Education Support Program
This inspiring teaching project is located in what has been described as the heart of Bali. Ubud is a serene town, famous as a self-awareness center and surrounded by rain-forest and terraced rice paddies, and dotted with Hindu temples and shrines. A mecca for those on a spiritual journey, Ubud has a thriving tourism scene. Unfortunately, while the tourism dollar keeps the town humming, there is still poverty among its people, with much help needed to teach and support its youth. As a tourism hot-spot, those seeking employment in Bali find that English is an essential skill, one that they must speak fluently and confidently. This program supports this need by providing volunteers to work with local children and help set the foundations for a better life. Located in a traditional rural village just outside Ubud, volunteers will teach students in a classroom made from locally harvested bamboo, in a tropical forest setting surrounded by banana, coco, coffee and paw paw trees. This project is a great way for international volunteers to learn more about the Balinese people and culture, teach those in need and spend time exploring this magical location.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide free English lessons to children in amazing Ubud
- Expose non-English speakers to native English speakers in order to improve pronunciation and conversational skills
- Teach creatively and create a love for learning among the children
- Expose volunteers and locals alike to different people and cultures
How You Can Help
Volunteers on this wonderful program will be setting their students up with the skills for a happier life. The ability to communicate in English has become fundamental in the lives of the Balinese, where most of the economy is now largely dependent on international tourism. Volunteers in this magical setting will co-teach with another volunteer or a local English teacher. A fully developed teaching program has been developed for volunteers to follow, designed around speaking and listening, with the development of student’s vocabulary key. Volunteers are encouraged to be fun and outgoing in their classes, and to incorporate singing, art, music, games and other activities to make the student’s learning experience as enjoyable as possible. With the knowledge and confidence to partake in conversational English with foreigners, these children will have the tools for a brighter future. It is recommended that volunteers research teaching English as a second language techniques and creative ways to do so before embarking on this epic adventure!
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Teach English to students
- Teach other basic subject matter in English
- Play games and run activities
- Teach students about their own lives and where they live
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for children through the power of education. This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of childhood development and education, though volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist in the classroom. Whist not mandatory, completing a TEFL course prior to joining this project would prove to be highly beneficial. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with staff and students, though this is not a pre-requisite. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check
In many ways, Ubud is considered to be Bali's cultural heart. Located in the cool mountains, just one hour's drive north of the airport and the resorts of southern Bali, this traditional country town and flourishing traditional crafts centre is home of one of Bali's royal families. Around Ubud the surrounding villages like Campuhan, Penestanan, Peliatan and Batuan specialise in crafts and woodcarving which are sold to the many tourists who visit the tropical island each year. There are hundreds of shops selling antiques, woodcarvings, crafts, textiles, paintings and jewellery as well as some of the best art museums in the country, dozens of art studios, an excellent local craft market and galleries – making Ubud a truly remarkable place to be a Love Volunteer!
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs start every SATURDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Upon arrival into Denpasar you will be met by a representative of our local team, taken to your accommodation and introduced to your hosts. The rest of the day is free to settle in to the new environment.
On Sunday an orientation session takes place which covers local and regional customs, transport, rules and recommendations and, of course, what to expect from your volunteering placement. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts and ask any last questions you may have.
- Arrival Day: SATURDAY
- Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (aka Denpasar International Airport), Kuta, Bali (airport code: DPS)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers who choose to join our programs in Ubud are accommodated with a local host family guesthouse located in the vibrant center of Ubud, close to many wonderful eateries and yoga studios. Although centrally located the home stay is in a quiet and peaceful location overlooking a beautiful tropical garden and valley.
The home stay provides an atmosphere of the genuine Balinese family, with four generations of the Balinese family sharing their home with volunteers and other guests.
Rooms are twin-share and split by gender. Each room has its own Western style bathroom with shower. Ceiling fans are provided for comfort in the summer months and bed linen and towels are provided so volunteers need only bring their personal toiletries.
Wi-Fi is freely available at the House so it's easy to stay in touch with friends and family.
Breakfast is provided at the House daily whilst lunch and dinner are an opportunity to try the local fare at any of the many of the eateries within easy reach of the house and the program. International offerings are also available.
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.