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Volunteer in Bali with IVI

When you volunteer in Bali, you are helping transform developing communities. With over 30 years experience, we help you connect with people and create a more responsible planet. Your volunteer fees are enabling full time employment, education, increased standard of living, new insights and opportunities for the many involved.

we need You in Bali

  • Approx 14.3% of the population in Bali live below the poverty line
  • Volunteering in this region creates employment opportunities for the local staff & helps invigorate the local economy.
  • Many villages lack education and even access to clean water and electricity.
  • Bali has been growing in environmental problems such as pollution and freshwater scarcity.

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Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Org & Charity with 30+ Years Experience
  • 13 Projects to Choose From in Bali
  • Social Experiences - Sharing with International Volunteers
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee - Multiple Countries
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Volunteer in Bali

Bali is more than beeping horns, tourist beaches, Bintang and a suntan.  When you travel away from the tourist crowds, you experience something magical.   Balinese people are genuinely happy with a unique culture and spiritual lifestyle.    

Bali is an incredibly diverse country with beach, mountains, islands, jungle, nightlife, beauty, culture, food, adventure…. Oh, and sweet coconuts and mango trees!   But, like many developing countries, there is a lot of poverty….  In Bali, we focus on projects that mean something.   We take you to the areas where you can make a difference.  

IVI have project locations in 4 areas: Ubud, Seraya, Nusa Penida and the island of Lombok.  Each location has something unique & comfortable accommodation with volunteer house or Home Stay options.   Choose between teaching & kindergarten, nutrition & Healthcare, animal and environment conservation, community construction & healthcare programs. 

 

What's included

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  • Accommodation
  • 3 Meals p/day
  • Arrival Airport Transfers
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Free coffee, tea & filtered water
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • Daily Transportation
  • In Country 24/7 Support
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Fundraising Support
  • University Credits Assistance

Volunteer Projects in Bali & Lombok

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ENGLISH TEACHING

Assist teachers in local schools in Ubud and help students expand thier English conversational skills. Think up create and fun games and activities to inspire the children, whilst creating daily lesson plans.

Location: Ubud & Lombok
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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KINDERGARTEN TEACHING

Over 15 kindergarten’s are available. Teach children basic English in an informal and fun way! Make a real difference in the lives of children from poor villages in Bali and Lombok, creating fun lesson plans.

Location: Ubud & Lombok
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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HEALTHCARE EDUCATION

For qualified or student nutritionists, naturopaths, & aspiring healthcare professionals. Teach nutrition, basic first-aid and personal hygiene to local children and locals, and provide basic medical checkups.

Location: Ubud & Lombok
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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NUTRITION & PUBLIC HEALTH IN SERAYA

Help combat malnutrition and public health issues in beachside villages in North East Bali. Conduct health checks in villages, educational seminars within schools, hospital & clinic work.

Location: Seraya Village, Bali
Start Dates: 08 Mar 2020, 06 Jul 2020, 22 Nov 2020, Jan 2021
Min Duration: 2 Weeks
Min Age: 18 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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TURTLE CONSERVATION

Located 45 minutes off the mainland by speed boat, stay in a remote island paradise and contribute to the collecting of turtle population data, collecting eggs, monitoring nests or if you’re lucky, witness hatch lings getting safely to sea.

Location: Nusa Penida, Indonesia
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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STRAY DOG REHABILITATION

Work within local animal shelters, rehabilitating stray dogs so that in time they may be ready for adoption by a loving family. Assist with daily exercise for the dogs, cleaning, socializing, and giving them lots of love and affection!

Location: Ubud, Bali
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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CLEAN UP BALI PROJECT

Get involved in this important environmental conservation project in Ubud. Help with tree planting, beache and river cleaning, environmental campaigns against plastic and education.

Location: Ubud, Bali
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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CONSTRUCTION

Have a lasting impact on the local community by providing them with better living conditions. Get involved renovating local schools and community centres, in laying bricks, carpentry, painting, laying tiles, and landscaping/gardening.

Location: Ubud & Lombok
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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CULTURAL ORIENTATION WEEK BALI

Learn about Bali's culture and customs, get to know your fellow volunteers, explore your new home, enjoy temple visits, walking tours, cooking and language classes &traditional dance shows.

Location: Ubud, Bali
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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30 Years Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.  We accept volunteers from all over the world and place them in meaningful overseas missions.  

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.
 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

Indonesia is one of most interesting countries in the world for cultural learning for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handicrafts, and performing arts.  Indonesia has around 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European sources.

Millions of small farmers, farm workers and fishers are unable to tap into the opportunities offered by years of economic growth. They are often geographically isolated and lack access to basic infrastructure and support.

Bali is a Hindu Island. Traditional Balinese clothing worn by women covers their shoulders and knees, especially, when they go to the temple and for a ceremony day. 

IVI have a variety of programs designed to immerse volunteers into the local lifestyle in order to experience the unique culture, build life long relationships and benefit the people that need it the most.

Bali is situated just south of the equator. It has a hot and tropical climate year round.

The wet season is from November to March, and the dry season from April to October (although there may still be some showers) The rains usually only last for a few hours, so you will usually still get some sunshine during the day. 

The rainy season brings about humidity and it is generally hot year round, in the mid-high 20’s. Cooler temperatures can be found up North in the mountain regions. 

Indonesia is one of most interesting countries in the world for cultural learning for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handicrafts, and performing arts.  Indonesia has around 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European sources.

Ubud, pronounced ‘oobood’ is located centrally in the heart of Balinese culture.  Far removed from the tourist crowds of Kuta, it is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries and a general feeling of well being Ubud consists of fourteen villages, each run by its own banjar (village committee).  Ubud is arguably the best place to use as a base if you’re visiting Bali; if you’re looking for culture, comfort, nature and inspiration. Ubud is surrounded by most of the things that bring people to this unique destination – scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces and rivers.  If you’re looking for peace, serenity, and culture, then Ubud is the place to be.

Seraya Village, located about 2.5 hours by car from the Denpassar airport, is situated on the North Eastern side of Bali with incredible beaches, diving and a tranquil local balinese atmosphere. Due to it’s proximity to the famous holy mountain Agung (Bali’s highest mountain), there are some nice resorts in the region, but luckily the area still feels mostly un-touched by tourism.   

Lombok, about 35 km’s from Bali is an authentic Indonesian island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa known for picturesque beaches, prime surfing and very few tourists!  With heaps of wide-open unspoiled beaches, less traffic and pollution, the island’s has plentiful trekking opportunities and natural sightseeing and cultural experiences. Lombok is a popular destination mainly for Indonesian tourists as prices for accommodation, food and attractions are less expensive and the island’s scenic spots are un-tracked compared to Bali.

In Ubud, standard accommodation will be in shared bedrooms in large well equipped and dedicated volunteer guest houses in the outskirts of Ubud within genuine local Balinese communities in a rural setting.  We’re talking pigs, chickens, roosters crowing…. a real Balinese experience. Living conditions are comfortable and clean. You can expect regular interaction with locals where you can practice your new found language skills.  You can expect to share a room with between 4 to 8 other volunteers.  Bathrooms are shared and have hot water and western toilets.

Wifi is available in common areas and there are laundry services in walking distance.  Ubud center is approx 15-20 min by car and there are 2 complimentary taxi drops to Ubud p/week. Volunteers have access to 2 swimming pools which can be used for a fee of approx US$3 and gyms which are located about 10 min by car. 

Enjoy living like a local in Seraya, Bali. This project includes homestay accommodation where you will have your own twin, or quad share room staying with a local family in private, clean, safe & well maintained homes.   The accommodations are simple but comfortable and with all the necessities such as lockable rooms, bed linen, western style toilets, fresh clean drinking water, laundry facilities and WiFI in common areas. (Although most volunteers will purchase a pre-paid SIM to use with their personal device.) 

In Lombok, Sengigi is the traditional tourist area however tourism is nowhere close to what is seen in Bali.   In this regard you are way off the beaten path of tourism.  You’ll enjoy extensive bays with beautiful light sandy beaches and jungle mountains with palm trees.   This area spans approx 10km of coast with amazing surf for the surfers out there and a colourful reef.   The night life is also super fun and very affordable.   The vendors are also not nearly as agressive as in Bali.  The accommodaiton has free Wifi in public areas, spacious rooms, hot showers, a private bathroom shared between max 4-6 volunteers, bed linen included and a fan for the hot nights.  There is no mosquito protection, air-con or towels included. 

*All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.

**For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available in Bali for an additional cost in either a single room (shared toilet), private room (private toilet) or private villa (private toilet, kitchen & balcony).  Please contact us in advance to check availability and pricing. (Prices start from US$125 p/week)

As a volunteer in bali, you’ll receive 3 traditional meals each day on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends (breakfast and dinner). Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and volunteers can expect dishes included nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables), mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables),  or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce).  For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans).

Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee will be available at the volunteer house. Purified water is available in the volunteer house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply so we can make arrangements for you.

You may choose to do the 1 week introduction to Indonesia is help to ease into the lifestyle and pace and get to know your town, it’s facilities and everything required to make your stay comfortable including an introduction to Indonesia, it’s customs, culture, expectations, travel options, safety and information about your chosen project. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and fun. If you prefer to move straight into your chosen project, no worries, you’ll receive a short briefing and be introduced to your volunteer coordinator for training and assistance. You may choose after the first few days to move straight into your chosen placement.

An arrival airport pick-up from Denpassar is included in the cost of your placement.  The ground coordinator picks up participants at the airport if you arrive during the weekend. Arrivals after the weekend need to make their way to Ubud on their own arrangements. Projects commence every Monday.  You will share taxis for longer distance trips and walk for the short distance trips.

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice.  Our ground operators will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. Be sure to check out the beaches of Seminyak, Kita, Sanur or cycling and trekking tours on Mount Batur, visits to local temples and rice terraces.

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