Teaching English at Primary Schools

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High­lights

Exercise your creative skills creating engaging lesson plans.
Meet likeminded people and make lifelong friendships.
Learn how to surf, explore waterfalls or indulge in a calming yoga class in your free time.
Empower Balinese children and inspire them into future education.
Gain powerful insight into the complex Balinese culture.
Empower Bali's next generation to gain further education and opportunity by aiding local school teachers and creating diverse and creative lessons and interactions. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

Despite primary school being free in Bali, and the children having a thirst for education, many families struggle with providing the children with adequate learning supplies in Primary School with the additional financial burden of fees in High School. Most parents are farmers and struggle to make a sustainable living past that which they have been born into. By aiding local teachers to provide engaging classes and contributing to local schools giving children a step up educationally, volunteers provide the tools and building blocks for an empowered learning experience.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to teach at various local schools for approx 3-4 hours each day. These schools   Volunteers can teach a variety of English Based subjects, games, songs, art, sport, music etc. in learning through fun. Depending on experience or qualifications, some volunteers will be able to teach whole classes on their own or with other Volunteers.

There are three locations volunteers can choose to contribute to; Ubud, Lovina and Lombok. These 3 areas of Indonesia offer different experiences, particularly in regards to free time. However, in regards to the schools and children volunteers can expect to interact with, all are as appreciative and fun in the teaching experience. 

We particularly welcome those for whom this is their first visit to Bali. We help with cultural awareness and immersion learning during your training, as well as assisting you to tour Bali through short activity breaks during your weekends and vacations.


Typical day

Monday to Friday

On a typical day during the project, you will have an early morning breakfast then  you will have time for 1-2 hours each morning to prepare lessons. After lunch, you will spend 3 hours teaching English to primary or secondary school students.  and leave to work at the kindergarten where you will teach some basic English phrases for little kids, play some games, etc. The day would end after having a delicious dinner at the accommodation.

Saturday and Sunday

Volunteers have weekends off, meaning free time to explore the local area. Depending on your chosen location, we recommend such activities as yoga classes, hiking adventures to waterfalls, taking surfing lessons, finding the best Instagram spots and consuming local foods.


Project Aims

To encourage and inspire these children into future education.
To ensure each child is confident and articulate in both spoken and written English.
To teach games & songs.
To encourage the kids in learning though fun.
To come up with creative methods of teaching
To make effective Lesson plans.

Free-time activities

Ubud


In your free time why not check out the famous Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary or Tegallalang Rice Terraces? Be surrounded by vendors selling rattan bags, slogan singlets and souvenirs at Ubud markets. Ubud is well known for it's many health-orientated restaurants and yoga classes and many waterfalls and hikes to explore if you are after a relaxing way to spend your days.

Lovina

The town centre is smaller than Ubud and Lombok for more of a rural immersive experience. Spend time soaking up rays on the beach or trying your luck on a surfboard! Get involved with the local food and markets and explore the area.

Sengigi, Lombok

In Lombok, Sengigi is the traditional tourist area however tourism is nowhere close to what is seen in Bali.   In this regard you are way off the beaten path of tourism.  You’ll enjoy extensive bays with beautiful light sandy beaches and jungle mountains with palm trees.
Surfing and hiking are two of the main things to do in this area, as well as embracing the nightlife of the beach town. The island’s northern area is dominated by the remarkable bulk of Gunung Rinjani, and trekking at least part of the way up is the reason many travelers come to Lombok. 

Water Sports
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

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
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers with teaching qualifications have the opportunity to take on more responsibility within the schools, taking on classes independently.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI

A small administration fee is included and goes towards the running of IVI as a company.

However, as a Non-for-Profit all other expenses go directly back into the program and cover the living expenses of the volunteer as well as the resources used by the volunteers. Within this particular program these fees contribute to accommodation in dorm rooms, 3 provided meals a day, airport pickup and the resources used by the children in the school during your classes such as pencils, paper, books, sports equipment and maintenance of the schools.

Airport Pickup at Ngurah Rai International Airport

Upon your arrival, our driver will be waiting for you to take you to your accommodation to ensure a positive welcome experience to your program.

Accommodation

There are two locations in Ubud area Pejeng & Penestanan. Most volunteers are placed in Pejeng but we can request Penestanan if desired.

Ubud Outskirts (Pejeng) is approx. 15 min drive from Ubud. We’re talking pigs, chickens, roosters crowing…. This is a real Balinese experience! Standard accommodation will be in shared bedrooms in dedicated volunteer guest houses in the outskirts of Ubud within genuine local Balinese communities. A free shuttle to Ubud exists 4 times p/week, otherwise taxi’s are super cheap especially when sharing with your new volunteer mates. Living conditions are comfortable and clean. A minimart/grocery store is 5 minutes walk. You can expect regular interaction with locals where you can practice your new found language skills. You can expect to share a room with between 4 to 6 other volunteers. The bathroom is shared and has hot water and western toilets.

Ubud (Penestenan) is approx. 15 min walk to Ubud centre in a typical Balinese village setting. Rooms are shared between 4 to 6 other volunteers with shared bathroom and hot water and western toilets. Wifi is included is included in public areas and fans in the rooms. Bed linen is included, but volunteers should bring their own towel.

*For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available    

All volunteers have access to 2 swimming pools which can be used for a fee of approx US$3. There are also several gyms nearby. There are many ATM’s in Ubud center. Internet use: Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer guest house. Internet cafés are also nearby. 

In Lombok, Sengigi is the traditional tourist area however tourism is nowhere close to what is seen in Bali. In this regard you are way off the beaten path of tourism. You’ll enjoy extensive bays with beautiful light sandy beaches and jungle mountains with palm trees. This area spans approx 10km of coast with amazing surf for the surfers out there and a colourful reef. The night life is also super fun and very affordable. The accommodaiton has free Wifi in public areas, spacious rooms, hot showers, a private bathroom shared between max 4-6 volunteers, bed linen included and a fan for the hot nights. There is no mosquito protection, air-con or towels included. 

*All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

As a volunteer in bali, you’ll receive 3 traditional meals each day on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends (breakfast and dinner). Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and volunteers can expect dishes included nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables), mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables),  or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans).

Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee will be available at the volunteer house. Purified water is available in the volunteer house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.  If volunteers wish to eat out in Ubud, there are a large numbers of restaurants and local warungs (restaurants) to suit all tastes and budgets. There is also a western café in the village for fresh fruit juices, fresh coconuts and sweet treats. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply so we can make arrangements for you.


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 Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar. 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Volunteer program intake begins weekly on Mondays so we recommend arriving the weekend before just in case.

When you arrive at the airport, our personal driver will be there to pick you up and take you to your accommodation to ensure a positive introductory experience. For first timers to Indonesia we recommend first doing our Cultural Orientation Week program to understand the intricacies of the complex Balinese culture and see some sights before you begin!

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens January 2021. Apply Now!

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,160
5 weeks
$1,395
6 weeks
$1,635
7 weeks
$1,875
8 weeks
$2,155
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,045
Average fees
$272 /week

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

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Teaching English at Primary Schools

Empower Bali's next generation to gain further education and opportunity by aiding local school teachers and creating diverse and creative lessons and interactions.

$272/week

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