Teach English for Economic Empowerment

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Coordinator | Andy
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Experience life in an authentic traditional community
Impart and share knowledge with local youths through creative fun learning
Helping to empower the local community through education and sustainable efforts
Great opportunity for cultural exchange with locals and fellow volunteers
Enjoy the natural beauty of the tranquil Mandeh Islands and learn the West Sumatra culture straight from the locals.
Share your language skills with youths of the stunning islands in West Indonesia. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Dubbed as the next Raja Ampat, Mandeh boasts stunning natural beauty known to only a few. Consisting of small islands, the area boasts white sand stretching along the coastlines, towering cliffs over the water, and lush forests covering its land.

In this program, you will teach English to local youth representatives in informal classes as a way to empower them with skills that will benefit their personal growth as well as others'.

This program is part of an effort in developing the ecotourism field in Mandeh. It aims to prepare locals in receiving international visitors and minimizing the language barrier in interactions with local businesses, as well as day-to-day life.

Bask in the picturesque landscape of Mandeh as you learn more about the tight-knit community that strives to reach their best potential by opening up their home and culture for explorers all over the world.

When you arrive in Indonesia, you will undergo an all-day orientation to prepare you for your volunteering experience in this country and to minimize the impact from cultural differences. You will also be provided with basic Bahasa Indonesia lesson.

Throughout this program, you will be staying with a local host family. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to experience the local culture first-hand, and learn more about the rich history and traditions in the island!

Typical day

Welcome to your project! On the first day, you will undergo an orientation on your intercultural experience ahead. The orientation includes introduction of organization, intercultural learning and cross cultural orientation, managing hopes and concerns, basic Bahasa Indonesia, rules and regulations, and emergency procedures. You will also be briefed about your volunteering project by the project staff. At the end of the day, you will depart to your project location and meet your host family.

On the project site, here will be an induction, and then the volunteering activities will commence. You will be acquainted with how the organization works, and the tasks you have to handle as a volunteer. You will be conducting informal English classes with local youths in the town hall. The lessons include basic English, as well as any topics that may be relevant in their respective workplace. You may consult with the locals on the topics they need to learn.

During your free time and weekends, you are free to explore the area and experience the local culture as you wish!

On a monthly basis, you will have a 1 to 2-hour session with fellow volunteers and staff to discuss your experience so far, and how to move forward with your current situation.

Before your departure home, you will have an end-of-stay orientation to reflect on your experiences and how it affects your perspective.

Free-time activities

In between the volunteer work, participants can enjoy the waters, be it by swimming, canoeing, cliff-diving, and snorkeling. Participants can also join traditional celebrations and try local cuisines as a part of their cultural immersion.
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)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
passport, CV and motivation letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
There are no specific education requirements, but passion in sharing knowledge and culture would be an advantage
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by AFS Indonesia
The fees include:
·  Host Family placement
·  Meals
·  Orientations
·  Local contact person
·  Airport pick up
·  Domestic transport
·  Global Competence Certificate
·  24/7 emergency support
·  24 hour in country support
Airport Pickup at Minangkabau International Airport

Participants will be picked up at the airport by a representation of our organization and/or our partner organization whose project they will be volunteering in.


Participants will be living in a group stay accommodation, which houses 3 persons maximum. The accommodation includes:

  • shared room with 3 beds
  • a modest bathroom, with sitting toilet and shower
  • a modest kitchen with a sink and gas stove

Food & Beverages

Participants will get three meals a day. Rice is the staple and is eaten at every meal in Indonesia. Vegetables, fish, and hot sauces are often served with the rice; specific dishes vary according to the region, although they are generally rich with spices. Sweet tea and coffee are the most common beverages. Fresh fruit is widely available and is often eaten as dessert. Popular meats include beef and chicken. Being in a Muslim majority area, most people do not eat pork or drink alcohol.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Minangkabau International Airport (PDG) in Padang. 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

Start dates may vary depending on Participant's availability, host family's availability, visa permits, and other factors.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$326 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. AFS Indonesia 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 AFS Indonesia during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Teach English for Economic Empowerment

Share your language skills with youths of the stunning islands in West Indonesia.


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