At a glance…
- Available year-round
- 3 meaningful project options
- Projects based in Lovina on the northern coast of Bali
- Accommodation in a volunteer house
- Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- Program fees from US$350 (approximately AU$505) for 1 week
- 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.
As a volunteer on our Kindergarten project in Bali - Lovina, you will play a role in immersing students in the English language and providing life skills that will benefit these young learners for years to come. Volunteers work in nearby villages where they help to teach basic English to local children aged 4 to 6 years old.
Few foreigners travel to these villages and the children and families value the skillset volunteers bring to the community. Locals are exceptionally welcoming and excited be part of this cross-cultural exchange.
When volunteering in the kindergarten, a typical morning will involve working alongside a local kindergarten teacher, assisting with general lessons and English understanding. On this project, you need to genuinely love working with children and understand their behavior. Be prepared for a lot of noise, laughter and excitement.
The teaching you do will be more informal than the Teaching English project; naturally, young children will want to learn through play. Getting them enthused about coming to kindergarten and giving them basic English phrases will prepare them well for their schooling and future exposure to the English language.
The Kindergarten project in Lovina runs for two hours each morning. Volunteers on the Kindergarten project are encouraged to help out in the Teaching project in the afternoon which runs for 2 - 3 hours. You can arrange this directly with the local team in Lovina while you are there.
The Kindergarten project will be closed in June, July, August and December for the holidays.
The ability to speak English is a tremendous asset in Bali, as greater English literacy leads to better opportunities for higher education and career prospects in growing industries such as tourism.
As a volunteer on the Teaching project in Bali, you will play a hands-on role in developing the English language skills of elementary students in Lovina. Balinese students are eager to practice their conversational English skills and learn from native speakers, as they understand the benefits that come from greater fluency.
This project is well suited to creative and proactive volunteers with a passion for showing students that learning English is fun. By using a range of teaching methods including games, songs, art, sport and music, your role is to inspire and encourage students to further their English learning. If you are new to teaching, you may wish to team up with another volunteer, as having two teachers in the classroom can help to keep greater control of the class, whose enthusiasm can spill over into excitement!
When volunteering on this project, you will spend a couple of hours each day preparing lessons and then 2.5 - 3 hours teaching students between the ages of 8 and 12 at a local elementary school. There is a general syllabus for you to follow and examples of what previous volunteers have taught to guide your lesson planning.
It is important to note that volunteers also teach after-school classes that are not compulsory for students. This is a more relaxed environment that requires greater flexibility from the teacher, as the number of students that attend the classes can vary. Students may also be required to attend religious ceremonies or other activities during school time, which means volunteers can sometimes be required to go on another placement for a short period.
As volunteers work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, they do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training in teaching English as a foreign language. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.
Please note that volunteers on this project are required to be fluent in English.
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$73) 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 will begin on the Monday of your start date 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 should you arrive between 6am - 6pm on Saturday or Sunday, before your start date. We recommend that volunteers under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarised 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 transported to the volunteer accommodation in Lovina. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the Sunday night. If you are travelling in Bali prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Denpasar on Sunday.
There are two options for orientation on the Bali - Lovina Program. The first option is a one-day orientation that starts 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 - Lovina 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.
The second option is Introduction Week, hosted by our Bali team in Lovina. The Introduction Week begins on the morning of your chosen start date and is a comprehensive orientation that runs for the first five days of your stay. It is an awesome way to kickstart your volunteer abroad experience and not only covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Lovina, but also includes more about the local culture and some 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 socialising.
The five-day Introduction Week schedule is as follows:
|Monday||Introduction to the IVHQ Bali - Lovina Program and the local staff, Indonesian customs, rules and expectations, safety and a Lovina walking tour (2 - 3 hours). This will be followed by a cultural class|
|Tuesday||Buddhist Temple visit and Bahasa Language lesson|
|Wednesday||Indonesian cooking class and Bahasa Language lesson|
|Thursday||Visit the local Lovina Hot Spring followed by Indonesian flower offering lesson (flower offerings are a daily ritual in Bali)|
|Friday||An introduction to your project which will help you prepare for your placement on Monday, as well as time to prepare activities for next week.|
Please note, this schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on the needs of the program, local weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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 centre, approximately 15 minutes walk from Lovina town centre and a 10 minutes walk 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 with a pool, hot water, electricity, and air conditioning 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.
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.
Bali - Lovina
|Length of Program||Program Fee $USD|
- All programs attract a Registration Fee (from US$299) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- To see prices in your local currency, use this currency converter.
- The School and Community Renovation project has an extra cost of US$50 per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project.
- * Terms and Conditions do apply
- Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
- Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
- Spending money - Volunteers in Bali - Lovina generally find US$30 to be sufficient for weekly expenses
What it covers
- Most affordable program fees
- Expert support from a program specialist
- Full MyIVHQ account access
- Online volunteer training
- Comprehensive preparation tools
- Deals on flights and travel insurance
- $50 credit from IVHQ Flights
- IVHQ alumni rewards
What it covers
- 24/7 in-country support
- Airport pick-up
- Program orientation
- Volunteer placement
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!
|Currency||Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)|
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 who are under 18 years old will be required to provide IVHQ with parental consent and two character reference letters in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team. 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.