Volunteer in Bali away from the resorts. Work with orphans and volunteer teach. Sure, it's an easy trek to the beach and surfing spots, but Bali's beauty is in its people and culture. By volunteering you'll get insights into this rich culture.
As in most of Asia, the ability to speak English is a valued skill in Bali, and ELI Abroad’s English-teaching volunteers are warmly welcomed into the island’s village classrooms. We offer placements at elementary schools around Ubud where you’ll teach grade schoolers, or at a kindergarten where you’ll work with 4 and 5 year olds.
You will be provided a general curriculum to follow and have time in the mornings to prepare your class, which you’ll teach in the afternoon. While the basics to cover are outlined in provided materials, it’s up to you to cover the material in a fun, creative way. Think games, songs, and music: the kids should be having fun as they learn. If you’re new to teaching, or just need some support, ask ELI Abroad to partner you with another volunteer to make the process a little easier.
While no teaching background is required for these placements, volunteers must have an excellent command of English and must enjoy working with children.
Please note that in general, Bali’s school year begins in mid-July and ends at the end of April. There’s a two-week break at the end of December through the New Year. Questions? Click here
Do you have skills relating to ecology and environmental protection you’d like to share with Bali’s children? If so, ELI Abroad can arrange a placement where you could offer a special course to elementary school students. This is an opportunity for outgoing, self-sufficient volunteers who can design the program with minimum outside support or materials and make it compelling by adding a hands-on outdoorsy component. An example would be a focus on toxic materials such as plastics with age-appropriate explanation of how they affect the environment, and a field trips into the countryside to pick up discarded plastic bottles. Another example is a focus on the importance of clean water to humans and wildlife. The goal is to instilling awareness in young children about the fragile but interdependent relationship between man and nature, one of the key issues of our time in Bali, and around the world. If you’re environmentally inclined, creative and love teaching, contact ELI Abroad and make a difference in Bali! Questions? Click here
Health and Hygiene
Brushing teeth, washing hands, taking care of your body: these are among the topics you can teach at a Balinese elementary school, in a special course you develop yourself. This is a terrific opportunity for outgoing, self-sufficient volunteers who can design the program with minimum outside support or materials and make it come alive with fun hands-on components. Prospective teachers or students of public health, this is an amazing opportunity just for you on the magical island of Bali! Questions? Click here
Animal lovers, zoology and marine biology students, or those who simply want an off-the-beaten path experience should consider the Turtle Conservation Project on Nusa Penida, a small island off the coast of Bali.
As an ELI Abroad volunteer, you’ll live on Nusa Penida, located about 45 minutes by speedboat from Bali, and join a team working to protect the endangered sea turtles of Indonesia. Your work will include hands-on care and feeding of turtles living at the project’s conservation center. You’ll also help to keep wild turtles’ habitat clean with beach clean ups, assist in waste management improvement, and take part in public information and education campaigns.
The work is meaningful, and the setting is very non-touristy. Nusa Penida is a quiet place with only a few shops and very basic accommodation (but practically on the beach!). Questions? Click here
Building and Renovation
Few volunteer placements offer such instant gratification as helping to build or renovate a facility or a home for a needy family: You see your project grow and know exactly just how much you helped to make it happen. Now, ELI Abroad can place you at a construction site in villages around Ubud. No professional building experience is required, but you must be ready for hard physical work: you may be laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting or help with landscaping or gardening. A local coordinator will offer training, and you’ll work along other volunteers and participating local villagers. Please note: participants in the building projects will be charged an additional $50 for the purchase of their construction materials. Questions? Click here