Yayasan Widya Sari: Volunteer Teaching Children in Bali

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About

Volunteer in Bali is a non-profit foundation (Yayasan Widya Sari) located in a traditional fishing village by the Sea in Bali, Indonesia.

Through the support of our wonderful international volunteers we are able to offer underprividege Balinese children free education classes to learn English, music/singing, art/craft, sport and basic skills in using a computer.

Since the tourism industry is so important in Bali, learning English gives our children a better chance at success to support their families.

Volunteers can also be involved in teaching dance lessons, going to Balinese ceremonies and temples with the local community. Visiting the local traditional markets, cooking delicious Balinese food and or just enjoying the warm water at the beach that is only 100 meters away from the volunteer's accommodation.

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Questions & Answers

Hey volunteers, The volunteer program fee paid once you get in Bali during the program orientation. Regards, Volunteer in Bali Team

Reviews

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  • Impact 9.5
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.7
  • Value 9.6
  • Safety 9.8
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Asliana
9/10

AMAZING EXPERIENCE!

I was there for 2 weeks, which is the minimum and definitely not enough. I wish i found about this program earlier and had the luxury of time so i can spend longer there. When you opt for this, you need to keep in mind that volunteering work is the priority and the travelling is second, with this mindset, it changes the expectation. But definitely a program i recommend to all.

I like how particularly this program - the sea program, allows you to experience the way of life by the sea and how raw and close you'll be to the villagers / kids / people there and it gives a totally different side of Bali that you won't experience on your own. From the day you arrive to the day you leave, you will feel welcome and part of the family. It reminds you to enjoy the simple pleasure in life and to count your blessings. The founder, the staff and the kids will make you feel part of something important.

When you arrive, they will assign your bed and also your class. I was given the 6-9 year old age range which is the youngest and i feel the hardest to keep their attention. But be patient and keep the class fun, you have to bear in mind as well that they have class in the mornings and the afternoon class is the additional class they opt to come, so it has to be fun for them and more of skills which are not taught in classroom style. You will not be given an outline or any reference to what to teach, but recommend the first few days to see from your co-teacher / translator how they teach and you can see the kid's competency. It also help to speak to the the kids what did they learn in the morning in the public school, so you have a rough idea of their capabilities.

The class on its own will be approx 3hours (max) but it is up to you on how you make use of the other time fruitfully. Initially i thought since i have so much free time, i would be able to do other things and time will past by very slowly, but 2 weeks past with a blink of an eye. You can do yoga, exercise, walk by the beach, go out fishing in the morning, star-gazing at night, arrange for hike to Mount Batur on the weekday, play volleyball, learn how to cook, learn Bahasa or the Balinese language and if you want to do something meaningful, teach the kids how to swim, speak to the villagers, think of a conservation idea / teaching kids about waste management system / the villagers and fisherman on the repercussions of waste. It is really up to you on how you spend your free time, so use it well.

Also, the most memorable of things - Yaya and the other dogs. Initially i was quite scared of it and was worried I can't sleep. But now i miss them, they make you feel safe as they follow you everywhere. I got used to it after a few days and seeing them makes me feel safe.

On the weekend, there are no classes so take that time to explore the village around it, Lovina, Gili, Amet, Ubud, Nusa Penida, etc. I can't repeat enough how amazing this program is. When i left, my heart is full, i was given fresh eyes and also to count my blessings. If you're planning on this, you made the right choice :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Leif-Erik
10/10

Unforgettable experience

My wife Nora and I decided during our year abroad in New Zealand to spend our last month in Bali and to teach English at Yayasan Wide Sari because we wanted to do something meaningful instead of just have holidays. This decision was one of our best in our whole life. We knew it would be a challenge for us because we never taught children and our mother tongue is not English but during our stay we found out that this is less important. Yayasan Widya Sari is a learning center in the village for the children not only to improve their english skills but also to offer a safe environment to spend their time in the afternoon. It is motivating to see what Ketut the founder and his lovely staff created and how much it helps the children and as well the whole community in the village. Everybody is smiling all the time and it is just heartwarming and makes you smile as well even when you had a bad day. Without the dedication of the locals and the international volunteers something like this would not be there. We got to know so many special people from around the world who had the same motivation like we had. Unforgettable is the fun and laughter and serious discussions we had at boo boo house and during our trips on the weekend. We will never forget this place and the people and their dedication to help and to do something meaningful. Thank you for being a part of it.
If you want to read more of our experience at Yayasan Wide Sari have a look at our travel blog www.noraleif.wordpress.com. The posts of Bali are for now just in German but you can use the google translate widget when you scroll down to the bottom of the homepage.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Megan
10/10

Rewarding Experience and Welcoming Community

Yayasan Widya Sari is an incredible school and organization. The school was founded and is ran by a Balinese man, Ketut, who was born and raised in the village (Tianyar) where his school is located. The village is small and the people are so kind and welcoming to all the volunteers that you feel like you've been there for a long time. Walking down the street to the supermarket, students and their families wave and yell 'hello' to you from their zipping motorbikes. The school is well known in the village and you see that it's created a community for the students and also for their parents as well. The classes are all taught open air and the students are so eager to meet and learn about their teachers and the countries they come from. I volunteered for three weeks, which doesn't seem like that much time yet I still formed a deep connection with my students and the staff due to their welcoming and warm dispositions. If you want to help an organization that truly believes in and supports the education and progression of their students, then Yayasan Widya Sari is the place for you. Not only will you immerse yourself in Balinese and Hindu culture, but you will learn how to live and be a part of these peoples' lives. The only thing I would ever change about my experience is to have stayed longer.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Liu
10/10

a Karma of life

I still care about everything about Yayansan even I haven't been there for a long time, and I treasure everyone and everything I meet there. This experience totally divides my life into two part. And I will definitely recommend this program to my friends, but only someone who deserve it. Actually I have done it.

Those days in Bali changes me a lot, I mean, I am even not afraid of dogs and insects now. After Bali. Maybe there is another new personality built, which drives me to see more of the world and love the world, and the personality is sharped by specific culture and I am a brand new people because I do give and receive a lot of love that is rare in the highly competitive life. I really want to contact with people with different cultural background and I realize that everybody deserves sincere affection. What's more I decide to study in Europe after graduation because I am so impressed and touched by the volunteers from there and I decide to keep studying psychology to help more people develop and lead a better life.

Yayasan is my harbour, another home of me. Sometimes while I am walking in metropolitan city, the moment in Bali occurs to me and I really want to go back to Bali. What's more, I also listen to the music again and again, the music I heard in komang's warung. I am not that into singing songs before, but now, I really enjoy singing aloud. Whereas there is no warung to sing and nobody to sing with.

I miss my dear friends everyday even we just have a short encounter! In Bali, just being with children, locals and volunteers can make me happy. But after I left there to China, I just feel so upset and stressful but I have no choice because I have to stay in university to finish my degree. But how can a person accept the dull life after seeing the wonderful world.

At beginning I have no appetite to eat and no mood to do anything. Then Somebody comforts me that times in heaven is temporary, the human's world is ordinary state and departure is always a inevitable theme. As Buddha Sakyamuni once said, there are seven sufferings throughout one's lifetime as suffering since being born, aging, illness, death, duhkha, suffering as farewell to the beloved, suffering as pursuing devotionally for something and somebody yet keeping out of reach for ever.

It really costs me a long time to get over this nostalgia, and now I decide to be a person where she was there is a miracle. I still have lots of things to do in Bali, such as climbing the Batur, snorkeling in Gili and diving in Tulamben......there must be another Karma for me to come back to Bali again. See you!

How can this program be improved?
perfect enough
Yes, I recommend this program
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Eucevio
10/10

"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others" Gandhi

The greatest impact someone can have in someone else’s life is not giving them money but giving their time. People help people, just as iron sharpens iron; we too build others up to see their full potential. The Volunteer in Bali program is a one of the greatest ways to help someone who really needs it. The center is operated by the one of the greatest people on the island, who not only helps his fellow man but also loves the island he calls home. Ketut has a great heart and even better has a great will. He gives of his time, energy and resources to all the kids who basically have nothing. When I went to the center where I was going to teach I was in awe. The children run to you and hug you; their curiosity is wonderful as they want to get to know everything about you. I fell in love with my class because they were the best and smartest kids anyone can ask for. I then meet the family who runs a school out of there house, in the backyard! I couldn’t believe it simply because the idea of giving my home up to over 100 students so they can learn and play was strange to me but made complete sense. PutuKawi, Daysho, and Nova, are making an impact in these children’s lives. From the moment you step in the class you want to give your all for these kids. All these children come from all walks of life and the dedication of them all to go from school to the program to learn more is inspiring. I know as a child if you gave the option of more school I wouldn’t go, but the difference you can make in one child’s life makes you value everything you had. I know that the program is helping those in need and is doing so much more then teaching, they’re shaping the world and instilling in these kids morals and values that they will in turn take and give back to their community tenfold. As a volunteer it’s always what you put in is what you’ll get out. If you want to hang back and not contribute then unfortunately you may not get that smile from a child you helped, the kids won’t respond because you ignored them. If you’re going to serve, serve with a giving heart, make sure your mind and heart are in the right place. Being flexible also goes along way. Changes are always happening at yayasan, they’re always finding new ways to make an impact and if you can be flexible and open to finding new ways to improve then you will flourish here. I know the center is making a difference, some of these kids have little to nothing and the program helps them, not only with education, but teaching the kids how to save, how to serve their community, and how to become a difference maker in improving their island. Remember the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are. My favorite memories will be of dancing with the kids every week, and when the children of Pasraman Lascarya Paramaseva sing when you leave.

How can this program be improved?
The program is always growing and improving, keep doing what your doing!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Soledad
10/10

Gratitude - sharing with love and compassion

The program and being a Volunteer by the sea is in itself a wonderful experience - stunning views, sunrise and sunsets, amazing moments of laughter and love from the community, the kids, the volunteers and Ketut's family who runs and works hard and with a smile for this to grow and expand...

The loveliest thing though, In my experience, was the gratitude, the warmth and love that the children and all of us shared by the sea. Classes and English teaching was really nice, but what the heart experiences can't be rated. Imagine your heart growing each day, glowing, the sun feeling warmer and brighter..that's what volunteering here was for me, and what I felt from the first day to the last.

I am more grateful than what I was even before going =) I feel blessed for being part of this lovely family, this home in Indonesia were ill go back for more laughs, learning, heart opening and generosity.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Isabelle
9/10

Life changing experience

I stayed in Yayasan Widya Sari for 7 weeks and I still think that wasn't enough. I was responsible for the C group, which is the oldest students. I created a real bond with them and I had so much fun teaching them everyday. As I am half indonesian, I loved the fact that when you live in Tianyar, you are actually immersed in the culture of this balinese village. The staff, which is Ketut's family, are the most welcoming people on earth and they will do their best to make you feel at home (I need to mention Ayu's food here, which is amaaazing!). On week-ends, I had the best time with the other volunteers exploring Bali on our own. In a nutshell, I will never forget the second family I made here. The Yayasan family.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe the new volunteers should be given a worksheet with the material that the past volunteers used. You feel a bit lost when you don't know what the students have seen before.
Also, the volunteers should really receive more information about the visa long before they arrive in Indonesia. They need to be aware of the big amount of money they might have to pay in some cases, like mine.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Romy
10/10

Time of my life

It was a really great experience to teach english at Yayasan school. The staff is amazing!! They are the most kind people i've ever met, you really feel like you belong to their family. They help you with everything, entertain you, and the food they cook is awesome; best food ever! It is 100% that their heart is on the right place and that they really care about the children. The accomodation is nice as well, especially the boo-boo houses!! The kids on the schools are very sweet and most of the time really motivated to learn and get to know you Better. I miss them already:(. I think this is one of the best volunteerwork you can ever experience!

How can this program be improved?
The guideline for the lessons can defenitly be improved. It is really hard for new volunteers to decide what to teach and what the children have to learn. It is maybe to flexible now, so a more strict guideline can be usefull. They are already making it now so I know for sure that this will be a lot better soon!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Noemi
10/10

Volunteering by the Sea

I have just finished my 6 weeks volunteering at the Yayasan Widya Sari. And those weeks have been truly amazing.
The English lessons with the kids were always a lot of fun and their smiles, laughter and gratefulness are heartwarming and precious.
Next to teaching the kids there were a lot of good times with the fellow volunteers enjoying the delicious meals together, playing games in the evenings and exploring beautiful Bali in our free time.
Also the local people and the local staff are very friendly and welcoming. By the time you have to leave Yayasan it feels like leaving home.

Yes, I recommend this program
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gemma
8/10

Amazing Experience

When I left Yayasan one month ago all of the kids thanked me for being their teacher and helping them, but really I want to be the one to thank them. I wanted to help them through out this experience, but they have helped me, with their constant glowing smiles and contagious laughs. They have changed me as a person and have shown me that you need so little in life to be happy. Everyday they would all turn up to class with a smile so big I couldn't help being one of the happiest people in Bali and their desire to learn made me just not want to leave. These kids have made this a life time experience, one I will never forget. I will say, however, that the school seriously needs volunteers help. The organization is not very good in Seraya and they need more dedicated volunteers to impose a structure so the kids can achieve the outcome that they deserve. If you are looking for a way to discover yourself , experience the true Balinese culture and enjoy the simplicity of their lifestyle, Seraya is the place to go. The children will make every effort worth while and make you feel truly blessed to have taught them.

Gemma

How can this program be improved?
Organization needs work.
More meal options for long term volunteers.
Better and cheaper transport options.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Marie-Eve
10/10

Yayasan, the happiest place on earth

A year ago, the website of an organization called Volunteer in Bali popped up on Google. That moment, as i now understand, would change my entire life. With the Buku Team, we applied to the program and built a humanitarian project, which consisted of building a library for the kids of Yayasan Widya Sari and teaching english classes. Volunteering at Yayasan has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. After 3 weeks of living in this memorable community, I realise that there is still so much to learn. Happiness and smiles will welcome you wherever you go. From making new friendships to singing songs and exploring new places, this experience has been so enriching to every aspect of my life. It's so easy to just smile and laugh. Being in a completely different environment than back home makes you realise how much there's so much more to this world than what is familiar to us. Never will I forget all that the people of Tianyar have taught me, whether it's unconditional kindness or living life in the moment and appreciating every second of it. Now that it is time to leave, all I want to do is stay. I want to thank Ketut, Putukawi, Leony, Adit, Suwandi, Ayu, Nova, Nyoman, Sutiani, every other volunteer, all the kids of both learnings centers in Tianyar, and everyone else who made this trip such an unforgettable one. I love you all so much and am already missing you so much❤ It was so great to meet everyone! See you by the sea🌊🌊🌊

How can this program be improved?
I think that this program is amazing as it is. As long as volunteers keep coming to yayasan, these kids' futures are in good hands.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Randy
10/10

One of the best experiences in my life

It would be an understatement to say I loved my time and experiences at Yayasan's Program by the Sea. Ketut and all those who run the program are exceptional in their abilities to create an environment that inspires the children to seek success and one in which the volunteers feel like family. I felt fully immersed in the community and the rich, vibrant culture and was blessed to share my knowledge with children who cared for the school, its teachers, and each other. The learning experience was definitely a two-way street with the students teaching me as well, and showing patience as I tried to acclimate to my new surroundings. Then there were beautiful afternoons by the sea, swimming with the children, cleaning the beach, playing games, and simply enjoying all the best that life has to offer. The local community was also amazing and there would always be a smile from those who opened up their village to all of us. My fellow volunteers are my friends... my family, as are Ketut, Leoni, Swandi, Melodie, Nyoman, and all the other wonderful people at Yayasan. I could go on and on and talk about how much I enjoyed the food and the meals together, the incredible weekends and quiet peaceful nights, but it reminds me of why in my 5 weeks at the program I still miss it everyday.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Brittany
9/10

Yayasan Seraya Bundar - Brittany's Experience

I spent a short two weeks volunteering at the Yayasan in Seraya and it was nothing short of an amazing experience. Seraya is in the Eastern part of Bali and it's far removed from the tourism scene of Bali, which is part of what makes it such an authentic, wonderful and unique experience. The community is absolutely lovely, some of the most amazing people I have met. The children who attend the classes are absolutely gorgeous; vibrant, happy, fun, respectful and so motivated to learn. I loved the small community in Seraya, you really get to know the kids and Wayan and his family. Seraya is very tranquil and quiet which is such a refreshing and restorative experience, I felt so at ease there. I learned a lot about traditional Balinese culture from getting to know the community, asking questions, attending two traditional ceremonies and doing a cooking class. What also made the experience amazing, was the friendship and time spent with the other wonderful volunteers, it wouldn't have been the same without them. I have met some truly wonderful and genuine people from around the world and learned to be more open, accepting and adventurous during my short time spent with my new friends. I have taken so much away from my short time spent in Bali. I've come back home with a new appreciation of the small things, more open to new experiences, a much more relaxed head space, more passion to pursue my post-grad teaching degree and a strong desire to come back!

My advice to those considering this opportunity - just do it! It has been absolutely amazing, and everyone I met loved their experiences as well. Come with an open mind and open heart and let this experience transform you. I would recommend Seraya if you want a unique, restorative and authentic experience of Bali. It gives you an amazing opportunity to really unwind and be away from it all and learn about yourself. I'd recommend definitely bringing lots of things to do (books, movies, tv shows, laptop, music etc), learning to ride a scooter before you come if possible and just keeping an open heart and mind, and be ready to make the most of your experience. This said I think any of the programs are amazing as I met volunteers from all of them. Oh, and come for longer than two weeks! A month at least I think would be best! It's life-changing, just do it!

How can this program be improved?
It was a wonderful experience and has so much potential there. A few small things:

- access to more teaching resources for the kids (or notice before coming to Bali to bring some ideas/resources over)
- keeping a folder for each class to record what lessons/content the kids are learning so we don't repeat things or can build on their knowledge better
- more opportunities to explore the surrounding areas during the week outside of class (Mon-Thurs)
Yes, I recommend this program
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Melodie
10/10

Genuinely Impactful Program

Ketut began Yayasan Widya Sari when he saw a need in his community over 8 years ago, and he continues to look for ways to help. This program is unique in that one of the goals is to empower local people. It is run by Ketut and his family and friends and volunteering here has made me so proud to be part of something that really impacts the community. I came to Yayasan Widya Sari with the intent to stay for 4 weeks, and ended up staying over a year. The children stole my heart and watching the joy in their faces when they are learning shows how important this program is. I highly recommend Yayasan Widya Sari for those who want to make a difference and learn about themselves and others.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Chiara
10/10

Just Do It

I spent 6 weeks in Tianyar Village at the Program by the Sea. I truly had one of the most amazing experiences of my life here. The kids are absolutely wonderful and hilarious, it would be hard not to love them. Ketut and his family are incredibly welcoming and generous, from including us in local ceremonies to providing every delicious meal. The other volunteers I met were kind and very open, be ready to make some great new friends from around the world! The other employees at Yayasan were so much fun and always made sure we felt comfortable and safe. The volunteer program runs 4 days a week allowing 3 days to travel on the weekends around Bali. Everything about this experience exceeded my expectations. I couldn't be more grateful to have been a part of this community, I wish I could have stayed for much longer.

How can this program be improved?
Updated website and better communication for new volunteers. Everything once you are there is perfect!
Yes, I recommend this program

About Volunteer in Bali

Volunteering in Bali through our not-for-profit foundation (Yayasan Widya Sari) provides the underprivileged children in a traditional fishing village in Bali, Indonesia a much brighter future. The Yayasan Widya Sari provides a refuge for children to...