Teaching English at private language school in the Center of Minangkabau culture , West Sumatra, Indonesia

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    My name is Edison with a wife ,Novie and two children.They are Ochta (30 years old) and Fadlil (10 years old) One of them is good at English.

    I run private English school for children aged between 10 and 19 years old in a small city in West Sumatra. My goal as the principal of the school is to provide youth from my region with the English skills required to communicate better in the modern world, and therefore provide them with better opportunities in their lives.

    I would like to welcome any fluent English speakers under the age of thirty to come assist my teachers in the classroom. You would help immensely by having simple conversations with the students and give them a real English speaking experience inside or outside the classroom.

    All the students are very welcoming and curious about my visitors and I am certain that you will have a great experience while interacting with them. You can expect answering all their curious questions, pose for pictures and be invited for lunches, snacks and dinners.

    Classes in my school run from 3pm to 6pm and mostly consist of two lessons/classrooms per day. I would also like to invite you to visit government schools in the mornings, where you can help me by talking with students there and promoting my after-school English program.
    In return for your efforts, We will provide you with accommodation in a private room next to my house with its own separate entrance, private bathroom and a balcony with views of the mountain range which are beautiful. Apart from that During the working days We will provide you with breakfast,lunch and dinner, and unlimited coffee.During the non - working days Volunteers are expected to obtain their own meals in the cafe.There are some cafes near my house.Dinners are prepared by my wonderful wife,NOFI and you will be able to taste true local cuisine.

    No credentials are required. Do not worry if you don’t have previous experience in teaching. Your presence in the classroom and your efforts in encouraging students to have simple conversations is still very valuable.
    I hope to host you at my place and MY TEACHING STAFF 's village and introduce you to my family, friends and unique culture of West

    Please note that we are unable to host couples that are not married, as my family and I are Muslim and it conflicts with our beliefs. Thank you for your understanding.
    If you would like more info, ask me for the link.

    Important information about visiting: Indonesia
    If you are planning to visit Indonesia solely as a volunteer you will need the correct visa. To find out more information you need to contact the embassy in your home country before travelling

    IMPORTANT- All guests interested in joining our program will need a C6B volunteer visa. I will provide all neccesary documents and instructions. Just reach out at least 2 weeks before entering Indonesia.

    If you would like more info, ask me for the link.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They will have a chance to learn the language,to see the tradisional wedding party,Pencak silat, the tradisional dancing of Minangkabau, the bull race,the culture of MINANGKABAU and experience the real life of people from MINANGKABAU and Indonesia in general.
    Live Music on the Weekend.
    Travellers can hang out and mingle with the local people in the local cafes. This is the most favorite place for young people in Batusangkar to hang out, especially the on weekends.
    Travellers can enjoy being there and drink a local drink “Kawa Daun and Teh Tolua” and converse with the local English teachers, students and musicians – everyone is excited to get to know our guests and will have lots of questions for you! Every Saturday and Sunday evening, travellers can listen a live music performed in town and at the cafeteria.

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities.
    Living with my family, you can experience the real local culture of West Sumatra. It might happen, that you are going to be the only tourist around. You will meet a lot of local people, learn their habits and language. Teaching will also give you the opportunity to hang out with the students outside of the class room.

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    Projects involving children

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  • Help


    The volunteer will help for 4 hours a day ( 2 pm - 6 pm) as an assisstant with the class teacher, in the classroom. The volunteer will never be asked to teach the class. The help will involve lots of conversations with students before and during class. The volunteers may stay as long as they like, but we ask for a minimum of two weeks.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Home stay provided by owner. You will be given your own room with private bath and separate entrance from the rest of the house.The room has a balcony with the nice view to the mount.The room is quite big which can accomodate two volunters in the same time.When They are not married couple.One of them will be accomadated by my teaching staff in the village.Here you will be the center of attention,because they seldom see the white people or BULE,but The people in the village are very friendly and genarous.You will surely get lots of offering to have coffe,tea,or traditional food to eat.When you by chance have time to hang out in the Coffee shop,in the short time The coffee shop will be very crowded and Almost Everyone will offer you to taste the various food,And everyone will not let you pay

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Batusangkar is a small town at the center of Minang Kabau culture where you can see the King's Palace, which is a very beautiful and unique place. The views around Batusangkar are also very beautiful, surrounded by lush jungle and tropical plants abound. On Sunday we go hiking with the students and teachers up to Singkarak lake, a place with beautiful landscaping at the top of a small mountain.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 456988331229

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