the experience any time with you it's worth) and also about the knowledge that volunteers has about what the last teachers have done, we use the diary but i mean something more simple and efetive. I will keep this in my mind and see if i can help by one way :)
Yes, I recommend this program
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Linh Hong
10/10

My experience

This was my first time traveling with my cousin alone and we had the most amazing trip ever. We got so much into the culture and you get to know the local people too. The best feeling about it, is that you know your money is going to help the community and not to something else. This was the most amazing trip and I would recommend it to every body who is considering. The kids that you are teaching, are the most sweetest and open minded kids you will ever meet.

How can this program be improved?
Everything was perfect.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hannah
10/10

I want to do it all again!

When I applied for vpbali, I was not expecting to get accepted, but they replied and accepted me within 4 hours! I was so excited to head to Ubud, Bali to meet everyone!
The best thing about the teaching experience has to be the kids. They have the most beautiful hearts and souls and are so eager to learn from us. They are so energetic and full of life; it's beautiful to be a part of. The connection I built with the children was so strong and heartbreaking when it was time for me to leave. I will miss them dearly.
Being part of such a dynamic team with people from all over the world is something I will never forget. We were all there for the same reason; to enrich the lives of the children of
Bali.
One of my favourite memories was on Australia Day, where I taught my classes about Australia and gave them small Australian toys to take home with them. They were so excited!
If you ever need a break from your everyday life, to clear your head or just be a part of an incredible team, join vpbali! You won't regret it!

Yes, I recommend this program
Sofie
10/10

Volunteer Programs Bali

From the moment we got here, we felt like a part of a family. The program is amazing. It is VERY transparrent, so you know exactly where your money goes and so on. It is an amazing non-profit organisation and the children are the best! We had so much fun teaching and playing with them, and I even learned some Bahasa in return (also we got so much love it was unreal)! I would definitely do this again if I get the chance. It has been one of the best times of my life. The other volunteers were all so sweet, and we quickly bonded. I have never felt so at home away from home.

How can this program be improved?
I can't put a finger on a single thing. It was amazing! Everything from the school, to the people, to the homestay.
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....