Volunteering in Bali with Volunteer Programs Bali is the perfect opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Balinese children and to meet a lot of new people at the same time. For our volunteers the main reason to volunteer with us is because they want to do something good, give back to the local community, to work with our children and to help them grow and reach their fullest potential. This is the priority and the reason why they are coming to Bali.
However, there are more reasons why volunteering in Bali is a once in a life time opportunity. Not only is it the perfect way to get to know a new culture, it is also an amazing opportunity to meet new people from all over the world and to make new friendships that last a lifetime!
We have a weekly average of about 23-25 volunteers. The majority of our volunteers are girls, so guys, when you read this, this is a call to you as well to apply now and join our programs as we need to balance that out! But that on a side note 😉
When people ask us where our majority of volunteers are coming from, we can’t answer that. The beauty and great thing about our local organization is that our volunteers are literally coming from all over the world. But this wasn’t always the case. The origin of our volunteers has shifted over the years. When we started our programs more than six years ago, most of our volunteers came from Europe and Australia. When we say Europe, we mean mostly Holland and Belgium (as our founder is from Belgium this was an easy access in the beginning of our programs), Germany, France and England. Australia was quite obvious as it is relatively nearby.
Volunteering abroad has become more and more popular over the years, and the decrease of airfares and the access to easy flight schedules, visas and abroad programs in universities makes it much easier for people from all over the world to come to Bali and volunteer.
Even though for countries like the United States, Mexico and Brazil it is more than 30 hours of travel to get here, it is still doable as flights are quite comfortable these days and often volunteers combine it with traveling through South East Asia or Australia.
We welcome volunteers from South America like Brazil or Peru, from the USA and many volunteers from Mexico. But we also welcome European volunteers, Germans, French, Spanish but also Eastern European countries such as Hungary or Poland. We have many volunteers from Egypt, from Middle Easter countries such as Saudi Arabia but also from Asian countries such as India, Philippines and Malaysia. And what we really like is that we also welcome many Indonesian volunteers. It is so great to see and welcome people that want to give back to communities in their own country!
Especially the last year we are very proud and happy to see that we welcome volunteers from all kinds of countries, cultures, backgrounds and religions. And each and every single one of them is super motivated, eager to learn about the Balinese culture and eager to attend all cultural activities. Everyone brings that positive vibe and energy to our program which reflects on our classes and students. For our kids it is so amazing to get to know volunteers from so many different countries. To learn about their culture, food, climate, language and much more.
Some of our kids can speak a bit of Spanish because they got teachers from Mexico and Spain, other kids are able to count to ten in German or Dutch and our kids learned Bollywood dances from our volunteers from India.
Besides the positive effect for our students it is also very nice for our volunteers to meet other people from so many different countries. As they teach together and live together, beautiful friendships are made during the placement and good reason for everyone to keep traveling the world to visit their new friends! Who would have thought that you can say you have friends from Brazil, Australia, UK and Egypt, all at the same time?!
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