Volunteer Programs Bali is the pilot project of our main organization Volunteer Programs Forever. VP Forever is a private foundation with international projects. The main goal of VP Forever is to provide educational solutions around the world. For more information about VP Forever read our blog or check out the website.

Here at Volunteer Programs Bali, we believe that education can change a child’s destiny. More than just an international volunteer program, we provide opportunities to empower local Balinese communities through free English classes, recycling events, workshops. Furthermore, we also provide scholarship program, paid-internship, and continuously encourage local business owners to create job opportunities for our students. These opportunities give our students the tools they need to achieve their fullest potential in an ever-changing society, while holding on to the values and respect for the vibrant culture that makes Bali so unique.

Since 2013, over 2000 international volunteers have provided the backbone for our after school English classes. These English classes not only provide the opportunity for Balinese youth to escape poverty, but also encourage them to inspire others and contribute to their own communities as they grow.

The VP Bali Scholarship Program has become a powerful way for us to inspire our older students who are financially struggling to continue their formal education. Through donations and a portion of our volunteer fees, our scholarship program is making a significant difference against the alarming numbers of Balinese adolescents dropping out of school.

For students that are eager to learn and motivated to do more than just learning the English language, we also created opportunities to help at our organization. These students are becoming our local coordinators. They are selected on motivation and eagerness to learn, but we also look at their personal and financial situation as we strongly want to support children that are struggling with their financial situation. The local coordinators help in the school with classes management meaning they support the volunteers in the class, running inventory of class materials, and other administrative tasks. They receive a monthly compensation for their hard work, and at the same time we offer them the possibility to grow within our organization.

Collaborating with local businesses and families, we aim to create self-sustainable community. We encourage businesses to hire our older students and alumni. We hope to further develop this community with both local and international partners who share our values and understand our overarching mission.

EVERYTHING WE DO AT VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS BALI IS FOR THE BALINESE AND WITH THE BALINESE. WE HOPE TO EXPAND OUR COMMUNITY OF LEARNING SO THAT ANYONE WHO SHARES THE SAME VISION AND MISSION CAN BE A PART OF OUR VP BALI FAMILY.

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“From what we get, we can make a living, what we give, however, makes a life” – Arthur Ashe

We like to think that we only gain by giving back.

Adopting the Balinese values and its premise that community and family is of utmost importance, we aim to inspire and provide opportunities for local Balinese while respecting their culture and way of life that makes this island so unique. Not only providing opportunity for Bali’s youth to escape poverty through free English classes, VP Bali also gives community members and struggling local businesses the chance to work with us, and grow as we grow.

Our mission beyond volunteering begins from the ground up. The close personal relationships that we have developed with our local community members means that we can cater these opportunities to those who need it most. Instead of putting a blanket call out for help, we hear the stories of individuals and families who can truly benefit from working with us, and create opportunities specific to their needs and skillset. Through all of these opportunities, our mission is for them to develop and grow so that they can be self-sufficient long after VP Bali.

Most importantly, we hope to help Bali’s youth, their families, and communities as a whole develop in today’s changing society without losing the daily traditions, the focus on family and religion, and the gentle kindness of their everyday demeanor that make Bali, Bali.

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Kimberley Vanderheyden is a passionate advocate on the powerful effects of giving to others and the positive outcomes on both the individual and their community as a whole.

Once a volunteer herself with both children and animals, Kimberley knows firsthand the emotional and personal growth one develops when they give to others. It was these experiences that drove her to provide the same to those wanting to give back and see life through the eyes of another culture.

When first traveling to Bali, she realised that many of Bali’s poorest would never be able to escape poverty because of their inability to go to school. Her new mission became to change the destiny of those less fortunate, while at the same time aligning her idea with important Balinese morals, values and traditions. Kimberley searches for volunteers that share her same values of sparking inspiration and using education to ultimately empower the children of Bali.

Kimberley’s close involvement with local villages means that she sees the changing nature of local culture from the ground level. Her presence at ceremonies and local events allows her to better understand what holds Balinese people back from achieving their fullest potential, and witnesses first-hand the changing aspects of Balinese culture. She therefore caters the mission and growth of VP Bali to the specific challenges facing local communities today.

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Our VP Bali family

Eka Saputra

Eka Saputra

Eka

Eka just started working with us in August 2019. But he is not new to the team! He has been working for us in the past for a few years and now came back to join us again! Fun fact; he is the brother of our Program Coordinator Indra! We are so happy to have Eka in our VP Bali Family again, a great addition to the team! Eka works with us full time and is always there to support volunteers in class, he does admin work and of course he has lots of fun with the children!

I Komang Agus Indra Lesmana

I Komang Agus Indra Lesmana

Indra

Indra has been joining our free English classes for more than 5 years! Now he is now our Program Coordinator. His dream is to work at a cruise line and he wants to be fluent in English, which he actually already is! He loves working with us, to support the children and to be part of the VP Bali family! He learns a lot and likes to work with the volunteers and we can't wait to have him in the team full time after his graduation! We are super proud of him, he learns quickly and he is a great asset to the team!

Anak Agung Gede Agung

Anak Agung Gede Agung

Agung

Agung has been with us at VP Bali for 3 years now. He started as an extra driver in his village because Pak Kadek asked him, there were so many kids wanting to join that it didn’t fit in one car! Soon after Agung started picking up children in other villages and as of today he drives a lot to get all the children to the school. He really enjoys his work and what he enjoys most is to see the volunteers teaching their students. The way they teach, how patient they are and the games they play, it is all very inspiring for him!

I Kadek Brata

I Kadek Brata

Kadek

Kadek has been working as a driver at VP Bali since 2014. He was the first driver for the children. In his village there were a lot of kids that wanted to join the program, but from whom the parents didn’t have the financial resources for transportation to the school. As Pak Kadek is a well respected man in the village and knows a lot of families, he is a great supporter and promoter of VP Bali, almost all the kids from his village are now joining the program! He especially loves to be part of the VP Bali family and working together with the staff and volunteers.

I Komang Usman

I Komang Usman

Mang Tit

Mang Tit has been a driver at VP Bali for almost 3 years now. In order for all the new kids to join we arranged a driver to take them. Unfortunately the driver wasn’t able to drive anymore after a while, but luckily he had a brother in law, you can guess who, yes, Mang Tit. Since then he has been an amazing driver for all these kids, and he is also driving lots of new children. He loves his work and his is very thankful for VP Bali that he can have this job, as it really helps his financial situation and he is now able to provide for his family.

I Nyoman Wibawa

I Nyoman Wibawa

Nyoman

Nyoman is working at Volunteer Programs Bali for about 1,5 years now. He is from the same village as Agung and Pak Kadek and they were also the ones who asked him to come working at VP Bali as well. The number of kids wanting to join the free English classes was growing super fast and VP Bali was in need for another driver to help with transportation for all these kids! Nyoman has lots of fun working at VP Bali and driving the kids. What he loves most is to see the children happy and to see them play and having fun!

Ni Kadek Wiranti

Ni Kadek Wiranti

Wiranti

Wiranti is a local coordinator at VP Bali since November 2019. She loves it because she get to talk even more with the volunteers and she can learn English very quickly. She also loves to learn more about different cultures. It is very nice for her to make some extra money so she can support her family. She takes on a lot of responsibilities and she has great communication skills with the volunteers. She is learning everyday and she is a great help in the classes. We all love Wiranti!

Kadek Ayu Karlina Dewi

Kadek Ayu Karlina Dewi

Karlina

Karlina is a new member of the VP Bali Family. She is a dance teacher and works at our new cultural program where she is teaching our students Balinese dancing. She loves to be part of the family and she loves working with the kids. It is important for her to preserve the Balinese culture and to inspire the younger generation. She loves to share her skill to the kids! She also runs our cultural program where she teach the volunteers about Balinese skills. Her English is getting better everyday!

Ni Putu Chalistiary

Ni Putu Chalistiary

Chalis

Chalis is a local coordinator at VP Bali since June 2019. But she is not new to the program, she has been joining since the very first beginning! She loves to sing and play games with the kids at VP Bali. She feels she is part of the VP Bali family for a long time already but now being an local co is very nice for her to learn more English and to work together with friends! She has great admin skills and she is huge help to Eka with helping with excel sheets and inventory of the school and school materials.

Ni Wayan Mitha

Ni Wayan Mitha

Mitha

Mitha is one of the local coordinators at VP Bali since the beginning of this year. She is 14 years old and in the 9th grade. Her dream is to become a doctor when she is older and her favorite thing to do is swimming. She loves to be a local co here, she loves to play with the kids, to learn together with the volunteers and to work together with her friends!

Ida Bagus Putu Naratha

Ida Bagus Putu Naratha

Gustu

Gustu is a local coordinator at VP Bali since the start of this year. He has been joining the English classes for a few years and now he is learning even more English. His dream is to become a tour guide and learning a lot to prepare for this by communicating with the volunteers. He has so much potential! He is a great help in class and loves to play football with the kids and volunteers!

Ketut Agus Ari Wiartana

Ketut Agus Ari Wiartana

Agus

Agus gives us his great smile everyday! He is one of our local coordinators and he just loves to work with us. His positive vibes and great teamwork is a great asset to the team. He has been joining the English classes for many years and now he is part of our family of local coordinators. Always there to support the volunteers in his class and to help his kids.

Ni Kadek Buda Nilawati

Ni Kadek Buda Nilawati

Buda

Buda is one of our local coordinators since the beginning of 2020. She and her friends have been joining the program for a few years already and now she is learning even more. By being in the class everyday supporting her kids and volunteers she learns so much English and she is making steps everyday in learning to take on more responsibilities! We are proud!

Ni Kadek Muliani

Ni Kadek Muliani

Muliani

Muliani is one of the new local coordinators in the team. She started off very shy but she has been growing a lot over the past months. Her English skills are getting better every day and she just loves to be with her kids and support her volunteers in class. And did you know that Muliani has great dancing skills? We are happy to have her in the team!

  • This NGO is immersed quite deeply in the local community. Volunteering with them not only brings volunteers the experience of giving back and working with children but it also provides a deep understanding of the local culture and it makes the experience much better overall.Gonzalo, 26 - Spain

  • I can say safely that my time here were the thirty happiest days in sequence of my whole life. no one of them I wanted to be in another place, with other people or more material goods. Staffs, local people, homestay's people, the children, other volunteers... everyone is very nice, with a big heart and disposition to do the best in this program. Along the time, you start to see that the program is more than providing English classes, is also a big idea able to empower everyone that is evolving by one way.Lidia, 21 – Brazil

  • VP Bali is more than just a volunteer program. It's a full immersive experience that allows you to connect with a beautiful project located in the paradise that Bali is. And this paradise has many challenges to overcome of which education is a key factor. The infrastructure and design of the program made me feel so welcomed and supported, even though I never taught English to children before, that I will highly recommend it to everybody.Felipe, 32 – Venezuela

  • From the moment we got here, we felt like a part of a family. The program is amazing. It is VERY transparrent, so you know exactly where your money goes and so on. It is an amazing non-profit organisation and the children are the best! We had so much fun teaching and playing with them, and I even learned some Bahasa in return (also we got so much love it was unreal)! I would definitely do this again if I get the chance. It has been one of the best times of my life.Sofie, 20 – Denmark