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Volunteer Report: My 2 Months Volunteer Teaching Experience at NGO High School in Kuta, Bali

"My time volunteering in Bali has been an incredible journey of self-discovery and cultural experience. While facing challenges, I've grown personally and professionally." Nada, Otto-Hahn-School, Frankfurt, Germany

From her hometown in Germany to the enchanting landscapes of Bali, Nada, launches herself on a transformative journey through the Bali Internships' Teaching and Education Volunteer program. The following is her memorable personal account of the highs and lows, challenges, and triumphs she encountered during her two-month volunteer stint at a vocational high school in the island.

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First Day - A Warm Welcome

Touching down in Denpasar, excitement and nervousness coursed through me. The friendly driver and Rima, my program coordinator from Bali Internships, welcomed me warmly, setting a positive tone. The first day at the vocational high school introduced me to unfamiliar faces and tasks, but hugs and guidance from fellow volunteers and especially Madam Christina, the school’s volunteer chief and headmaster eased my transition. The initial weeks unfolded slowly, but gradually, I found my rhythm. Daily activities, from correcting essays to improving students' pronunciation, became my routine. As weeks passed, Madam Christina entrusted me with more responsibilities, allowing me to suggest ideas and actively contribute to the school's atmosphere.

Daily Activities - Multifaceted Roles and Challenges

My role encompassed various tasks, from correcting essays to assisting in classroom activities. Collaborating with Madam Christina on teaching new topics and engaging in smaller group conversations became second nature. My support extended to the culinary and hospitality programs, where I assisted with various tasks, contributing to the holistic development of the students. Despite the enriching experience, moments of feeling unproductive emerged. The occasional lack of structure and language barriers posed challenges, leaving me yearning for more involvement in teaching methods. This insight serves as a valuable suggestion for future volunteers to ensure a more engaging and fulfilling experience.

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Advice for Future Participants and Volunteers

For those considering a similar journey, I offer practical advice: learn basic Indonesian, be open and approachable, assure students that you're non-judgmental, communicate openly with teachers, and demonstrate genuine interest and willingness to contribute to the community. Consider preparing yourself with several aspects, such as basic Indonesian language skills, strong English proficiency, friendly and extroverted behavior, the ability to self-assign tasks, and patience.

A Personal Touch - My Best Weekend in Bali

One of my most cherished memories was celebrating a friend's birthday on Halloween. Weekend-long festivities forged connections that endure to this day. I also enjoyed the moment when I went to Gili Trawangan with a few friends that I met in Bali. The beaches are beautiful and it's nice for water activities too.

Closing Thoughts - A Grateful Heart

As I wrap up my narrative, gratitude overflows for the opportunity to be part of the students' journeys. My time volunteering in Bali has been an incredible journey of self-discovery and cultural experience. While facing challenges, I've grown personally and professionally. My main tips for future volunteers is to embrace the unknown, be proactive, and savor every moment. Bali has left an indelible mark on my heart, and I hope my experiences inspire you!

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By Billy Bagus

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