A beautiful island of Indonesia, Bali has been a popular tourist destination attracting millions of people every year, from different parts of the world. Bali, however, has a lot more to offer than just picturesque landscapes. If you are someone who absolutely enjoys the company of kids, then volunteering as a teacher would be perfect for you, as you’ll get ample scope to spend time with adorable little ones. Apart from just exploring the land, you can now make your vacation truly meaningful by being a volunteer in Bali.
Volunteering Solutions has coordinated with local Balinese organizations to provide support and help in educating the little ones at the learning centers in Tianyar. The average age of the children attending these learning center varies between 6 to 12 years. Kids from the underprivileged societies attend these learning centers and there's a lack of teaching staff, hence the participation and contribution of volunteers will be highly appreciated.
For all high school/college/university students or gap year, travelers who are keen to be a volunteer can opt for this affordable program in Tianyar.
Participants should be of at least 17 years old at the time of beginning their program. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program.
Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
- Being a volunteer, your main task would be to assist the local teachers in their daily work.
- Make daily plans to teach basic English (vocabulary, pronunciation), General Knowledge, Mathematics, Arts, Craft etc. to the children.
- You can tell them stories that would help them to learn more about different places and keep sharing new information with the children.
- Sharing new ideas with teachers and telling them how to keep the students more engaged in daily activities would be of immense help.
- Focus on creating a lively, enjoyable environment for children. Only when you can catch their attention, will they be able to learn something.
- Most importantly, love the kids, and pay special attention to each and every one. Help them progress and make sure that they get to learn from your lessons.
Volunteer Work Schedule
As a volunteer for the Teaching Program in Bali, your general schedule would be:
Arrival day - Saturday. You will be picked up from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar (DPS), between 6 am to 10 pm by our coordinator and then will be transferred to Ubud at a guest house/home stay accommodation.
On Sunday afternoon volunteers are picked up from Ubud accommodation and transferred to Tianyar which is around 3 hours drive by car.
On Monday morning, a detailed orientation shall be done after which volunteers begin their project placement.
Working days – Monday to Thursday
Tianyar: Working hours will be from 8:00 AM to 10.30 AM and 2:00 PM to 5.30 PM.
The evenings will be free for you to relax or roam around or make plans for the next day's work.
Volunteering Solutions ensures that all our international volunteers are provided the utmost comfort so that they can have a home away from home experience while working with us. We ensure that your stay, meals and other personal requirements are looked after well.
All volunteers will have to reach Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar (DPS), on Saturday. Make sure that your arrival time is between 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Our Bali coordinator will be there at the airport to receive you and shall take you to the accommodation. It is your duty to inform us about your arrival time, for a hassle free pick up. After the program ends, we can arrange for your airport transfer for an additional cost.
Upon arrival in Bali, volunteers are transferred to Ubud for one night stay. In Ubud, accommodation will be provided in a homestay/guesthouse on same gender sharing basis. Each room has a toilet and a small kitchenette with a refrigerator and stove. Ubud accommodation is located in the main Ubud town and all amenities are available within walking distance.
In Tianyar, accommodation is in a volunteer house, which is a cluster of beautiful bamboo cottages. The traditional bamboo-built shelters are located right next to the beach and offer some great views.To make it environment-friendly, each cluster has a separate bathroom and toilet, also made of bamboo and canes. Each cottage has a sit out area and fans are installed. There is Wifi within the accommodation but it can be intermittent.There are common areas where volunteers can have meals or can sit and chat. There is a kitchen where meals are freshly prepared for the volunteers by the cooks. Volunteers need to bring their own towels and toiletries.The accommodation also offers some great facilities for the volunteers such as hammocks and volleyball pitch. At a short distance from the accommodation, amenities such as ATM, departmental store are available.
The in country team in Tianyar will conduct the Orientation Session for the volunteers.You will be provided with all the details about the project, about the work that you'll have to do, as well as information about the place. If you have any questions regarding safety issues, traveling and project, the local team will be there to assist you always.
While in Ubud upon arrival, volunteers are served with breakfast at the accommodation. It generally comprises of pancakes, seasonal fruits, eggs, bread, tea/coffee etc. For volunteers in Tianyar, three freshly cooked meals will be provided each day from Monday to Friday. A general breakfast will comprise Pancakes, seasonal fruits, fried banana, toast, tea/coffee etc. For lunch and dinner, the menu will be Rice, salad, sprouts, vegetable, chicken or eggs, seasonal fruits. Occasionally pasta or some local preparation will be made.
During Free Time
During your time in Bali, you will be based in Tianyar, a small fishing village located in the Northern part of the island. The region is much quiter in comparison to other touristic parts of the island.During your extended weekend from Friday to Sunday, you can travel and explore other parts of Bali such as Ubud or head down south to Seminyak or Kuta. Taxis and other modes of transport are easily available for travelling within the island. The local team would always be available to assist in your weekend plans.
Please Note: -An application fee of $199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of £165 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of $289 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €189 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Airport Pickup
- 1 Night stay in Ubud with Breakfast
- Meals from Mon – Fri
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from Local Staff
- Transfer from Ubud to Tianyar
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Return Trip to Airport (Can be arranged at extra cost)
- Visa Fees
FAQ's Application and Program Details
As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is recommended that potential volunteers book their programs well in advance to get confirmed placements. You can book your slot by filling the application form online and pay the application fee of $250. You can pay your program fee later and also, in installments. However, the complete payment should be made 45 days prior to the starting date of the program. If you are volunteering in a group, you can also fill a group application form.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be activated.You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our back-end team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents,your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.
Volunteers are provided with the airport pick up from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar (DPS), between 6 AM to 10 PM on the date of arrival (Saturday, as chosen) by the coordinator or representative. You'll then be taken to the accommodation in Ubud, where you can rest for the day. Volunteers who have chosen project in Tianyar will be taken to the destination on the next day.
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fee is valid for a year's time (from the date of applying). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.
For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next Vol Sol program.
We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 12+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
VolSol volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program type. You will have weekends off so you can go for traveling on weekends. However, in some projects, you will have to work on Saturdays as well.
Flights and Visa
Volunteers can get a free Visa on arrival that'll be valid for 30 days. Paid Visa on arrival can be obtained for 35 USD, that'll be valid for 60 days. Extension of the same for another 30 days will cost 85 USD. Your local coordinator will assist you in that case. You can also get in touch with the Program Advisor for further details after application procedures are completed.
Almost all major airlines have flights to Bali. Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, Thai Airways, Malaysian Airlines, QANTAS, Etihad, Emirates, Lion Air, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Malindo Air are the major airlines have flight operating to Bali.
Many airlines like KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways, ANA and more, have code-sharing arrangements with other airlines and offer seamless connections to Bali from all over the world.
In Ubud, there are several money changers. You can change your money at any of the authorized money changing outlets or in a bank. Those participating in Tianyar program, can get their money exchanged during the couple of days in Ubud, before their program commences. There are several ATMs in Ubud.
Health and Safety
Being a popular zone among tourists, Bali is overall a very safe destination. However volunteers are advised to follow guidelines and suggestions given by coordinator. Program coordinators will give you necessary information regarding the safety as well as the Do's and Don'ts. The locals are friendly and helpful as well; however, it is recommended to consult your in-country coordinators before you step out alone or go to any other place apart from Ubud or Tianyar. Also, it is recommended to be with your group whenever you venture out or stay out late in the night.
Carry general medicines with you, and consult your doctor before setting out for your volunteering trip to Bali. There is no mandatory vaccination to stay in Bali. However one can discuss with the doctor and may take vaccination for Rabies, Dengue, Malaria, Hepatitis and Tetanus.
Accommodation and Living
Your program coordinator will take you to your placement and will introduce you to local staff there. School in Tianyar is at a walking distance, just 5 minutes away from the accommodation. On Monday, once you arrive in Tianyar, you will be taken to the placement for introduction. For Ubud program, traveling from accommodation to school and coming back is included in the program cost.
In Ubud, accommodation is arranged in a home stay. Each room has toilet and a small kitchenette with refrigerator and stove. One can buy the supplies and prepare or make a basic food if required. Hot and cold running water and shower is available. Wi-Fi is available at the homestay.
Accommodation is located in main Ubud town. Shops, restaurants, ATM, pharmacy, taxi stand, everything is at a walking distance. Volunteers can get familiar on day of arrival with the local area or they can also take help of caretaker at accommodation.
In Tianyar, accommodation is in a volunteer house, which is a cluster of beautiful bamboo cottages. To make it environment friendly, each cluster has a separate bathroom and toilet, also made of bamboo and canes. Each cottage has a sit out area and fans are installed. There is no Wi-Fi here. There are two common areas where volunteers can have meals or can sit and chat. There is a kitchen where meals are prepared. Volunteers need to bring their own towel, toiletries, toilet roll etc.
At a walking distance of 10-15 minutes, there is a department store and a local restaurant.
Vegetarian food is available at accommodation.
In Ubud, one can expect expenses of USD 60 to USD 75 for meals, water bottles etc. This amount may vary in actual. For weekend trips, expenses will be additional.
In Tianyar, one can expect expenses of USD 20 to USD 30 for snacks or water bottles etc. This amount may vary in actual. For weekend trips, expenses will be additional.