The demand for local English speakers has never been greater in Indonesia. Children may have the opportunity to learn English at school, but this is usually taught by a local Indonesian teacher. The result is that the children never really get to practice their conversational skills or hear native English being spoken.
It is entirely up to you what you decide to teach, but there is a general syllabus for you to follow and examples of what previous participants have taught before that you can continue with.
The aim of this project is to show students that learning English can be fun. To this end participants are encouraged to be creative with their teaching – through games, songs, art, sport and music.
If new to teaching, you might like to team up with another participant, as two-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).
Typically, you will be preparing the lesson plans in the morning and working at the school in the afternoon from 14.00 to 17.00 hours. The teaching programme follows a similar schedule from Monday to Friday although what you teach, and how, will differ. It could include games outdoors, for instance, as well as singing in the classroom. You’ll be asked regularly for feedback on your experience.