Volunteering Programs by Volunteer Programs Bali

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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 177 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.1
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
  • Benefits 8
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9
  • Facilities 8
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Marleen
9/10

Great experience, lots of fun with the children and great people!

I have done this program for eight weeks with my friend. Already on the first day it felt like home. The children welcome you as if you knew them already. When the days pass, you will get to know them better and better which is why you can teach them better also. My English wasn't that great when I arrived, but still much better then the students. But because I taught them, my English improved as well. I also noticed I became more creative during this program. Not only the teaching is fun, you also have a lot of free time. In this free time you can explore Ubud where there is always something to do. Also I met so many nice other volunteers, we often did trips together which I really enjoyed. I am so happy I was able to have this amazing experience, I would definitely do this program again!

How can this program be improved?
Maybe the children have to be mixed up a little bit more, some classes have so many boys and not enough girls to balance it. Then it's much harder to teach them properly, because its harder to control them.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Geraldine
9/10

Brilliant experience, great support

I'm delighted with my last-minute decision to do a month's volunteering with VP Bali. The programme itself is brilliant but what stood out in particular for me was the support I received throughout the time there. Weekly group meetings and constant contact with the co-ordinators and fellow volunteers meant that any issues or concerns were addressed and dealt with immediately, and I never felt short of advice and direction when it came to the classes themselves (that's coming from a first-time "teacher"!)

The kids are just gorgeous and so eager to learn, which is always a plus, and the general atmosphere amongst the volunteers was really encouraging and social. Couldn't recommend this programme any more highly.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Megan
10/10

I wish I knew about VP Bali sooner.

I am so grateful for this experience. I have meet so many wonderful people from around the world whom have come together for a common goal, to teach English to the children of Bali. I wish I would have known about this program sooner. The children are amazing and come to class eager to learn. We teach them in a fun and creative manner which keeps them coming back day after day. I am inspired not only by the children but also by the various volunteers. We are each so different as some of them are students on a gap year to others which are making a career change. I wish that I could have stayed longer than two weeks because I have formed such a strong bond with my students and my new VP Bali family. I wasn't ready to leave, but I hope to be back soon!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ilaria
10/10

Amazing volunteering experience. Go for it. No regrets!

A career break, is a big change, a big step in life. I felt I needed to find more sense, to start giving instead of continuously being in a 'taking mode' - as you can be in most of Western countries. Therefore, I decided to come to Bali and to attend the VP Bali volunteering program in Ubud. It has been a great experience for me: not only for the inspiring and peculiar location of Ubud and Bali in general, but specially for the involvement with the local people and the community. On the one hand you teach English,but on the other you help kids and local villages to get scholarships and to adapt to different type of people (and accents) as teachers are from all over the world. You really feel you can make the difference!! Playing with the kids, singing with them, praise them is a 'two-way' exchange which I will never forget and that no words / written review will ever explain, indeed. You should just go for it!!!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Mariana
10/10

My experience - Mariana

I loved this program and everything it has to offer. Everyone was really wellcoming and helped in everything I needed. The classes were well organized and it was not that difficult to start on the first day. The children are so cute, they make leaving very difficult. I came with my boyfriend and so I can say it is also good for couples. We always felt integrated with the group, although we came together. We did some activities with the group of volunteers that we will never forget. I truly recommend everybody to join VP Bali.

How can this program be improved?
Everything is well prepared and organized, I dont know what else could be improved
Yes, I recommend this program
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Emilie
10/10

Emilie s experience

My only regret is that I am not able to stay longer.This experience has been amazing in many ways.
I was always very exicted to come to school.it is such q good feeling to see the kids eager to learn.Even without any previous teaching experience,we can help them to improve their english.It was also an amazing experience for me to learn more about their culture and their traditions. I am glad I decided to come to Bali not only as a tourist but as a volunteer.It is such a great experience and gives a meaning to your travel experience.
Finally, the local cordinators have been amazing.one of the best things we did together was to go to the temple for a ceremony.

Thqnk you everyone,I will definitely recommend this experience to my friends.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sahar
10/10

My experience in Bali

I had a very good time volunteering at VP Bali. It was my first volunteer experience and I learned so much about the culture, I learned a lot from my students and I would highly recommend it to everyone who is thinking about joining a volunteer program. VP Bali helped me a lot to get better everyday. I had the pleasure to meet so wonderful people who I will always remember. I had the chance to get in contact with the local people which was a one of a kind experience. I would always do the volunteer program at VP Bali again.

How can this program be improved?
I would include a meeting where we learn more about the life situation of our students or the local people in general.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Petra
10/10

Emilie's experience

My only regret is that I am not able to stay longer.This experience has been amazing in many ways.
I was always very excited to come to school. It is such a good feeling to see the kids eager to learn. Even without any previous teaching experience, we can help them to improve their English. It was also an amazing experience for me to learn more about their culture and their traditions. I am glad I decided to come to Bali not only as a tourist but as a volunteer. It is such a great experience and gives meaning to your travel experience.
Finally, the local coordinators have been amazing. One of the best things we did together was to go to the temple for a ceremony.

Thank you everyone, I will definitely recommend this experience to my friends.

How can this program be improved?
maybe we need a lit bit more materials like lists of vocabulary and different worksheets.
for me being two teachers in the classroom is a priority because it s way easier to help the kids. I saw the difference when I was only working with a group of 6.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Yves
8/10

It feels great to help others

Teaching english with vp bali has been a rewarding experience which has helped me build confiendence in myself to consider a career in education. There is a great balance between school time and free time to travel. During my stay in bali i always felt safe and the staff where always around if i needed anything. The have made great friends during my stay which i will keep in contact with when we are all back home.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Melanie
8/10

10 week volunteer

I volunteered with VP Bali for 10 weeks and really enjoyed my time here. The kids at school were eager to learn and mostly very respectful and welcoming of all the new teachers. Although sometimes the curriculum felt impractical and the language barrier was a challenge, teaching and forming relationships with the kids was very rewarding. They have definitely improved their English over these past weeks and I've loved watching them grow. A special aspect of VP Bali is the family you become apart of: staff, volunteers, local coordinators, and students. Sharing family, school, and village ceremonies is a unique aspect of the program I particularly liked. The 4 day work week allows enough time to explore different parts of Bali on the weekend with the other volunteers. I highly recommend this organization!

How can this program be improved?
The curriculum should include more practical topics, such as greetings, shopping, travel, and verbs. I found it very hard to teach the kids grammar and sentence structure, so some extra guidance with that would be good. The language barrier with the younger children is also very noticeable, so perhaps the VP Bali program is more beneficial to the junior high school kids with a basic foundation in English.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Leila
10/10

An amazing experience in Bali

I have experienced VP Bali as a very open organisation that is standing within the communities. The aim is to teach English to the children from these communities. The children that join the program are very enthusiastic and eager to learn new things. The children are being taught in a creative way. They learn English in a playful way, it is easier for them to remember and also fun of course.

While volunteering at VP Bali you have the weekends and the mornings off. You can explore the island then with your fellow volunteers. The other volunteers are from all over the world, which is also very interesting.

I definitely recommend joining the program, you will fall in love with the people and nature!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jude
10/10

The VpBali Experience

I completed my 3 month volunteering on the 22nd of November and I have to admit it was an exquisite experience full of entertainment, joy, and knowledge thanks to vpbali. I left home for 3 months and it didn't feel any different because vpbali was like my second family. Supportive in every possible way whether from the choice of volunteers or the vpbali team. They enhanced my teaching skills; moreover, they showed me the real meaning of what a smile means. I thank them for this. I wouldn't want to have my first "teaching abroad" experience any other way.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly, i think its perfect the way it is; although its sad that it is not that visible on social media.. and i truly think that it needs a bit of a push because truthfully they are doing a great job supporting all these opportunities for them kids who are in need!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Léo
10/10

Awesome Experience at VP Bali

I spent a two-months internship at VP Bali. I've been very easily intergrated to the team and the staff was very welcoming. This was a very useful experience. This organization is very active for the local development. It is also promoting the recycling system in Bali. The volunteers are very happy to be here and are very involved to teach to the kids. The founder gives all her time to develop all the programs and try to be very helpful with the volunteers and the local population.

I definitely recommend this program for those who wants to volunteer in Bali and also for interns.

How can this program be improved?
I would think it would be great if they are known more on social media so more volunteers can come to help and have a great experience as I did.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Mourad
10/10

A perfect experience with VP Bali

I'm a french student and I was placed in the marketing department for Volunteer Programs Bali – An international Volunteer Organization – The organization provides free English Teaching and other leisure activities to Balinese children.
The organization of VP Bali comprises of a small but effective team, team members are allocated their own projects which allows for greater accountability.
I really enjoyed working as part of a group and excelled when I worked on my own projects. I learned how to prioritise my to-do list into short term and long term tasks. I valued this experience so much that I hardly noticed four months pass.

Volunteers from all the programs were very happy when they finished their lessons, we feel some atmosphere in the schools with amazing positive vibes.

Children are amazing, they are willing to learn and improving themselves and their english level.

Such an amazing opportunity !!

How can this program be improved?
Everything is perfect there is nothing to add
Yes, I recommend this program
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Katalin
10/10

An unforgettable experience

Volunteering in Bali was an unforgettable experience. The people and the children living there are amazing. They are open and friendly with everybody.
This was the first time for me teaching English and I loved it. The children of Bali are welcoming, lovely and helpful. You just need a few ideas and the rest just comes uncalled :) Some of them love playing games, the others competitions, it depends also on their age So be prepared for everything.
And don't forget: smile and Bali will smile back to 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....