Help with English language exchange in Riau, Sumatera, Indonesia

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  • Last activity: 30 May 2024



 Min stay requested: 1 week or less



  • Description


    Hi, my name is Farouk. I run a new English course with two other friends, Yasin and Ridho. We also work as teachers in local schools and universities. As English teachers, we often get frustrated by schools and universities when they focus so much on grammar while students are not able to maintain a conversation in English. We think a better, more fun way of learning is possible. So we really need your help with several projects:
    • We are in the process of purchasing a house. This house will be the perfect location for our new English café. We need foreigners to provide speaking practice with our students in a laid-back environment. Hopefully you can connect with our students and take away their fear of speaking English and having conversations with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
    • We also organize outdoor activities with our students during school holidays and we would love it if you can join. We can explore the city, go hiking, visit nature areas, etc. During those excursions, we to get our students to enjoy, relax and become comfortable in using English.
    • There are several schools and universities we can take you to. Foreigners are rare in this part in Indonesia, so it will be a special occasion for the students where they can practice their English and learn about a different culture.
    • We always love to know more about new cultures, about the differences and similarities between our ways of life. We hope you can show us a new perspective.
    Most of all, with your presence here we want to show students that foreigners are normal, good people just like us despite our cultural differences and that there’s no need to be shy. Instead, we can all become good friends.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    1. We'll assist you in learning our language, culture, religion, and other topics.
    2. We'll take you to try local foods, attend cultural events, and learn about daily life in the area.
    3. We'll encourage you to join weekend trips with the students to various tourist attractions or interesting places in our village or other towns in the provinces of Riau and West Sumatera.
    The villagers are very friendly, and you might have an invitation to their houses. Feel free to come and experience their hospitality.
    4. They will have the warm welcome of people in their work placements as an internship cooperation with tourism and media in the city.
    5. They might feel the adrenaline to join afventure in National Park as guest. Riding an elephant and to feel tje freshness of honey that taken from its nest in the tree.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We are currently looking for volunteers to assist us in teaching English, either in our English course or at the university where we work. The task isn't challenging; all we want to do is learn a few basic foreign languages and cultures. Therefore, they don't have to be certified teachers or have prior teaching experience.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Indonesian: Fluent
    Malay: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I believe that smile is an universal language. Tough, the 'lost in translation' session can be avoided by knowing more about appropriate ways in behaving when we meet foreigners. I can tell that the similarity in finding friendship and peace throughout the world is always being missed. We are waiting for you guys to come and find new chapter of brotherhood in the neighbour 😊🙏

  • Accommodation


    1. We provide a place to stay, in a house adjacent to ours. It comes with a fan, free limitless Wi-Fi, a plush mattress, and two separate bathrooms.

    2. We provide free daily meals (three times a day), normally at home or in the cafe; we eat local rice, vegetables, soup, poultry, fish, beef, and so on; alternatively, we can cook together to try your own local cuisine. You are welcome to utilize the kitchen for any additional needs you may have.

    3. We don't charge our volunteers anything.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As one of the biggest islands in Indonesia, Sumatra is very rich in culture and natural resources. Oil and gas, as well as the beauty of nature, are somewhat different aspects of the world that are rarely seen in other places. This unique and different situation gives me and my team a friendly and sincere invitation to fellows all over the world to come and experience the hospitality of our hometown in Pekanbaru, Riau. I believe that the spots that are spread all over Riau will provide an unforgettable, amazingly fun adventure for our guests.
    Living at our place, the new experience provides hospitality by doing various activities together, such as cooking foods, hanging out, visiting schools and motivating students, and doing sports such as silat, kickboxing, and others. We can also go to various forests and, if we are lucky, eat local fruit straight off the trees.
    During your days off, we can go to nature, such as fishing along the river, swimming in local waterfalls, hiking, camping, etc. But it depends on the place you’d like to visit. Some are easy to reach directly by car, and some are a few kilometers from the parking lot. So be ready for a long walk. To get to some of these spots, you still have to walk down the cliff, and the paths aren’t very easy to walk on.
    We can visit nearby towns on your day off. If you like more challenge, we need an extra day for a drive of 3 to 5 hours to visit a mountainous area in West Sumatera.

    How to reach our place
    If you are visiting my town in Pekanbaru by plane, you can choose the flight to International Airport Sutan Syarif Qasyim II Pekanbaru-Riau. My house is only around 30 minutes from the airport. Before your arrival, please let me know; I'll be happy to pick you up at the airport.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 591131216161

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