Teaching English in Bali
Set in the peaceful, beautiful and luscious green cultural centre of Ubud in Bali, this amazing teaching experience will help you find a deeper meaning in your travel and give you an opportunity to give back to poor, disadvantaged communities along the way. English is recognised to be a business language worldwide and Bali has a large tourist activity, and so the ability to speak English is very important for the children so that they can find a job and have a good career in life. Balinese children learn English at school with local teachers but what is really lacking is their conversational skills and listening skills.
Our English teaching program will set you up in a local primary school so you can help to educate and empower the younger generation; this is the only scalable way of breaking the poverty cycle and providing poor communities with a better quality of life.
Whether you’re looking for a career break or you just want to enjoy a meaning holiday abroad with a difference, this program will let you travel responsibly whilst placing you on one of the most breathtakingly beautiful islands in the world. Travel, teach and discover more about yourself in Bali’s spiritual centre of incredible Ubud.
You will be volunteering at a local primary school in the humble village of Kengetan in Ubud and you will work under a local teacher, assisting with daily lessons as well as providing one on one tutoring for individuals. No prerequisites as required as you will be fully trained and our team are here to provide support every step of the way. Unlike some other teaching programs you may come across, this teaching experience offers a lot of support and flexibility; you will have the chance to get involved in organising extra-curricular activities, either after school or at weekends.
Your time will mostly be dedicated to helping with teaching English, but you may also get involved in singing lessons, art lessons or even teaching basic computer skills. During your free evenings and weekends, you will have ample time to explore your surroundings and the incredible area of Ubud and there are plenty of cultural activities in the local area too including yoga lessons, cooking lessons, meditation and more.
As there are limited places on our program in Ubud, you may be placed on equally amazing program locations in Kerobokkan/Canggu, Jimbaran or Nusa Dua. If you have a preference for any of these locations you can let us know in your application.
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TEFL Course rates:
50-hour Online TEFL course : You pay £100 (Regular cost is £169)
100-hour Online TEFL course: You pay £199 (Regular Cost is £249)
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- Pre-departure guide – to prepare you for your trip
- Contact person during the whole preparation stage of the program in Bali
- Skype Interview with every applicant
- Placement in desired area and project
- Assistance on visa application plus organising the invitation letter
- Pick-up and drop from the nearest airport (only for Ubud)
- Accommodation in a great homestay
- Experienced bilingual local staff team to support you on the projects
- Location orientation – a tour of the local area
- Welcome bag with local SIM Card
- Local Program Contact for help
- Monthly meetings
- 24 hour support in your location for emergencies
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destination
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Meals – this is not expensive in Bali
- Personal shopping and gratuities
- Local excursions
- Daily Project Travel Cost (Budget £2 a day)
- Airport Drop (only for placements that are not in Ubud)
Jessy: Bali Teaching Program Leader
Jessy is half Balinese and half German and is thus not only fluent in Indonesian and English, but also German. As half Balinese she understands the needs of the local communities very well and make it possible for the team to direct the support where it is needed. Jessy loves to show all volunteers the real beauty of Bali, that goes beyond white sand beaches, palmtrees and party.
Laura Kowra: Bali Program Leader
Laura was born in Surabaya, Java, and moved to Bali 5 years ago to finish her English Literature Bachelor in Cultural studies. She likes to travel a lot and has been to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, France and Sweden. She enjoys her work environment, meeting new people from around the globe on a regular basis. Laura loves to be part of something meaningful that makes a difference in her local community.
Airports and other bits..
- For Kerala the nearest airport for this program is Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
- If you wish to book flights to Bali fill in this form.
- Our Bali Volunteer Guide will give you guidance on how to get your visas.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
- Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
- We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to Indonesia. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
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Your First Week in Bali…
Arrival Day Sunday: Once you get picked up from the airport you will be taken to your traditional Balinese homestay. One of our local team will come and meet you and give you a house and area orientation.
First Monday: After breakfast (07:00- 08:00AM) you will be taken to the project site at 08:00 AM with a staff member in Bali and introduced to the teachers and the school staff. You will get time to warm up and learn about the school and education system in Bali. Evenings can be used for lesson planning or cultural activities in the area.
Tuesday- Friday: You will be co-teaching with another teacher between 08:00 to 11:00 AM. On Thursday you will supporting and co-teaching Year 4,5 and 6 students. Everyday you will also be assisting with after school clubs which basically involves singing, reading, playing, drawing, flashcards and so on. Evenings are free for you to explore the area.
In culture capital Ubud, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, artisans, and the most magnificent temples, so if you’re looking for spiritual relaxation or a cleansing of the mind, you don’t have to head far from your accommodation. Be sure to check out Ubud Monkey Forest (a tourist favourite) and Ubud Palace, explore all the bohemian shops and vegan cafes in the centre, book yourself into the many yoga retreats and Ubud spas, or take a tour of the Hindu temples, shrines and holy sites dotted around the area. For glorious beaches, head East to Amed and Candidasa for the best dive spots or head North to Lovina for secluded bathing and dolphin spotting!
What Happens When I Arrive?
Volunteers will stay within one of our Volunteer Houses in the village of Penestanan Kaja, around a 10 minute drive or 30 minute walk from central Ubud. You will live at the house with other volunteers and there are usually 4-8 participants in single-sex rooms. This quiet and peaceful village will give you a good chance to see typical Balinese life ‘“ roosters crowing and all!
The Volunteer Houses are located in compounds which are owned by and lived in by local families. Although volunteers have their own private space there is still the security of living next to a local family who can assist you if need be. It is also a great way to learn more about Balinese culture and practise your new-found language skills!
There is free on site Wi-Fi at the house so it will be easy to stay in touch with friends and family back at home. Please do remember that Wi-Fi speeds may not be as quick as you get at home and access may be intermittent if everyone is using the internet at the same time. You also have access to shared western toilets and hot shower facilities.
The local coordinators live within a short distance of the house and are on-call 24/7 should you need anything.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants. Please read our Health and Safety pages for more details.
We protect the safety of all our children. We will require you to complete a DBS check or police verification report and send this to us.
Volunteering Journeys Foundation:
Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through supporting local charities, local organisations and community projects in the places that we work in. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support or fundraise to support our programs.
Volunteers Love Us!
‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand. I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks. Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’
‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’
‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’
“J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”
‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’
‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’
‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’
‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’
“Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”
‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’
‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’