In March 2017, Bali was named TripAdvisor’s #1 Destination in the World – its no secret that people from all over the world are flocking to “the island of gods” for their next vacation. The south coasts are packed with tourists from far and wide soaking up the Indonesian sun. But here in Ubud, an international melting pot has been brewing for decades, making it a unique place to call home for our VP Bali volunteers.
When you arrive in Ubud, you will immediately notice signs of an established and vibrant international community from one major element – the FOOD! Craving a quesadilla and marg? Look no further than Taco Casa and La Cantina. Missing your favorite French pastries? Be sure to get to Le Moulin early for their famous almond croissants. In the mood for a sushi night with your fellow volunteers? Just a ways from your homestay, head to Toro for any roll your heart desires. Let us not forget every volunteer’s weakness: PIZZA! Buona Sera, Umah Pizza, Pizza Bagus, and Mamma Mia – you’ll never run out of options for this comfort food.
Ubud is also known as an world destination for bright minds to come together and create fresh ideas! International conferences such as TEDxUbud hold frequent events with inspiring speakers from Indonesia and all over the world. Over the years, Ubud has become a place for people from all over the world to collaborate in paradise – you would never guess how many businesses are started here!
VP Bali is happy to contribute to the unique Ubud community, with volunteers coming from all over the world to add a little spice to both our classroom and our town! We believe a huge strength of our organization comes from the sharing of cultures and ideas from not only our international volunteers, but also our local staff.
We love to have our volunteers share their customs in the classroom, giving our kids the opportunity to understand the world beyond their island. In return, our kids love to share their customs with the volunteers! Our weekly cultural exchange gives our students an opportunity to role reverse, and proudly teach our volunteers their traditions such as Balinese dance, making offerings, and learning traditional music instruments. Our local staff is here to help when things get tough!
That being said, so many international influences can make it difficult for local communities to hold onto their traditions, especially living amongst a rapidly growing tourist society. Our close community ties combined with our power team of local staff and trainees mean that we never lose sight of what makes Bali unique and beautiful in the first place – its people.
With everything we do at VP Bali, between all of the cultures blending together to foster new ideas, we always uphold the utmost respect for local culture, traditions, and importance of Family.