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Nederlandse vrijwilligers in Bali / Dutch Volunteers in Bali

Nederlandse vrijwilligers in Bali

Dutch Volunteers in Bali

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The Netherlands’ relationship with Bali goes back centuries. The island’s first contact with European powers occurred in the late 16th century, when a Portuguese ship landed here. However, a little over a decade later, Dutch explorer Cornelis de Houtman dropped anchor at Bali and started a relationship that would grow and evolve over the next few hundred years.

Today, the Dutch still have a strong cultural legacy in Bali. While the history between Bali and the Netherlands is complex and not always heart-warming, the modern-day relationship is excellent. Each year, more than 160,000 Dutch nationals visit the island, accounting for a significant slice of the 3 million international arrivals Bali sees each year.

At Friends for Asia, we have the privilege of working with some of the finest, most conscientious visitors to set foot on Bali each year. Included among these are many Dutch volunteers committed to making the most of the time that they have available to spend here.

Dutch Volunteers Making a Difference in Bali

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Friends for Asia operates a network of volunteer project sites all over Asia. From our inception, we have seen a particularly strong show of interest from volunteers in the Netherlands. We’ve been impressed with these volunteers from the start – with their work ethic, attention to detail and cultural sensitivity.

There are several ways that Dutch volunteers can make a difference in Bali. One of the most popular is by working with a local center for children with disabilities. Many volunteers are concerned with finding a project in which the limited time that they have to offer translates into tangible benefits for Balinese people. The home for children with disabilities is ideal in this sense, as every hour that a volunteer spends with the children frees up one full-time staff member to attend to other duties. Beyond this, it is important for the children to see that people from the outside – people that they don’t even know – genuinely care about them. This is a lifetime benefit.

There is also a strong demand for English language instruction on Bali, and FFA has partnered with schools on the island to this end. Many of the Dutch volunteers we’ve hosted in the past have impeccable English language skills that are near (if not at) native-speaker proficiency.

Dutch Volunteers Discover the Real Bali

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Altruism aside, there are more than a few very tangible reasons to considering being a volunteer in Bali through Friends for Asia. Foremost among these is the chance to meet and interact with authentic Balinese people. We have nothing against a relaxing beach holiday, but this island has so much to offer in terms of culture and tradition that the average tourist misses completely.

Sign up for one of FFA’s volunteer projects, and you will bypass the resort environment and head straight into day-to-day Balinese life. Spending time with teachers and students at school and interacting with project staff and FFA coordinators presents unrivalled opportunities to learn the language, navigate the culture and sample the cuisine. This level of cultural access is simply not available to the 3 million international tourists that visit each year.