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Volunteer in Bali

Go on the volunteer experience of a lifetime in the Indonesian island of Bali. GoEco’s programs in this intriguing island include wildlife conservation, education and community aid. With local communities at the heart of each project, participants are given the chance to get to know local culture while contributing to sustainable development. The selection of ethical volunteer programs in Bali makes GoEco an excellent choice for aspiring volunteers. 

Why GoEco?
  • A range of sustainable volunteer programs with measurable impacts
  • All volunteer programs developed with ethical values in mind
  • Excellent volunteer reviews and award-winning programs
  • Program fees cover safe volunteer accommodation, meals, airport pickup, orientation, and 24/7 support 
  • Live, volunteer, and explore Bali with professional program coordinators

Bali is the premier volunteer destination in Indonesia, with stunning travel opportunities to go along with volunteer work. Whether you choose to volunteer in Bali to get closer to some of the best beaches in the world or to witness colorful sunsets, you are in for an unforgettable ride. 


Why volunteer in Bali?

With over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a mystery. Throw in more than 300 ethnicities and 300,000 animal species and you have a country ripe for exploration and adventure. The incredible diversity of Indonesia also makes it a hotspot for volunteering in wildlife conservation, as well as projects in community development and education. 

Indonesia remains an enigma for most people. Bali might be a famous tourist destination, but it’s also a great place to start discovering more of this unique country. The island is predominantly Buddhist in a country that is overwhelmingly Islamic, and blends the best of beaches and rainforest in the lush combination that makes Indonesia so enticing. There is plenty of cultural and natural diversity to explore, all in one magical place. 

Indonesia is a developing nation where more than 25 million people live in poverty. In addition, tourism, inadequate waste management, and deforestation to clear the way for palm oil plantations are all major environmental challenges in Indonesia today. You can help tackle these issues in Bali.

Bali is a heavily populated island. Rapidly growing urban centers in Bali are facing increasing problems with pollution, traffic, and recycling. This means there’s a demand for volunteers in education and community development projects. 

If you are passionate about marine life, Bali might be your ultimate volunteering destination. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in hands-on work that makes a real difference. 


What you need to know before volunteering in Bali

You won’t be leaping into the scary unknown unaided - GoEco provides 24/7 support to volunteers, as well as a thorough orientation. On top of that, we’ve got great insider tips on what it’s like to volunteer in Bali. 

Language
The official language of Indonesia is Indonesian. On the island of Bali though, people speak Balinese. Because of the number of tourists visiting Bali, many locals speak English. However, outside of main tourist centers, it might be more difficult finding someone who can understand you. Smiles and a few words of Balinese go a long way, so try to pick up some basic phrases if you can. 

Religion
More than 90 percent of Indonesia’s 264 million people practice Islam, making this the largest Islamic country in the world. You should be aware of cultural traditions related to this religion, including modest dress. Yet unlike the rest of Indonesia, Bali is predominantly Buddhist, so you might notice differences to the rest of the country, such as elaborate Buddhist temples.  

Cost and budget
Your accommodation and meals are provided on GoEco’s Indonesian volunteer projects, but if you wish to travel, transportation and food are cheap compared to Western countries. Local program staff can show you how to get by like a local, so you can travel with a small budget. 


Volunteer locations in Bali

All of Bali is enticing, with lush landscapes in every direction. Volunteering in Bali is guaranteed to be an adventure. Whether exploring the vivid green rice terraces near Ubud or wandering barefoot down the black-sand beaches, you’ll feel as if you’ve landed in paradise. Enjoy the serene tropical environment while helping out with projects such as education or sea turtle conservation. 


Volunteer programs in Bali

Learn more about local culture through social development programs, or immerse yourself in Bali’s outdoors by volunteering in conservation. No matter which adventure you choose, you’ll be set for a journey of both self-discovery and increased global awareness. 

Bali is the perfect place for volunteering in conservation, as it faces both significant biodiversity and environmental problems. Deforestation and the plastic crisis (Indonesia is one of the three biggest contributors to ocean plastic) mean the delicate rainforest and marine ecosystems around the island are under threat. Volunteers can help in the fight for conservation by taking part in sea turtle conservation. Working to rehabilitate injured sea turtles is a rewarding way to combine tropical adventure with protecting a vulnerable species.  

Community development is another key project area. Although the images you might associate with Bali are fancy resorts and luxurious yoga retreats, the island is still developing. In rural areas such as Ubud, education and infrastructure may be limited. You can help improve access to education for young Balinese by volunteering to teach English, support kindergarten classes, or facilitate health workshops. Construction projects are also available, to help renovate buildings in the community. 

You can also choose to bring together the best of culture, adventure, and volunteer work by taking part in an island road trip. This tailor-made program lets you give back to the local community by volunteering on a project of your choice, plus go on a week-long adventure to discover white-water rafting, ethereal waterfalls, and the excitement of shopping in outdoor markets. You’ll also spend a week in a Balinese village, taking language and cooking classes, and learning more about local customs and beliefs. 

Browse through our Bali volunteer experiences or get in touch with us today for more information.  
 
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