Help teach English to our community and let's join to learn about Tomia Island culture in Wakatobi,
Location: Wakatobi, Indonesia
You can call me Al. I live in Usuku, a small town on Tomia Island, Wakatobi Regency, Southeast Sulawesi Province, Indonesia.
I had studied at one of the universities in Yogyakarta and there I had to survive for 12 years to study and look for life experiences. While I was there, I was involved in a number of social institutions in the community and I had learned many lessons and experiences that were very useful for me and others. So what I got while I was there was trying to apply it to the people around me who were in my place (Tomia Island).
So far I have developed one of the non-formal schools in Timu and Kahianga Villages by educating children in several scientific fields that they have not yet gotten in the formal school where they study. One that applies is learning English. The motivation is Wakatobi, especially Tomia Island is one of the leading tourist destinations in Indonesia. This was inaugurated by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism in 2015, so that many domestic and foreign tourists came to visit.
-About Mari Mabook Camp-
Mari Mabook Camp is a non-formal school that I founded with several of my friends since 2016 ago. This school we involve children from the age of 10-12 years. Children here learn with outdoor concepts, I want children to get closer to nature and be able to think fresh.
#How do volunteers teach at Mari Mabook Camp?
• Volunteers will teach every afternoon from 15:00 - 17:00.
Here volunteers will teach English in a non-formal way (only basic lessons and conversations) for 2 hours and for 1 hour is a game using basic media.
• Volunteers will teach for 4 days a week, namely;
Friday is a holiday and Sunday, we will join with children to carry out social activities, namely cleaning the beach from plastic waste while providing understanding to children about the impact of plastic waste on the sea and its ecosystem and natural environment. In this activity we will also plant mangrove seedlings in the prepared coastal area.
#Type of help:
- Language practice
- Art project
#Cultural exchange and learning opportunities:
Here volunteer friends will get some benefits and they can also collaborate with local communities about cultural differences. Volunteer friends will have the opportunity to learn local culture such as gardening and traditional food processing, fishing with traditional techniques, engaging in cultural events, etc.
While on Tomia Island, volunteer friends will also visit a number of cultural sites, such as old fortresses, pristine villages, learning traditional dances, and visiting the Bajo tribe (nomads fishman) with unique social concepts that reside in coastal and the sea. If volunteer friends want to learn Indonesian and local languages, we also open the class for free.
As long as you are on Tomia Island, you will stay at my house. Here I only live with my sister and I have also prepared a private room for you.
- While you are at home you don't need to pay for food because we will cook and eat together like in a family. Here we always cook fish, rice, vegetables, meat, eggs and soup. You can also cook according to your taste and I have prepared all the ingredients.
- For those of you who are vegetarians, you don't need to worry because we also have needs that you want like vegetables and fruit.
During your stay you will interact with people around my house intimately and you will be considered part of our family. So you don't need to be ashamed to interact because our culture is still very natural and family-friendly. Here you will be my full responsibility and you don't need to pay anything.
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