Volunteer in Bali with Friends for Asia
Volunteer in: Thailand - Vietnam - Nepal - Bali

Booking a Bali Volunteer Project

Booking and Info Guide

Booking Procedure for our Volunteer Projects

  1. Complete Online Application at: APPLY NOW
  2. Read through this booking information.
  3. Correspond about your main motivations and interests to participate in our projects. This is normally conducted via e-mail.
  4. Sign Terms and Conditions and Liability Agreement.
  5. Send $250 US Dollar Project Deposit to book spot in the volunteer or intern project. This can be conducted through our online payment system, which is administered by PayPal for security reasons.
  6. Complete Criminal Police Background Check. This can be completed through one’s national government or through an online check. Contact Friends For Asia for additional information regarding this check.
  7. Purchase international medical insurance for the length of project time.
  8. Make travel arrangements to arrive into Bali between 8am and 8pm on the Friday before project starts.
  9. Send balance of the project fee 30 days prior to project start date.

Volunteer Flexibility and Patience

It’s very important to keep in mind that things in Bali do not function in the same way that they do in western countries. For this reason, it’s very, very important that volunteers come with an open mind and a good amount of flexibility and patience. Things will not always work out in the way that you expect it to and there will be times of confusion. This is part of the experience and if one requires high levels of structure and organization, then volunteering in developing nations may not be the thing for them. So, please keep reading, but understand that schedules can change, numbers of children at orphanages will vary and we’ll do our best to create a successful Balinese volunteer project for you.

Holidays and Ceremonies

Indonesia has a fair amount of national holidays. Here is a list of the official national holidays for Indonesia. However, please know that there are a lot of other Balinese holidays and ceremonies. Some of these ceremonies do not run on a typical year calendar, and many vary depending upon village. Therefore, we may not be able to inform volunteers before their arrival of all the holidays and breaks in the project that they may experience. Thank you for your patience and flexibility in dealing with these breaks in the project the “Bali way”.

The timeline for Bali Volunteers

Arrive into Bali on a Friday, between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00pm. Our coordinating staff will pick you up from the airport, or arrival point and escort you to our volunteer accommodation. After the check-in process volunteers and interns are free to recover from jet-lag, or explore the neighborhood of our accommodation.

Saturday and Sunday – Pre Volunteer Orientation.

Monday – Begin project. Friends for Asia Coordinators escort volunteers to their project locations by local transportation and introduce them to the administration and staff of the site. Expectations, grade levels to be taught and other special activities and announcements with regards to the volunteer or intern’s project will be discussed at this time.

Weekends between project weeks – Volunteers and interns are on their own to explore, travel, go to the beach, etc.

Upon completion of the project and before departing, volunteers and interns are asked to complete the Volunteer Report and have a close of project interview with our coordinator. The Volunteer Report is to allow future volunteers and interns in the project, and more specifically at the site where a volunteer or intern was placed, to better prepare for their project. It also gives those future volunteers and interns advice and recommendations of what TO and NOT TO do in the project and at the project site. The Close of Project Interview is scheduled near one’s close of project date. During this interview, original expectations, how those expectations worked out, along with positives and negatives of the project, orientation, etc. will be discussed. For volunteers and interns that serve for an extended amount of time, discussion of the reverse affects of culture shock, in returning to one’s home country and society, after an extended time away from it, will also be discussed. The purpose of the close of project interview, is to provide closure to one’s experience, review what they accomplished and what they benefited from the project, along with ways that Friends for Asia and our volunteer and intern projects can be improved.

Friday – Last day in the project.

Saturday – Check out of volunteer and intern accommodation by noon (no exceptions). For volunteers that plan to stay in Bali for a few more nights, we can point you in the right direction of inexpensive, nearby hotels.

Pre-Volunteer / Intern Orientation Schedule

As you can see, our Bali Volunteer Orientation is a rather busy couple of days. It’s understandable that volunteers and interns maybe drowsy due to jet-lag and adjusting to the new climate of Bali. For these reasons, we do ask that volunteers and interns take care of themselves upon their first few days in Bali and get plenty of rest and drink lots of water.

Volunteer Orientation Day 1 – Friday

Pick up from airport or current spot in Bali.
Getting settled into accommodation

Volunteer Orientation Day 2 – Saturday

10.00 – 11.00 :General Bali Info, Cultural Basics
11.00 – 12.00 : Indonesian Language Lesson #1
12.00 – 12:30 : Tour of area around homestay
12.30 – 13.30 : Lunch
13.30 – 16.30 : Tour of Ubud & Temple Visit
15.30 – 17.30 : Free Time
18.00 – 19.00 : Dinner
19:00 – 21.00 : Balinese Dance Performance at Peliatan Palace

Volunteer Orientation Day 3 – Sunday

11.00 – 12.30 : Volunteer Project Information, Indonesian Language Lesson #2
12.30 – 13.30 : Lunch
13.30 –14.30 :Volunteering DOs and DON’Ts, volunteering Q & A
14.30 onwards :Free Time and Preparations for First day of Volunteering

Monday – Off to your Project!

Volunteer Accommodation and About Us

Our first volunteer arrived in February of 2008. Since then, we’ve had over 2500 volunteers and interns participate in our projects in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Nepal.

Bali Volunteer Accommodation

Our Bali Volunteer accommodation is located in a quiet neighborhood, relatively close to our project sites. The accommodation itself is in a home stay. Volunteers will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. All the bedrooms are equipped an attached bathroom with a western style toilet and hot water shower. Volunteers are asked to refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol in their rooms. Our Bali Accommodation page has pictures and additional information about our accommodation.

Volunteer Breakfast

Simple, make your own breakfast is provided for volunteers. This is nothing fancy, just fruit, toast and cereal.


We also provide fruit and snack food for volunteers and interns to enjoy between meals.

Details about Volunteer Projects

The icons below will transfer you to pages that have important, additional information for our volunteer and intern projects. Yes, volunteers and interns may participate in two different projects, under the condition that you participate for the minimum duration for each project.

Children with Disabilities Volunteer Project

Teaching English Volunteer Project