Volunteer in Bali - Lovina
At a glance…
- Available year-round
- 2 meaningful project options
- Projects based in Lovina on the northern coast of Bali
- Accommodation in volunteer houses
- Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- Program fees from US$320 for 1 week (approximately AU$395)
- Between 10 and 20 volunteers start in Lovina each month
- Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Bali to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
- Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Bali will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
- Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
- Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
- Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
- New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
- Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Bali with your new-found friends.
The IVHQ Bali - Lovina program is based in Lovina, which is on the northern coast of Bali. Volunteers are required to fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport, which is a 4 to 6 hour flight from most major airports in Australia. Volunteer placements are located between 5 and 45 minutes travel time from the volunteer base. IVHQ also offers a separate volunteer program in Bali’s cultural centre of Ubud. If you are interested in volunteering in Ubud, you can learn more about the Ubud volunteer program here.
Volunteers begin the IVHQ Bali - Lovina program on the first and third Monday of every month. Volunteers can choose to join the program for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks.
Kindergarten Support and Teaching
As a volunteer on our Kindergarten Support and Teaching project in Bali - Lovina, you will play a role in immersing young students in the English language and providing life skills that will benefit both the community and students. You will assist local teachers in a kindergarten in the morning for 2 hours and you will then teach after-school lessons at a primary school for 2.5 - 3 hours in the afternoon.
The Kindergarten Support and Teaching project is well suited to volunteers who have a passion for working with young students and those who are able to take on both support and lead roles in facilitating English education.
When volunteering in the kindergarten, a typical morning will involve working alongside a local kindergarten teacher, assisting with their lessons for an hour. An additional hour will be spent teaching English in an informal structure. The children will have a short break between lessons when you will be able to play games with them. It is important to be aware that as the children are young, their attention span is short and your role is to get them enthused about coming to kindergarten and teaching them basic English phrases will help prepare them for their schooling and future exposure to the English language.
During after-school classes at the primary school, you will have the option to teach one of the following subjects: English, Environmental Education or Healthcare Education. While you will receive support from the local team, you will be responsible for running the class and creating your lesson plans. Being creative, dynamic and fun with your lessons is necessary to keep the students engaged as they have limited English skills. You may wish to use games, songs, art, sport and music to deliver your lessons and if you are new to teaching, you can team up with another volunteer for additional support. There is a general syllabus for you to follow for the English lessons and there are examples of what previous volunteers have taught to guide your lesson planning.
A lot of initiative is required for the Environmental Education and Healthcare Education lessons and while previous volunteer work will be shared with you, we recommend you plan topics and activities in advance, keeping in mind the students basic English skills. The Environmental Education lessons can involve exploring the nearby natural habitats and should cover the importance of protecting these habitats and creating an awareness of the issues that destruct the environment. The Healthcare Education classes can include topics such as brushing teeth correctly, washing hands, general body cleanliness and nutrition.
You are not required to have teaching experience or hold a qualification to participate on this project, however you need to be fluent in English and also confident to take lead of the class. We encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.
Please be aware that kindergartens will be closed in the summer holidays over June, July, August and December. During this time, volunteers instead participate in cleaning, repairs and renovation activities in local schools during the morning.
School and Community Renovation
As a volunteer on our School and Community Renovation in Lovina, you will play an important role in developing and renovating schools and community infrastructure within the local community of Lovina. If you’re someone who enjoys hands-on work, and are willing to help out wherever your support is most needed, this project is perfect for you.
You can expect to work alongside a local coordinator who will provide guidance and training throughout your time on the project. Work will be split into a morning and afternoon shift and a typical day on the project will involve 4 -5 hours of work. In the morning you will work for 2 hours cleaning and making repairs within schools or the community. This could include cleaning classrooms and bathrooms, repairing classroom equipment or creating signs for schools and the community about sensible rubbish disposable. During the afternoon, you will work for 2-3 hours on tasks which may include painting, laying tiles, landscaping or gardening.
You are not required to have previous experience with renovation work, however a reasonable level of fitness and strong dedication to the work at hand will go a long way in ensuring you get the most out of your volunteer project.
Please note that this project has a minimum duration of 2 weeks and incurs a surcharge of US$50 (approximately AU$60) per week (excluding the first week) for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.
The 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.
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Lovina. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.
If you are travelling in Bali prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Denpasar on the day before your program orientation.
Orientation runs for one day and will commence on the morning of your chosen start date. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Lovina – Introduction to Bali and the Balinese culture, Language Training, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Introduction to your Project and Placement as well as a walking tour of Lovina. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.
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: A typical volunteer day is as follows:
8.00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house.
9.00 AM Volunteers spend 1 to 2 hours planning for their projects and head to their placements at 1pm. Work and hours is dependent on the project and placements that the volunteer is working at.
12.00 PM Lunch
5.00 PM Work at the project usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to their homestays, go sight seeing, or do some shopping.
7.00PM - 8.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.
Please note, this schedule can vary depending on the project that the volunteer is participating on.
Volunteers are accommodated in dormitory-style volunteer houses within the same compound, approximately 15 minutes drive from Lovina town centre and 2 minutes from a local black sand beach! Located far from the common touristic areas, village life is quintessentially local and you will get a good chance to be immersed in the typical Balinese life – roosters crowing and all! Living conditions are basic, yet comfortable at all volunteer houses, with hot water, electricity and fans provided. Volunteers can expect to share a room (dormitory-style) with five other volunteers of the same gender, bedding is provided at the accommodation. There is a bathroom within each bedroom with showers and western toilets. Volunteers have access to tea and coffee facilities, as well as filtered drinking water in the volunteer houses. For couples or those wanting more privacy, private rooms with an ensuite are available for an additional US$130 (approximately AU$160) per week (not per person). Families volunteering with children 12 years and under will need to pay an extra US$200 (approximately AU$270) to cover private accommodation and extra care during the program.
WiFi is available for volunteers to access at the centre of the compound. You can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone to keep connected.
Volunteers are served mainly Balinese style dishes and should expect light vegetarian meals. Rice is a staple in the Indonesian cuisine and eaten daily, typically teamed with fresh vegetables and occasionally tempeh/tofu. Volunteers can expect typical dishes such as nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables - often considered as the national dish), 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). Western meals will also be served twice a week. Breakfast can include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast and eggs. Tea, coffee and toast will be available throughout the day. Purified drinking water is available in the volunteer house; we do not recommend that you drink the tap water. Meals are served within the volunteer compound three times per day and breakfast and dinner only during the weekends. If volunteers wish to eat out in Lovina, there are a restaurants and local warungs (restaurants) to suit all tastes and budgets. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, and as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.
During the weekend volunteers have spare time to relax and enjoy Lovina or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Bali. Popular destinations and activities include snorkelling and diving along the north coast, cycling or trekking tours from Mt Batur and visiting the surroundings rice terraces, waterfalls and temples.
See our Bali Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Bali!
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Weather and climate: Bali has a tropical climate with year round warm weather and an average temperature of 30°C. High humidity can be expected during the wet season, October - April. The dry season is between the months of May - September and has the lowest humidity.
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in Bali.
Speaking Bahasa Indonesia is not a prerequisite for the IVHQ Bali - Lovina volunteer program, however on certain projects, the volunteer work will be restricted with limited language ability.
Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.