🇮🇩 VOLUNTEER IN BALI 🇮🇩

Volunteer in Bali with Plan My Gap Year – an award-winning, international volunteer abroad organisation with programs based in Tabanan, Bali. PMGY provides safe, trusted and affordable programs, with a range of volunteer projects in Bali, including ChildcareEnglish Teaching & Wildlife opportunities.

PMGY Bali have projects located in the cultural, traditional and authentic town of Tabanan, in the south west of the island. The Bali volunteer programs start on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month. Our projects in Bali run throughout the year and participants can join the program for 1-8 weeks. Volunteers in Bali are provided with an extensive pre-departure support service, airport pick-up, in-country orientation, three meals per day, volunteer accommodation and local support.

KEY FEATURES

PROGRAM FEE FROM 330 USD

PROGRAMS FOR 17+ YEAR OLDS

✓ 85% OF VOLUNTEERS ARE 17-22 YEARS OLD


✓ MEET LIKE-MINDED SOLO TRAVELLERS


✓ VOLUNTEER MON-THU & TRAVEL FRI-SUN


✓ AVAILABLE TO WORLDWIDE VOLUNTEERS


✓ IDEAL FOR FIRST TIME TRAVELLERS

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

LOCATED IN TABANAN

1ST & 3RD SUNDAY EVERY MONTH

✓ 24 HOUR AIRPORT PICKUP


✓ ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & WI-FI


✓ SAFE, SECURE & TRUSTED COUNTRY SETUP


✓ CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION


✓ 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY, UK & US SUPPORT

BALI CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Stay in the rice bowl of Bali in the traditional town of Tabanan and give that most precious commodity of all, your time, to local children eager to learn!

FROM 435 USD

2-8 WEEKS

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BALI ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Teach English in this amazing location set amongst rice paddies and local culture. Invest your time in Bali’s children and ensure their future is bright!

FROM 435 USD

2-8 WEEKS

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BALI WILDLIFE RESCUE & ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERS

Help within a number of conservation and rehabilitation efforts whilst participating on the Bali wildlife program in traditional Tabanan.

FROM 330 USD

1-4 WEEKS

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BALI INTRO EXPERIENCE

An exciting group adventure exploring the mesmerising beauty of the Bali and its captivating culture – this is an experience not to miss out on!

FROM 945 USD

2 WEEKS

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REAL BALI EXPERIENCE

Experience Bali from a different perspective, with an opportunity to explore its natural wonders whilst making a positive impact within the community!

FROM 1,380 USD

4 WEEKS

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REAL SOUTH EAST ASIA ENCOUNTER – VIET, CAMBODIA & BALI

If weeks spent volunteering around one of the most colourful parts of the world sounds enticing, then this combo of Vietnam, Cambodia & Bali is ideal.

FROM 1,770 USD

6-12 WEEKS

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REAL TASTER ENCOUNTER – SRI LANKA, INDIA & BALI

Our top destinations mixed into one trip! Don’t miss your chance to sample and a make difference in sleepy Sri Lanka, inspiring India & beautiful Bali!

FROM 1,635 USD

6-12 WEEKS

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ULTIMATE ROUND THE WORLD ENCOUNTER

An epic journey across 10 enthralling destinations and 4 breathtaking continents. If you are looking for the ultimate trip, then this is your Encounter!

FROM 6,285 USD

20-40 WEEKS

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@planmygapyearofficial ✨VOLUNTEER WITH THE ENGLISH TEACHING PROGRAM✨ If you’re wondering how the English teaching program looks like here in Bali you can have a look at this video! We work together with different schools and students, their levels of English can vary quite a lot and as a teacher it’s important to adapt to the students need. They are more than grateful to see the volunteers and they express their gratitude in all kind of ways. It’s a lot of fun to get to know the kids and to see their confidence grow! Join us as a teacher here with pmgy Bali! #planmygapyear #pmgybali #bali #indonesia #volunteer #volunteering #backpacking #traveling #travel #explore #gapyear #english #englishteacher #teacher #students #kids #learning ♬ original sound – Plan My Gap Year


@planmygapyearofficial ✨ BALI ORIENTATION DAY✨ The orientation day here with PMGY Bali is the Monday after you arrive. During the orientation we will go through everything you need to know to stay here and volunteer with us. This includes essential in-country information, about your project and safety. 🏘️ After the presentation we will do a town walk to get to know Tabanan better and see some historical buildings. 💴 We will go to the atms so you can withdraw money 🍏We stop by the closest supermarket so you can get snacks and some essentials 🍛 Then we all have our lunch Rochester at the volunteer house ✨ For the afternoon we hold our general meeting, lesson planning for teaching and childcare and then everyone will do a quick visit to their project. 🏝️ For the evening we head to the beach for beach games and bonfire. This is a great way to get to know everyone and have some fun 📲 In the evening we help everyone to arrange with a sim-card 🍔 Lastly it’s time for dinner, where we all eat together. #pmgy #pmgybali ♬ original sound – Plan My Gap Year


@planmygapyearofficial A day in a life as a wildlife volunteer!🐻 Dreamt about working with animals, have a look and see what a typical day is like for our dedicated wildife volunteers ❤️ #pmgy #planmygapyear #volunteering #volunteer #pmgywildlife #travel #explore #gapyear ♬ Good to Go – LÒNIS


❤️MEET THE TEAM❤️

Whilst staying with us in Bali, you will get to meet everyone in our amazing team🌟
We are all here to help you during your stay and we cannot wait to meet you!🫶🏽 
Hope to see you soon🌺🌴❤️

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Moments in Bali🌺♥️

During your time here with us in Bali, you will have the opportunity to experience as many things as possible! From living and volunteering in a traditional town🛕 to island life 🏝️ to sunrise hikes🌄

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❤️Our Volunteers❤️

All of our volunteers make such an impact on us and their projects. We appreciate every single one of them and all the hard work they do🥹 

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please click the link in our bio! 🌟
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🫶🏽Childcare🫶🏽

Look at those smiles!! In our childcare program you get to spend time and look after so many wonderful children in Bali❤️ 
From singing, dancing, playing games, crafts and teaching them some basic English the kids will always have a smile on their face🫶🏽

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🐶 AREC 🐶 

It’s been a month since this little pup joined us in AREC and he is thriving! When we rescued him he was super tiny and too weak for any injections but now he’s getting bigger and stronger so is fully vaccinated against rabies! He is loving being able to play with volunteers and have all the attention! 🫶

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🇮🇩 VOLUNTEER Q & A 🇮🇩 

Join Sophia as she talks about her trip to Bali and answers some of the most commonly asked questions!

Sophia was here for one month doing Childcare and she also joined both weekend trips! 

You can also follow @sophssummerstory24 to see her digital diary, where she posted a highlight reel for each day of her trip! 🫶

@soph.m.05 

Thank you Sophia! 🌺✨🥰

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WHY VOLUNTEER IN BALI WITH PMGY?

Most Affordable – PMGY’s programs are accessible to everyone who wants to make a difference, through low fees and high-impact projects.

 

Best Support – Our international and local teams provide extensive around the clock services to assist you every step of your PMGY adventure.

 

Safety Prioritised – With safety a PMGY number-1 priority, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe and structured as possible.

 

Extraordinary Experiences – With PMGY, you have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in amazing cultural and travel experiences, ensuring you leave with unforgettable memories.

 

Friendships for Life – Your PMGY experience not only opens up a doorway for new experiences and exciting memories, but also life-long friendships when meeting new people from around the world.

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

BALI CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Want to share your time, energy and enthusiasm with children across the world? As a childcare volunteer in Bali, you can make a positive impact in the local community of Tabanan. From supporting daily care, organising crafts and creative activities, to teaching English through songs and music. You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer with children in Bali between 1-8 years old, giving them an amazing head start before they begin formal schooling.

 

Background to the Childcare Program

 

In Bali, it can be difficult to afford a high standard of care or education for their children, particularly for families in the relentless farming and fishing industries. Therefore, as a childcare volunteer in Bali, you can support struggling families and childcare centres. By complementing the work of local staff members, we can ensure that these children receive the attention and support that they deserve.

 

Increased tourism in Bali has meant that local people who are able to converse in English with foreigners have far more prospects than those that can’t. As a result, education at this level will allow them to improve their future and that of their families.

 

It has been suggested that pre-school years are the most important years of a child’s life and an ideal time for learning a foreign language. Above all, this makes time with international volunteers invaluable. Subsequently, as a childcare volunteer in Bali, you can focus on educating the children with very basic English skills. For example, speaking and vocabulary, such as colours, shapes and animals. If you need motivation for gap year ideas, then our volunteer projects in Bali provide some fantastic options.

 

Childcare Volunteer Placement Examples

 

Akasa Bali Foundation Daycare – In September 2011 Ketut from our local team, developed her own Community Learning Centre in Tabanan called the ‘Akasa Foundation’ to provide underprivileged children in the area with free after school education and activities. This program has been Ketut’s devotion and passion to this day and with the support of PMGY volunteers she looks forward to developing the Akasa Foundation further into the future. The Akasa project hosts up to 55 children between the ages or 4-6 who are full of energy and ready to share this with our volunteers!

 

Out of all our childcare placements this one is the most structured. If you were torn between teaching and childcare this is a great place to be as the children are still very small but also eager and ready to start some learning! They love to learn the basics of English through songs and playing and really start to appreciate the presence of the volunteers.

 

Mutiara Ibu Daycare – This centre was founded by a local Balinese couple aiming to provide affordable childcare, hosting up to 40 children per day. In the morning volunteers will aim to introduce structure to the children by running activities and games. The ages of the children can vary greatly so it is good for volunteers to lead some English Teaching lessons in creative ways for some of the older children as this will start to prepare them for school.

 

In the afternoons, our volunteer’s work in Bali will often be spent with the children aged anywhere from as young as 6 months to 13 years. Volunteers will usually lend a hand during mealtimes, to encourage the fussy eaters and clean up the messy ones! In addition, assistance is also often required during bath times. However, help is appreciated in all aspects of the centre. As a result, each childcare volunteer in Bali may be asked to spend time with the older children, or even assist staff members in daily chores.

 

Immaculatta Daycare – Located around 10 minutes from the houses, Immaculatta was founded by a Christian Church to provide childcare for working families and provide basic English lessons when old enough. As a volunteer, you will help to keep the children busy by leading engaging games and activities. While the staff takes care of the more basic needs of the children, you will be there as the entertainers! The morning session will last around 3 hours and then volunteers can leave them for nap time whilst they recharge their batteries for the next lot of volunteers in the afternoon!

 

Timeus Kindergarten – This project was founded in 2009 by a Christian church. Each day, the centre can receive up to 60 children and the care provided here is free of charge. With up to 20 children in each class, the children can sometimes be a handful to manage alone! Consequently, as a childcare volunteer in Bali, you can provide invaluable assistance to the quality of care that the facility can offer.

 

Children attending this centre range from the ages of 6 months to 6 years. In the morning, the facility cares for children up to the age of 4. During this time, your volunteer work in Bali will involve helping to run basic English lessons for the toddlers, in preparation for starting school in the future. You can also expect to help with feeding and playing with the children, naptime and anything else the local team may ask for assistance with.

 

In the afternoon, children aged 4-8 visit the centre after school whilst their parents remain at work. Meanwhile, volunteers will usually lend a helping hand with the youngest of the children, aiding the staff with bath-time, and entertainment. There is however the opportunity on your Bali volunteer program to spend time with the older children, especially those who may need some additional help with their studies.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Childcare Day

 

As a childcare volunteer in Bali, your main role will be sharing your time, enthusiasm and skills to help encourage and care for these children. By exposing them to the English language you are providing them with an early opportunity for social interaction and educational development.

 

Your volunteer abroad program run from Monday-Thursday with Friday being optional but encouraged. The morning session will run from around 8am-12pm and the afternoon session 1pm-4pm. You will typically only be scheduled for one of these sessions with the opportunity to pick up extra hours and join in with other sessions if you wish to. You will be transported to the project via bemo, which takes no more than 20 minutes.

 

This childcare volunteer abroad program is a hugely rewarding experience and very enjoyable. As a volunteer in Bali, you are encouraged to structure the day to ensure you get the balance right between keeping it fun with play activities, whilst keeping a controlled routine with some basic learning activities.

 

Above all, lesson planning is essential. Get creative with different enrichment activities to foster positive social development. You can use songs, music, puzzles, interactive props and educational resources to get the kids engaged. Local coordinators will be on hand to support you at the project as well.

 

Balinese children are an absolute joy to teach and work with, their enthusiasm for learning is guaranteed to make you smile! Working with this age group is not as structured as teaching older children. In other words, their language can be improved simply through play and interaction. As a result, just a few words or phrases will stand them in good stead for learning English in the future. If you volunteer with children in Bali, you’ll need to prepare activities for this accordingly.

 

We generally find that the more volunteers prepare for their day then the more they and the children get from the whole experience. Depending on the number of childcare volunteers in Bali at the time, the children will be divided into smaller class sizes. In addition, you will have local coordinators/teachers at the project to assist.

 

The most important thing is that you engage the children, get them excited about coming to kindergarten and learning new things. Your role is not limited to just teaching and volunteers are actively encouraged to get involved in other areas such as arts & crafts, physical education and helping local staff in their day-to-day role. What activities you choose when you volunteer in Bali is completely up to you.

 

You can find resources and inspiration at the office and there may be some materials and props available at the childcare centres. The local team also run weekly lesson planning sessions, providing volunteers with a fantastic opportunity to both share and discuss ideas, as well as plan for the upcoming week.

 

PMGY’s volunteer work in Bali focuses on making learning a fun and enjoyable experience so be creative, there are so many ways to educate these children in a way that will make a huge impact. Our childcare program is an empowering and rewarding one to really make a difference to those less fortunate. Balinese people are warm and friendly, you can expect the children you teach to welcome you into their community with open arms. They will be excited to get to know you!

 

As a childcare volunteer in Bali, you should have a genuine passion for working with children. Working with such friendly and excitable children can get overwhelming so it is important to be happy and completely immerse yourself in this once in a lifetime experience!

 

With the heat and high temperatures that exist in Bali, we limit the schedule to one longer session per day. You are more than welcome to ask for extra hours but we believe that the childcare sessions do tend to take more energy than other projects and the heat can often be intense. We think it is beneficial all round for volunteer energy levels to remain high with positive intensity in each session.

 
 

BALI ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer teaching English in Bali to encourage students by developing skills and achieving their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native speakers greatly improves student’s English language skills, a tool essential for future employment. The ability to speak English has become essential as a language to learn for Balinese people to move forward in life. As a result, it enables them to have direct contact with tourists, enhancing the country’s recognition and visibility on a global stage.

 

Background to the Teaching Program

 

English is a key component in both the formal and informal industries that exist in Bali, as well as the communication mediums that underpin them. This ranges from the schools, offices and banks to the shops and restaurants that make up much of the booming tourist industry in Indonesia today. Bali is a destination that has become not only a hub for tourists from across the globe, with its beautiful scenery and traditional authenticity, but is also recognised as an ideal location to hold international conferences and seminars.

 

PMGY’s volunteer teaching English abroad program gives volunteers the chance to really make a difference by opening possibilities of developing English for local children in Tabanan. The explosion of tourism in Bali means the need to speak English has never been greater. Though English is taught in school by a local Balinese teacher, the opportunity to converse with a native, fluent English speaker is invaluable.

 

Balinese people are warm and friendly. You can expect the local community, the staff you work with and the children you teach to welcome you into their community with open arms. They will be excited to speak with you and hear all about your life! Your volunteer work in Bali can benefit your prospects as much as it does the people you teach. You will come away with skills that are easily transferred into the workplace, such as leadership, time management and organisational skills.

 

Teaching Volunteer Placement Examples

 

Your schedule will be mixed when you volunteer teaching English in Bali. You’ll spend your time across the different projects where we provide free English lessons in Tabanan, with the main placement opportunities being arranged through the Akasa Foundation. Moreover, the PMGY Bali volunteer program runs additional English teaching projects across the year. Consequently, we can help to maximise the positive impact you have throughout the local community when you volunteer in Bali. Here are some examples of where you could be teaching:

 

Akasa Kindergarten English Class – The Akasa Foundation provides a Community Learning Centre, founded by Ketut in 2011. This includes volunteers delivering English classes at our Akasa kindergarten project. Until recent years, Ketut ran this within her family home. However, the centre now has a permanent location only a 5 minute walk from the Volunteer House. Having lived within the Tabanan community her whole life, Ketut had noticed a lack of opportunity for children from less well-off families to thrive within the educational system. Consequently, Ketut was driven to set up the Foundation and to seek the help of international volunteers. As a volunteer teaching English in Bali, you can support the quality and diversity of the knowledge that could be shared with these children. A major goal of the centre is to provide basic education to preschoolers from low-income backgrounds, in preparation for eventually joining school. Another is to offer additional education for students already attending school.

 

Akasa English Course – As part of the Akasa Foundation, the local team provides an extracurricular English course to children in the village. Students can attend during the afternoon to receive extra tuition in English. In turn, this builds their confidence with Volunteers in Bali. Originally, this project was part of the Akasa school. However, with increasing numbers attending, the Foundation opened its own Akasa Learning Centre to run this program. Therefore, the project base is now a 2 minute walk from the Akasa House. There are three different age groups including an array of abilities and backgrounds. This is an opportunity for you to get creative and provide engaging after-school lessons that excite the students and increase their love of English!

 

Elementary and Junior High School Program – As a volunteer teaching English in Bali, you will get the chance to visit several different Elementary and Junior High Schools. We currently team up with around 12 of these schools each year where we provide each class with around 3 hours of English Teaching from our volunteers, per week. These schools on the PMGY Bali volunteer program are generally located between a 10-25 minute drive from the houses by bemo. With general English taught by their Balinese staff, it is incredibly beneficial for them to have the opportunity to practice with other English speakers from around the world. Not only do the children benefit, but their teaching staff will also hang around during your lesson to pick up on how you pronounce different words and phrase sentences. This improves their practice when it comes to teaching English and inevitably enhances education for the students and broadens their prospects! The students are so eager to learn and are super appreciative of the volunteers, you will find at the end of some sessions they will show gratitude by touching your hand to their forehead as they believe that this will entice your wisdom to flow through your hand and into their mind.

 

Kaniva Hospitality University – During term times you may get the opportunity to visit a local University which provides training for young people wanting to work in the tourism industry. The students here have high aspirations and dream about one day leaving Tabanan to become hotel staff in Dubai, Japan and in the Cruise industry. Lessons with the volunteers help to expose them to different accents and boost their confidence in speaking English with tourists. Topics for these lessons will be provided for you and the students will prepare lots of questions to ask and engage in general conversations throughout your time with them. They are inspired by your love and choice to travel to Indonesia. In turn, encouraging them to really immerse themselves in your lesson to enhance their English and achieve their goals.

 

Timeus – For two afternoons each week, a group of older students will visit the Community Learning Centre. Alternatively, the volunteers will visit them. The students at Timeus have varying Special Educational Needs as well as eye-sight difficulties. They love spending time with the volunteers by chatting away about their favourite music and instruments and appreciate the extra confidence it gives them! Some are preparing to go to university, whilst others are looking for vocational pathways. Teaching the Timeus group is a great experience and will test your adaptability as you plan and prepare diverse subjects and activities that will engage the whole group.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Teaching Day

 

Your main role as a volunteer in Bali will be sharing your time, knowledge and skills to the local communities. Moreover, by boosting their confidence in spoken and conversational English you can help to maximise their potential.

 

Your volunteering abroad programs run from Monday-Thursday with Friday being optional but encouraged. The morning session will run from around 8am-12pm and the afternoon session 1pm-4pm. Your timings will be based on your individual schedule. Should the project not be within walking distance, you will be transported to the project via bemo, which takes no more than 20 minutes.

 

When teaching English in Indonesia you may be leading the class alone, working in pairs, or part of a small group. Volunteers are usually scheduled to teach two or three classes per day. These factors depend on the current project need, availability and volunteer numbers. Timetables tend to be split between two of the placement locations for each volunteer across the week. The Akasa Foundation program tends to be the main teaching project.

 

The Akasa English Course runs four different sessions throughout the week: Kindergarten (4-6 years), AEC Kids (7-9 years), AEC Elementary (10-12 years) and AEC Middle (13 – 17 years). These sessions take place in our Akasa Learning Centre close by the houses every afternoon. Depending on the number of volunteers and students at the time, you will be split into smaller groups and may even teach 1:1 so that the students can make the most of the free tuition.

 

It has been suggested that pre-school years are the most important years of a child’s life and an ideal time for learning a foreign language. This makes these Kindergarten classes invaluable, with a focus on educating the children with very basic English vocabulary, such as colours, shapes and animals. As a volunteer teaching English in Bali, you are required to be creative and very patient, although a local teacher will act as a guide. The difficulty of the content is taken up a level within the Beginner’s class, focusing on similar topics to kindergarten, but introducing the basic concept of sentence formation.

 

PMGY’s advanced community classes aim to make the learning of English an enjoyable experience, especially after the children have had a long day at school already! Get creative and teach English through songs, art and sport. You will usually work with another volunteer and teach as a team.

 

We expect there to be at least 60-100 children across these classes at this program each day, aged from 3 to young adults. We generally find that the more volunteers prepare for their day then the more they and the children get from the whole experience. Depending on the number of volunteers at the time, will depend on how we segment the group into smaller class sizes if applicable. We will have local coordinators/teachers at the project to assist.

 

In all cases, Balinese children are eager to learn, this thirst for knowledge can sometimes turn into extreme excitement so it is important to be able to control the class to maintain focus. This is an empowering and rewarding project which really makes a difference to those less fortunate in providing free English education to the children of Tabanan. Inspire through your methods and give these children the confidence to converse with tourists. This, in turn, will improve their future and that of their families.

 

The presence of an English speaker really benefits the children’s pronunciation and can also help empower local teachers who may be looking for additional assistance with their own education. As a volunteer teaching English in Bali, we encourage you to make lessons as engaging and interactive as possible by being creative and proactive in your preparation. Use fun educational games like interactive word searches or Hangman, or a bit of class competition in Hot Seat or team quizzes. Games, songs, art, sport and music are all great tools. The presence of volunteers gives the children an insight into different cultures; a global perspective they greatly benefit from. Use your creativity and knowledge to help these eager young minds reach their true potential.

 

What you teach when you volunteer in Bali is completely up to you, though there may be a topic or curriculum materials that you can follow if you need some inspiration and guidance, from a general syllabus or past volunteer examples. We have a library of resources located in the PMGY office at the accommodation for volunteers to use and the children are provided with exercise books and learning books to help facilitate their learning. The local team also run weekly lesson planning sessions, providing volunteers with a fantastic opportunity to both share and discuss ideas, as well as plan for the upcoming week.

 

With the heat and high temperatures that exist during your Bali volunteer program, shorter sessions split throughout the day are seen as beneficial all round. In addition, this allows for volunteer energy levels to remain high with positive intensity in each morning and afternoon session. As a volunteer teaching English in Bali, you are encouraged to use the lunch break in between to relax, refresh or plan future activities to maximise time at the project.

 
 

BALI WILDLIFE & ENVIRONMENTAL RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

Bali wildlife rescue volunteers help to care for a variety of different species of animals as well as working to restore key environments in Bali such as mangrove forests. Volunteers help enrich and improve the wellbeing of animals at the wildlife rehabilitation centre, get involved in opportunities focusing on environmental sustainability, plastic pollution and increasing awareness in the local communities.

 

Background to the Wildlife Program

 

Indonesia is home to hundreds of different species of animals, many of which find themselves dispersed by deforestation whilst the country expands its exporting of goods, such as palm oil and rubber. As a result, there are now seven centres in the whole of the country that rehabilitate and care for these displaced animals.

 

PMGY Bali volunteers will gain great insight and opportunity to join in on the care of these animals at the wildlife centre. In addition, they will also work alongside people who are passionate about teaching and sharing local practices whilst taking care of some of Bali’s vital ecosystems.

 

As a volunteer in Bali, you will gain experience across all our project networks in wildlife and conservation. During your time you will participate in several of the many projects we work in and learn about a wide variety of topics.

 

WILDLIFE & ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT EXAMPLES

 

Wildlife Rescue Centre – Within the centre, you will find a range of animals that were victims of poachers and traffickers. The primates and birds looked after, have usually been rescued from markets, private homes and businesses where they were kept as pets or for entertainment purposes. This is a huge problem in Indonesia, displacing wild animals from their natural habitats and separating them from their families. Most importantly, these animals need extra care, attention and enrichment in order to improve their wellbeing and daily lives.

 

The focus here is on the daily care, wellbeing and rehabilitation of many different species, with the goal to release them back into the wild if they are healthy and equipped with the necessary skills to survive. It is important to note that many of these animals will not make it back into the wild due to the trauma they have experienced and consequently their lack of survival skills. In these cases, we work to maintain the highest quality of life possible for the animal by creating enrichment and trying our best to mirror their natural habitat in the enclosure.

 

This wildlife centre is the only one of its kind in the area, therefore the range of animals can be quite wide depending on rescue needs at the time. Animals can be brought to the centre without warning and therefore you will see how they must adapt to provide the best enclosure and space possible for that specific animal. Within the centre you may see Saltwater Crocodile, Sea Eagles, Sun Bear, Starling Birds, Grey-Headed Fish Eagle, Asian Palm Civet, Bear Cat, Palm Cockatoo and more. The Program Fee involved helps provide upkeep and care for these beautiful creatures.

 

Beach Cleans – Did you know a plastic straw takes one minute to manufacture, will be used for ten, before being disregarded and taking hundreds of years to decompose? Millions of plastic straws are found on the beaches of Bali every year and they are just one of the many items that are littered and washed ashore on this island and across national parks every single day.

 

Plastic pollution is becoming a huge problem worldwide and our Bali volunteers aim to fight the battle against this environmental catastrophe. Our team promotes this by hosting regular beach and forest cleans with our volunteers and the local community. Every day, our volunteers visit different areas to collect disregarded items, before correctly disposing and recycling these.

 

The processing of litter and waste in Bali is a developing system. Education on how to dispose of different materials in an efficient and eco-friendly way is in the early stages of development in Bali and having volunteers collect and recycle waste is a great way of leading by example; helping to promote a permanent change in the way they dispose of household waste in their daily lives. In addition, we also work with local people to create an even bigger impact, by educating them about environmental conservation and recycling. Above all, education and awareness are crucial factors in encouraging a sustainable lifestyle to tackle this global issue.

 

Mangrove Conservation – Mangrove Forests are an essential part of our world ecosystem. Indonesia is particularly vulnerable to the rising sea levels linked to global warming. These vital plants stabilize Bali’s coastlines and play a large role in protecting the island from storm surges.

 

Volunteers work to restore existing mangroves, which have been affected by deforestation, climate change and littering. Our conservation volunteers work directly with the locals to educate the villagers about maintaining ecosystems and environmental conservation. As a result, the knowledge will be passed on from generation to generation. Such activities include planting mangroves, cultivating new plants and picking up litter to keep them thriving. This is another important way to raise awareness and support sustainable development across the world during your Bali volunteer program.

 

AREC Centre – This project houses some domestic animals in the hope of having them adopted in the future. The land here is also used to grow different types of fruits and vegetables to support the local community and help to educate them on healthier eating and lifestyles. Here you will help to train dogs and ensure they have the means to live a healthy life, create enriching and safe spaces for other animals and learn how to farm numerous plants and natural areas.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Work Day

 

As a wildlife volunteer in Bali, you will rotate across several of the projects and locations we work in, gaining a wide range of insight into the many ways volunteers can make an impact during their time on the program. The daily shifts will vary depending on each project. While on the project you will work alongside other staff members who have years of experience on each project.

 

Transport to and from the projects are included in your program fee. The beach cleans and AREC centre are about 20 minutes away by bemo. Additionally, the mangrove restoration is about 1 hour away so you will be transported by private car and the wildlife centre is 5 minutes away by bemo.

 

In general, Bali wildlife rescue volunteers are expected to work for around 3-5 hours per day from Monday-Thursday with Friday being optional but encouraged. Typical activities you will get involved in during your time on the volunteer in Bali wildlife centre include:

 

Feeding – These animals are fed based on the species and time of year. For instance, the crocodiles are fed two times a week with things like chicken or duck, while monkeys are fed daily with fruits. You will be able to cut and prepare meals based on the species you are working with and learn about the types of food that are best.

 

Enrichment – Many of these animals are endangered and have come from the loss of their native habitat or poor treatment in the black market. Their displacement often leaves these animals irritable and at times depressed, causing them to have poor eating habits or behaviour. Your time interacting with them and coaching them on things such as eating, foraging, play or social interaction with other animals is imperative. Over time these animals may just learn to trust you and in turn, you could find one of those pretty Parakeets on your forearm.

 

Enclosure Cleaning – These enclosures are made for each animal based on the feedback of the veterinarian during the first assessment. You may find the enclosures to be small, but some animals, who are irritable, find it more comfortable to be in smaller spaces. Over time the enclosures will be expanded and eventually, they will be released back into the wild. The crocodiles tend to need the brush cleared back to keep them from being confined to one area, so an example of this upkeep would be cutting the brush back, while the staff keep the crocodile occupied. In the bird enclosures, the branches and chains may need to be replaced and cleaned as they begin to rot. If you are comfortable, they will let you clean and make repairs in the enclosure with these beauties flying all around you!

 

Maintenance – The rescue centre is a great place, but with limited funding, it could do with some tender loving care. Volunteers will be asked to help with creating a better atmosphere for the animals by clearing up the grounds. While you are doing a bit of upkeep this can include fixing the hinges on enclosure doors, relining the fencing, adding new gating on the enclosure, repairing the habitats, or cleaning the grounds of rubbish and weeds. Beach cleans are an integral part of keeping Bali’s coastlines pristine, you will be collecting and properly disposing of trash that litter Bali’s beaches and forests.

FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE

Flights

 

After confirming your place on a PMGY volunteer program, we strongly advise that you book your flights as early as possible. This is since it will help ensure that you get the lowest airfare. You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you with arranging them. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries. Therefore, we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use. Therefore, if you would like any assistance booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during your online application. Alternatively, feel free to contact us on the phone or by email.

 

For your volunteer trip to Bali, you should book your flights to Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) International Airport. Volunteers in Bali should arrive on the Sunday start date. The airport code is DPS. Volunteers in Bali can arrive at any time on their designated Sunday program start date.

 

Travel Insurance

 

Importantly, having an appropriate travel insurance policy during your time abroad is essential. Therefore, it is mandatory for all of our international volunteers to be appropriately covered across all of their trip dates. This includes your travel to and from the host country, as well as any onward travel. Although PMGY does everything to ensure your trip is safe, inevitably things can go wrong. Therefore, having a travel insurance policy in place helps you effectively deal with any problems you may encounter during your time away.

 

We have partnered up with the insurance company battleface to create an affordable and comprehensive optional policy. This has been designed with our international volunteers in mind, to cover our participants for all of their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone across the globe, up to the age of 65 years. The document will cover you for your time on any PMGY destination and any onward travel. You can purchase PMGY Travel Insurance during your online application or you can contact us directly to arrange it.

PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT

Our International Team will work hard to provide extensive levels of support in the build-up to your trip. From our online chat service to email support and telephone conversations, our team are always ready to help. All international volunteers with PMGY will receive a Volunteer Handbook. This detailed hand guide will provide you with all you need to know in the build-up to your trip. From visa guidance to suggested packing lists, this will be the ultimate guide, helping you plan for your volunteer trip abroad.

 

We have Facebook groups for each of our destinations. Here you can find members of our international and local teams, as well as past, present and future volunteers. These pages, therefore, provide a great forum for participants to network, share experiences and community updates year-on-year.

 

Sometimes it can be difficult to picture yourself abroad without yet being there. We, therefore, do our best to further manage expectations before you arrive through a variety of informative and action-packed videos on our PMGY YouTube Channel. These clips help provide you with a visual perspective of what you can expect during your time with us. Our webinars are not to be missed either. Running on selected Tuesdays, at 4pm UK time, our International Team provides invaluable advice for your upcoming trip. Each webinar covers something different. Our pre-departure webinar covers all of the essentials you need to know and do before joining us abroad. Our program preparation webinar is more project-specific, with advice and information for the time you will spend on placement. Finally, our safety webinar offers you some top tips on how to manage your safety and wellbeing across the pond. For those who are simply interested in learning more about PMGY, our team also run an introductory webinar. This provides an introduction to the volunteer organisation, our background, goals and volunteer opportunities overseas.

 

Teaching and childcare volunteers may wish to take their program preparation even further, through a 60 hour online TEFL course. This is the perfect introductory course for working with children and teaching English abroad. Participation in this course enables international volunteers to acquire key skills whilst working towards an internationally accredited certificate.

PROJECT LOCATION AND DURATION

Our projects are based in Tabanan, around 2 hours away from Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) International Airport. Tabanan is the capital town of the regency of Bali with the same name. It is referred to by many as the ‘rice bowl of Bali’. Parts of Tabanan regency lie in Central Bali and others in the west.

 

Tabanan regency is best known for its rolling green landscapes and hills. It is also home to Mount Batukaru – Bali’s second-highest peak at 2,276 metres. Tabanan town itself is a very commercial town, with no shops or entertainment facilities aimed at visitors or tourists. Despite this, the town offers all the amenities you need, such as banks, hospitals and shops. Whilst Tabanan is a local town and located further away from the more touristy spots, taxi services such as Grab and Goject are available here and are a reliable way of getting around Bali. These can be hard to pick up from more rural areas such as waterfalls and the hot springs so it is always best to check with the local team whether it is best to use a taxi or book a PMGY driver to take you there and back instead.

 

Our programs in Tabanan run from 1-8 weeks beginning on the first and third Sunday of each month. Our Bali Intro Experience and Real Bali Experience programs run for 2 weeks and 4 weeks respectively, starting on specific start dates across the year.

PMGY BALI LOCAL TEAM

PMGY’s volunteer opportunities in Bali are run by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams.

 

All staff have been fully vetted by our International Team. The committed local community networks provide the structure for your stay with us as a volunteer in Bali. Our local team will arrange your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support. Whether you are teaching English in schools, volunteering with children or working with wildlife, our local team will support you. Our team provides a great framework for you to enjoy a unique volunteering experience with us in Bali.

ORIENTATION

Your orientation for your affordable volunteer program in Bali will begin on Monday. The local team will start the day by teaching you about life in Bali, the “dos and don’ts”, the local culture and religion.

 

Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the travel opportunities and safety advice whilst you volunteer in Bali. Our team will also talk through all the projects we support in the community.

 

Later in the day, our team will conduct a local tour of the area. Your coordinator will teach you how to locate every essential you may need during your time as a volunteer in Bali. From the nearest supermarket, ATM, and even a bakery, you will become an expert in the local area. You will have your first glance of a traditional Balinese market, and the chance to also get a local SIM-card.

 

Your evening is free to relax, catch up on sleep, and get to know your fellow volunteers. You may even start preparing for your volunteer in Bali placement.

ITINERARY

Please make sure you arrive into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali (DPS) on Sunday.

 

Day 1 (Sunday) Arrival

 

Welcome to Bali! You will be met at Ngurah Rai Airport by a member of our local team who will be holding a name sign. The journey to Tabanan will take up to 2 hours, depending on traffic. You will have the rest of the day to relax and get to know your fellow travellers.

 

Day 2 (Monday) Orientation

 

Your orientation as a volunteer in Bali will begin on Monday. The local team will start the day by teaching you about life in Bali, the “dos and don’ts”, the local culture and religion.

 

Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the local language and safety advice whilst you volunteer in Bali. Our team will also talk through all the projects we support in the community.

 

Later in the day, our team will conduct a local tour of the area. Your coordinator will teach you how to locate every essential you may need during your time as a volunteer in Bali. From the nearest supermarket, ATM, and even a bakery, you will become an expert in the local area. You will have your first glance of a traditional Balinese market, and the chance to also get a local SIM-card.

 

Your evening is free to relax, catch up on sleep, and get to know your fellow volunteers. You may even start preparing for your volunteer in Bali placement.

 

Day 3-5 (Tuesday-Thursday) Volunteering Begins

 

You will start your volunteer work in Bali on Tuesday morning. Should you need anything whilst at the project, remember our local team are only a phone call away. You will see our coordinator throughout the day at the Volunteer House and they are always happy to help.

 

Day 6-8 (Friday-Sunday) Weekend

 

The weekend is your time to explore the wonders of Bali. Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend by the beach in Canggu, the island of Nusa Penida, some adventure activities, or a more cultural experience in Ubud – Bali has it all. As a volunteer in Bali, our team both welcomes and encourages participants to explore the country’s wonderful treasures. They will be very happy to help you plan your weekend opportunities and outline any travel tips. There are also set dates across the year in which our local team run structured trips on a Gili Island and Ubud & Mountain weekend trip. For those who wish to stay in Tabanan on Friday, you are encouraged to continue your participation in the community projects as usual.

 

The Following Weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday-Thursday. Weekends will be free to travel. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your phone, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you. Volunteering at the projects on Fridays is optional but encouraged.

 

Last Day (Saturday)

 

Saturday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Program Fee.

SAFETY

If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect. When anticipating their time overseas, many international volunteers (and their loved ones) are often concerned about safety and security. Although we can never guarantee your experience to be 100% trouble-free, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe as possible. Every program that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a director of PMGY. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation and worked on the projects. Through our frequent visits and daily communications, we have built strong, trusting relationships with our local staff.

 

In the unlikely event that something was to happen, volunteers have various layers of support available to them:

 

• Volunteer in Bali Local Team
• Project Staff
• PMGY International Team

 

Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge volunteers’ experiences. With the help of feedback, we are able to continually improve our placements and volunteer opportunities. Security and safety are frequently assessed as part of this. We ask our participants to raise any concerns with our local or International Team. This ensures that these can be addressed and/or resolved as readily and appropriately as possible.

 

Through pre-departure and in-country guidance, we do our best to prepare our international volunteers for their time in Bali. All participants are provided with a comprehensive safety briefing during their orientation period. Our local teams will go through everything from project introductions, to emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. During this period, our team also provide participants with a full list of the important contact numbers.

 

Listed below are some general safety tips:

 

• Be modest with the amount of jewellery worn in public
• Do not drink tap water
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents can occur when is confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night
• Use reputable transport only. Our local staff will be able to recommend some during orientation
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high-risk areas for pickpockets and thieves
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers

WEATHER

Bali has a tropical climate and both a rainy and dry season, with the temperature generally remaining constant across the year. Average year-round temperature stands at around 30°C with a humidity level of about 85%.

 

Bali is located very near to the equator, therefore it’s warm, tropical climate makes it a huge draw for tourists. Across April-September, Bali’s dry season, the island receives the most visitors. During this period, temperatures may be very slightly warmer than other months and visitors can still expect occasional rainfall. Sometimes even the locals are surprised how dry a rainy season can be and how rainy a dry season can be. During the rainy season, typically between October-March, Bali becomes quieter. Bali’s central mountain area is typically cooler and is also rainier than the lower coastal areas. Especially at night, temperatures can drop to 15-degrees Celsius in certain areas higher up near the volcanos. The southern peninsula, Bukit, has less rain than the rest of the south of Bali (Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Denpasar). Generally one can say that Bali is pleasant all year through – even if it rains, the island is enjoyable.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

During your time on the Bali volunteer program you will live in one of our Volunteer Houses, which are located in Tabanan. Here you will find local restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs. Tabanan is a more traditional town, so you won’t find many other tourists around. You’ll be living with other PMGY volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is basic but comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has bunk beds with up to 8 people per room in same-sex rooms. You are provided with air conditioning in the room and their own mosquito net or curtains (to avoid the mosquitos) and bed linen. Bathrooms are shared, with a shower and western style toilet. The water is often cold, but this shouldn’t be a problem if you volunteer in Bali, as the climate is hot and humid all year round!

 

We encourage you to bring some small padlocks and/or store any valuables within the lockers provided within the accommodation, however, participants are encouraged to only bring essential items during their volunteer work in Bali. There will also be fridge space available for participants to store any items they need to keep chilled.

 

International volunteers have several communal spaces to relax, hang out with new friends or prepare lesson plans if you are teaching English.

 

The Volunteer House is located right next to where our local team live. Although participants have their own private space there is still the security of living next to our host family who can assist you if need be. It is also a great way to learn more about Balinese culture, get immersed in the local community and practise your new-found language skills!

 

Some of our projects are within walking distance of our Volunteer House and some are not. PMGY will take you to and from your volunteer placement each day if it is not within walking distance, via minivan or private car, and the cost of this service is included in your Program Fee.

 

Please note during our busier times of the year we will be running multiple accommodation sites all of which are located in Tabanan. All the Volunteer Houses will provide the core features you would expect but will all have small differences in terms of location, amenities, capacity etc. Due to the popularity of our Bali programs we are unable to take specific requests in terms of the exact property you will be staying in and you are assigned a house on arrival. We are always able to accommodate friends and small groups in the same accommodation.

MEALS

During your volunteer trip to Bali, you will be provided with three freshly prepared meals per day. Most meals are composed of traditional Indonesian cuisine, typically flavoursome dishes of fried rice and noodles. Balinese cuisine consists of a lot of rice and the meat is mainly chicken – vegetarian options are always available.

 

There is a large choice of restaurants and local warungs (authentic, local food stalls) in Tabanan. The food on offer is traditional Balinese cuisine – typically amazing and mainly vegetarian! There may also be a western option served once or twice every week and there are restaurants serving western food available around a 20 minute walk from the Volunteer House.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements. However, this cannot be guaranteed. This means that there may be instances where you need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense. Any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the program.

TRANSPORT TO PROJECT

Transport to and from your volunteer project is included in your Program Fee. Some of our projects are within walking distance of our Volunteer House and some are not. PMGY will take you to and from projects that are not within walking distance. This will usually be via minivan or private car.

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VOLUNTEER IN BALI REQUIREMENTS

PMGY welcome participants of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the program is 17 years and there is no upper age limit. All volunteers need to have a good level of English, although it does not need to be your first language. You do not need to speak Balinese. However, you will find that learning a few words in your days with us in Bali will go a long way!

 

All participants must be able to provide a clean criminal background check in advance of travelling with us abroad. In general, no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation!

 

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY program, you need to pay your Registration Fee of 249 USD. The remaining fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your program start date.

 

Please check out our Application Process for more info on how to join our volunteer projects overseas.