Bali English Teaching Companion

Help kids build a solid foundation for their future by teaching them English, which is key for jobs in Bali.

Bali is a destination that has become not only a hub for tourists from across the globe with its beautiful scenery and traditional authenticity, but is also recognized as an ideal location to hold international conferences and seminars. Therefore the ability to speak English has become essential as a language to learn for Balinese people to move forward in life and enable them to have direct contact with tourists and enhance the countries recognition and visibility on a global stage.

English is a key component in both the formal and informal industries that exist in Bali and the communication mediums that underpin them. This ranges from the schools, offices and banks to the shops and restaurants that makes up much of the booming tourist industry that exists in Bali today.

PMGY’s English Teaching Program gives volunteers the chance to really make a difference by opening up possibilities of developing English for local children in Tabanan. The explosion of tourism in Bali means the need to speak English has never been greater. Though English is taught in school by the local Balinese teacher, the opportunity to converse with a native, fluent English speaker is invaluable.

Balinese people are warm and friendly. You can expect the staff you work with, the local community and the children you teach to welcome you into their community with open arms. They will be excited to speak to you and hear all about your life! This program can benefit your future prospects as much as it does the people you teach. You will come away with skills that are easily transferred into the workplace such as leadership, time management and organisational skills.

This is an empowering and rewarding project which really makes a difference to those less fortunate in providing free afternoon English education to the children of Tabanan. Inspire through your methods and give these children the confidence to converse with tourists. This in turn will improve their future and that of their families.

With the heat and high temperatures that exist in Bali, shorter sessions split throughout the day are seen as beneficial all round and allows for volunteer energy levels to remain high with positive intensity in each morning and afternoon session. Volunteers are encouraged to use the lunch break in between to relax, refresh or plan future activities to maximize time at the project.

We encourage volunteers to prepare as much as possible for their teaching program overseas. You can make the most out of your time by completing our convenient, inexpensive and international accredited 60-hour Online TEFL Course for just £99.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each program has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our UK team undergo an extensive routine when establishing our in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.

The PMGY team have visited and participated in every program we offer and verified them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every program we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Risk assessments have been written for all areas in which PMGY operate and our experienced local coordinators are always on-hand to manage any emergencies that may occur. Our UK team are always on the road reviewing our risk management procedures in the field and monitoring local conditions.

In emergency situations we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances.

When you join PMGY we will send you a Volunteer Handbook. This document addresses a range of issues such as health, safety, visa issues etc. Furthermore, our UK team are only ever a phone call away should you wish to discuss any aspect of your upcoming program. When you arrive in-country, you’ll be given a comprehensive safety briefing during your orientation course by our local coordinators. We will go through everything from emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. You’ll also be given the opportunity to purchase a local SIM card, something we strongly suggest, so you’re contactable at all times. We will provide you with a full list of the important contact numbers that you’ll need to know.

All our local teams are experienced development professionals who have years of experience in hosting international volunteers. They are our representatives on the ground and will assist you 24/7 throughout your stay. Whether you need to call home, travel at the weekend or require urgent assistance – they are there to support you.

While we cannot guarantee your volunteer experience to be 100% trouble free we have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure each program is as safe as possible.

What date should I arrive and leave?

You should arrive into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (airport code DPS) on the selected Sunday start date. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.

The program ends on the Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

We support a variety of elementary schools in Tabanan of children usually aged between 7 and 13 years old. The usual school day in Bali runs from 07:00-13:30 and volunteers are expected to lead lessons and activities in between this time period for a couple hours each morning. The schools are located within a 20 minute drive away from the volunteer house.

The schools that we work with can be overcrowded and staff are usually poorly paid so volunteers are expected to be flexible and creative. Depending on how many volunteers are in-country, you may get the chance to teach alongside fellow volunteers.

The presence of an English speaker really benefits the children’s pronunciation and can also help empower local teachers who may be looking for additional assistance with their own education. Volunteers are encouraged to be creative in their approach and use games, songs, art, sport and music to teach the children when applicable.

If volunteers are looking to work with children of older ages then this may be possible but they are advised to speak with Ketut early on in there program. Generally speaking this requires further planning, preparations and commitments from the volunteers if so.

In the afternoon volunteers will have the chance to work at our after school government approved community program with the older children of the Tabanan community. This program runs from 14:00-16:00 and volunteers will be expected to plan and prepare lessons to teach and engage in with the children.

We expect there to be at least 20 children at this program each day aged from 6 to lower teens. English teaching volunteers will be working with the older bracket of this age group and need to prepare activities for this accordingly. We generally find that the more volunteers prepare for their day then the more they and the children get from the whole experience. Depending on the number of volunteers at the time, will depend on how we segment the group into smaller class sizes if applicable. We will have local coordinators / teachers at the project to assist.

What you teach is completely up to you, though you will be given guidance from a general syllabus and past volunteer examples. We have a library of resources on site for volunteers to use and the children are provided with exercise books and learning books to help facilitate their learning.

PMGY’s afternoon community program focuses on making the learning of English a fun and enjoyable experience especially after the children have had a long day at school already! Get creative and teach English through songs, art and sport. You will work with another volunteer and teach as a team. Balinese children are eager to learn, this thirst for knowledge can sometimes turn into extreme excitement so it is important to be able to control the class to maintain focus.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English at High School level
Other Skills
You should be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online application.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 16:00

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Free-time activities

IN & AROUND TABANAN
PMGY’s programmes are based in the centre of Tabanan, a picturesque and lively city in central Bali. The Tabanan region itself has a population of over 350,000 and 10,000 of this is concentrated to the city centre. From 4pm to midnight runs an exciting night market where local cuisines can be tasted and traditional clothing and jewellery bought.
Tabanan is referred to as the ‘rice bowl of Bali’ for its infamous rice fields and agriculture industry that underpins much of Bali’s rice production. The Subak Museum is dedicated to the famed subak system of unmechanised irrigation which has been in use in Bali since AD 600.
Other areas to explore in and around Tabanan include the Bali Butterfly Park, the Batukaru temple, the Mengwi water temple and the Sangeh Monkey Forest. 30 minutes outside of Tabanan is the Tanah Lot temple which is a great place to experience a truly picturesque evening sunset.

EAST BALI & SANUR
With arguably the island’s best dive spots right off the shores of Amed and Candidasa, and the island’s highest point, Gunung (Mount) Agung, looming authoritatively above them, east Bali is a place of literal highs and lows.
Make time for the floating palace of Puri Taman Ujung and seek out the quaint fishing village of Amed, home to the jam/tea/kombucha garden of Aiona, great villas (such as Bukit Segara), and restaurants offering every variation of mahi-mahi under the scorching Indonesian sun.
Sanur blends the best of the laid-back fishing village feel of the east and the great dining and lodging on offer in the south. Try your hand at kite surfing or learn the intricacies of Indonesia’s culinary favourites at Bamboo Shoots cooking school (bambooshootsbali.com). Coincide your visit with the International Kite Festival to see Sanur in full swing.

NORTH BALI
In north Bali, days start with dolphin-watching trips from Lovina in traditional outrigger canoes, followed by long afternoons bathing in the mossy air terjun (waterfalls) of Sekumpul, Gitgit and Sambangan. Be prepared for a few stairs, but as a general rule, more stairs equal less crowds.
For a window into Bali’s past, swing by the town of Singaraja, the administrative centre of Bali during Dutch colonial times and, until the boom of the south, the port of arrival for most visitors.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Services

What's included?
  • Accommodation (Volunteer House) 
  • Meals (Breakfast & Dinner) 
  • Airport Pickup 
  • In-Country Orientation
  • In-Country Support
  • 24h UK Based Support
  • Volunteer Handbook
  • Live Pre-Departure Webinars
  • Regular Program Inspection
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

You should arrive into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (airport code DPS) on the selected Sunday start date. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.

The program ends on the Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.

Accommodation

During your time with PMGY you will live in our Volunteer House which is just a 5 minute walk from the centre of Tabanan where you will find local restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs. You’ll be living with other PMGY volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

The accommodation is basic but comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has bunk beds with up to 8 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with fans in the room and their own mosquito net and bed linen. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet. The water is cold but this shouldn’t be a problem as Bali is hot and humid all year-round!

We encourage you to bring some small padlocks and/or store any valuables with our local team in their private area. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled.

The Volunteer House is located right next to where our local team live and on the same site to where we run our afternoon community programme. Although volunteers have their own private space there is still the security of living next to our host family who can assist you if need be. It is also a great way to learn more about Balinese culture and practise your new-found language skills!

Some of our projects are within walking distance of our Volunteer House and some are not. PMGY will take you to and from the projects, not within walking distance, each day via Bemo or private car and the cost of this service is included in your Programme Fee.

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with three freshly prepared meals per day. Most meals are traditional Indonesian dishes that can be typically quite spicy. Balinese cuisine consists of a lot of rice and the meat is mainly fish or chicken – vegetarian options are always available. A weekly menu has been introduced that so you will know in advance what is on the menu for that day.

There is a large choice of restaurants and local warungs (authentic, local food stalls) in Tabanan. The food on offer is traditional Balinese cuisine – typically amazing and mainly vegetarian! There may also be a western option served once or twice every week and there are restaurants serving western food available around a 20 minute walk from the Volunteer House.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs
4 weeks (min. stay)
$710
5 weeks
$805
6 weeks
$901
7 weeks
$996
10 weeks
$1282
12 weeks
$1472
24 weeks (max. stay)
$2615

You can volunteer at the project site in Tabanan/Indonesia between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Plan My Gap Year will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$143/week
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Plan My Gap Year during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Tabanan Sub-District, Tabanan, Indonesia