Selang Pangeran

English Teaching Assistant

Bukit Lawang, Indonesia show on map
As a volunteer teacher or 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:
Your role will consist of leading or assisting with our volunteer English classes, where possible this will be done together with another volunteer. At present, the general level of English of our learners is basic, and it is important that volunteers are prepared to be teaching students or learners who will more than likely be at a beginner level. Volunteers will work with our English class from Monday to Friday from 2 till 4pm every day, 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:
  • Giving English lessons to children .
  • Bringing new ideas to improve the English project.
  • Preparing lesson plans or even a syllabus or study programme for your subject, considering what’s been done in the past and what can be improved now.
  • Guaranteeing that all the materials used during each session are stored and put back into place afterwards.
Our volunteer English School is open most of the year, however it may be closed during Ramadan. Do not forget you’ll need some time for planning activities and meetings!

Typical day

A typical days volunteering activities: 

7.00 am Breakfast

8.30 am Start morning volunteer activities. Volunteer activities include preparation of the days English lesson plan

12.00 pm Lunch

3.00 - 4.30 pm help teach English to our school children or 2-5pm afternoon volunteer activities

5.00 pm return to help with preparation of dinner.

6.30 Dinner

In the evening , volunteers share their experiences of  their volunteer work during the day and say good night

Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 etc

Free-time activities

Selang Pangeran 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 Selang Pangeran with our team. Or stay on afterwards to explore Sumatra and Indonesia.
We will 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 at our special volunteer prices and you can also visit Lake Toba and Berestagi (volcano lands).

Adventure activities include orangutan and jungle trekking from 1/2 day to 6 days, where you get to camo in teh jungle and may see macaques, thomas leaf monkey, gibbons, monitor lizards, sumatran peacock and much more; elephant washing, hotsprings and waterfall day trips, white water rafting 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, art lessons where you make your own Sumatran Batik t-shirt or artwork and many other activities (tours and activties are arranged by local guides, at our reasonable volunteer prices).

Water Sports

Program 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
Education Requirements
English 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 on our English teaching project.
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 and Friday from 15:00 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Selang Pangeran (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Selang Pangeran

The cost of this program covers basic hotels share accommodation with share bathroom facilities and 3 meals a day. Tea and water included. Note soft drink and alcohol is extra


The accommodation is at our English School House accommodation, at Selang Pangeran near Bukit Lawang in North Sumatra. Sleeping mattress is provided, volunteers just need to bring a sleeping bag or sleeping sheet and pillow if needed. The accommodation is shared backpacker style, with a traditional shared bathroom/wash area (cold water mandi with bucket with scoop with eastern toilet).
Please note there is no electricty in Selang Pangeran, we we cook using gas and dine at night by candle light and lamps!

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Meals included are Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Water, Tea and Coffee and Fruit. Vegetarian and vegan food options are available on request.
We cook and prepare our food together.

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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 840
6 weeks
$ 1,260
8 weeks
$ 1,680
10 weeks
$ 2,100
12 weeks
$ 2,520
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 10,500
Average fees
$ 210 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Bukit Lawang/Indonesia between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Selang Pangeran will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Indonesia.
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 Selang Pangeran during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Indonesia  Bukit Lawang, Bukit Lawang
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