The Bukit Lawang Trust building is a community centred place where we want the local community and children to come and feel welcome.
Downstairs there are three kindergarten rooms, a television room and the Richard Cann Reading Room which is a dedicated Conservation Learning Resource Room. In the kitchen we have two staff who help cook and clean (Rani & Wati) but we also encourage cooking together and learning together.
Upstairs there is one big classroom for afternoon lessons and an office and library. Wi-fi is available but works much better upstairs.
The roof space has been transformed thanks to funds raised by one of our teachers, Laura Acourt, who did a fantastic job and the roof now has a pondok space for lessons and relaxing and there are hammocks and a nursery up there. It's a great place to spend time in the evenings.
Volunteers typically teach 1.5-3 hours per day, are expected to help in the maintenance in the school, and are strongly encouraged to bring their passion and creativity to the school to develop new programmes and make their time in Bukit Lawang more enjoyable and rewarding.
A typical day in the English Programme
Weekdays: After the initial orientation, you will volunteer for roughly 4-6 hours per day. However, the wildlife monitoring programme is dynamic and things may change daily. The start times and daily workload varies but a typical morning schedule is as follows:
8:00 AM Volunteers wake up and get breakfast. Breakfast and all meals are vegetarian. Breakfast is made upon request. Kindergarden lessons begin in the morning, with a half hour break in the middle; volunteers are responsible for only 45 minutes of kindergarten class, where we focus on learning through play and smaller groups. Some volunteers may be responsible for afternoon lessons. Volunteers usually do either kindergarden or afternoon lessons depending on preference and number of volunteers, and you are always supported by 2-3 local teachers.
10.45 AM - 12:00 PM Volunteers take a quick break, and then typically start on household jobs such as painting, maintaining, making signs, gardening, or working on personal jobs.
12:00-2:00 PM Lunch is served and typically volunteers eat together. After lunch volunteers have free time to relax, prepare lessons, or just sit and chat.
2:00 - 4:00 Afternoon lessons are two one-hour lessons. Each class comes twice per week. Volunteers have quite a free reign over classroom style and approach, and lessons can involve going outside or to the roof, playing games, or classic school style.
4:00-5:00 PM Most days have an extra class such as green class, which focuses on recycling and conservation topics, reading room, and any topics that volunteers are passionate about and want to teach such as music, science, drama, etc - anything volunteers feel will be useful and enjoyable.