Volunteer in Bali - Lovina
At a glance…
- Available year-round
- 5 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 $320 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 organization 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, organizations 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 travelers 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. 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 center 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 Teaching project in Bali, you will play a hands-on role in developing the English language skills of elementary and high school students within Lovina. Balinese students are eager to practice their conversational English skills and learn from native speakers, as greater English literacy supports opportunities for higher education and career prospects in areas like Bali where Tourism is a rapidly expanding industry.
This project is well suited to creative 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 can team up with another volunteer to gain confidence and greater control of the class, as the excitement levels can take over.
When volunteering on this project, you will spend a couple of hours each day preparing lessons and 2 hours teaching at a local elementary or high school. There is a general syllabus for you to follow and examples of what previous volunteers have taught to guide your lesson planning.
As you will be volunteering with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate on this project. However, 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-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.
Please note that volunteers on this project are required to be fluent in English.
The aim of this project is to provide young children in the community of Lovina with a head start on their English education before they begin formal schooling. As a volunteer on this project, you will work in small villages where you will teach basic English to local children aged 4 to 5 years old.
If you’re someone who genuinely loves working with children and understands their behavior, this project will be well suited to you. Keep in mind that you will be surrounded by plenty of young children every day and their friendliness can sometimes become overwhelming - they are children after all!
When volunteering on this project, a typical day may involve working alongside a local Kindergarten teacher for a couple of hours and assisting with informal English lessons, arranging fun and educational games, and singing songs. Each day, you will also spend a couple of hours planning and preparing for the next day’s lessons.
Please note that the work volunteers do on the Kindergarten project will be more informal than the Teaching English project, as the children will of course want to play rather than be taught. However, just getting them enthused about coming to kindergarten and giving them basic English phrases will help prepare them for their schooling and future exposure to the English language.
Due to school holidays, the Kindergarten project will be closed in June, July, August and December.
Construction and Renovation
As a volunteer on our Construction and Renovation project in Lovina, you will play an important role in developing and renovating 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. Your tasks may include laying bricks, painting, laying tiles, carpentry, landscaping or gardening.
You are not required to have previous experience with construction 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 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.
As a volunteer on our Environmental Education project in Bali, you will play an important role in educating young Balinese children about protecting the local environment. Plastic water bottles and plastic food wrappers are of great concern in Bali and you will often see people simply throwing these on the ground, as food in Bali was traditionally wrapped in biodegradable banana leaves. The aim of this project is therefore to raise awareness of good environmental practices at a young age.
This project is well suited to volunteers with an interest in conservation and supporting the delivery of environmental education campaigns. Strong initiative is a must as you will need to have an idea of what you would like to teach and how your lessons will be implemented to engage a young audience. Being creative, dynamic and fun with your message will go a long way in keeping the students engaged, as the children will have limited English skills.
When volunteering on this project, you can expect to get the students out and about in nature and working together. Campaigns can include cleaning up the local school, village and rivers, or educating children about recycling. You will spend a couple of hours each day planning your campaign and visiting a range of schools around the Lovina area in the afternoon.
Please note that many of the schools where volunteers work are under resourced and while basic materials can be provided, you will need to bring your own specialized resources if you require these for your campaign. If you do not actively plan a campaign, you will spend the majority of your time teaching English.
When volunteering on the Healthcare Education project, you will play an active role in the promotion of better health and wellbeing among youth within Lovina. Teaching basic healthcare practices at a young age can go a long way in supporting the long-term health of the children you will be working with. The project is well suited to volunteers with an interest in healthcare and teaching basic hygiene techniques. Creativity is a must, as the children have limited English skills, so you need to be willing to adapt your approach to keep the students engaged in your lessons.
Volunteers on this project work in local schools throughout the Lovina area, actively teaching the importance of basic hygiene and general health. Topics can include brushing teeth correctly, washing hands, general body cleanliness and nutrition. You are encouraged to come prepared with an idea of what you would like to teach, and new topics and ideas are always encouraged.
Qualified doctors and nurses can run healthcare campaigns or check-up clinics in local villages around Lovina. Volunteers who wish to do so need to come prepared with an idea of what they wish to focus on during their program.
Please note that qualified doctors and nurses who wish to arrange campaigns or clinics are required to provide proof of qualifications and bring any medical equipment they may require with them as resources are limited.
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 traveling 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 socializing.
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 center 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 per week (not per person).
WiFi is available for volunteers to access at the center 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.