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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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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

95%
based on 189 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.2
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.7
  • Benefits 8
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  • Fun 9
  • Facilities 8
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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Maxime
9/10

My four months in VP Bali

This experience in VP Bali during four months was a good experience for me.
Everybody was really nice and helpful !
That was my first experience of teaching, and the fact to have the VP Bali staff with me, I felt more comfortable and confident in what I undertook.
Children are so nice at school and really happy to know new things everyday !
I recommend VP Bali to have an experience abroad, in a new culture with a serious team.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Noemie
8/10

MY MONTH AT VP BALI

VP Bali is an association with good goals, in terms of volunteers we were well welcomed and the staff was very helpful and always here to answer at our enquiries.
The time at the school with the kids is very rewarding because we see them improve thanks to our actions. We share good time by teaching english with games, the kids are very dynamic and happy to come to VP Bali classes.
I had a good experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Franco
9/10

The greatest experience

I was welcomed at the Homestay where I got to meet all the other volunteers. Everybody was very nice and kind to me and I immediately felt at home. The social life with the other volunteers was just amazing: we organised morning excursions, dinners, weekends away and, not to forget our dinners and night out on Thursdays.
Teaching kids was just the most lifechanging experience of my life and I recommend it to everybody. VP Bali is a great organisation that gives future opportunities to local kids and gives volunteers an unforgettable experience.

How can this program be improved?
I think the management team should give more detailed teaching plans to the volunteers.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Solene
9/10

First experience teaching to amazing kids!

I stayed one month in the program and it was so fast. I still remember my first week in School when I met all the kids. The three first days they offered me a lot of flowers to welcome me. I directly felt home. Moreover the staff is really helpful and efficient. I am so grateful for all the moments we spent together. I discovered a new culture and the kids really want to learn and make efforts. It was so sad leaving them. Thank you so much for everything! I'll miss the VP BAli family.

How can this program be improved?
This is a great and helpful program and everyone is really involved.
Maybe the volunteers need to read the diary to know better their classes and in which topics they are in the curriculum before the first day of class. I know you already insist a lot but it is the only thing I have in mind. Otherwise thank you for your organization!
Yes, I recommend this program
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May
9/10

Great experience

I had a really amazing time volunteering for this program. The people you get to work with and the kids you get to teach are all very kind and helpful. This was my first time volunteering overseas and VP Bali made it a nice and easy experience. I came without much experience, but my co-volunteers were very helpful in helping me adjust to the curriculum. Working for this program also gave me enough free time to explore Bali.

How can this program be improved?
I think it could be improved if there were more standardized materials to work with. For example, ways to teach new vocabulary or grammar with specific workbooks or workshops and then allow volunteers to further improve the student's skills with their own creative ways.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jane
9/10

2 months in Ubud

The reality of teaching English isn't as easy as you think, but it can be made easier and be a lot of fun if you just put in some of your own effort instead of relying solely on the program itself. When I first arrived, initially I thought the program lacked structure because there is no real training of how to teach if you don't know how to teach. But, admittedly, that was before I really got to know how the program was run. Later I found out that they really do give back to the community and locals, and everything you do is for a good cause. The structure is there; you just may not see it because there are so many people doing the work behind the scenes with and for you before, during, and after you go or not go. However, you will see if you go. This is a credible program.

From my two month experience, I learned to create lessons that followed the curriculum, but also tailored to my own interest. For instance, my degree was in art education, and personally, I enjoy being in a hands-on-teaching environment. So say we were on a food lesson. We made restaurant menus, so they could draw the food items, write the english food vocabularies down, and if they wanted, they could add their own Indonesian meals to the menu. We practiced conversations with restaurant role play. The students used the leaves and flowers from outside as pretend food. This experience is as much as you want to make out of it. In hindsight, I feel lucky that there is a full staff that speaks English well, with rotating translators and other students to help out when we need the help.

I think two months if a really good amount of time to learn how the program works, put in your own effort, make new friends, and make a connection with the students. Although it felt like I was there for a long time, if I had more time to spare, I would have extended my Visa and stayed longer to set new goals and try new lesson plans. This was not your Eat-Pray-Love story, but probably better, because education is so powerful that it can make you find what you may feel is missing in your life (as corny as it sounds.) I would say go for this, especially because this amount of money you'll spend will be well worth your time and experience. It's no phony vacation package to only teach once a week or here and there. There is a four day teaching routine each week for about four hours or so each day, plus a driver who takes you to and back from school on time. The rest of the time and weekends are yours, and you can plan trips away to the other islands. Just apply for this if you are in the midst of wondering what to do with your life or if you're looking for a new adventure. I would recommend staying for more than two weeks to really get to know the kids.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sterre
10/10

8 weeks with the VP Bali family

I as sick for already 2 weeks so I didn't come to school. So one of my students wanted to come to the homestay to visit me, so sweet! In the end she didn't come because nobody tought it as a very good plan. But still it was a very sweet plan! VP Bali is like a family. Everyone loves eachother and cares for eachother. My stay here was one of the best things I ever did in my life. I will be back next year!!

How can this program be improved?
I can't really think of something that would make the program better. I think it's perfect ho it is right now. Just keep on going, I will send my friends!
Yes, I recommend this program
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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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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....