THE Bukit Lawang Trust is offering qualified English teachers from the Channel Islands a chance to work in a Sumatran school for two months for what promises to be a life changing experience.
The Bukit Lawang Trust (a Jersey registered charity) will recruit English teachers who need to have Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or an equivalent qualification.
Each teacher will be required to work for two months at the Bukit Lawang English School in Sumatra, Indonesia. The next placement can begin as soon as March 2014 and further trips will take place throughout the year.
Rebecca Coley, trustee of the Bukit Lawang Trust, said: “The placements are a great opportunity for teachers from the Channel Islands to work within a community affected by natural disaster such as floods, tsunami and earthquakes. Not only is this a wonderful cultural experience but it is also a chance to make life-long friends.”
The Bukit Lawang charitable Trust focuses on health, education and sanitation. The English school in Sumatra, which is run by the Bukit Lawang Trust, sees over 70 children a day and all the lessons are free.
Laura Rebours from Jersey was part of the scheme in 2012 and is now also a trustee having felt so passionately about continuing to develop the education offered to the children of a rural community in Northern Sumatra.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to live and work in a rural community with those who strive to improve their futures on a daily basis. It is refreshing to teach both children and adults who understand how important it is to learn English and to assist them work towards their goals.
“I was lucky enough to spend time trekking in the jungle, coming face to face with orangutans in one of the few remaining places they still exist in the wild.
“One of the greatest achievements of my time in Bukit Lawang was being in a position to financially support one of the local teachers go to university. Along with 5 other previous teachers, who all contribute £7 per month, we are able to send one of the support teachers from the village to go to university for a 3 year period so that she can obtain a degree in English; something she could only have dreamt of before the school had been able to offer this kind of support,” she said.
The placements will involve teaching three lessons a week to children aged between six and 16 and at least three smaller classes to older children who are hoping to go to university.
All accommodation and food costs during the placement are covered by the charity. Volunteers must pay for their own travel and the Trust asks that where possible volunteers raise funding and awareness for the charity.
For further information about the Bukit Lawang Trust go to www.bukitlawangtrust.org or email Rebecca Coley at firstname.lastname@example.org.