What we take for granted - our English, or basic computer skills - is a precious gift to the villagers of Les.
Many Les villagers don't speak much English. Most are practising subsistence farming and fishing. They cannot access better job opportunities in tourism, for which Bali is reknowned, and industries in export and trade. Many yearn to have computer skills but daren't think this possible to learn.
You can make a difference! You will teach village children and adults wishing to learn English and/or computer skills.
You will teach English to primary and elementary kids in their schools. In the evening, you will have English conversation classes with high school kids and adult villagers. You are encouraged to introduce games and other fun activities that facilitate English learning. The emphasis is doing conversations and not grammar. If you can speak English, even imperfect one, you could share and teach!
In 2017, two school groups from Singapore helped fund and build a new computer literacy centre for the Les village local school, SD5. Friends of Sea Communities then donated computers and ran a crowdfunding campaign to equip the building with furniture and some more computers. We prepared a training curriculum with the local school teachers.
Our computer classes teach basic skills in Word, Powerpoint, Excel and internet. We are looking for volunteers with a minimum 2 week commitment.
The English teaching and computer skills classes are handled with our Sea Communities team, who provide translation and support, making it easier for you to hold these classes.
With visiting groups, we can organise formal lessons at the village schools as part of the school's timetable.
This capacity building is essential to the improvement of livelihoods at Les Village. When you teach salt farmers English, they can better sell their salt to higher end restaurants and spas in Bali. When you teach fishermen English, they have gone on to qualify as professional dive guides and managers with the Sea Communities team. When you teach a construction worker English, he can earn a decent income guiding tourists or being a translator than dangerous back-breaking work he otherwise would have to do. When you teach a village child Excel, Word or Powerpoint, you open up a whole new world of skilled job opportunities in the new millenium.