Teaching English by heart, immerse yourself in Indonesian Culture with us in Sidoarjo, East Java



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    Hi, my name is Ida. I was a teacher at a formal school until 2 years ago. I resigned to help my husband organize his institution, an English learning centre (non profit organization). My husband built it 11 years ago. The institution concerns community based education. We are located in Sidoarjo, a small city in East Java.

    Our English Learning Centre has 3 general focuses: our English improvement program, computer networking, and improving day-school subjects. While the students are learning these skills, I enclose some moral values, cooperation, conservation awareness, charity, social projects and many more. The centre provides some extracurricular programs and community involvement such as: photography, theater, journalism, literature, nature club, traditional dance club, art and many more. It is a non-profitable oriented institution. We host many poor and the orphans students without payments. Our goal is to build a balanced education system for the poor and the rich. We are in need of more volunteers to make our institution grow better and bigger. Our village can continue to be empowered by the many resources the institution provides it. I want this institution to benefit not only around my village, in Sidoarjo area, but throughout Indonesia.

    Everyone who would like to support our vision are welcomed. I believe good education is the precious asset we need to reach our dreams, and to make Indonesia a better nation. I want to dedicate my whole life to education.

    I have various students here. Starting from kindergarten until university students, employees or professionals. We distinguish them in some classes or levels. As our classrooms our centre has eco-gazebos and we use some of the local people's front space as classes. My students are charming, helpful and kind. I love them very much.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    While volunteering with us, I will help you to learn the real Javanese and Indonesian culture in our neigborhood. Occassionally we invite the volunteers to take a part in national holidays, cultural events, local cermonial agenda, etc. Such as, attending wedding party, etc

  • Help


    Lots to do here. A couple times a week we will visit schools to motivate students to continue learning English. From Monday to Friday we have our regular evening classes that run 16:30-21:30. You will be tasked with practicing Speaking English with the students in form of topic discussions, debates, or creative learning.

    Other forms of help at our centre include: holding some charities program (fund raising), donating to my public library, gardening, cooking traditional food, planting some trees in my village, shopping in the traditional market, recycling some rubbish, presenting a seminar to the community about a topic of your interest, participating on the citizens program around my village and many more. If you have other skills to teach, we welcome you to share.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Indonesian, Javanese (local language)

  • Accommodation


    You can feel different atmosphere while living with us. You will have your own bedroom and fan. You'll always have 3 healthy meals a day, Indonesian style. Free Wi-Fi all day. We can accommodate vegetarian diets.

    Smoking and consuming alcohol are prohibited in our village, especially in school area.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our institution is close to Surabaya. Taking 30 minutes from Juanda International Airport, 30 minutes from Purabaya Bus Station, 10 minutes from Sidoarjo Railway Station. On the weekend, the volunteers used to spend their time to visit some historical or recreational places around Surabaya or Sidoarjo, such as Batik production House, Hero Monument, Kenjeran Beach, Mpu Tantular Museum, Art shop, House of Sampoerna (Cigarette Museum), Mangroove Conservation, Leather bag Center, Pari Temple, Hot mud Lapindo and many more. You can also visit another ones which are in distant location around East Java like Bromo or Semeru Mountain, Safari Park, Songa Rafting, etc. We used to go everywhere by bike, motorbike and public transportation.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Depends :) - Sometimes a morning agenda, and Mon-Fri evening classes 16:30-21:30

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