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Childcare Volunteer Program in Bali - Lovina

Childcare Volunteer Program in Bali - Lovina

Purpose
Provide a safe space for children to learn
Start dates
Programs start every Monday
Duration
Choose from 1-12 weeks
Volunteer hours
3 - 5 hours per day
Age
Volunteers aged 16+ and families
Accommodation
Dormitory-style
Program fees
From £352 for 1 week
What's included
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Once you have secured your place, join regular video calls to meet your Program Manager and other volunteers before your trip.

This program is ideal for:

Volunteers who genuinely love working with children and understand their behaviour. Be prepared for a lot of noise, laughter and excitement. You’ll be volunteering alongside experienced local staff so no previous experience is necessary.

Project details

Want to volunteer in Childcare in Bali - Lovina? International Volunteer HQ’s Childcare project gives volunteers the opportunity to help look after young children and share valuable English language skills with them. Volunteers gain childcare experience and have the chance to explore Bali’s charming coastal villages, while the children get to improve their English in a fun and interactive way and learn about other places and cultures.

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Being a little off the beaten track, Lovina gets fewer international visitors than other more crowded parts of Bali. This means local children get less exposure to foreign languages and cultures and are less likely to have chances to practice speaking English. Your involvement as a volunteer will be a valuable part of the children’s education and help them learn basic phrases and language skills from a young age.

As a Childcare volunteer in Bali you’ll help local teachers with English learning and general lessons for children between the ages of 4 and 6. This program runs for two hours each morning with two hours of lesson planning in the afternoon.

Childcare volunteer work varies but usually you’ll be:

  • Assisting local teachers
  • Playing with and caring for children
  • Setting up activities and games
  • Sharing your language and culture

Important dates to note for 2024:

  • 3rd of June and to the 2nd of September 2024 - Due to school holidays, the Childcare project will be closed.
  • 23rd of September to 5th of October - 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.
  • 23rd of December and to the 5th of January 2025 - Due to school holidays, the Childcare project will be closed.
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 Childcare volunteering in Lovina with IVHQ?

While volunteering in early childhood education in Lovina, you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Providing a safe space for children to learn
  • Sharing your language and culture
  • Learning the Balinese way of life
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining childcare experience
  • Exploring Bali’s quieter northern coast

Volunteer requirements

  • All volunteers joining the program must obtain the C6B Social Cultural Visa. This type of visa is required to join the program, no matter your nationality or duration in Indonesia. The visa has additional costs and 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.
  • An exception to the above applies if a volunteer will be in Indonesia for less than 30 days and opts to participate in the Introduction Week or the Yoga and Meditation Week along with one or two weeks of volunteering. In this scenario, the volunteer can join with a tourist visa, which can be obtained upon arrival, for most nationalities.
  • 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 documents 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
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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Once you have secured your place, join regular video calls to meet your Program Manager and other volunteers before your trip.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Sienna Bohrson
27 May 2024

I had a wonderful experience working with the IVHQ team while planning my trip to Bali. When I arrived I was welcomed by a great group of local coordinators. The trip was amazing and I would recommend to any one that it is totally worth it!

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Ezekiel Kiiza
02 Apr 2024

Not only did I gain a new perspective on life through cultural immersion and service, I gained friends, experiences and memories.

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Cara Harris
11 Oct 2023

If someone was hesitant about joining IVHQ, I would recommend they jump in with both feet and go with it. The team do everything to ensure you are and feel safe and I've truly never grown so much as I did whilst working with IVHQ. Everything from the flights to the program to the people you meet to the adventuring forces you to be independent, to understand the world and to be grateful for what you have and I can't recommend the experience enough. I truly believe that without IVHQ I wouldn't have met some of my closest friends, I wouldn't have made some of the best memories of my life and I wouldn't be the person I am today. I didn't realise how much of an impact working with the children would have on me as a person and my understanding of the world.

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Roxana Garcia
14 Jun 2023

It's an experience that I will take with me everywhere I go. The local team in Lovina was amazing! The best moment from the volunteer experience was learning about the culture and going to the tourist parts. The biggest impact my volunteering trip had on me was the kids, I'm gonna miss them.

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Nicole Edwards
31 May 2023

My best moment from the volunteer experience was the children were beautiful, genuine and amazing. The time with them was beyond satisfying. The local staff were exceptional. The biggest impact my volunteering trip had on me was my belief in myself, personally I have had a very very tough few years. Volunteering trip brought many of my difficulties back into line. I wished I had stayed a lot longer than my two weeks. It is nerve wracking at the beginning, but life changing as it progresses.

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Zahra Prasetyo
22 Nov 2022

My favourite moment from volunteering was meeting everyone I met throughout my experience. Without them, I don't think my experience would have been the same. You get to meet some incredible people along the way, who all approached me with the warmest smiles. From my fellow volunteers, local co-ordinators, the children in my class and the teachers. I have them all to thank for making my volunteer experience unforgettable. I can't stress enough how impressed I was by the local team. In my short 2 weeks in Bali, they made me feel like family, and I could go to them with anything. The accommodation, food and organisation of the programme was incredible, all thanks to them. I will definitely be coming back!

Getting to see how bright each of the children at my school were was the biggest impact my volunteering trip had on me. Their smiles were so big and they were always so joyous. This made my volunteering experience very worthwhile, as I could see how excited they were to be learning. It made me want to continuously provide education in low-developed areas.

What would you say to someone still hesitant about volunteering abroad is I completely understand why you may be hesitant. It's something out of your comfort zone, and you will be spending a lot of time in a place of unfamiliarity. However, the lessons you can take away from it are endless. You are bound to learn so much about yourself, about the impact you can have on a community, and on the local culture. Volunteering is a great way to see another side of the world. It is a decision I am sure you will not regret.

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Location

Volunteer Abroad in Bali, Lovina with IVHQ

Location

Lovina is a charming coastal town located on the northern coast of Bali, Indonesia. The volunteer accommodation is a short stroll away from the nearest beach and the heart of town. Volunteer placements span various nearby locations, ensuring easy access with travel times ranging from 5 to 45 minutes. This allows volunteers to immerse themselves in their projects while savoring Bali’s beauty. Lovina offers a serene escape from the bustling crowds of southern Bali, showcasing black sand beaches, serene waters, and breathtaking sunsets. Lovina is famous for dolphin watching, where visitors can witness playful dolphins frolicking in the early morning hours. With its relaxed vibe and natural beauty, Lovina is the perfect destination for travelers seeking tranquility and exploration in Bali.

Arrival and orientation

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 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM on Saturday or Sunday, before your start date. 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 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.

It is important to note that due to high capacity during the period from May 27th to September 7th, 2024, the local team requests that volunteers only arrive on Sundays to receive an airport pick-up. As the volunteer house cannot accommodate additional nights for early arrivals before Sunday. If you happen to arrive earlier, you are welcome to arrange your own accommodation until Sunday when you can meet the local team at alternative pick-up locations. This also applies after the program, as check-out is scheduled for Saturday.

There are two options for orientation on the Bali - Lovina program.

1-day Orientation:

This 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 - 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.

5-day Introduction Week:

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 - A typical volunteer day is as follows:

7:30 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house.
8:00 AM Volunteers go to the placement and help for 2-3 hours.
12:00 PM Volunteers break for lunch.
2:00 PM Volunteers spend 1-2 hours planning for their project the following day.
5:00 PM Volunteer work finishes. Volunteers are free to visit local sites or go shopping.
5:00 - 6:30 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.

Please note, this schedule can vary.

Weekends

In your free time in Lovina, you might find yourself indulging in various activities such as lounging on the beach, exploring the vibrant local markets, or delving into the colourful depths of the ocean through early morning boat trips to witness playful dolphins swimming. You can also join snorkeling or diving tours to encounter diverse marine life and vibrant coral reefs or pamper yourself with a relaxing Balinese massage or spa treatment at one of the many wellness centers in Lovina. While there are plenty of tourist activities to keep you busy, there’s also ample opportunity to relax and find a moment of peace.

Just a short 15-minute trip away and you can visit the bigger town of Singaraja or soak in the Banjar Hot Springs nestled within a lush tropical garden. You can also venture to Bali’s largest Buddhist monastery or embark on cycling or trekking excursions from Mt. Batur to discover the surrounding rice terraces, waterfalls, and temples. Lovina offers something for every traveler seeking relaxation, adventure, and cultural immersion.

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers will be accommodated in an authentic Balinese-style repurposed hotel with dormitory-style rooms. Conveniently situated on the main road in Lovina town center, the accommodation is within walking distance to shops, restaurants, ATMs, and the breathtaking black sand beaches. While the living conditions are basic, they are also comfortable, featuring amenities such as a pool, wifi, hot water, electricity, and air conditioning to ensure a pleasant stay.

Bedrooms are furnished with bunk beds, and bedding is provided for volunteers. Each room accommodates up to five volunteers of the same gender. Additionally, every bedroom has air conditioning and includes an attached bathroom with showers and Western-style toilets for convenience.

If you wish to arrive a day earlier than your recommended arrival date or spend a few extra nights after completing your program, we can arrange additional nights of accommodation for you at £58 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 £148 per room per week. Once you have registered, you will have the opportunity to request an upgrade based on availability.

Kindly be advised that there is a 10:30 pm curfew at the volunteer accommodation. We please request all volunteers to be considerate and minimize noise during this time.

Meals

Volunteers will enjoy mainly Balinese-style dishes during their stay, primarily consisting of light vegetarian meals such as:

  • Rice, fresh vegetables, and tempeh/tofu
  • Nasi goreng - fried rice and vegetables
  • Mie goreng - fried noodles and vegetables
  • Gado gado - mixed vegetables with a satay sauce

Additionally, Western-style meals will be served twice a week. For breakfast, volunteers can expect pancakes, fresh fruit, toast, and eggs. Throughout the day, tea, coffee, and toast are readily available. Purified drinking water is provided in the volunteer house, as tap water is not recommended for consumption.

Meals are served within the volunteer house three times a day during the week. However, on weekends, only breakfast and dinner will be available. Should volunteers desire to dine out in Lovina, there are numerous restaurants within walking distance catering to various tastes and budgets.

Should you have special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make appropriate arrangements for you. However, it’s essential to remain flexible as your meals may not be your typical eating habits at home.

Pricing

  • USD

Spots are limited. For a Registration Fee of just US$329 (approximately £273) you secure your spot and unlock all our preparation and training tools.

You don't need to worry about paying your Program Fee until you get closer to your start date.

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 $425 Equivalent to $61/day
2 weeks $612 Equivalent to $44/day
3 weeks $804 Equivalent to $38/day
4 weeks $976 Equivalent to $35/day
5 weeks $1,138 Equivalent to $33/day
6 weeks $1,300 Equivalent to $31/day
8 weeks $1,609 Equivalent to $29/day
10 weeks $1,918 Equivalent to $27/day
12 weeks $2,227 Equivalent to $27/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately £273) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Bali - Lovina generally find US$80-100 per week to be sufficient for expenses.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • 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.

  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

Free-time experiences & tours in Lovina

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

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.

£347
Lovina Introduction Week
Lovina Introduction Week

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

£297

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Safety and support

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.
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Essential country information

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. 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.

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