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Teaching English Volunteer Project – Additional Information

The Schools

Friends for Asia send volunteers to teach at two schools. Both of the schools are partly funded and operated by the Balinese and Indonesian government. They are also partly funded and operated by the Teacher’s Council of Bali. Both schools have both boys and girls. The school day is broken up into two time periods, the morning and afternoon, with a long couple of hour break in the middle of the day. The schools are only minutes away from each other and are part of different associations together.

School Calendar

The schools in Bali, start their school year in mid-July. There is a two week break at the end of the December, through New Years. The end of the school year is the end of April

School Daily Schedule

7:30 Morning Assembly
8:00 classes begin
12:30 Lunch/Break
The lunch break varies for the different grades, and at some levels, the students go home, shortly after lunch time.

A volunteer is free to come and leave the school as they wish. It’s recommended to stay at the school during most of the day to get to know the staff and students as well as possible, but if a volunteer is free to leave the school during times when they don’t’ have classes, if they have something they would like to do off campus.

Teaching a lesson

It is important to plan and prepare lessons. For the inexperienced teacher, lengthy, in-depth lesson plans are not necessary. It is however, crucial that when preparing/planning a lesson that one must write down a simple procedure of how they plan to conduct the class. Attempt to cover all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in the period of an hour class. Below is a basic plan as to how inexperienced teachers can plan lessons:

  1. Introduction to the class and a short fun warm up activity

  2. Presentation of new material/review of already covered material.

  3. Practice of the material presented Speaking activity then writing activity using the material covered.

  4. A quick wrap up / closing activity.

Suggestions for Topics Colors Numbers Time Animals Days of the week/months of the year Sports Hobbies Sports Food Places around town Countries / travel vocabulary Things at home Things at school Music

Suggestions for basic Activities Tick tack toe (with vocabulary) Memory (vocabulary and definition/picture) Word searches Crossword puzzles Skits Dialogue type games Songs (to follow, but not sing) Hangman Scrabble type games Bingo (with numbers, pictures, vocabulary, whatever) Pictionary Spin the bottle (conversation / vocabulary, not kissing) Simon Says Running Dictation

Materials, Stationary and Books

Most of the schools use student textbooks and workbooks in their English courses. With this being said, most of the textbooks are not very well written and are often times far above the abilities of the students that are using them. Some volunteers are free to use any material in their lessons, however it is recommended that volunteers try to use the textbooks and workbooks when possible, as it is important that the students follow the curriculum, especially considering the students will continue to use the textbooks and workbooks after end of the volunteer’s service. With this being mentioned, please don’t think that the textbooks and workbooks have to be used exclusively. Pictures and different materials from a volunteer’s country can be a lot of fun and be incredibly educational.

Unfortunately, there is no budget available for volunteer teacher resources. Therefore if a teacher wants to purchase supplies or materials for their classes they will have to do so with their own money. Friends for Asia staff will be happy to show you the way or take you to a stationary store during your orientation or service to help you prepare for your lessons. Most of the schools have some type of procedure for copies that volunteers are allowed to use. For specific information regarding the system of making copies, a volunteer would have to consult their coworkers at their assigned school.

Volunteer Transportation

Airport pick up, the city tour and the transportation to and from the cultural show and dinner are covered in the project fee. Friends for Asia staff also sends volunteers and interns to seek medical assistance in non-emergency situations. Obviously, in the case of an emergency a proper ambulance would be called and used. A volunteer will have to cover the cost of their own transportation if they make multiple appointments to see a doctor or dentist.

In most cases, volunteers will walk to/from the accommodation and project sites for our teaching projects.

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