You will be the overseas English or other foreign language speaker with whom our class participants practice their foreign language through conversations. The foreign language could be English, German, Spanish, French, and Arabic. This is a great way to help Indonesian participants learn English or other foreign language expressions, vocabulary, and speech patterns. The class is based on informal conversations rather than formal grammar lessons. Therefore, it is not necessary for you to have special training or to be native speakers. On the other hand, if your background is Foreign Language Teaching, you may design structured teaching to gain a real teaching experience for your future career. In this case we could issue a teaching internship certificate for you.
You should be at least 18 years old, in a good health, ready and enjoy a different way of live, enjoy communicating with people, and speak English or other foreign languages. English or other foreign language teaching certificates are not required, however, you are required to cover your travel expenses and insurance cost prior to your arrival.
Price and coverage
The price will cover picking up at the airport, room/accommodation, meals twice a day at home if accommodated by host family (volunteers have to spend about USD 4 a day for meals if accommodated in a guest house), maximum three days city orientation, and consultation whenever necessary during the whole stay. Please contact us for a quote.
Please send your application stating when you would like to start and for how long, your cv/resume, copy of passport if you already have, and a passport photograph. Please send the scanned copies first to our E-Mail address and then the printed version to our postal address.
You will live either in a host family, homestay, or a guest house, based on your preference, depending on the availability of each. Your payments include breakfast, and upon request, dinner, if you stay with a host family.
In the weekends you can visit touristic sites around Makassar. We offer Ecotours to either around Makassar, to Kahyangan excursion island, Malino tropical forest, Bantimurung waterfall, Bira white sand beach, or Toraja cultural village with ancient catacomb and festivities. A selection of these Ecotours is free for volunteers depending on the length of your stay. During one week vacation given each month, you can explore other beautiful places in Indonesia such as Bali, Toraja, and Lombok. If applicable you will also be invited to traditional wedding ceremonies or family/neighborhood gatherings, as a means to experience Indonesia’s beautiful and fascinating culture.
Atmosphere of the class
The participants of the class would be 20 to 30 years of age. They may or may not have sufficient foreign language background but they like to experience speaking with overseas foreign language speakers. Your teaching obligation is only two days per week, two hours each. You may arrange outside class activities with your students to visit interesting places in the city, while they experience conversations with you.
The job market in Indonesia is very competitive and most vacancies require applicants to be fluent in foreign language, especially English, both spoken and written. The introduction of the internet to the Indonesian society encourages active search of information, building international network, and faster correspondence. To enter the job market successfully and to take advantage of the internet necessitates the mastery of English and other foreign languages. While English grammar has been taught in formal education, there is a greater need to exercise spoken English in daily life to improve the English ability of young Indonesian people, for them to be able to take a role and to compete in the globalized world. Additional exposure to other foreign languages will certainly benefit them as well.