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My name is Wisnu. I am 46 years old. I am a lecturer. My wife is Rosa. We have two children. We are open-minded persons. We are running a small NGO in Sumatra-Indonesia. We help the local people by teaching them English and promote them about sustainable living and environmental awareness to prevent deforestation in Sumatra Indonesia.
My project is building an eco-friendly educational (Green English School) and tourism facilities in 15 hectares of land in my homeland Sumatra. We are surrounded by a beautiful forest area which is home to lots of birds and wildlife. The aim of our project is to give the human being a space to develop its mind, body, and soul by getting in touch with nature. We believe that English Course should be places of joy and provide an English Community that fully ignites the imagination of learners so they can learn English with optimism, creativeness, and wonder. People will come and stay at our Green Campus to take an intensive English course through hands-on learning experiences. They learn English indoor and outdoor through working the land and cultivating the land in a sustainable yet lucrative way.
To support this project, through workaway we are looking for adventurous volunteers who can speak English well, and love to live close to nature. Living and learning in beautiful nature while practicing English with international volunteers is the goal of our English course. We hope the learners will be able to speak English well after taking an intensive English course at our green campus.
I dream of running this project for 2 very important reasons: 1) to create better opportunities to everybody to master English for greater access to employment in the global community and 2) to prevent deforestation in Sumatra by giving understanding to local people to stop selling out the land to create palm oil plantations, which is harmful to the environment.
HOW TO GET TO MY HOME
If you come to Sumatra-Indonesia by airplane from Singapore, Malaysia or some cities in Indonesia, please take a flight to International Airport Sultan Syarif Qasim II Pekanbaru Riau. My home is about 30 minutes from that airport by taxi. Before arriving at the airport, the volunteers can call me, and I will pick them up at the airport.
Help with Eco project
For your information, Sumatra is one of the largest islands in entire Indonesia. But it is often less-visited by tourists compared to Bali and Lombok. Sumatra offers a completely different side of this vast and amazing island and some areas are still covered by gorgeous primary rain forests which Sumatran tigers, elephants, and orangutan still call home. When we talk about the unique culture, Sumatra is promising circumstances. Wherever you choose to travel in Sumatra, you will find welcoming spots that allow you to immerse yourself in traditional Indonesian life and culture. To get more information about traveling in Sumatra you can search in google Top 10 places that must be visited in Sumatra.
Living with my family, you can get a new experience with the real local culture of Sumatran. Many things you can do while you are living with us such as teaching English in our community, learn how to cook Indonesian food, hang out with our students, meet local people, learn their habits and language, helping in building some school facilities, feeding fish in 3 fish farms and planting fruit trees surrounding the property which will feed the wild animals and keep them away from my garden.
We need humble and friendly volunteers who can speak English well and help us in :
1. Motivating (training) students to speak English at my English course.
2. preparing the soil for planting
3. small, eco-friendly construction
4. maintaining and improving trails in the forest
5. making a video and take the beautiful photograph.
The volunteers will join my students and help them to learn English by engaging in conversation and games with them. Asking questions and get to know local students and their culture through language. Students meet as a whole group and practice discussing speaking points, then break up into smaller classes. Join the opening activity and join a smaller class and share their skills to create a warmer conversation class.
Note: Because you are involved in teaching activities, you should bring one “appropriate clothes for formal activities”.
Indonesian and English
1. Maximum stay for volunteers in our place only one week. For your information, the workawayers usually stay with us only 4 or 5 days after they visit several tourist destinations in Indonesia. They use the rest of their time to stay in our place before they fly to Malaysia or Singapore to leave Indonesia. Or they stay with us for one week before they start their journey to some areas in Indonesia.
2. Workawayers will stay at my home, in a single, comfortable bedroom with a free Internet hotspot and they are free to use the washing machine. I will provide free local food for them as long as they stay with us, but If they miss western food they can go to an international restaurant nearby such as KFC, Fizza or Mc. Donald.
Note: Please bring your toiletries and towel with you.
During you stay with us, you can go around my town to visit the beautiful park, museum and public library. You can follow me to my university to immerse yourself with the student's activities on my campus. If you would like to go somewhere I am also ready to accompany you or you can use Go-Jek online application to get cheap transportation costs wherever you go in our town.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week