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.
Construction and Renovation
The Construction and Renovation project consists of a variety of construction and renovation based initiatives within local communities around Lovina. Volunteers work with a local coordinator, who provides guidance and training and other volunteers. Volunteers should come ready to work hard, as you will be laying brick, doing carpentry, painting, laying tiles, and landscaping/gardening. Volunteers are not required to have experience with construction work, but 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, this project incurs a surcharge of US$50 per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project. This amount has been included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you applied for this project.
Bali is well known for its astonishing beauty and greenery. However, with rapid development and the rise in tourism, it is evident in certain areas the detrimental impact this has had on the local environment. Plastic water bottles and plastic food wrappers are of great concern and you will often see people simply throwing these on the ground, as food in Bali was traditionally wrapped in biodegradable banana leaves. The relationship between humans and the environment is an important part of Balinese culture and the aim of this project is to instil environmental education in the children at a young age, imparting your message in a fun and dynamic manner. There is a need for volunteers with a strong initiative on this program as volunteers are expected to arrive with their own ideas of what they wish to focus on. The emphasis is on “hands on” techniques – getting the children out and about in nature and working together. Campaigns can include cleaning up the local school, village and beach, or educating children about recycling however, volunteers are certainly not restricted to these and are encouraged to be creative. Volunteers spend two hours each morning planning their campaign and visiting a variety of schools around Lovina in the afternoon. Please note that many of the schools in which volunteers work are under resourced and while basic materials can be provided, volunteers will need to bring any specialized resources they may need. Volunteers who do not actively plan a campaign will spend the majority of their time teaching English.
Volunteers with an interest in education and simple hygiene techniques are welcome to join the Healthcare Education project. Volunteers 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 however; volunteers are not restricted to these and are encouraged to come prepared with an idea of what they wish to teach. Many of our daily routines that we carry out without thinking are not common practice with the children you will meet, but starting simple education early can go a long way for immediate and future healthcare. Due to the limited English skills of the children these classes are challenging to teach and volunteers need to be prepared to adapt the topic they wish to teach to the language level of the children. Fully qualified doctors and nurses can run healthcare campaigns or check-up clinics in local villages around Lovina. Volunteers who wish to do this must possess strong initiative and arrive 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.
With Bali’s rapidly expanding tourism industry, the demand for local English speakers has never been greater. Children may have the opportunity to learn English at school, however this is usually taught by a local Balinese teacher and thus the children never really get to practice their conversational skills or hear native English being spoken. Balinese children are extremely eager to learn and are an absolute joy to teach. Volunteers on this project spend two hours each morning preparing lessons and three hours in the afternoon teaching at a local elementary or high school. It is entirely up to you what you decide to teach, however there is a general syllabus for you to follow and examples of what previous volunteers have taught for you to continue with. The aim of this project is to show students that learning English is fun and volunteers are encouraged to be creative with their methods of teaching – through games, songs, art, sport and music. If you are new to teaching, you may wish to team up with another volunteer, as two teachers in the classroom often works well in regards to confidence building and gaining greater control of the class, whose enthusiasm often spills over into great excitement! Your role is to encourage and inspire, but most importantly for teachers and students alike to enjoy the experience. Volunteers on this project must be fluent in English. 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, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course.
Volunteers on the Kindergarten project work in nearby villages where they teach basic English to local children aged 4 to 5 years old. With the help of volunteers the children are able to gain a head start on their English education before they begin formal schooling. Few foreigners travel to these villages and the children will be exceptionally welcoming and excited to see you. Volunteers need to genuinely love working with children and understand their behaviour, as you will be surrounded by plenty of them every day and their friendliness can sometimes become overwhelming - they are children after all! Being a kindergarten, the work volunteers do will be more informal than the Teaching English project and 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 prepare them well 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.
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 will be accommodated in dormitory style volunteer houses within the same compound, approximately 10 minutes from Lovina town centre. Located far from the common touristic areas, village life is quintessentially local and you will get a good chance to get 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. A bathroom is located within each bedroom and consists of showers and western toilets within the same room. Volunteers have access to tea and coffee facilities as well as filtered drinking water. Wi-Fi is available at the centre of the compound however volunteers should not expect a fast connection. The accommodation is located 2 minutes from a local black sand beach! For couples or those wanting more privacy, private rooms with en-suite are available for an additional US$130 per week (not per person).
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.