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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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  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.1
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.7
  • Benefits 8
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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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Kerstin
10/10

My amazing volunteering atVPBali

I decided to join this volunteering programme when I already started my backpacking. So far it has been the best decision I made during my whole traveling as I experienced my most beautiful time throughout the whole trip during my stay at VPBali. VPBali has been so helpful from the beginning on and so created a wonderful atmosphere. The teaching itself has been absolutely amazing as the kids are so lovely. They are so thankful that you dedicate your time to them and are so willing to learn. For letting the teaching be a lot of fun VPBali offeres a lot of helpful material.

Yes, I recommend
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Aurore
10/10

Good vibe

My overall experience was amazing. I first think that the program is really helpful as I could see the improvement with most of the students. The kids are really nice and want to learn a lot. Even the little "trouble makers" are always kind to us and respectful, and they get motivated pretty easily, even if some days are harder than others.
The staff is always present for us and really helpful. I particularly loved the spirit of the program, it's full of good vibe.

Yes, I recommend
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Gonçalo
9/10

Amazing Personal experience

VP Bali has given me the opportunity to work in a volunteering program for the first time and I can say it was an amazing experience.
Although I had worked for five years in Africa, this volunteering experience gave me the opportunity to meet different people, with a different culture and different points of view. For all that, I think I am now a person with a new perspective of the world.
I will definitely recommend VP Bali programs.

Yes, I recommend
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Violette
10/10

A great, funny, and unforgettable experience

To be part of VP Bali was one of the best experience I have ever had so far. It was a successful volunteer program that made me realize we are important and count to have a true impact on the construction of those children to become responsible adults. Even if every child could not manage an exercise, they always were very motivated to try to understand, to fall sometimes, and try again.. VP Bali is a very well structured organization based on true educational values and, more over, FUN and CREATIVITY ! We could really felt the children had a great moment - and so did we - during the class by learning and having fun in a creative way too. This combination is the true base of VP Bali, and I personally think it is the good one. I thank this program to be as much positive and funny in all ways ! I really felt member of a family, and a wonderful one !

Yes, I recommend
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Fiona
9/10

Loved the staff and the children

When you arrive the local staff and vp Bali staff welcome you into their family. I felt really happy and supported during my time here. The children at school are adorable and really eager to learn, they love playing games and it really helped me bond with them. The children were split out into levels while I was there and it was much easier to teach when they were all on one level. I can see their improvement from my time starting and when I finished. Any materials you need while you're there the support and local staff help you with.

Yes, I recommend
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Lisette
8/10

Volunteer experience VP Bali

I was a volunteer at VP Bali for one month and had a very good experience. Almost all volunteers stay together what makes it one big group of friends in a very short moment of time. Teacher the children is done with another co teacher what's makes it easier and more fun as the kids can be quite busy and enthusiastic. We learned them one topic for four weeks and gave them a test after. After the four weeks they have learned a lot of new body parts and sentences. They are very grateful for you teaching them what makes it nice to go to school every day.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe a bit more instructions how to teach the children at the beginning such as having a sheet with all the information of the class. Like where they are good at and where you have put some focus on to improve.
Yes, I recommend
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Pierre
10/10

My experience

This experience in Bali was amazing, I really enjoyed my time with the kids. It's something different, that I never did before and at the same time if was something special because I really built a relationship with the kids. The two classes I had were so kind and they were always looking to learn English and have fun at the same time. The classes were always interactive.
I think this experience changed my point of view of the relationship with people and it also changed me.

I can recommend VP Bali to everybody who wants to discover and live a special experience that they had before.

Yes, I recommend
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Jordan
10/10

My experience in Bali

I decided to come to Bali to volunteer and have loved it. I was able to make connections in the classrroom with the kids and explore in the mornings. I loved being able to immerse myself in the culture through visiting temples and ceremonies. Every morning offers a chance to explore the surroundings such as waterfalls and the market. Overall I am very happy with this experience...................

How can this program be improved?
Could have more training on how to teach at the beginning.
Yes, I recommend
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Amelie
8/10

one month with VP Bali

when arriving in Bali I had no idea what to expect. Although I had already lived six months in South East Asia for an academic exchange I had never been to Indonesia. People here were more than nice to me, the staff, the locals, the students...
Before coming to VP I had never taught especially not English (which is not even my mother tongue). This experience has allowed me be more confident, creative, that sometimes it is okay not to know as long as you are willing to progress and learn from your mistakes.

How can this program be improved?
- better organization of the curriculum so that the teacher have a better overview of the progress of the class (tests at the same time for all classes in order to progress more efficientely with the lessons
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....