Trip Details

With Bali’s rapidly expanding tourism industry, the demand for local English speakers has never been greater. Children may have the opportunity to learn English at school, however this is usually taught by a local Balinese teacher and thus the children never really get to practice their conversational skills or hear native English being spoken. Balinese children are extremely eager to learn and are an absolute joy to teach. On this project, you will be spending about one to two hours each morning preparing lessons and around three hours in the afternoon teaching at a local elementary or high school. It is entirely up to you what you decide to teach, however there is a general syllabus for you to follow and examples of what previous participants have taught for you to continue with.

The aim of this project is to show students that learning English is fun and you are always encouraged to be creative with your methods of teaching – through games, songs, art, sport and music. If you are new to teaching, you may wish to team up with other fellow participants, as two to three teachers in the classroom often works well with regard to confidence building and gaining greater control of the class whose enthusiasm often spills over into great excitement! Your role is to encourage and inspire, but most importantly for teachers and students alike to enjoy the experience.

This Volunteer English Teaching program is based at several local schools in the Ubud area. As an English teacher, you will be one of the core factors in determining whether or not a child will be inspired enough to move forward in life until they can reach higher education. Even though primary schools are free due to community programs, government conduct, and charity assistance, parents still have to pay for school books and mandatory uniforms.

This is an excellent and very rewarding opportunity for any volunteer that selects this program, and you will become an important member of the community during your stay as children will benefit from the experiences and skills you possess and the parents will be grateful for your dedication to the education of their kids. While you may not be able to fix the schools, you are able to provide the children just enough encouragement that they may obtain academic ambition and strive to enter a skilled field of study when they become of age. It is an exciting volunteer posting for anyone interested in teaching English to young children and changing lives.

Aims & Objectives
We have all experienced good and not so good teachers and through our project we strive to achieve the infectious enthusiasm of good teachers, specifically aiming to:

  • Ignite the fuse of lifelong learning.
  • Enthusiastically encourage and inspire children.
  • Ensure each child is confident and articulate in both spoken and written English.
  • Teach games and songs, showing that learning can be fun.
  • Design creative methods of teaching and make effective lesson plans.
    Most importantly for teachers and students alike to enjoy the experience.

 

Trip Itinerary

Work with young children from Bali in dedication to furthering their education, so that they may grow up to become successful and ambitious young adults within their local economy.

Your primary objective as a volunteer is to instil the value of proper education and academic ambition into young children while allowing them to have fun doing it.If you can encourage just one child to move forward and enter higher education when the time comes, your time here in Indonesia was a success.

Your responsibilities are not limited to, but will include, the following:

  • Assist children with self-confidence and assertive behaviour
  • Improve each child’s verbal and written English..
  • To design efficient lesson plans with your program coordinator and other volunteers.
  • To always have an open mind to different teaching methods.
  • To adapt to the needs of the children, and thus adapt your teaching.

Typically, you will spend 2-3 hours a day at the school and 1-2 hours afterwards at the village centre. You will have an assortment of subjects to select from that are all English based, and you can choose between teaching classes by yourself or with other volunteers.

Monday
8:00 Breakfast
9:00-11.00 Teaching program (preparing the lesson).
12:00 Lunch
14.00-17.00 Teaching program at local school.
17.30 Meeting and feedback from 1st day teaching.
18.00 Dinner

Tuesday
8:00 Breakfast
9:00-11.00 Teaching program (preparing the lesson).
12:00 Lunch
16:00-17:30 Teaching program at local school.
18:00 Dinner

Wednesday
8:00 Breakfast
9:0 0-11.00 Teaching program (preparing the lesson).
12:00 Lunch
14:00-17.00 Teaching program at local school.
18:00 Dinner

Thursday

8:00 Breakfast
9:00-11.00 Teaching program (preparing the lesson).
12:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Teaching program at local school.
18:00 Dinner

Friday

8:00 Breakfast
9:00-11.00 Teaching program (preparing the lesson).
12:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Teaching program at local school.
17.30 Meeting for Teaching
18:00 Dinner

Saturday
8:00 Breakfast

Weekends are always free with the program. Relax at the House accommodation, take a local taxi into town, expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites or take a taxi to the city for the weekend. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.

Trip Accommodation

You will be accommodated in one of our houses in the village of Pejeng Kaja. Located on the outskirts of Ubud, village life is quintessentially local here and you will get a good chance to see typical Balinese life – roosters crowing and all!

Accommodation & Food

The accommodation is located in Pejeng Kaja which has shared rooms for participants including facilities as well as enough space for them interact and enjoy their time in Bali. There are 2 centres in Pejeng which are specially furnished for the participant accommodation namely Santi Rahayu and Melati.

If you select the private accommodation option, you will be given a private room with an attached bathroom.

Standard Room

  • Persons per room 4-8
  • WIFI
  • Hot Showers

Food Arrangements

Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during your stay. Typical dishes included mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soybeans), we also provide some of western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.

Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the week and two meals (breakfast, dinner) during weekends

Facilities
Our houses are located in Pejeng village and it will take about 15-20 minutes to reach the centre of Ubud.

There are some grocery shops in the village and 24 hours mini mart in Ubud centre.

Shopping
There are small local shops which will take 5-10 minutes by walk where you will be able to find everything that you need.

Restaurants and Cafes
If you want to eat out occasionally, there is a wide selection of restaurants with high standards of both international and local cuisine. There are several cafes in the village, where you can relax and hang out with other participants on your spare time.It takes about 5 minutes by car or 20 minutes by walking to the centre of village.

Swimming Pools
There is a swimming pool which can be reached in 10 minutes by taxi from the centre.

Gym
There are several gyms around Ubud area.

Clinic and Hospital
The clinic UPT Kesmas is open 24 hours, is located in Tampaksiring about 4 km away. It takes about 10 minutes by car and the hospital Ari Canti hospital Rumah Sakit is about 8 km from the center and it take 15 minutes by car to reach there.

Sights & Surroundings
Since the weekends are free, you are able to go wherever you would like to go. Several popular destinations that you can reach by taxi are:

The Gili Islands, where you will find small resorts and huts for tourists looking to get away from the bustle of Ubud. The islands are a popular destination for snorkelling and diving due to its abundant marine life.

Nusa Lembongan, an island paradise with one of the most clear waters that you will ever see and it is also a place where you can find peace and completely relax. Surfing, diving and snorkeling and amongst the most popular activities that visitors can enjoy.

Lovina, located between the Bedugul mountains and the sea, it is popular for dolphin watching, trekking, hot springs and its gorgeous coral reefs.

Sanur, a stretch of beach in Southeast Bali that contains villa resorts and Zen Villas. Historically, it was used as the landing site for the Dutch invasion troops during the Dutch invasion in 1906 as well as being the entry point into Bali for the Japanese during WWII.

Kuta, a beach known of its surfing opportunities and party atmosphere.

Uluwatu, a temple built at the edge of a 70 meter high cliff at the edge of the sea and inhabited by monkeys.

Trip Country Info

Indonesia

Capital: Jakarta
Language: Indonesian (official)
Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
Time zone: UTC +8

Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.For learning culture and gaining experiences you’ve never thought of, there is Indonesia, one of the most interesting countries in the world. With around 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese and European sources, Indonesia has many cultural experiences ready to be discovered.

Bali
Dubbed the Island of the Gods, Bali is one of the more than 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Due to its location off the coast from the mainland and unique culture and religion from the rest of the country, Bali is often treated as a destination of its own, “if you’ve only been to Bali, you’ve never been to Indonesia”.

With its pristine beaches, its unspoilt waters ideal for surfing and diving, its lush mountains, its never-ending rice terrace and volcanic hillsides, its spiritually-infused culture and more, Bali has quickly become a must-visit and it often makes its way on everyone’s bucket list.

Flores
Flores is located the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life. And if you want to see the famous Komodo Dragons alive, this is the only place in the whole world which gives you the experience. You can visit the Komodo dragons in their natural habitats in the Komodo National Park islands. Here you will witness the natural treasures still trying to survive in its purest forms.

Flores is a multi-religious and multi-cultural island where 60% of the people are Christian, 20% Islamic and 20% Hindus and Buddhists. The holidays for Flores are similar to the general Indonesian calendar.

Flores, though one of the main islands in Indonesia, is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. Evidently, its exceptional natural treasures need more care and its warm hearted people need more support.

Climate
Temperatures are pleasant, varying from 20-33 degrees celsius year-round. The monsoon season strikes in November and makes its way until March, bringing in humidity and a significant amount of rain. However, this usually does not stop people from visiting, as the rain usually begins in the late afternoons and evenings, meaning the daytime remains sun-filled. From June to September, the weather is dry and there is not too much humidity in the air.

Culture
Indonesia is a haven for customs and this can be seen in every corner of the islands. Not to mention the fact the these islands themselves have their own traditions and customs which are different from one another.

A good example of this can be experienced in Bali, where small offerings containing flowers, rice and even cigarettes (sesajen) are found in every house, restaurants, stalls and even at the check-in desks at airports. The offerings are set with burning incense sticks and sprinkled with holy water three times a day before every meal.

There are roughly 20,000 temples spread around the Bali island and, because the Balinese are masters of sculpture, the temples are guarded with statues of gods and goddesses.

Keep, in mind, however, that the Hinduism you will see in Bali is often different than the one seen in India.

Take a look at our latest gap year volunteer projects in Indonesia below or get in touch with any questions you have about volunteering in Indonesia.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa