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American Volunteers in Bali

Game at Children's Home

The US has been a strong contributor to Bali’s tourist trade for years now – usually landing on the top-ten list of annual visitor arrivals. Most of these visitors whisk in, spend two or three days on the beach, eat Western food near their hotels and enjoy the company of other tourists. They enjoy a relaxing holiday in a beautiful island setting, but there’s nothing particularly Balinese about their experience.

While there’s plenty to be said for the idyllic beach holiday, those who come all the way to Bali without really engaging the culture are missing out on some of the most intriguing and exciting aspects of this island. Booming growth in tourism figures has paved the way for boutique shopping, five-star dining and a heady nightlife, but there’s so much more to this stronghold of Hindu culture. Bali features terraced rice fields, colorful temple ceremonies, ancient archeological sites and, most importantly, friendly and welcoming locals.

Volunteer Teaching in Bali!

Friends for Asia’s founder and director is an American and former Peace Corp Volunteer. His experience developing volunteer programs in Asia combined with his understanding of what US volunteers expect when they travel abroad has created a unique niche opportunity for Americans looking for an authentic Balinese experience. By lending a hand to one of Friend’s for Asia’s projects, you’ll discover a side of Bali that is completely lost to the average tourist.

Americans Volunteers Making a Difference in Bali

Friends for Asia has carefully developed volunteer projects that are both meaningful to the Balinese community and worthwhile for volunteers. With that in mind, each project is designed to maximize volunteers’ opportunity to learn about Bali and their project site host.

Volunteer Teaching in Bali!

We have two major ways that volunteers can get involved in Bali. One is by teaching English to children at local schools. English proficiency is increasingly important in Bali, especially given the boom in tourist arrivals that the island has experienced over the past few years.

The other way Americans can make a difference in Bali is by working with children with disabilities. Simply spending time with these children – many of whom have been victims of neglect – reinforces the idea that other people really do care about them. It also fills a much more practical need, as the time you spend looking after the children frees up regular staff to work on other tasks, such as cooking, cleaning and preparing meals.

Volunteers are also helping Bali cope with island-wide issues. The provincial tourism office is expecting more than 3 million international tourist arrivals in 2013. That accounts for three-quarters of the total population of the island and, as you can imagine, creates strain on Bali’s ecosystem and infrastructure. Volunteers from the US and other parts of the world help to offset this strain by devoting their time and talents to productive projects while visiting Bali. They exert a lower impact on the island and, in the process, get to know a side of Balinese culture that the most tourist couldn’t dream of experiencing.