Volunteering Programs by Volunteer Programs Bali

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Farewell photo
Farewell photo
An ordinary day
An ordinary day
First class
First class
Gili Air
Gili Air
Second class
Second class
Lessons
Lessons
Educational games
Educational games
Class
Class

About

Here at Volunteer Programs 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. Furthermore, we also provide scholarship program, paid-internship, and continuously encourage local business owners to create job opportunities for our students. These opportunities give our students the tools they need to achieve their fullest potential in an ever-changing society, while holding on to the values and respect for the vibrant culture that makes Bali so unique.

Impact

Every volunteer’s experience, empowerment, and growth is equally as important as anyone else in our family. We hope that the personal development and lessons learned during your time with us stay with you long after Bali, and ultimately inspire you to empower those in your own communities.

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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

96%
based on 229 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
  • Benefits 8
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9
  • Facilities 8
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Habiba
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

VP Bali experience

Coming into the program, the 4 weeks I'd signed up for seemed like a huge amount of time, but trust me when I tell you, Bali almost runs on a different clock where time FLIES by. The only thing I would change about my experience is, that I would extend it.
The experience will not disappoint on any level. It's truly humbling and life-changing. Balinese people have a way of creating so much out of very little. Working with those children, along with being exposed to the Balinese culture will alter the way you perceive your own life and will raise your self-awareness greatly.
Signing up for such a foreign experience whilst intimidating at first is immensely rewarding at the end. The entire VP Bali team is so dedicated and passionate about this entity in a way that is inspirational!

What would you improve about this program?
For the sake of continuity and ensuring progress, maybe there should be a sort of "hand-over" between old volunteers and new ones taking over their same classes, where they're put in direct contact to fill them in with information about the students, academically and personally and share any helpful tips specific to the class. It's beneficial for both students and volunteers.
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Fatima
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Rewarding & fun experience in magical Bali!

Being 2 weeks volunteering at VP Bali has been an amazing experience! It’s fun, diverse and really rewarding. No previous experience in teaching nor in volunteering is needed as you are trained and helped from the start. It’s a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the magic and uniqueness of the Balinese culture and environment, while contributing to the development of the younger generations of the country. The children are very warm, friendly and giving. VP Bali is very well organised and professional, totally immersed in and respectful of the local community. It’s a very enriching and constructive experience in so many ways!

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Mouna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

No amount of weeks would’ve been enough.

I applied for the program to volunteer for two eeeks which is the minimum allowed period, you get addicted to the kids they are so loving and giving that you just want to give them more of what you know. It was such a lovely experience that I will never forget, Kim really thought of every aspect of this experience from living with a balienese family to having the program timings to perfectly fit with traveling and exploring in the mornings.
I would recommend it to everyone that is interested in different cultures, kids, teaching or traveling.
You do get really involved with the beautiful Balinese culture.
I’ll diffentlt miss the staff of vp Bali! Tutik, kitut and the helpers ❤️
Lastly I feel lucky to have met the boss “Kim” she’s quite inspirational.

What would you improve about this program?
Just to give the volunteers a background about the Balinese culture and how different they are, I’ve seen a lot of volunteers being in shock of how the student learn and that this wouldn’t work with them.. but the thing is that with different cultures minds really do function differently.
Sin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

3 weeks with VP Bali!

I stayed with VP BALI for 3 weeks.
If you are looking for a Volunteer program to refresh your mind after leaving your career, I would say 3 weeks period is perfect. Also, VP Bali should be your first choice. You’ll have so much free time exploring the whole Bali Island yet still learn so much about Balinese culture through day to day life in the Balinese homestay and in the school.
If you have no experience in teaching before, it is absolutely fine. The previous volunteers and local staffs/helpers will advice you alot of tips and teaching ideas. The kids are very passionate about learning, try your best to make the class FUN! All in all, My time with VP Bali is precious, I am missing the kids so much while reviewing! I will only recommend VP Bali!

What would you improve about this program?
If you are a light sleeper, make sure bring some earplug with you since the wall at the homestay is not very soundproofed. You can clearly hear people talking until late night and all the noises from early morning. (You’ll get use to it tho)/Also, don’t forget to bring a hairdryer!
Tévy Vallée
Tévy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

5 weeks in VP Bali

I spend 5 wonderful weeks in VP Bali during the summer 2018, and it was not enough. When I arrived in the homestay, I was quickly made to feel at home. I didn’t even see the time pass during my 5 weeks in Ubud. In the afternoon from Monday to Thursday I taught English lessons to a lot of adorable kids and it was so hard to left them. All the members of Vp Bali are so nice and we can see that it is a big family, they take care of each other. Even if you’re English is not very good, you can improve your accent everyday by talking with all the other volunteers. During my 5 weeks, I taught English but I learned a lot because kids are so touching and sensitive, they gave me so much love. Everyday you can see all the devotion of Kim (the founder of Vp Bali).
With my kids I played a lot of varied games in order to allow them to learn easier and faster. I think they understand better the information when we teach in a fun way and when we propose them different activities.
During the week ends, with other volunteers we had time to visit Bali, I can recommande you particularly the Nusa Islands or Uluwatu, in which you can see beautiful landscapes. The city of Ubud has a rich culture and you have always something to do, to visit. Moreover, the homestay is situated in the main road with a lot of restaurants and shops so you are never alone.
After having such an experience, this lesson will be imprinted on my heart.

Rania
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Rewarding Experience!

Dropping a review a bit late but I volunteered at VP Bali back in June and stayed for a month. It was my first time traveling to Indonesia however I was able to adapt so quickly to their culture as Balinese people are simply the most welcoming, friendly and genuine people.
With VP Bali you get to experience living with a Balinese family that becomes your family and you will be in awe of their hospitality, respect and friendliness. This integration adds to the whole experience of living in Bali not as a tourist or stranger, but as a balinese, embracing their culture and the beauty of their country.
The kids at school are simply adorable, they have the best sense of humor, always so eager to learn but also to have fun. Teaching them gives you a great sense of satisfaction for being able to pass on your knowledge to others. You get so attached to them that it becomes really hard to leave. The staff at school are also the most amazing, they become your friends, and a strong bond is created with the whole community of VP Bali from the volunteers, to the staff to the kids and the family at the homestay, making the whole experience homogenous mixed with many nationalities. Kimberly, the founder of the program, is always present with you and is simply the coolest.
And on weekends (Fridays to Sundays), you get to explore Bali and its neighboring islands before going back to school on Monday :)
The fact that you are able to meet people from all over the world every week (as new volunteers arrive while others leave), and live all together in a new country, integrating in the culture and volunteering, is the most rewarding experience and I couldn't recommended enough!

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alexa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

my experience in vp bali

If you are thinking on doing a volunteer abroad I can guarantee you that the best place to go is Vp Bali! since you teach students 2 hours per day from monday to thursday therefore you have the rest of the day to go see siting and the entire weekend to travel! the other volunteers are very friendly and you do make great and strong friendships. The children you get to teach are very warm and welcoming you will feel like home within minutes. Kimberly, who is the funder is an inspiring human being and always in a good mood.

What would you improve about this program?
the rooms can be improved since sometimes we didn´t had toilet tissue
Alexia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

1 month stay

I spent one month in the program and it definitely didn’t feel like enough, you should at least do 6 weeks if you can. You immediately feel at home thanks to the local staff and the family from the Homestay but also thanks to the other volunteers. Settling in was so easy and do not hesitate to ask Wayan for advice as he would always do his best to help you. . The location of the Homestay is perfect as it is in the center of Ubud with a lot of restaurants nearby and there is a laundry service so no need to worry about that.
The children are so sweet and precious, they really love to play but also have a strong will to learn. If you don’t have previous teaching experience that is totally not a problem as the program and your co-teacher will help you get right on track.
Another great pro is the free time you get on the morning or on the weekend, I really recommend you to travel around The Island or even visit the closer ones like Nusa as it is definitely worth it and wayan can help you with the travel arrangements.

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Amber
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

VP Bali

I am in my last week of VP Bali, having joined the program 3 weeks ago - and even so, it is not long enough. If I could do my time again, I would have joined the program for 6 weeks at least, as I am not ready to leave Bali or the children that I teach!

The whole program, from pre-program information, to accommodation, to classes, is really well organised. Before arriving in Bali, you are given all the information you need regarding the program, what to bring, money, airport pick up and culture. Once arriving in Bali, you are picked up from the airport and taken to the homestay accommodation to meet the other volunteers and to see your room. You are then given all the information you need about teaching students English and what to expect during the orientations that taken place during your first couple of days. Whilst you are joining the programme to teach English, you also have a lot of free time - you have every morning free to explore the sights around and near to Ubud (such as temples, monkey forrest, waterfalls, Mount Batur, Bali swings and rice fields), and then you have Friday and the weekend to explore wider Bali (such as Gili, Nusa, Seminyak and Uluwatu) with your fellow volunteers.

As for the teaching English part of the program - I was nervous as I had never taught English abroad before and didn't know what to expect, however, Kimberly provides you will all the info you need, and the local staff are so helpful and are happy to answer and questions and help with translation. Teaching the kids is an extremely rewarding experience that I will never forget. They are so thankful that the volunteers spend their time teaching them and you develop such special bonds with your students. I am definitely not ready to leave as I will miss them all!

I would recommend anyone thinking about volunteering abroad to give VP Bali a go - it was a life changing experience, that I don't want to end!

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Pateel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

VP Bali 2 weeks

I was there for two weeks, and believe me when I tell you it was not enough. It was my first time traveling by myself and so far away from home – and yet, I did not feel lonely or homesick for a single second throughout my stay.
From the first moment I walked into the classroom and met my students and coteachers, I knew that this trip was going to be a very special one for me. The students are very eager to learn, have a positive attitude, and are loving that you can’t help but grow attached to them from the first time you meet them. The local staff is also always around to give you a helping hand with the kids and translations. During the program, you stay at a homestay with a Balinese family so you are also able to experience first hand the Balinese lifestyle and norms.
The program is designed in such a way that you can discover Bali in the mornings before class and during the weekends with the other volunteers and get to know them better. The two weeks I spent with the other volunteers, the experiences we lived together and the places we discovered/explored together were enough to create a bond between us that I’m sure will last a lifetime.
I thought I was only going there to teach the kids English, but I ended up learning and growing so much, all in the span of two weeks.
I want to thank everyone for being a part of this lifechanging journey, and specially Kimberley, the founder of the program, who’s become an inspiration to a lot of the participants.

Stephanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

VP Bali

I’m in my last week at VP Bali and i would really recommend it i was here from 3 weeks and time passes so fast i don’t want to leave this amazing place, 3 weeks wasn’t enough for me i will definitely come back and volunteer for more than 3 weeks. You will love everything, Kimberley and the staff are amazing, the kids are amazing and so cute, the people from the homestays are super kind, and the homestays are in a great location in the same street there are a lot of restaurants and shops, and on the weekends you can travel with other volunteers to Gili, Nusa, Canggu, Seminyak, Uluwatu, etc , you will end up with a lot of friends from all around the world.
Also this was my first time traveling alone and from the other side of the world (I’m from México), but i totally felt so safe and you will never feel alone because you will make a lot of friends and the kids are always there showing you their unconditionally love, i really don’t want to leave this amazing place and this amazing life changing experience.

Stephanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience at VP Bali

I’m in my last week at VP Bali and i would really recommend it i was here from 3 weeks and time passes so fast i don’t want to leave this amazing place, 3 weeks wasn’t enough for me i will definitely come back and volunteer for more than 3 weeks. You will love everything, Kimberley and the staff are amazing, the kids are amazing and so cute, the people from the homestays are super kind, and the homestays are in a great location in the same street there are a lot of restaurants and shops, and on the weekends you can travel with other volunteers to Gili, Nusa, Canggu, Seminyak, Uluwatu, etc , you will end up with a lot of friends from all around the world.
Also this was my first time traveling alone and from the other side of the world (I’m from México), but i totally felt so safe and you will never feel alone because you will make a lot of friends and the kids are always there showing you their unconditionally love, i really don’t want to leave this amazing place and this amazing life changing experience.

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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing month volunteering

VP Bali is such an amazing program, I have had the most life changing experience volunteering teaching the children English for a month. The schedule is perfect as it enables you to explore and travel around Bali over the weekends as you teach Monday to Thursday. Through staying with a Balinese family I have been able to really experience their culture and this has been such a great part of the program also, Wayan and his family are brilliant as they help you to book transport for your trips, including boat tickets to other islands. The program is great as you also have your mornings to explore Ubud. The children at VP Bali are so welcoming and eager to learn English so its been a pleasure teaching them, they make me smile everyday. I would definitely recommend VP Bali to anyone who wants to volunteer teaching English, I used my summer vacation from university to come here for a month and it has been such a rewarding experience as you really make a difference to the childrens future.

Sabrina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

1 month with VP Bali!

My time with Vp Bali was fantastic. I am a Canadian student who went to Vp Bali alone for 1 month. At first I felt nervous and scared because it was my first time traveling alone but the moment I got in the car with Wyan and Ibu (airport pickup) I totally felt safe and at ease. I can go on and on about how much I loved this experience but I will keep it short by giving you 5 main reasons why you should volunteer with VP Bali.

1- Volunteer experience: The kids are amazing and love to learn. They bring joy to your day and it is so rewarding to see them grow intellectually. The program is great because you do not need to know anything about teaching to be able to follow the curriculum and help the children. Truly great experience!

2- The homestay: Love love love the homestay family! They are honest and welcoming. Spend as much time with them as you can, you really get to know the culture through them.

3- Free time: The program is so flexible that you get a bunch of free time to roam around and travel other places.

4- Location: UBUD! I don’t think I need to say much more… great restaurants, market, temples, ... so much to do and see.

5- Fellow volunteers: You get to meet people from around the world and instantly make friends the moment you arrive. Great to have others share this experience with you and have people to travel with on weekends/free time.

The only regret was not staying longer!!!

Cheers,
Sabrina

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Maddie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing 3 months

I came to volunteer for VP Bali after dropping out of uni and it was the best decision I've ever made.

The time I spent in Bali was absolutely fantastic and I wouldn't have changed a moment of it. All of the staff and volunteers are so incredibly friendly, as are the locals, and not once did I ever feel unwelcome. On multiple occasions, I was able to experience Balinese culture in all of its beauty, and I wish I could've stayed longer to immerse myself even more.

The best part of this whole experience, though, was getting to know the children. They're always so happy and eager to learn, and they have the best sense of humour. Teaching them was such an enjoyable experience and I'll never forget them.

I had such a brilliant time at VP Bali and I'm absolutely planning on going back.

Thank you all so much for having me!