» Ya'ahowu! Help Teach Local Children at an English Project and Learn to Surf in Nias Island, Indonesi
Location: Lagundri Bay, Nias, Indonesia
Thank you for your interest in the Ndulu English Project. We are so thrilled that you are interested in volunteering with us and want you to know that you are more than welcome to join anytime! You will be welcomed with open arms into a unique community and given opportunities to experience the area as a local.
Languages spoken are English, Bahasa Indonesia and Nias traditional language.
Our accommodation at the moment caters for 6, however we don’t have a limit on how many volunteers can participate! Volunteers are expected to work a maximum of 2.5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
The students will all have different levels of English proficiency and will be grouped in a class based on age. The first class will generally be aged 6-12 and the other class will be 13-18 year olds. Curriculum materials will be available for you to use, although it is encouraged for you to come with any of your own ideas. Look up “English language activities” or “ESL classroom ideas” for inspiration. The number of classes and duration per day will depend on factors including how many volunteers there are, but generally you will teach one, one-hour class per day. The children attend by choice, thus, they are incredibly enthusiastic to learn and to interact with an English speaker. You can also choose to do an enrichment activity with the kids on occasion, like a beach clean-up, art activity, yoga, etc. Any gifts or talents that you may have are certainly welcome to be shared!
At the moment we are running this program without sponsorship or outside financial support. Everything that has been built and purchased has been through the help of volunteers or outside donors. Therefore, in order to keep the project sustainable, we ask our volunteers to pay a minimal rate for their daily meals and accommodation. For 165,000 IDR, (€10.61) a day, you will be provided with a private room and bathroom overlooking the beach, three meals a day cooked by Aprianto and his family who also live on site, and an unlimited supply of drinking water.
Travel and Surf:
Nias is a world-renowned surf destination. “The Point” in Sorake has ended up on many top 10 waves lists and hosts international surf competitions annually. It is a right-hand break over submerged reef ranging from 1 to 5 meters in height and is best suited for those who are intermediate to advanced surfers. For those who are beginners, there are beach breaks at Lagundri Bay that are great to learn on, and Aprianto can teach and rent boards. Both surf areas can be accessed by walking from the classroom/volunteer accommodation site. Also, depending on the time of year and the swell, you may be lucky enough to surf right outside the door of your accommodation at “The Machine” break. Even if you don’t surf, there area is rich in places to explore, from waterfalls to secret beaches to traditional villages, and more.