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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 9
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.2
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.7
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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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Johanna
10/10

Thank you vpbali

I had a very very good time here with vp bali.
I got to know so many nice people from all around the world. I really loved teaching because the students were so lovely. Especially my younger ones were the cutest children I have ever seen and I will miss them.
The stuff of vpbali is very nice and if I had a problem I could always ask them.
I had very much fun and maybe i'll come back.
Thank you vpbali!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Chess
10/10

My time at VP Bali

I couldnt be happier that I decided to join the VP Bali team this summer, and now I actually wish that I had signed on to do a longer time volunteering! The children are so inspiring to teach, it makes you so excited to come back every day and continue to help them develop their english and I genuinely believe that the programme will have a lasting impact for the kids. The staff do an amazing job and have such a great relationship with all the students. The staff aswell as the local co-ordinaters ensure that the whole programme is run so smoothly and the kids could not be in a better, more positive and helpful envioronment for them to learn! Id recommend the programme to anyone that is up for an inspring and fun experience where you will learn alot and that is keen to have a true impact on the childrens learning.

Yes, I recommend this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 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....