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 1000 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 extra helpers are chosen by 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. They help the local coordinators in the schools with classes management, 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.

Have a glimpse at our founder’s day 😉

Our Founder

Our VP Bali family

Putu Gede Wirabawa Putra

Putu Gede Wirabawa Putra

Tude

Tude works at VP Bali for almost a year now. He is Tutik’s boyfriend! Last year we merged 2 schools into 1 school building and the students from the old school all needed transport to get to the new school. Luckily Tude was available right away to take this task and as of today he still drives these kids plus he is very good at promoting VP Bali in his own village so we have lots of new students from there as well! He really enjoys his work at VP Bali, not only driving the kids but also getting to know the volunteers and learning English from them.

Anak Agung Gede Agung

Anak Agung Gede Agung

Agung

Agung has been with us at VP Bali for more than 2,5 years now. He started as an extra driver in his village because Pak Kadek asked him to as there were so many children who wanted to join that it didn’t fit in one car. Soon after Agung started picking up children in other villages as well and as of today he drives 4 times a day 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. At that time we had a large group of new children joining the program, all coming from the same area. In order for them to all 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.

Ni Wayan Tutik Kastari Devi

Ni Wayan Tutik Kastari Devi

Tutik

Tutik has been working at VP Bali for more than 4 years already. She started as a student in one of the programs and soon after also became a helper in the programs. Over the last years she has been studying at university to become an English teacher and working part time at VP Bali. Since October 2018 she is graduated and now working as a full time staff at VP Bali. She helps organizing the classes, communication with the volunteers and all the behind the scenes admin work to let the program run smoothly. Tutik loves her work and is very eager and motivated to always keep learning new things.

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. He actually picks up children in 4 different villages, each day! What he loves most is to see the children being happy and to see them play at the school and having so much fun!

Ayu Made Sri Handayani

Ayu Made Sri Handayani

Ayu

Ayu is a helper at VP Bali since February 2018. She loves it because she get to talk even more with the volunteers and she can learn English very quickly. It is also very nice for her to make some extra money so she can support her family. Since her mother passed away, her family is struggling financially so through this job she can help her father as well.

Ni Luh Mas Tresna Sari

Ni Luh Mas Tresna Sari

Sari

Sari has been a helper at Volunteer Programs Bali for more than 2 years now and she already joins the free English classes at VP Bali for more than 4 years! She really loves the job, because she can speak and learn more English and communicate more with the volunteers. She also likes to help the team, especially to assist the founder Kimberley when she needs it.

Ni Wayan Tatik Widiantari

Ni Wayan Tatik Widiantari

Tatik

Tatik is a helper at Volunteer Programs Bali since February 2018, almost a year now! She really loves this work because it gives her more time at the school of VP Bali where she can play with the kids. She also really enjoys the work because she is able to be more closely with the volunteers. She loves to dance with all the kids at VP Bali as dancing is her hobby!

Putu Dindong Saputra

Putu Dindong Saputra

Dindong

Dindong works at VP Bali since November 2018. He learned about VP Bali through Tutik, whom he knows from the village. When he heard that VP Bali was looking for a videographer, he was instantly interested! His work mainly involves making videos which we use for marketing purposes. Dindong really likes to work at VP Bali because he can meet a lot of new people and learning English from being around at school!

Ni Kadek Novi Arianti

Ni Kadek Novi Arianti

Novi

Novi has been a helper at VP Bali for almost a year now. She loves it because she gets to play with the kids every day, she can work together with her friends and even make new friends! And she really likes to be able to practice her English and communicate with the international volunteers. Also coming from a very poor family, being a helper and receiving some pocket money really helps her and her family to provide for their daily needs.

Ni Putu Aprilyani

Ni Putu Aprilyani

Luh Tu

Luh Tu has been a helper at Volunteer Programs Bali since June 2018. She really likes it, especially because it gives her the opportunity to learn and practice more English. She is joining the free English for 2 years now and she really likes it to learn English because she feels it will be easier to find a job later on. She likes the weekly farewell activities at VP Bali. When she is older she would like to become a manager at a restaurant.

Ni Kadek Apriantari

Ni Kadek Apriantari

Kadek

Kadek is a helper at VP Bali since August 2018. It is a great way for her to learn more English and to make some money on the side. Kadek has been joining the program for 6 months now, so just started to receive the scholarship. Oh and fun fact; did you know that Kadek is the little sister of our staff member Tutik? And it was because of Tutik that Kadek became part of our family!

I Wayan Mudita

I Wayan Mudita

Mudita

Mudita is a helper at Volunteer Programs Bali since November 2018. He really likes it a lot because since he became a helper he is also part of the team and it feels very good to be part of the VP Bali family! He loves the teamwork!!! At VP Bali Mudita loves to dance, especially to teach the volunteers the Balinese dance skills, and he is super good at it!

I Kadek Dodik Setiawan

I Kadek Dodik Setiawan

Dodik

Dodik is on of the helpers at Volunteer Programs Bali since November 2018. He likes it a lot because he can learn so much and he loves the team spirit and feeling of doing it all together! Dodik has been joining the program for more than 3 years now He would like to learn English and because good at it because he wants to work at a cruise line.

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 was a helper a few years ago but had to stop because of afternoon classes. Luckily, from January 2019, he is able to join our team again and be one of our helpers! His dream is to work at a cruise line and he wants to be fluent in English. He loves being a helper, to support the children and to be part of the VP Bali family!

  • 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