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 £312 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
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
- 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
”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. Se...eing 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. ” read more
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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:
This covers everything you need to know for your volunteer project and stay in Bali. You will have an introduction to the IVHQ Bali program, your project and the local staff, Indonesian customs, rules, expectations, and safety.
5-day Introduction Week:
This not only teaches you everything you need to know for your volunteer project, but also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the culture and tick off some must-do Bali experiences including a language lesson, cooking class, village walk and visits to the Garba Cave and the Holy Water Temple. This week has an additional cost of £310. Join the Introduction Week by making a note in your application or contacting your IVHQ Program Manager after you register.
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 volunteer houses, located about 15 minutes’ drive from central Ubud. Set in small villages, it’s a great place 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 three to seven other volunteers. These bedrooms are separated by gender. The bathroom is shared with a hot water shower and western toilets.
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.
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||£311 Equivalent to £44/day|
|2 weeks||£468 Equivalent to £33/day|
|3 weeks||£625 Equivalent to £30/day|
|4 weeks||£787 Equivalent to £28/day|
|5 weeks||£940 Equivalent to £27/day|
|6 weeks||£1076 Equivalent to £26/day|
|8 weeks||£1343 Equivalent to £24/day|
|10 weeks||£1610 Equivalent to £23/day|
|12 weeks||£1877 Equivalent to £22/day|
- 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
- Certificate of International Volunteering
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of £259 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 GBP.
- 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.
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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.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 upon arrival
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
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.