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Indonesia - Education and Community Work in Bali

Volunteer in Bali, one of Indonesia's most recognized and picturesque islands. Make a difference through teaching in underdeveloped villages and inspire community members to strive towards a brighter and more sustainable future!



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectBali, Indonesia
Project LengthMinimum 2 weeks - Maximum 12 weeks
Arrival AirportNgurah Rai International Airport
Volunteer WorkEducation and community service
Number of Participants2 - 30 volunteers
Age18 - 70
Family Option This project accepts volunteers with children as young as 5 years old.

What's Included

AccommodationShared room in a volunteer house
Food3 meals a day (2 meals on the weekend)
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded on arrival day to orientation location
Orientation A week-long introduction to Bali and Balinese culture
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details are sent following registration
Transportation Private transport from accommodations to project site

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, visa (if required). Please note that anyone who is traveling in Indonesia for longer than 8 weeks should get a 60 days per-departure tourist visa.


Located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands between Java and Lombok, Bali is one of Indonesia’s most admired islands. The green terraced rice fields, coconut forests, and endless beaches are only part of the island’s natural beauty, making Bali a very popular destination for domestic and international tourism.  Artistic and cultural interactions, such as traditional Balinese dance performances, are experiences you do not want to miss out on. This project is located in southern Bali, in the rural town of Ubud, which is surrounded by small farms, rice paddies, and dense forests.


About the Project

As a rural and secluded community, Ubud has difficulty accessing assistance and support in developing their neighborhoods. From teaching English to young children, to construction work in the local villages, to educating about health and hygiene, this project aims to help Ubud build a strong infrastructure and improve their education and healthcare systems.This project is divided into several categories, all designed to provide security to the members of this impoverished community. 


Arrival and Orientation in Bali

This week is the perfect opportunity to meet your fellow volunteers and get to know the local Balinese community!  The orientation will take place in Penestanan Kaja village (just 5 minutes from the Ubud center) where you’ll familiarize yourself with Balinese culture, traditions, and living.  The orientation includes walking tours, a traditional Balinese dance show, a mini language course to learn common Indonesian phrases and words, an art class, and tours of famous temples. The orientation program runs from Monday through Friday, giving you the weekend to relax or explore the area on your own before you are driven back to Ubud to begin your volunteer program.  


Volunteer Work and Contribution

After a one week orientation, volunteers will be assigned to a specific project that will firstly depend on the needs and availability of the projects, and then according to personal preference.These projects include:  

Teaching Project: Volunteers will be placed in a school in the community. You will work with children aged 7-11, who know very little or no English. The main focus of your role is to teach basic English comprehension skills and in so doing, prepare them for primary and secondary school. They are taught English through creative games and also learn the necessary skills to become serious and successful students. Volunteer tasks can include:

  • Creating lesson plans
  • Tutoring children 
  • Teaching classes 
  • Assisting teachers
  • Running sports activities

Kindergarten Project: You will work in an informal school setting with young children between the ages of 2-5 years old who are mainly from poor villages in and around Ubud.  The main focus of this kindergarten school is to get children excited about education and prepare them for primary school.  You will teach basic English phrases such as simple greetings and sentence structures. By facilitating games, singing songs and creating art projects, you will prepare these children for a brighter future.  

Medical Project: Lack of medical care and healthcare resources is a significant problem for the Ubud community. This project encourages and inspires local children to care more about their personal health and hygiene. This could include teaching them how to brush their teeth, wash their hands as well as how to clean their body and clothes. You will help improve the healthcare situation by running informational health sessions as well as showing them ways they can live healthier lives. 

Construction Project: At this project, you will be helping to improve the local infrastructure of the community by renovating and repairing existing buildings.You will also be working as part of a team, with construction workers and local laborers, helping to build a sense of solidarity within the community.  

Holidays: During some holidays, the children will be out of school and the Kindergarten Project will not be available. During this time, volunteers will be primarily involved in repairs and renovations. The Kindergarten Project will not be available during the months of June, July and August.

A typical day: You will work on your morning project from 9am to 11am and create goals and tasks for the day ahead.  After lunch at the volunteer house, you will be driven back to your project site, where you will complete your volunteer tasks. At around 5pm you will be taken back to the volunteer house, where you will have the rest of your evening free.You will work for approximately 4-5 hours per day, Monday through Friday.Your weekends are free to explore Bali or travel to other destinations.


Program Add-Ons

Consider joining one or more of these special programs to add another dimension to your Balinese experience:

Yoga and Mind Week: Learn yoga and meditative practices to improve your health and well-being.

Beach Week: Relax and unwind on Sanur beach and enjoy the tranquil and idyllic setting.  You can also set up fun snorkeling and cycling day trips.

Bali Adventure: Jump into an adventure- filled week of trekking up volcanoes, cycling through town and then enjoy a relaxing massage at the end of the week.

Please note that there is an additional fee for these programs.


Living Arrangements

Accommodations:  During both the orientation and your volunteer placement, you will be sharing a room at the volunteer house equipped with bunk beds.  Each room will house about 4 to 8 volunteers and includes electricity, a kitchen and western style toilet facilities. A private room can be arranged for an additional fee.  The accommodation is a 15-30 minute ride to the different project sites. Transportation from the accommodations to the project sites are included. 

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided during the week, while on weekends, only breakfast and dinner will be provided. You also have the option to buy your own groceries and cook for yourself in the kitchen.

Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and volunteers can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during their stay. Typical dishes included miegoreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasigoreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gadogado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans), we also provide some  western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the volunteer house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.

Laundry: There are laundry facilities in the village for a small fee.

Internet: WIFI is available at the accommodations.


Travel Highlights

There is no doubt that Bali has something for everyone. If, however, you are looking to explore outside Bali, you can head west on a 30 minute ferry and visit Java.  With more than 450 different bird species, Java is a bird watcher’s paradise surrounded by endless rice fields and volcanic mountains. For a more cultural experience you can explore Lombok Island, which is famous for its wooden masks, traditional hand woven textiles and pottery.  You could also visit Sanur, an east coast town south of Bali, a worthwhile visit for an early sunrise hike overlooking the white sandy beaches and beautiful scenery.   


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age is 18 years old
  • Good level of English
  • Criminal background check (you will not be allow to work at our placement without it)
  • Good physical fitness
  • Work well in a team
  • Motivation to work with children
  • Enthusiasm and to be open-minded

Here's an excerpt of Luana's experience:


"Volunteering in Indonesia was more than a simple experience, it was an opportunity I had to challenge myself as I have never done before. I have met some of the most interesting and passionate people on the planet and shared with them my life, my interests, my pictures and my dreams. Together we had the unique opportunity to discover the country, its people and its amazing environment from the privileged viewpoint of a volunteer."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Charlotte's experience:


"This first week was an introduction week which was a great way to meet new people and familiarize oneself with the surroundings that I would be living in for a month. During this week we visited the Monkey forest, had a tour around Ubud, went to some rice fields, learnt some Balinese language and cooking and went to the Holy Water temple. It was a jam packed first week but a great way to really embrace the Balinese lifestyle. We also went and watched a Balinese dance show and had a Balinese offering and painting class. All of which contributed to a great first week."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Laurence's experience:


"It was an amazing week in which we had the chance to meet people from all around the world, plus we were immersing ourselves in a totally new different culture. The purpose of this week was to help us understand and learn about the Balinese culture in preparation to the volunteer project. The Bahasa language and cultural classes were very helpful for the teaching English project."

Read the rest of his story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Gillian's experience:


"The project I chose to do was teaching English, and me and my partner were assigned 6th grade (10-11 year olds). This proved to be more challenging than I had expected, and the kids made us work hard to gain their attention and trust. Teaching on your own with so little structure taught me patience, the value of effort, and how important it is to work with what you have. It was incredible to see the children grow in their knowledge after just a few short weeks."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Sarah's experience:


"The look on my students' faces when they got the hang of a new English word was priceless. While the sights and sounds of Bali are intoxicating, the real treat is rolling up your sleeves and doing some good in the world. This project has a real positive impact – namely, giving kids a leg up in getting a job later in Indonesia's growing tourism industry. If they can speak English, it will be easier for them to make money for themselves. On my last day, I told my students to study hard so that some day I might come back and speak to them in English fluently."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Dessa's experience:


"The final week consisted of teaching. We volunteers were paired up and sent to classes from various schools around Ubud. The teaching days were fun, exciting, tough, confusing at times, but incredibly rewarding for me. As an ESL teacher, I was able to try different approaches of teaching towards non-English speakers. The children love you from the minute they see you, and they are always trying to show it! I will say that teaching was my favorite part of the whole trip."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Bridgette's experience:


"I taught healthcare at a school approximately 40 minutes away. The schools were small and minimal and ran by the coordinators and the volunteers. The students were always there and ready to learn before the volunteers arrived. Their English was bad so we had to translate almost everything that we taught but the students remembered the material very well."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!


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