Volunteer in Bali
Do you dream of sun basking in a paradisiac beach?? Are you looking to change lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the society? Then this program will give you that and much more.
Bali is best known for its natural white beaches, the iconic rice paddles and forested volcanic mountains. People around the world travel just to visit the world-famous religious temples and experience the vast culture
Sadly, both the people and wildlife of the island face incredible challenges.
As more than 150,000 Balinese live in poverty, access to a proper English education is woefully inadequate, and many children from poor backgrounds are left without this skill that is critical to their success later in life, as English is a crucial skill to have in the job market.
The wildlife, especially sea turtles, also face hardship. Only 0,1% of sea turtles ever reach adulthood, due to rampant poaching and hunting of hatchlings before they reach the ocean.
By joining our volunteer project in Bali, you will get to improve the lives of both local children by playing a crucial role in their education, and the endangered sea turtles by protecting them at their most vulnerable and ensuring they do not go extinct
If you would like to save turtles or change lives of these kids, and help them become great people in the future while fulfilling your dream to impact change in impoverished communities, contact us today and learn more about the exciting opportunities available.
Available Volunteer Programs in Bali
No matter what type of impact you are hoping to make in Bali, IFRE has an amazing project that will make let you make a difference and help you make your dreams of making the world a better place come true. Take a look at our available projects and see which cause which calls out to you!
Many low income families cannot afford private language lessons for their children, and access to quality education in Bali public schools is severely lacking. By joining Bali volunteer teaching English program, you will give them the opportunity to have bright futures in the lucrative tourism industry that pours millions of dollars into Bali each year. Not only will you help these disadvantaged children, you will gain valuable teaching experience, make lifelong memories, and feel great knowing you are making a big difference in the world.See the detailed project program page to find pricing and complete information.
Due to the destruction and alteration of natural nesting habitats, poaching and illegal fishing industries, the population of endangered sea turtles in Bali is decreasing day by day. IFRE has collaborated with some local marine conservation organizations and come up with its own turtle conservation project to help protect and sustain the local sea turtle population.
At the Bali sea turtle conservation project, you will help local volunteers save and conserve the natural habitats of several species of turtles in Bali. Your much-needed help will bring positive results in rehabilitating the population of turtles. You will even get to look after their eggs and newly hatched babies, helping them on their way back into their ocean homes.See the detailed project program page to find pricing and complete information.
In addition to programs listed above, IFRE also offers group programs for high school and college students, family volunteering, alternative spring breaks, and many other unique programs. Contact us for further information.
Volunteer in Bali :Program Dates
Please check the program page for the available datesOur Fees
Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.
Program Fees Cover:
- Accommodation (host family)
- Food (local food 3 times a day)
- Airport Pick up/Transfer
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program Fees Exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
Volunteering is a big undertaking, and you might feel overwhelmed about how to make it all happen. With IFRE, you can relax and know that we will take care of everything for you. We will make sure you have safe and secure accommodations, two healthy local meals provided to you daily, and a helpful and knowledgeable staff supervising you during the entire duration of your time abroad.
While volunteering in Bali, you will be staying in a comfortable, safe, and peaceful economy hotel located in central Kuta. The famous Kuta beach, restaurants, shopping centers and your project sites are all located within easy walking distance. You will have a single room (or a shared room with two beds if you have traveling companions) that is equipped with A/C, television, Wi-Fi, and an attached bathroom with hot showers and western style toilets.
The hotel also has a rooftop terrace, swimming pool, and spa as well as a 24/7 reception.
You will be provided with breakfast and dinner consisting of delicious Bali cuisine at the hotel as part of your volunteer fee, while lunch will be your own responsibility to arrange.
Exploring the exotic island destination of Bali is probably near the top of your list of what you’d like to do while traveling abroad. You can expect to volunteer around 4-6 hours per day Monday through Friday at your project, but rest assured you will have plenty of time during the evenings and weekends to get out and take advantage of the beautiful scenery and wide range of activities Bali has to offer.
You will have plenty to explore when you are not volunteering in Bali. Kuta is a fascinating beach located on the southern tip of the island of Bali, which was one of the first tourist developments in the country and is filled with resorts and restaurants. This is a place known for the vibrant nightlife and bar scene, and you can come here if here you are looking to surf or get out on the water.
Feel like scuba diving or snorkeling? This is the place to be! The famous waterpark; “Waterbom” is a highly recommended spot by locals. This extravagant waterpark offers a famous ride called the “super bowl” that has been known all around the world for its climatic drop called the “climax”.
Safety and In-country Support
Your safety is IFRE’s number one priority at all times, and you can have peace of mind knowing we will do everything possible to ensure you have a safe and secure experience volunteering in Bali. We offer pre-trip support, reliable and comprehensive travel insurance, airport pick-up, and constant availability of guidance and support by an experienced in-country staff that is right there on the ground to help you every step of the way.
From the moment your plane lands in Bali, you will have the support of an experienced team of in-country field staff. The team is comprised of mature, educated, socially respected individuals who are dedicated humanitarians highly experienced in working with international volunteers.
Your main point of contact will be the in-country coordinator. They will select your Bali volunteer project placement, make all the arrangements for your airport transfer, accommodations, and food, give you an orientation which covers culture, safety, and your service work, introduce you to your host family and project staff, and make periodic visits and calls to check up on your progress. You can reach out to the coordinator at all times with any questions, issues, or to ask for advice and they will be more than happy to assist you.
Volunteer in Bali- FAQ
Deciding to volunteer abroad is a big decision, and IFRE is here to support and guide you every step of the way. You probably have quite a few questions you are wondering about, and we’ve compiled this list of frequently asked questions in one convenient place to offer you the answers you are looking for.
Which airport do I need to fly in to?
You will need to fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport, 5 KM away from your accommodation
Do you organize airport pick-up for international volunteers in Bali?
Yes, we do arrange for your airport pick-up upon arrival in Bali. You will need to provide us with your flight details ahead of time so we can make the appropriate arrangements.
What happens if I missed my flight or arrived late?
No worries at all! You will be provided with the contact information for the person who will be picking you up in your placement packet. We highly advise that you contact us immediately regarding any changes or delays, and we will arrange a new pick-up time for you, or you can go directly to the hotel, which is in your placement details
How can I get to my accommodation from the airport, if I did not meet IFRE’s local representative at the airport?
Although our representatives are very reliable and you shouldn’t have to worry about this issue, you needn’t panic even if you do not connect with IFRE’s representative when you arrive for your Bali volunteering trip. To begin with, you will have their contact information, so your first step if you don’t see them should be to give them a call. If for some unforeseen reason you are unable to reach them, don’t panic.
In your volunteer placement packet, you will have the address of your accommodations (hotel). The hotel is within 15 minutes driving distance from the airport, so you can easily get there in a taxi.
If my project begins on Monday, when should I arrive? If I want to arrive earlier than then my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations? Does it cost me extra?
It is always advisable to arrive early if possible. We suggest you arrive one day prior to the beginning of the program. As all of our programs begin on a Monday, you can arrive on Sunday and take a rest day. After that, you will then begin the project the next day with better physical and mental wellbeing.
You can stay at a hotel, which can cost you anywhere from $15-30 (depending on the room you select) extra for each additional day of food and accommodations. Let our in-country coordinator know of your plans, and they can assist you if you need help making the arrangements.
Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?
We don’t offer any kind of airport departure services to our volunteers after the completion of their volunteering abroad projects in Bali. Our local staff can assist you in arranging transportation to the airport following the completion of your project, but you will need to budget to cover this additional expense.
What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
There are a number of steps you will need to take before traveling. You will need to visit your doctor and get up to date on both routine vaccinations as well as any immunizations you may need to travel to Bali. You will need to obtain reliable travel insurance, which IFRE can provide for you. You will need apply for and receive your visa, and possibly a passport if you do not have one already. IFRE suggests doing research ahead of time on your destination, paying close attention to the culture and customs so you can be better prepared for your time abroad.
In terms of packing for your trip volunteering in Bali, there are a couple of things that are essential to bring from your home country. You need to make sure that you have packed all of your official documents like your passport and travel insurance. You should also bring medicines prescribed by your doctor as you might not be able to get them in Bali. Certain things like clothes, shoes, books, laptops, mobile phone, charger, adapter and first aid kit are also quite important.
Where are the projects located?
All of IFRE’s volunteer programs in Bali are located on the Indonesian island of Bali (Kuta). The beautiful isle of Bali is full of contrasts, and you can go from beach to rainforest to mountains all within a couple of hours, not to mention the excellent food and incredibly friendly locals. Everywhere, you will find intricately carved temples and Bali appeals to travelers through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields that exude peace and serenity.
Is there any minimum and maximum stay?
Our programs run from one to twelve weeks in duration.
Can I extend my stay if I choose to?
Yes, you may extend your stay for the continuation of your volunteer work in Bali. As per the immigration laws of Bali, extensions of stay are granted on tourist visas for an extra 30 days but only once. So, if you stay more than that in Bali then you will have no other choice but to leave Bali after 60 days and then reapply for a tourist visa to enter again. We can also accommodate and assist our volunteers in finding other volunteering projects to join during their extended stay in Bali.
Will I have enough time to travel after work and in weekend?
Yes, you will have enough free time to travel and explore the touristic local sights and destinations after work and on weekends.
Who will guide or support me while I am in Bali?
Our in country coordinator supports and supervises you throughout your volunteer work project in Bali. Likewise, our local staff will also stay in contact with volunteers either with timely field visits or via email/telephone. You can expect our field staff to visit you every 2-4 weeks to make sure that all things are going smoothly and as planned. If you require any assistance, just make sure to let your in-country coordinator know and he/she will try their best to help you in any way possible.
How old should I be to take part?
You must be at least 18 years of age or older in order to participate in our programs. In some cases, minors can provide us with proof of parental consent from your legal guardian. Minors can also volunteer alongside their parents or guardians.
Who manages the volunteer programs in Bali?
Our projects are all managed by an experienced Bali in-country coordinator who has expert knowledge of handling volunteer projects and international volunteers. The country coordinator is there to provide you with timely support on a day to day basis. He/she will even come to visit you frequently during your time in Bali to check on how you are doing. You can ask for advice and suggestions and they will help ensure you are fully satisfied with your volunteer experience abroad.
Will I receive training before the start of my volunteer project?
Yes, after your arrival and before you begin your service work, our in-country coordinator will engage you in an orientation class during which you will learn about safety measures, your daily schedule, your volunteer work, and also the cultures and customs of Bali.
Is there a dress-code for the projects?
No, there is no dress code set in place for our Bali volunteers beyond wearing decent and modest clothing. Be sure to do your research before packing for your trip, and always be respectful of the culture you are visiting. When teaching it is required to wear pants (not shorts), and long sleeves are recommended.
Why should I pay to volunteer abroad?
Paying to volunteer abroad in Bali might seem pretty odd at first, especially if you are a first-time volunteer making a trip overseas. To help you understand where your money goes to, we have broken it down for you. Everything from the operating cost of the organization to the salaries of our staff and payments for the utility/rent bills are all paid solely by the payments made by the volunteers participating in our humanitarian aid programs.
Your fee also covers your housing, food, training and supervision, as well as being needed to continue to run the much-needed program you are working so hard to support.
Why are IFRE’s fees so much more affordable than other volunteer organizations?
IFRE is an American based non-profit volunteer organization, which is committed to providing our volunteers with several life-changing volunteer abroad opportunities and experiences. Unlike its competitors, IFRE does not aim to make any profits by running its projects as money is not a motivating factor for us. Therefore, we only charge what is needed to run our volunteer programs, and our fees are more affordable than most other volunteer organizations.
Can I get a tax deduction for my volunteer work project in Bali?
Yes, you can get a tax deduction for any of our volunteer programs as we are an American non-profit 501©3 volunteer organization which collaborates with many local orphanages, schools, hospitals and NGOs all across the globe.
Can I get help to raise funds?
Yes, IFRE can provide help to raise funds for your philanthropic work abroad. Get in touch with our office staff and ask them for help regarding this issue. We will provide supporting documentation you can use in your fundraising efforts and offer advice on how to go about raising the money you need for your trip.
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Is it safe to travel and volunteer in Bali?
Yes, it is very safe to travel to Bali for volunteer work. You don’t have to worry too much about your safety or well-being while traveling there. However, it is always a good idea to take some necessary safety and security measures. The safety of our volunteers is a top priority for us and thus we make sure that all of your activities are safe to participate in and our staff is always available for support. We suggest doing research and keeping up to date with advisory websites many countries offer for travelers headed to international destinations.
What safety measures should I take?
All safety measures which you must take while volunteering in Bali will be discussed in the orientation class run by our country coordinator and field staff. You should take normal safety precautions as you would anywhere, avoiding carrying large amounts of cash on your person, not dressing in a revealing or provocative manner, not traveling alone (especially at night), etc.
What will happen if I get sick during my volunteer trip in Bali?
If you get sick during your volunteer placement, you should immediately inform our field staff before anything serious happens. Once you inform the staff about your deteriorating health condition, you will be taken to the nearby hospital or a medical clinic for a thorough check up. Be sure to bring along a copy of your travel insurance and your passport to present to the physician.
Why must I get travel insurance?
As per our policies, it is obligatory for all of our volunteers to buy travel insurance before beginning their volunteer work. This is done so that our volunteers are kept safe from all types of dangers that may occur while volunteering abroad. Our main concern is the safety of our volunteers. If you need help finding a policy, IFRE can offer you reliable and comprehensive insurance for your trip.
What vaccinations do I need to prior to traveling to Bali?
Vaccinations are highly advisable for international volunteers due to the various health hazards you may encounter. We also advise you to use the Center for Disease Control traveler's health recommendations (www.cdc.gov.)
The main recommended vaccinations for volunteering in Bali are Dengue Fever, Hepatitis A., Typhoid, and so on. For your personal health precautions and extra safety, you should consider consulting with your doctor for further vaccine recommendations. You can learn more about these vaccinations
What are the principle health risks in Bali?
One of the primary risks to your health while traveling in Bali is the high incidence of food and water-borne illnesses, leading to the popular phrase “Bali Belly”. Avoid drinking tap water and only drink or cook with bottled or boiled water. Avoid street vendors and questionable sources of food where the level of hygiene might not be up to par.
Volunteers in Bali should avoid petting stray dogs and take care to wear insect repellant to reduce the risk of mosquito born infections. Also guard against sunburn and dehydration as Bali has a tropical climate. Avoid drinking the local spirit, “Arak”, as poisonings and deaths have occurred in travelers when drinking this concoction that was also laced with dangerous substances.
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Do I need a visa to volunteer and travel in Bali?
Yes, without obtaining a travel visa from the Immigration department, you will not be eligible to stay in Bali and take part in our programs. You can visit the Embassy of Indonesia in your home country, or you can get a visa on arrival at the international airport in Bali. The cost of the visa upon arrival will be appx. $35 US dollars, and will have a duration of 30 days. You can learn more about Bali’s travel visa:
How do I apply for the visa?
First, you will need to have your original passport with you as well as a couple of passport-size photos. You will then fill out the visa application form provided by the Immigration Department. Finally, you will have to pay a certain fee for the visa application. For those applying in their home country, you can expect to obtain a visa within a couple of weeks.
Can I extend my visa while I am in the country? Can you help me with this?
In general, extending an Indonesian tourist visa is usually not so difficult. All you have to do is pay a visit to the Immigration Department and the rest will be taken care of by government officials. You will only be able to make the extension one time, and then you will have to leave Bali and Indonesia before returning to spend more time in the country. If you have any questions at all, our local staff will be there to assist you.
How do I contact IFRE’s local coordinator while in Bali?
You will be provided with the contact information of the in-country coordinator before you leave for your trip, so you can easily reach out via phone, WhatsApp or email any time that you need assistance.
How can I communicate with my family from Bali?
Not only is it important to you, but it’s very important to us that you will have the option to get in contact with your family during your experience with our volunteer program in Bali. This process is uncomplicated and effortless. There’s internet access available almost everywhere in Bali, and you will be able to access video chat, Skype or Facebook chat all with ease. If you prefer, you can directly call them from your mobile phone!
Can I use my phone while volunteering?
We have no restrictions on our volunteers using their personal mobile phones, so make sure you unlock your phone for international SIM cards. To use your existing SIM, you will need to check with your current provider to see if your phone will function in Bali. Keep in mind international roaming charges may apply, and these can be quite expensive.
Can I buy SIM card in Bali?
Yes, you can purchase a local SIM Card in Bali. Again, check with your current provider before travel to ensure your phone will function with the foreign SIM card.
How can international volunteers in Bali get/purchase internet services?
A very wise first step would be to purchase a SIM Card from the local vendor shops. You will need your original passport for documentation and a recent passport size photo to fill out an application form. Once you have done that, the vendor will give you the SIM Card to place into your phone. You can then insert it and purchase a data pack to access the internet after its activation. If you feel uncomfortable doing so, you can always ask the vendor to purchase the internet data pack for you.
Is internet available everywhere?
Internet is widely available throughout Bali. Buying a local SIM and internet data pack will help you have access to the internet wherever cell coverage is available.
What do I need to bring?
When preparing for your volunteer trip to Bali, you should make a checklist of things to bring such as a power adapter, toiletries, medicines, first aid kit, passport, visa, flight tickets, travel insurance, rolling suitcase or backpack, insect repellent, filtered water bottle, power bank, personal medications, ear plugs, hand sanitizer, sunscreen and books. IFRE provides bedding, but if you feel a sleeping bag is something you would like you are welcome to bring it along.
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