Now that I'm on a gap year I've decided to make use of it and go out to Bali for 6 weeks to teach Spoken English to Balinese Children at a school in a town called Ubud, which is also known as "Paradise of the Gods". I am going on this trip on 02 November 2013 through a company called Volunteer HQ as they provide placements for schools which are short on teachers. With Bali's rapidly expanding tourism industry, the demand for local English speakers has never been greater. Children may have the opportunity to learn English at school, however this is usually taught by a local Balinese teacher and thus the children never really get to practice their conversational skills or hear native English being spoken. Balinese children are extremely eager to learn. I shall spend each morning preparing lessons and teaching in the afternoon at a local elementary or high school. The aim of my project is to show students that learning English is fun and being creative with my methods of teaching – through games, songs, art, sport and music they shall hopefully improve with their speaking and make a difference for them!
On my days which I don't teach, I intend to travel around Bali, help out in orphanages and experience the beautiful culture the island has to offer. However, funding this last minuite trip is were I need YOU to help.
There are approximately 4,000 children living in 71 orphanages on the island. Several different factors contribute to the high number of orphans including poverty and health issues like HIV. Public education is free until age 11 and many families lack the money and resources to continue to send their children to school. With the tourism indrusty growing, speaking English for a Balinese person opens up many more job oppurtunities.
All donations are welcome, no matter how small! Any profits made will be donated to the school I am teaching at.