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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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  • Impact 8.9
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.1
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.7
  • Benefits 8
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Noah
10/10

I had an amazing time with VP-Bali!!

I had such a lovely time at VP-Bali. I really enjoyed the classes and the teaching. The kids were so sweet and they really wanted to learn. The staff and the people from the school were really helpful. I also had such a good time together with te other volunteers, and I really gonna miss them and the kids. The volunteering was a ones in a lifetime experiece and I would definitely recommend to everyone to voluenteer at VP-Bali!!

How can this program be improved?
The program could be improved by getting more volunteers, just so we can give them an even better education.
Yes, I recommend
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Ethan
10/10

The best 2 weeks EVER

From the first day it was easy to get into, the kids and the other volunteers are warm and embracing. Despite having had no teaching experience, the programme was welcoming and the children are so grateful for anything it makes it a pleasure to play even the smallest game. The programme allows time for socialising and teaching, not restricting you to one or the other and making VP Bali perfect for anyone looking to travel, go on holiday, or in fact gain valuable teaching experience. The children are ao much more loving than I expected and it makes the volunteering that extra bit funner and easier. As for teaching experience, having two classes, each of different ages, allows for two intensities and a wide spectrum of experience. I would 100 percent recommend VP Bali for anyone looking to occupy some time in Bali or to teach.

Yes, I recommend
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Casanova
10/10

My amazing trip with VP Bali

That was the first time I did volunteer and that was a really good trip. Teaching was a good experience, even more with kids like this, they are really kind. First I thought that would be a difficult trip but at my arrival I totally changed my mind. The homestay is really nice. I discovered the balinese culture, and this is really interesting one. I travelled around Bali, to kuta, seminyak and gili, visiting temples, beaches and waterfalls. I travelled a lot and this is one of the best place I went, and encountered a lot of nice people, in Vp Bali and outside. I recommend this trip, because all of those reasons.

Yes, I recommend
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Louis
8/10

VP experience

I spent 4 weeks here and I had a very good time. The program is very well organized and seems efficient, so is the staff. The local coordinators were very helpful and very pleasant.
One the the main thing I appreciated is that we have the same class for the whole volunteering, which makes our work more efficient.
The children are really sweet and eager to learn, they deserve from the volunteers a serious work and a real attention.
This volunteering was a very good experience, and I hope I brought something.

Yes, I recommend
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Jacinta
10/10

ONCE in a lifetime experience.

As I arrived everyone was very friendly, both at the home stay and the school. The kids were so geuininly friendly and their smile put a smile on my face. When we went on weekend trips and were not in school I actually missed teaching and being with the kids. The staff couldn't be any nicer and are always there for anything we need, wether translating in class or helping us with creative ideas. It couldnt have been a better experience for a first time teacher, playing games with the children and teaching them at the same time. The students are very enthusiatic and love learning which motivates us teachers even more to come to school with a smile on our faces. Throughout my journey here I have learnt games, languages and people that have diffentely made me view things a diferente way and all for the better. This is without doubt a program and a experience that needs to be done at least once in your life time and after you have done it once you will just want to keep on doing and never leave. I would recommend this program as without doubt a great exprience and high level of professionality throughout the whole stay. I wish I could stay longer and I am definitily going to miss this place more then any place.
I'll be back!

Yes, I recommend
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Georgia
10/10

The Best Experence Of My Life!!!

If you are looking for a life chaging experience, VP Bali is for you. From meeting the children, to teaching the children, to meeting new friends and travelling Bali... I have enjoyed every single second. The feeling is unexplainable how this whole journey has made me feel, but I feel I have found so much out about myself, the world around me and met amazing life long friends. This has been THE BEST experience of my life. A trip I will never forget. Thank you VP Bali!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing! Everything is prefect!!!!!
Yes, I recommend
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Jessica
10/10

Great Experience!

This was my first time volunteering and I have loved every minuet When we first arrived at the homestay we were welcomed by the other volunteers who were happy to show us where to eat, drink and shop! The orientation on Sunday was very informative and really prepared us for the following day at school. School is so much fun.. From the moment you arrive the children are so happy to see you and eager to know everything about their new volunteer. You prepare your lesson in advance so you know what youre doing in advance and can get straight into teaching. There are loads of supportive materials in the classroom and on the google drive. The school day goes by soooo quickly as it is so much fun! Social here is great and Thursday nights are definitely something to look forward too!

Yes, I recommend
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Alex
10/10

6 weeks volunteering

I have just come to the end of my 6 weeks volunteering with VP bali and loved the whole experience. Would definitely reccommend it if you're wanting to volunteer abroad, I have done a few different projects abroad and this was one of my favourites. I felt like I could really get to know the kids and the VP bali team. The kids are so grateful, eager to learn and always happy to see you. I will miss all the kids and the staff lots and will definitely be back to Bali again in the future!

Yes, I recommend
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Cecilia
10/10

Bali adventure

At first when I went I didn't know what I said yes to - I just did it. And I don't regret anything! Ithas been such a good experience being a volunteer at VP Bali. You get to know the other volunteers so quickly. In school the kids are so interessted in getting to know you and are very willing to learn! I didn't have any previous experience with teaching but that's not a problem. The program helps you finding work sheets, games and things to do with your class, but at the same time they're very open for new ideas! So just be creative - and I'm sure they'll accept it. Another thing is that you have a close relationship with the local coordinators. By living with a local family you get to know the culture and how it is to live in Bali. They're so open minded and you can ask about everything and they'll do their best to answer you. I'll definitely recommend do it! It's amazing! Go start your adventure.

Yes, I recommend
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Christina
9/10

My Experience at VP Bali

For me it is just totally normal that every child goes to school and gets the eduaction that it needs. But here I just realised that it is not normally and a lot of kids just sell stuff on the street instad of going to school. I'm glad that I'veen could be a little part of Volunteer Bali who just tries to help as good as possible and to change the situation.

I reallly enjoyed to volunteer in this beautiful location- Ubu is just amaying! And I especially enjoyed staying with the other volunteers in a homestay. So in this way I also got to know to the Balinese everyday life which was really intersting for me to see.

So for me it was just the perfect connection between travelling and also doing something good for the community.

I'm thankful for this experience and just sad that I have to leave.

Yes, I recommend
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Shelly
10/10

Excellent experience with VP Bali

I had an excellent experience with VP Bali. I was very nervous coming in, as had never been a teach before, never mind an ESL teacher. However, the staff was very helpful in making me feel comfortable and in providing resources. It was helpful having a co-teacher to provide feedback and bounce ideas off of. The accommodations were nice. The host families were so friendly and welcoming. I enjoyed working with the local coordinators to learn about the culture and about how the kids learn. The program definitely benefits the kids and the community as a whole.

Yes, I recommend
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Adrianna
10/10

My time at VP Bali

Here I am in a country far far away where everything is so different from back home. The students, staff, culture, and people of Bali have embraced me and opened their arms like I was a family member. Everyday, I went to class and the students would run out and leave "love notes" on the board for me. It showed me that I was making a impact on these kids and they will never understand the impact they had me. While the kids taught me about their lives in Bali the staff also immersed us into the Balinese way. The staff was also available for my late messages asking questions about class and the coordinators were the perfect liaison to help me relay task and assignments to the students. We were able to learn Balinese dance, and ceremony culture and attend ceremonies for the schools. It was an all encompassing program that not only taught but showed you the Bali way of life.

Yes, I recommend
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Gabriela
10/10

VP Bali Volunteering Experienced

During my trip through Southeast Asia I took a couple of weeks to volunteer in Bali with the VP Bali. I had two classes with kids from about 6 to 10 years old. As a English Teacher I can say that there's nothing in life more fulfilling than seeing a kid enjoying a class and actually learning, this is what happens in VP Bali. Kids come to classes to learn in a fun and dinamic way. It is amazing who they appreciate your help and how they get so closed to you in just a couple of days. One of the most beautiful things loved about being with the kids is the way they show respect to their teachers and elders by putting your hand in their forehead, I've never seen anything like this in other countries and I think it is just a sweet gesture. All the staff members and volunteers I got the chance to meet and share this experience with were very nice and helpful all the time. We had great days even outside the school. Volunteering is definitely the most incredible thing I've done so far in my life. If you ever have the chance to volunteer abroad I would totally recommend VP Bali, you will not regret it.

Yes, I recommend
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Naomi
8/10

I wasnt here long enough! An amazing experience!

The way the English is taught by VP Bali is amazing. The children benefit so much from the English course structure and curriculum set by VP Bali. The children are so eager to learn and love seeing thier teachers every day. The children's motivation is always high due to the fun, learning environment. I am so thankful that I was able to participate in such a fantastic program and cant wait to see the children again some day soon! I really felt that I was able to make a difference and genuinely contribute to the children's success in the future.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps just more simple worksheets for the teachers to teach the ESL content. Whilst most teachers were great at thinking of new ideas and ways to teach the content, I felt that the children in my class really benefited from them. Rather than playing games, the children in my class really benefited from writing activities.
Yes, I recommend
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Raphaël
10/10

My amazing experience with VP Bali

It was my first volunteering experience. The testimonial of a friend who volunteered at VP and the comparaison with others programs gave me the confidence to chose VP Bali. I haven't any regrets for that, it is the best decision that I ever made.

I was really well welcomed by the staff and I met amazing people with who I volunteered but also lived during two months.

About the school and the kids, the staff and my coteacher gave me advices to prepare myself and gave me confidence before my first teaching classes. Anyway it's an easy "job" because the kids are adorables (so different from the western kids) and are always enthusiastic to learn more about the English language. Furthermore, I think the way that we teach English: by games and exercices is really good to keep the kids motivated the k to learn and come to this free extra classes. You quickly create connections with the kids and it very rewarding to see them improve.
I strongly recommend Volunteer Programs Bali for people who are looking for do something good in their life and are looking for an international experience.

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....