English Teacher for different Levels

founded in 2004
Bukit Lawang Trust
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Coordinator | Rebecca
Coordinator | Rebecca
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Teach your own classes! The Education Programme has classes from kindergarten age up to university age so you will experience a range of teaching styles whilst learning to develop and adapt your own!
Experience a new culture! Whilst volunteering on the Education Programme you will live in rural Sumatra and experience the diverse cultures and traditions native to Bukit Lawang!
Work with a truly international team! The team here at bukit lawang come from all around the world so you will meet a whole range exciting, passionate and driven educators from across the globe!
Explore the Sumatran Jungle! whilst working with the Bukit Lawang Trust you will have ample oportunity to go on weekend expeditions in the jungle to see Tigers, Orangutans, Elephants, Rhinos and more!
Make and Impact! Every volunteer that joins our programmes leaves behind a lasting and sustainable legacy with both the trust and the community whilst also joining our dedicated alumni team!
Support the facilitation and delivery of free Kindergarten classes and English language classes to local students of all ages. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
The Bukit Lawang Trust is a Non Government Organisation based in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra. The trust building is a community centre which provides free education to people of all ages from both the local community and farther afield in Sumatra. Through the Education Programme we deliver English Language education to students between the ages of 4 and 20 however all ages are welcome as we believe you are never too young or too old to learn! 

The programme aims to enhance the English education, through the delivery of our Kindergarten classes and Afternoon English classes. 

 - Kindergarten Classes: Part of the education programme is the facilitation and delivery of two Kindergarten classes, our 'Big Stars' and our 'Little Stars'. These classes are delivered in keeping with the national curriculum of Indonesia and run by three permanant staff teachers here at the school (Rasimah, Ida & Butet). For two days a week (Thursdays & Fridays) volunteers on the Education Programme will teach these classes. 

 - Afternoon English Classes: In the afternoons the Trust delivers English language tuition to over 100 students from seven different local communities. These classes are planned and delivered by volunteers on the Education Programme under the supervision of the Head of Education. 

Volunteers will work with local teachers, staff, and other volunteers as well as our full time volunteers who manage the Education and Conservation Programmes. You will be provided with everything you need to plan, develop and facilitate your classes to the best of your ability, however if you want to bring your own teaching aids this is always welcome! 

As a volunteer on the Education programme you can expect to live in an increadibly beautiful area, right on the edge of the Leuser ecosystem and in the heart of a dynamic and fun filled community center in Bukit Lawang! Outside of the classroom there are Action Days and festivals to plan and organise as well as graduation ceremonies for students! When you are not working, the village of Bukit Lawang has an excellent night life and there are many guest houses and jungle trek providers in the local area for those weekend get aways!

Typical day

After a three day volunteer Induction, you will volunteer for 4 - 6 hours on weekdays, however this is highly variable depending on the number of volunteers on your cycle and the amount of planning and preparation required for your sessions. On the education programme you will be largely free in the mornings with the exception of the Morning meeting at 0900 with all programme teams. Thursdays and Fridays  however you may be asked to take the lead on the kindergarten classes in the mornings. If you are doing these, you will likely not be delivering the afternoon English classes on the same day as we try our best to distribute sessions amongst the volunteer teachers. 

Regardless of your working day you will be finished by 1800 on weekdays, after which you are completely free (unless its your turn to cook! we have a cooking rota for evening meals which means we only pay for one evening meal every few weeks and we only have to cook once every few weeks! plus we get to try different foods from all over the world!). 

Lunches are provided by our Increadible Chef Fitri, and all meals are vegitarian, however there is a restuarant directly oposite the school where you can get non veggie meals at very good prices! 

During the day you may be asked to help with houshold jobs such as painting, maintaining, making signs, gardening, or working on personal jobs. 

Afternoon English classes are two hours and each community class comes once a week. Usually these two hour sessions are devided into one hour english Language and one hour team building, games and practical application of English Language. Volunteers have quite a free reign over classroom style and approach, however we try to avoid talk and translate methods wherever possible. You will always be supported in the classroom by local teachers who will assist you in both the planning and the delivery of your sessions. 

Free-time activities

You can go trekking from Bukit Lawang to Gunung Leuser National Park and see the famous Sumatran Orangutan. Most volunteers do a two day one night trek and usually are fortunate enough to see Orangutans.

In Bukit Lawang there is a river which runs through the village that people often go swimming in or relax and have a coffee or beer on the river.

There are multiple bars and guest houses with extremely friendly locals and live music on most nights.

Our volunteers often read, and relax on the hammock, go for walks, visit newly made friends in town, blog, study Indonesian, rent a bike and go for a ride in the countryside!  Other places that may be of interest are below:

At the weekend there are innumerable places located nearby that are a must see!

 Batu Katak - A quiet place on the river and near waterfalls. 

Tangkahan - Has an elephant camp where visitors can bathe elephants in the river. We support bathing them, and the projects but we do not support riding the elephants and hope you will share that belief with us.

 Batu Rongring - Beautiful for trekking.

 Berestagi - For long weekends or traveling before or after volunteers can visit this lovely town in the mountains and go trekking. It is a bit colder here and that makes it a popular place among locals and tourists!

 Lake Toba - A beautiful island (Samosir) in the middle of the lake is home to waterfalls, hot springs, beaches, and more.

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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
English, Art, Conservation at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Letter of Interest
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience working with children, Some experience of teaching or instructing, TEFL and CELTA are preferable however we do value experience highly here at the trust!

Some experience living abroad is ideal however not necessary, willing to work alone and able to keep busy on own initiative.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 18:00

What's Included

Services by Bukit Lawang Trust

The fees cover accommodation, breakfast, lunch, utilities, water, coffee, wi-fi and help us fund our charity. All of the classes we provide to the community are 100% free or charge and we use funds from our volunteers to expand our programs, the reach, and the depth of those programs. 

Airport Pickup at Kuala Namu International Airport

The Trust provides transport from the airport to the trust and return transport at the end of the cycle. However if volunteers choose to continue travelling on after the cycle has finished return transport is not included. We are located around four hours from the nearest international airport (Kuala Namu International Airport) In Medan. 

Our volunteers on the Education Programme stay in one of our two dorm rooms within the Trust however there are hammocks on the roof and many volunteers enjoy their weekends in one of the many outstanding guesthouses here in Bukit Lawang. The rooms are four beds to a room, spacious with wifi and lockable doors. Each volunteer is given a key to their dorm, and the front door to the Trust. 
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and Lunch is included in your volunteer fees, and in the evenings, on weekdays we have a cooking rota where we each cook for the whole team and eat together! this usually includes some excellent "extra curricular activities!!" after dinner. On weekends most volunteers prefer to eat in the village or along the river at one of the guesthouses for dinner. 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
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

The Cycle dates for 2020 are as follows:

Orangutan Cycle: 21st February 2020 - 20 April 2020. (60 Days) 

(Closed for Ramadam between 23rd April 2020 and 22rd May 2020). 

Tiger Cycle:  29th May 2020 - 27th July 2020. (60 Days) 

Elephant Cycle: 25th July 2020 - 22rd September 2020. (60 Days) 

Rhino Cycle: 20th September 2020 - 18th November 2020. (60 Days)

Leopard Cycle: 16th November 2020 - 14th January 2021. (60 Days) 

Volunteers are able to apply for any cycle throughout the year. We want to work together with you to find the right placement for both you and the trust. we are closed during Ramadam, however we sometimes have volunteers in for refurbishment work, so look out for our 'Ramadam Refurbers' advertisements if you are interested!

The start and end dates are fixed. This is becuase of visa restrictions, however if you wish to continue travelling after your placement that is absolutely fine! just let us know when you apply :). 

*** Please be aware that we are accepting some short placements in 2019 and prior to the 20th of February 2020, if this is something you are interested in please enquire by dropping us an email on our website or sending a message on here *** 

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$106 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Bukit Lawang Trust will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Bukit Lawang Trust 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 for different Levels

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