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.
- Programs start every Monday
- Affordable fees from $385 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, shrines and rice terraces
Stay with other volunteers on the scenic outskirts of Ubud
This program is ideal for:
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 2023 to 2024:
- 4th to 8th of December 2023 - School Exams: During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in the Childcare project.
- 26th of February - 5th of March 2024 - 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.
- 4th - 9th March - School Exams: During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in the Childcare project.
- 11th, 12th March 2024 - 11th of March is Silent day (Nyepi day) and you will have to stay at the volunteer center as everything will stop including orientation, volunteering, the airport, restaurants, shops, etc will all be closed. The 12th of March is a public holiday in Bali. Volunteers instead participate in cleaning, repairs and renovation activities in local schools and have the remainder of their time free to enjoy the festivities.
- 13th to 31st of May 2024 - School Exams: During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in the Childcare project.
- 16th of September to the 20th of September 2024 - School Exams: During this time, the standard volunteer work is not available. Volunteers instead participate in the Childcare project.
- 24th September - 4th of October 2024 - 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.
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
- It is important to note, all volunteers joining the Bali program must obtain the Social Cultural Visa (B-211). 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 provide 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 16-18 are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional documentation 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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Recommended online TEFL course
We encourage volunteers on IVHQ’s Teaching and Childcare projects to come prepared by completing some relevant training, such as a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course. Although formal teaching qualifications are not required on these projects as volunteers are supported by local staff, taking a TEFL course enables you to gain more from the experience. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.Get TEFL certified online
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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:
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
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.
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.|
|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.|
|7:00 PM||Dinner at the volunteer house.|
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 $52 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.
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.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||$385 Equivalent to $55/day|
|2 weeks||$567 Equivalent to $41/day|
|3 weeks||$749 Equivalent to $36/day|
|4 weeks||$936 Equivalent to $33/day|
|5 weeks||$1,113 Equivalent to $32/day|
|6 weeks||$1,270 Equivalent to $30/day|
|8 weeks||$1,579 Equivalent to $28/day|
|10 weeks||$1,888 Equivalent to $27/day|
|12 weeks||$2,197 Equivalent to $26/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Airport pick-up
- Personalized 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
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately $329) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
- 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.
Recommended activities and tour add-ons
We believe that no volunteer adventure would be complete without experiencing the natural and cultural wonders of your host country. That’s why we offer an exciting Introduction Week to IVHQ volunteers in Bali as an affordable add-on.
|DAY 1||Introduction to the IVHQ Bali - Ubud Program and the local staff, Indonesian customs, rules and expectations, safety and a Ubud walking tour (2 - 3 hours). This will be followed by a welcome dinner and Balinese dance show|
|DAY 2||Bahasa Language lesson and a Batik painting class|
|DAY 3||Indonesian cooking class and Bahasa Language lesson|
|DAY 4||Local village walk through the countryside and nearby rice fields, Garba Cave and an Indonesian flower making class (flower offerings are a daily ritual in Bali)|
|DAY 5||An introduction to your project which will help you prepare for your placement on Monday. Followed by a Temple visit to “Pura Tirta Empul”, the Holy Water Temple where you can enjoy a swim in the Holy Water|
*Turtle Conservation volunteers who join this week will go to Nusa Penida on Sunday to start their project and volunteers in Ubud will prepare for the start of their projects the following week.
The introduction week has an additional cost of US$358 which includes all orientation activities, meals, and accommodation.
Please note the introduction week is not included as part of your program duration. So if you want this to be part of the total amount of weeks you spend on the program, please let us know.
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.
- Bicycle tour with a view of Mt Batur
- Explore Southern Bali
- Rafting at Ayung River
- Trekking up a volcano
- Balinese massage
On Monday, a cycling tour will be organized to visit the volcano area of Kintamani, where we will enjoy the gorgeous landscape of Batur Mountain and spice plantations. Afterwards, we’ll set off to explore rice fields. Breakfast and lunch will happen during the tour.
After breakfast on Tuesday, you will go on a tour to explore Southern Bali and also visit Jimbaran Beach and Turtle conservation site in Sanur. After the visit, you will have lunch and the evening can be spent in any way you wish.
Wednesday would be more adventurous as you will go on rafting at Ayung River after breakfast. During this tour, you will have your lunch during the break that is provided to you. At 18:00 Goodbye dinner.
Today would be even more exciting as you will be trekking up a volcano in the early morning to see the sunrise and have your breakfast there. Once you come back to the accommodation, you will have lunch and relax throughout the day as you will feel more tired due to your early morning trip.
On Friday, you will enjoy a Balinese massage after breakfast to get rid of all the pains that you have gained throughout your adventure program. After the massage, you will only have to relax and recollect all the good memories you gained during your stay at Bali.
It is important to note, this schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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.
Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word “Yog” which means Union. Thus yoga means the union of mind and body. There is more to yoga than physical exercises, learn about the different paths of yoga, do’s and don’ts, postures, breathing techniques, and meditation to free you from stress, anxiety, and physical ailments. During this week, practice and learn from our experts, the healing techniques of Yoga and Meditation to have a healthy body and sound mind.
Meditation is the art of focusing your mind, restraining your thoughts and looking deep into yourself. Practicing it can give you a better understanding of your purpose in life and of the divine, as well as provide you with certain physical and mental health benefits.
On Monday, you will wake up early to practice yoga and meditation while getting an introduction to these two concepts. After the introduction, you will get a short break to eat some fresh fruits and drink tea. Then you will have breakfast and relax a little until lunch time. After lunch and some free time to chill, you will start afternoon yoga and meditation sessions. In the evening, you will once again get a break and enjoy some fresh fruits with tea.
Tuesday to Friday:
From Tuesday to Friday, you will follow the same routine through which you can get more training in yoga and meditation. You will start the morning with a yoga and meditation session. After the morning session, you will get a break to enjoy some fresh fruits and tea. After breakfast, you will get some free time where you can relax further and make your body and mind ready for the afternoon yoga and meditation session. After lunch followed by some free time, you will then commence the afternoon yoga and meditation session. The session would end followed by the serving of some fresh fruits and tea. The free time is all yours to get rid of your busy lifestyle and to enjoy the tranquility you obtained from yoga and meditation.
It is important to note, this schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Please note, volunteers not attending any program the following week are required to check out of their accommodation during the day on Saturday.
How to book IVHQ’s recommended add-ons:
Ready to join? Please see the add-on options in your MyIVHQ checklist or email your IVHQ Program Manager and they will add this to your file.
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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.
Essential country information
|Currency||Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)|
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.