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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 184 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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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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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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....