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Teaching Volunteer Program in Bali - Ubud

Teaching Volunteer Program in Bali - Ubud

Excited to teach in Bali - Ubud? International Volunteer HQ’s Teaching project places volunteers in after-school classes where they can gain experience as teachers while helping to improve English language education in the local community. Balinese students are keen to learn from fluent speakers of English as it leads to opportunities for further education and opens up job possibilities in Ubud’s thriving tourism industry.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Affordable fees from AU$624 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Share important English language skills with students

  • Explore Bali’s ancient temples, rice terraces, and vibrant arts scene

  • Stay with other volunteers on the scenic outskirts of Ubud

Key information

Improves access to quality education
Based in schools around Ubud
Dormitory-style volunteer houses
Volunteers aged 16+, families
Fully hosted experience from AU$624 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Online TEFL course available
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Creative and proactive volunteers who enjoy inspiring children to learn or who want to become teachers. You’ll need to speak fluent English but no previous teaching experience is required as you’ll be supported by qualified local staff. Some relevant training like a TEFL course would be helpful.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Workers who can speak English well are in high demand in the booming tourism industry in Bali. Because of this, locals are keen to learn and value the opportunity to learn from and speak with a fluent or native speaker. The better their English skills, the more likely they are to get a better job and be able to support themselves and their families.

As a teaching volunteer you’ll be running after-school English classes for elementary students. You may teach with another volunteer or by yourself and get creative with your lesson planning. Using games, sport, music and art are great ways to engage children. There is an informal curriculum and examples of the work of past volunteers that you can use to help plan your lessons.

Day-to-day teaching volunteer work varies, but generally consists of:

  • Teaching English to elementary school students
  • Providing pronunciation and language guidance
  • Lesson planning
  • Setting up educational games and activities

Important dates to note for 2024:

  • 13th to 17th of May 2024 - School Exams: During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in the Childcare project.
  • 9th of September to the 13th of September 2024 - Midterm School Exams: During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in the Childcare project. 23rd of September to 5th of October - All projects closed except Construction and Turtle Conservation - During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in cleaning, repairs and renovation activities in local schools for approximately 4 hours a day and have the remainder of their time free to enjoy the festivities.
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

More than half of all children and teens do not meet minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Quality education provides an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment and is key to preventing poverty, securing long-term employment and improving quality of life.

Why do Teaching volunteering in Ubud with IVHQ?

When you volunteer to teach English in Bali - Ubud, you’ll be helping out the local community while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving access to education in Bali - Ubud
  • Helping students learn English
  • Getting experience teaching English
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining teaching abroad experience
  • Immersing yourself fully in Balinese life
  • Exploring Ubud’s rich culture and natural environment

Volunteer requirements

  • It is important to note, if a volunteer will be in Bali for less than 30 days and has chosen to join one of the add ons available such as the Introduction week, Adventure week or theYoga and Meditation Week, the volunteer will be able to join with a visa on arrival.
  • Alternatively, all volunteers joining the Bali program must obtain the Social Cultural Visa (C6B). This type of visa is required to join the program, no matter your nationality or duration in Bali. The visa can typically take up to 15 working days to process and once registered you will be provided with instructions on how to apply for this visa.
  • To respect the local culture and customs in Bali, volunteers should be aware that they’re unable to have anything obstructing their face while at their volunteer placement.
  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • Volunteers aged 16 or 17 on their program start date are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional document to the local team.
  • All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Catherine Perry
14 Jun 2023

A highlight from the volunteer experience was making immediate friends who invited me to go on a waterfall hike with them, despite me being the new person in the group. The impact my volunteering trip had on me was realizing how important knowing English is for children in Bali, since tourism is such a large source of the economy on the island. My advice is Do it!!!!!!!!! I was TERRIFIED and almost chickened out the day before I left. Best decision I've ever made to go to Bali!!!! I want to go back every day.

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Jodie Green
07 May 2023

IVHQ were more than helpful, the 12 step preparation list saved me SO MUCH time and effort, and it had everything in there I needed. I couldn’t ask for better. The local team were all extremely friendly, made you feel at home and part of a family. There are lots of highlights to chose from, but I would say seeing how empathetic and caring the children are for each other, and how respectful they are. Some kids had no food and they would literally give their last bite to eat. I’ll cherish my time here forever. The biggest impact my volunteering trip had on me was that it grew my confidence, being someone with social anxiety I wanted to overcome it and this has helped me in great amounts. What I would you say to someone still hesitant about volunteering abroad is stop thinking and just do it. I have absolutely no regrets and would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Ana Maria Scott
20 Apr 2023

I had many favorite moments! I was always so pleased when an activity that I'd chosen for the children was a big success. Like jumping while repeating new words alongside flashcards. I couldn't stop the kids from doing the jumping course we'd laid out! They were jumping solo then in pairs then in three's! The biggest impact my volunteering trip had on me was self discovery. I learned a lot about myself. Things I didn't think I could do, I accomplished. Fears I had, disappeared. I learned that I enjoy teaching as long as I can be creative and make the learning experience fun for the children. Volunteering in Bali will be one of the top experiences of your life.

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Aliya Karmali
08 Dec 2022

A highlight for me was revising the material covered over the course of the teaching program and having them remember what I have taught them. That was definitely a sense of achievement when that happened. The biggest impact my volunteering trip had on me was to be grateful for what you have. Open your head and heart for new experiences. Get out of our comfort zone. The program allows you to learn a lot about yourself and your limits. I recommend it 100%!

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Zvikomborero Chitando
28 Sep 2022

The local team were incredible. Absolutely everyone - from the coordinators to the amazing cooks - were super friendly and welcoming. I always felt comfortable to ask questions and just talk to them and find out more about the Balinese way of life which is truly amazing. The meals were incredible and I loved the variety, there was something for everyone.

Seeing how happy the kids were when the got the pronunciations or questions correct was a favorite moment of mine. Their faces literally lit up like stars and it made me so happy to see them so proud of themselves. It really made me feel like I was making a difference. Seeing how enthusiastic the kids were to learn English and hearing about how much of an impact it will have on them truly made the experience out of this world. Their reactions and willingness to participate really warmed my heart and made me smile from ear to ear every day that I went out there to the school.

Allowing me to grow as a person was the biggest impact the volunteer trip had on me. This experience was completely out of my comfort zone and I enjoyed every second of it. I loved the fact that we were staying in one of the villages surrounded by local people. We got to truly immerse ourselves in the local culture. We got to talk to them and listen to their stories and it was incredible.

Funnily enough, I saw a video the day before I was supposed to fly to Bali that said that the more nervous you are about an experience, the more important it is for your growth. I was absolutely terrified about doing this entire programme because in the back of my head, I knew that it would push me out of my comfort zone and into a place where I would become a different person. The satisfaction that you get from the experience is worth more than all of the jitters and nerves - the experience is invaluable and truly life-changing.

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Roberta Bulaityte
10 Aug 2022

A favorite moment from the experience was giving high-fives to kids after every class. All Balinese people I have met were so kind, smiling, helping and nice with me all the time. I feel very grateful to know their rich culture and traditions, I learned to enjoy small things, to be happy with what I already have.

Everything was pretty clearly explained in the IVHQ website and mostly information I needed to check in more myself was about the Covid 19 situation at the country and requirements before entering. Other info about what main things to take with me, how to behave, what it is expected from me was clearly explained.  The people in the Local Team in Bali are great! They supported with all the needed information and help, preparations for teaching program, transport and flexibility with the time.

I feel that I got so much more than I was expecting. Teaching kids was one of the greatest things ever to happen to me, knowing them and teaching them at least a bit of the English language during such a short period made me really happy. I learned from the kids to smile and be grateful for the small things in life. I made an amazing connection with them and hope they will remember something I learned from them. If you feel that you want to do it then just go for it and you will never regret doing good for others, it will help you grow as a person yourself!

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Volunteer Abroad in Ubud, Bali with IVHQ

Location

Set among lush rice paddies and ancient temples, IVHQ’s Ubud program will send you back in time. The 14 villages that make up the historical town of Ubud have streets lined with statues and ornate temples that ooze old-world charm. Ubud is also known for its artistic flair, with countless art galleries, artists’ workshops, craft shops and markets to explore.

Arrival and orientation

The Bali volunteer program orientation begins every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Bali on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. We recommend that volunteers under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter from their parents to support their documentation.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and taken to the volunteer accommodation. Your accommodation is covered by your program fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are in Bali prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Ubud or Denpasar on the day before your program orientation.

There are two options for orientation for the Bali - Ubud Program:

1-day Orientation:

The 1-day orientation begins on your selected start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program. You will have an introduction to the IVHQ Bali - Ubud Program and the local staff, Indonesian customs, rules, expectations, and safety. This will be followed by a project-specific meeting with the project preparation you’ll need to complete for the following day. Volunteers on the Turtle Conservation project choosing this option will need to arrive into Denpasar International Airport (DPS) on the Sunday before 1pm. As you will be transferred straight to Nusa Penida for your one-day orientation the following day.

5-day Introduction Week:

The second option is Introduction Week, hosted by our Bali team in Ubud. The Introduction Week begins on the morning of your chosen start date and runs for the first five days of your stay. It is an awesome way to kickstart your volunteer abroad experience and it covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Bali, plus you’ll learn more about the culture and get to tick off a must-do Bali experiences! The Introduction Week will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Volunteer schedule example

First Day

On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays

While volunteer schedules depend on the particular projects and placements, a typical day might look like this:

8:00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house
9:00 AM Volunteers spend 1 to 2 hours planning for their projects.
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Volunteers head to their placements.
5:00 PM Work at the project usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to their accommodation, go sightseeing, or do some shopping.
5:00 - 6:30 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.

Weekends

Whether you’re into arts and crafts, ancient history, exploring nature or after an adrenaline rush, there’s plenty to satisfy you in and around Ubud. You can fill your weekends with statues, museums and temples, hiking to the summit of Mt Batur, seeing waterfalls, snorkeling, white-water rafting, art galleries, shopping at markets or visiting small farms and rice paddies.

Ubud’s central location also makes it easy to get to other places in Bali like the capital city of Denpasar and the glorious beaches and villages that line the southern coast - all less than an hour away by taxi.

Accommodation and WiFi

You’ll be staying in a volunteer house, located about 15 minutes’ drive from central Ubud. The volunteer houses are set in small villages, which it’s a great way to see typical Balinese life.

Living conditions are comfortable and all volunteer houses have fans in the bedrooms. Volunteers can expect to share a dormitory-style room with up to seven other volunteers. These bedrooms are separated by gender. The bathroom is shared with a hot water shower and western toilets. There is a large outdoor dining area for volunteers to socialise and enjoy their meals together.

WiFi is available at the volunteer accommodation and there are great internet cafes in Ubud if you would like to access a higher speed connection.

Each volunteer house has a security guard at night and there is 10:30pm curfew every night at the volunteer accommodation, please be considerate and reduce noise.

If you wish to arrive a day earlier than your recommended arrival date or spend a few extra nights after finishing your program, we can arrange extra nights of accommodation for you at AU$84 per person per night, including meals, subject to availability. You will be able to book extra nights via your profile after you register.

Private room upgrades are also possible for an additional cost. These are subject to availability and once you have registered you will be able to request an upgrade. These are located a 3 - 5 minutes walk outside from the main centre.

Meals

Volunteers are served mainly Balinese style dishes and should expect light vegetarian meals like:

  • Rice, fresh vegetables and occasionally tempeh/tofu
  • Nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables - often considered as the national dish)
  • Mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables)
  • Gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce)

Western meals may be served during the week. Breakfast can include fresh fruit, toast, and eggs. Tea, coffee, and toast will be available throughout the day. Purified drinking water is also available in the volunteer house; we do not recommend that you drink the tap water.

On weekdays you’ll get three meals a day, but during the weekend only breakfast and dinner are provided. If volunteers wish to eat out in Ubud, there are a large number of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.

If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply so that we can make arrangements for you. However, you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home and need to be as flexible as possible. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week AU$624 Equivalent to AU$89/day
2 weeks AU$919 Equivalent to AU$66/day
3 weeks AU$1215 Equivalent to AU$58/day
4 weeks AU$1518 Equivalent to AU$54/day
5 weeks AU$1805 Equivalent to AU$52/day
6 weeks AU$2060 Equivalent to AU$49/day
8 weeks AU$2561 Equivalent to AU$46/day
10 weeks AU$3062 Equivalent to AU$44/day
12 weeks AU$3564 Equivalent to AU$42/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately AU$533) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in AUD.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Bali - Ubud generally find US$80-100 per week to be sufficient for expenses.

Free-time experiences & tours in Bali

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Bali! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Bali program.

Bali Adventure Week
Bali Adventure Week

We highly recommend the Bali Adventure program on your Bali trip! The Bali Adventure week is the perfect way to experience the adventurous side of this beautiful little island. Go on a cycle tour, visit an active volcano, tread into spice plantations and rice fields, hike into the mountains and take part in Turtle conservation. The program will unleash the adventure in you.

AU$728
Bali Lovina Yoga and Meditation
Bali Lovina Yoga and Meditation

Bali is identified by many travelers around the world as a unique place for reflection and contemplation. Balinese Yoga is about feeling and appreciating the spiritual nature. A good combination of Balinese Meditation and Yoga will make your body and mind feel more relaxed.

AU$679
Bali Yoga and Meditation Week
Bali Yoga and Meditation Week

Many people travel the world to experience Bali as they believe it is a unique place for reflection and contemplation. In fact, they take this a step further and say Ubud is a sanctuary within Bali, an idyllic environment in which you can experience true tranquility. Thus, this program shall help you to get rid of stress, anxiety and physical ailments by engaging in Yoga and Meditation.

AU$679
Bali Adventure Week
Bali Adventure Week

We highly recommend the Bali Adventure program on your Bali trip! The Bali Adventure week is the perfect way to experience the adventurous side of this beautiful little island. Go on a cycle tour, visit an active volcano, tread into spice plantations and rice fields, hike into the mountains and take part in Turtle conservation. The program will unleash the adventure in you.

AU$728
Bali Yoga and Meditation Week
Bali Yoga and Meditation Week

Many people travel the world to experience Bali as they believe it is a unique place for reflection and contemplation. In fact, they take this a step further and say Ubud is a sanctuary within Bali, an idyllic environment in which you can experience true tranquility. Thus, this program shall help you to get rid of stress, anxiety and physical ailments by engaging in Yoga and Meditation.

AU$679
Ubud Introduction Week
Ubud Introduction Week

Learn more about the Balinese culture and tick off some must-do Bali experiences.

AU$580
Bali Lovina Yoga and Meditation
Bali Lovina Yoga and Meditation

Bali is identified by many travelers around the world as a unique place for reflection and contemplation. Balinese Yoga is about feeling and appreciating the spiritual nature. A good combination of Balinese Meditation and Yoga will make your body and mind feel more relaxed.

AU$679
Lovina Introduction Week
Lovina Introduction Week

Learn more about the Balinese culture and tick off some must-do Bali experiences.

AU$580

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Learn more about IVHQ's safety

Essential country information

Capital Denpasar
Population 4.22 million
Languages Bahasa Indonesia
Currency Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)
Time zone UTC+08:00

Weather and climate

Bali has a tropical climate with year-round warm weather and an average temperature of 30°C (86°F). High humidity can be expected during the wet season from October to April. The dry season is between the months of May and September and has the lowest humidity.

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