“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.
Our VP Bali family
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 LesmanaIndra
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 AgungAgung
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 BrataKadek
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 UsmanMang 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 WibawaNyoman
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 WirantiWiranti
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 DewiKarlina
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 ChalistiaryChalis
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 MithaMitha
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 NarathaGustu
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 WiartanaAgus
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 NilawatiBuda
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 MulianiMuliani
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