English and Environment Teaching Assistant

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Coordinator | Batu Kapal Conservation
Coordinator | Batu Kapal Conservation
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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 teaching 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+


CareSumatra supports a number of classrooms in North Sumatra surrounding our base at our conservation properties near Bukit Lawang. These include Jungle School, Tiger Green Class, Dream Class, Sunshine Market Class and education of our staff along with providing funding to a number of formal schools. Indonesian education ranks 50th globally and teaching strategies are focused on learning by rote based on workbooks. Our classrooms aim to provide more inclusive teaching and includes lessons in English and the environment and some classes for children not currently in school. Our goals include assisting our teachers to deliver effective lessons, monitor students' progress and expand our programs where possible through the collection of resources and addition of classes where possible. 


Your role will consist of supporting our local teachers at a number of different classes to deliver free English and environmental lessons to children in the villages around our conservation project sites. At present, the general level of English of our learners is basic, and it is important that volunteers are prepared to be delivering activities to students who are likely be at a beginner level. Volunteers will work with staff of CareSumatra and others in the mornings and our English children’s class from Monday to Thursday from 2 till 4pm, 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:


  • Supporting teachers with the delivery of English lessons to children.
  • Deliver English learning activities to staff of CareSumatra
  • Using your skills in English to teach correct pronunciation using school resources
  • Helping teachers to understand and deliver pre-planned lessons.
  • Sharing feedback from teachers, students and other stakeholders
  • Bringing new ideas to improve the English project.
  • Monitoring the appropriate use of materials based on the learning plans
  • Sharing information about activities, students, teachers, and school for the purpose of showing our networks what we are doing.
  • Seek funding opportunities and grants where possible.
  • Report to Education Program Coordinator or Education Manager

Our children’s English lessons run most of the year, however it may be closed during Ramadan and over Christmas and New Year. 

Typical day

Typical day

A typical days volunteering activities (times are indicative): 

8.00 am Breakfast

9.00 – 10.00 am deliver learning activities to staff

11.00 – 1.00 – research funding opportunities, sources of resources, activities to help teachers, share information from lessons to managers and other stakeholders as updates and to share on our media.

1.00 pm Lunch

2.00 - 4.30 pm help teach English to our school children 

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,  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 and Environment 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 at our English and Environment teaching projects.
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, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by CareSumatra

Meals included are Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Water, Tea and Coffee and Fruit. Vegetarian, vegan  and gluten free options are available on request.

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.

Airport Pickup at Medan KNO Airport can be arranged if required ( $70US per car one way)

Motor bike transfers into the site $6 US one way per motor bike (Note the conservation project site is located in the jungle, we are not situated on a road, its a 20 minute motor bike ride from the village of Bukit Lawang and not that easy to find as it is not sign posted)


Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover injury, accident, sickness, hospital and medical expenses, missed flights, cancellation and loss or damage to your personal belongings.


Please note if you plans change your volunteer fees are non refundable, however we are more than happy to change your start date. Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover cancellation.


Safety of our volunteers, guests and staff is our highest priority. Please respect each other and others property. Any person causing serious harm or putting others at risk will be asked to leave the site with forfeiture of your volunteer fees. This includes drunk and disorderly behaviour.


Drug use in Indonesia is illegal and a jailable offence. For everyone’s safety, we are a drug free program. Please note the use of drugs will result in the immediate termination of your volunteering placement and removal from the program with forfeiture of your volunteer fees.


We are responsible for the safety of volunteers and staff in our care. Please respect local culture and staff. Relationships with staff and local people will not be tolerated during your volunteer placement,  resulting in immediate termination of your volunteering placement and removal from your site with forfeiture of your volunteer fees.


Volunteers are responsible for the safety of their valuables and personal items at all times.  Management will not be held responsible for the safety of volunteers valuables. If you are concerned, please bring a money belt for your money, passport and important documents.


Please note we do not have WiFi on site as we are in a remote area. There is limited patchy mobile phone coverage available on parts of the base with the local mobile phone service. Data for Indonesian sim cards can be purchased for your phone and very affordable rates.  We recommend volunteers buy a local SIM card with data on it when they arrive. Telkomsel is one of the better choices. 

Otherwise there is WiFi available in the village at some guest house cafes also. It is a 45 minute walk into the village, or a 20 minute motor bike ride


Accommodation – Shared dorm accommodation in a beautiful traditional building.

The accommodation is at our Hutan Subur Conservation  project site near Bukit Lawang in North Sumatra. A bed and blankets are provided, volunteers just need to bring a mosquito net, 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). 

You can also hire a mosquito net, pillow and sleeping sheet for $10 US if you do not have these items with you.

Please note there is no mains electricity in the jungle at Batu Kapal, we have a generator which operates for 2 to 3 hours in the evenings.

Food & Beverages

You will have three meals per day provided for you whilst on this project. Breakfast is usually pancake, omelette, eggs and rice/noodle dishes or fresh fruit. Lunches and dinners are delicious and typically consist of noodles or rice with either chicken, fish, egg and vegetables. Tofu and Soy bean dishes are also provided for vegetarians and vegans. Each meal is buffet style. Free tea and water. 

Soft drink and alcohol is available at an extra cost.

Please note there is no refrigeration on site or at any guest houses in the local area. All food is bought fresh daily to be cooked every day.  This is normal practice in rural areas in Sumatra.

Water is also boiled on site for your safety every day.

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
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$245 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. 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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