English Teacher or Assistant

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Coordinator | Annabel
Coordinator | Annabel


Getting to know the local children and them getting to know you!
Become part of the community in a beautiful and remote part of North Sumatra.
Explore the pristine wild rainforests, mountains and rivers.
Explore the pristine wild rainforests, mountains and rivers.
Trek to see some of the fantastic wildlife of the area such as orangutans, gibbons, thomas leaf monkeys and more.
As a volunteer teacher or assistant you will empower the local children, by giving them much needed English skills to provide a better future and employment opportunities This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Your role will consist of leading or assisting with our volunteer English classes, where possible this will be done together with another volunteer or a local teacher. At present, the general level of English of our learners is basic, and it is important that volunteers are prepared to be teaching students or learners who will more than likely be at a beginner level. Volunteers will work with our English class from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 2 till 4pm every day, but this can sometimes be shortened or extended depending on other activities in the village. Specific tasks include a combination of the activities listed below:
  • Giving English lessons to children .
  • Bringing new ideas to improve the English project.
  • Preparing lesson plans or even a syllabus or study programme for your subject, considering what’s been done in the past and what can be improved now.
  • Guaranteeing that all the materials used during each session are stored and put back into place afterwards.
Our volunteer English School is open most of the year, however it may be closed during Ramadan and over christmas and new year. Do not forget you’ll need some time for planning activities and meetings!

Typical day

A typical days volunteering activities (times are indicative): 

8.00 am Breakfast

9.00 am Start morning volunteer activities. Volunteer activities include preparation of the days English lesson plan

1.00 pm Lunch

2.00 - 4.30 pm help teach English to our school children 

5.00 pm return to help with preparation of dinner.

6.30 Dinner

In the evening , volunteers share their experiences of  their volunteer work during the day, play some cards or games or relax and read a book

Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 etc

Free-time activities

Batu Kapal is a beautiful rural village in mountains adjacent to Gunung Leasur National Park - prime Sumatran orangutan country.

In your spare time on the weekends you will have the opportunity to visiting some nice places around Bukit Lawang and Batu Kapal with our team. Or stay on afterwards to explore Sumatra and Indonesia.

We can arrange to take you on day activities around Bukit Lawang, Batu Kapal, Batu Katak and Tangkahan on weekends or after your volunteering placement has finished and you can also arrange you to travel to  Lake Toba and Berestagi (volcano lands) after your volunteer placement has finished (please ask for a copy of additional activities if you would like one).

Adventure activities include orangutan and jungle trekking from 1/2 day to 6 days, where you get to camp in the jungle and may see macaques, thomas leaf monkey, gibbons, monitor lizards, sumatran peacock and much more; elephant washing, hot springs and waterfall day trips, white water rafting or tubing. Cultural activities include visits to the local rubber fruit and vegetable market and rural village tours, informal Indonesian cooking classes where you cook learn from the locals and  many other activities (tours and activities are arranged by local guides, at our reasonable volunteer prices).

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
English at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You don’t have to be a teacher to volunteer on our English teaching project.
There is no need to have a formal teaching qualification to gain work experience in our volunteer English school. You don’t even need to speak the local language where you are going. All we require is a good standard of spoken English and an interest in helping our children learn.
Our programme is open to all volunteers whether you are on a gap year, at university, retiree or on a holiday.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 14:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by CareSumatra

The cost of this program covers basic shared dormitory accommodation with share bathroom facilities (western bathroom, flushing toilet and cold water shower) and 3 meals a day. Tea and water included. Note soft drink and alcohol is available for purchase.

It also includes motor bike transport to and from the English lessons 5 days a week.

 Please note the program fees do not include transport on arrival or departure but this can be arranged for you on request at additional cost.


Accommodation – Shared elevated dorm accommodation in a beautiful traditional building.

The accommodation is at our Batu Kapal Conservation  project site near Bukit Lawang in North Sumatra. Sleeping mattress is provided, volunteers just need to bring a sleeping bag or sleeping sheet and pillow if needed. The accommodation is shared dormitory style, with a shared western bathroom (flushing toilet and cold water shower). 

Please note at Batu Kapal we have a generator which operates for 2 to 3 hours a day to recharge the off grid battery storage bank.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Meals included are Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Water, Tea and Coffee and Fruit. Vegetarian, vegan  and gluten free options are available on request.
We cook and prepare our food together.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kuala Namu International Airport (KNO) in Kuala Namu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Indonesia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Indonesia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,040
6 weeks
$ 1,560
8 weeks
$ 2,080
10 weeks
$ 2,600
12 weeks
$ 3,120
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 13,000
Average fees
$ 260 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. CareSumatra will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with CareSumatra during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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English Teacher or Assistant

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