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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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based on 180 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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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 this program
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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 this program
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Rachel
7/10

VP Bali

The children were really sweet. I am especially grateful for the Wena Homestay family and local staff, such as Tutik and Wayan. They are very special people and because of them, I enjoyed my experience here. I love how the program offers scholarships to select students and supports families within the community. I see this as one of its greatest strengths.

One thing I feel compelled to mention: volunteers are expected to write these reviews on the last day of the program, under the supervision of a staff member. A volunteer might not feel free to express their honest opinion under these circumstances. I feel that there would be greater transparency in these comments if volunteers posted their reviews independently.

How can this program be improved?
It would be great to have more volunteers such as Tutik to help facilitate class lessons. Our class was very well behaved under Tutik's supervision but could quickly become wild without her around. Alternatively, maybe there is something the volunteer teachers could do to regain the respect of the students?
Yes, I recommend this program
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Luca
9/10

Loving Bali

I stayed here 2 weeks. It has been an intense experience that made me get in contact with the local culture and youth in a way that would have not been possible by traveling on my own. Kids are amazing and they enrich your days, from the moment you arrive at school and hear your name shouted to the excitement of stickers time (end of the lessons). I recommend this experience to any traveler or curious individual who wants to discover not only an amazing country but a lively and dynamic population. Honesty is perfect as it is located in the center of Ubud and offers tours all around Bali. Other volunteers and program coordinators help you and support you through the whole journey and you feel safe at all times. I can't wait to come back, this time for longer!

A presto!

Luca

Yes, I recommend this program
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Annabelle
8/10

My experience

My experience with vp Bali has been a good one. This has been my first time out of Europe and Bali has been a good place to start, the home stay owners have been really helpful and would do anything for you. I felt safe staying at the home stays and going to school. The children are really enthusiastic and always ask after volunteers. It is easy to communicate with the children as there are local staff that speak Balinese and English, so they can translate to the children.

How can this program be improved?
There could me more guidance in how to plan the lessons. It is also hard to have a structure in the classroom because volunteers come and go there is a lot of change for the children.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lydia
9/10

Rewarding Experience

It is incredibly rewarding getting to know the children and seeing their reaction when you turn up to school. They are always so happy at the programme and seem to be having a great time. For them this programme is an enjoyable way to learn English. I think that the sociable aspect of the programme contributes to this as all the volunteers get to know each other so and as a result get on so well. When the children see the volunteers getting on well together it sets a great example for them.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Mariya
10/10

Unforgettable experience

Signing up for the program was one of the best decisions I've taken. The kids were such an inspiration! Every day I just couldn't wait to come to school so that I could see the smiles on their faces :) This was true fulfillment and experience that is so empowering.

All this along with the wonderful volunteers from all around the world made my stay a life time experience!

Thank you, lovely kids and VP Bali Family!
I will miss you and I hope we meet again,

How can this program be improved?
As most of us have no previous experience of teaching, it might be helpful during the orientation day to have some role plays or during the first day of teaching to be an observer of different volunteers classes
Yes, I recommend this program
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Zoe
9/10

Portugal @ Ubud

I came with another portuguese friend. We shared a room at the homestay which was really good. The bathroom was really funny because it was just a shower right in the middle of it, but soon we realized that every bathroom on this island is like that.
I loved the people on the program, they were all very nice and welcoming and I think no one feels like the newbie when they arrive.
I have stayed for 4 weeks, so obviously I have a lot of stories to tell, but I honestly recommend this program, especially if you like to make new friends and if you don't mind living in a country a little less cleaner than you're used to!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rita
10/10

My amazing experience in VP Bali

It was the best experience in my life, i really enjoyed the children, the school, and the local people and staff. I learnt a lot with them. I saw my students' progresses during classes. I met really nice people here and i will never forget them. They are an essential part of my experience. I would love to repeat this experience as soon as possible. In our homestay we have all the things that we need. Thank you VP Bali. :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Stephanie
10/10

Always learning

This program has helped my ability to understand the difficulties in children being provided sufficient and effective language education. The way the program has helped the communities children not being left behind with their education and their assistance in the community and the assistance that they can give their families is immense, and I feel so grateful to be a part of this program. The structure is great, and the speed that the children learn English from different nationalities is impressive.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Giuliano
10/10

Best experience ever

You go to Bali with the idea to give something, to help the local community teaching English to the Balinese kids. However, when you leave you realize that you have just received from them, especially from the kids. They give you their heart.
Once happened that I was sick and I missed one class. The reaction of the children surpised me. Everyone prepared a piece of paper wishing me to get well soon and everyone, the day after, was so worried about me. I'm really touched by this experience. It's been amazing. Thank you.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sinta
9/10

Children of indonesia

The children I taught at VP Bali where absolutely incredible. Every child was happy, fun, enthusiastic and ever so loving and caring. I noticed this from the very first day where many of the kids would come up to me and hug me and give me high fives and ask about me and my life. The children are so welcoming and really make you feel welcomed, loved and in the right place. I will never forget these children and their mentalities.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ioannis
10/10

Unique volunteering experience in paradise

As soon as I arrived , everything was perfect organized from the staff.
They explained with details about our responsibilities and many things about the local area.
The location of our Homestay is the best in Ubud with many restaurants and shops around.
The kids are just adorable and they welcome you with a big smile.
overall it is an amazing experience and I highly recommend to anyone who want take a break or visit Bali.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tayla
10/10

My time with VP Bali

My time with VP Bali has been an experience like no other. I booked two weeks with VP Bali and I can honestly say this was not long enough! You get attached to the students, staff and get emersed in the culture. Teaching these children open my eyes to the endless possibilities for them, its was an absoloute pleasure being apary of the VP Bali family and I woild reccomend this program to anyone looking to make a differencefbh

Yes, I recommend this program
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Marsha
10/10

A journey to the eye opening experience

Before starting the program, the only mindset I had was to teach the children I was fortunate to teach. Once I entered the program and put my skills to the test, it was far beyond what I expected it to be. It was more than just teaching the basics and writing content on the board, more than just creating activities for all the children to be apart of, but an eye opening experience. I realized how much all of the children were so eager to learn. I come to class with smiles from the students who not only love to learn but also build a strong teacher-student relationsip that reassure me that I am in a safe and comfortable environment. Every volunteer should always feel welcome and that is exactly what VP Bali was able to give me. From the homestay owners to the program staff and local coordinators, I knew I chose the right program. Because of the resources VP Bali offered, there was never a time I questioned my journey to such a diverse island and beautiful culture.

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....