Volunteer as a Kindergarten Teacher and The Priceless Experience Gained in Bali
“Just because they are so much younger than us, doesn’t mean that we, adults, cannot learn from them”, Vanessa, INSEEC, Paris, France.
One of the best decisions in my life
Fortunately, in my last year of University, I had to do an internship abroad, and I decided that I should use the chance to create a meaningful experience. I applied for a 4-week-voluntary program as a Kindergarten teacher in Bali, and that was one of the best decisions I had made in my life.
Days as a Volunteer Teacher
I was really nervous on my first day from looking at the children, but my fellow teachers Miss Priskila and Miss Marlina patiently helped me get through my first day. At the school, I was assigned to co-teach two classes within a day one from 8 to 10 am, and the other one from 11 to 1 pm.
I highly suggest the next volunteer to be aware of the time-wise. Since the learning hour in the classrooms is not much, organizing the time and activities done in the class will be very helpful in the process of teaching.
During the one-hour break, I was allowed to go home, but I often chose to stay at the school, because that was the best time to bond with my fellow teachers. We shared stories, talked about our lives, and basically got to know each other. The communication could be challenging sometimes, but Google Translate really helped!
By the last week of my service, another volunteer arrived. Her name is Kate, and we got along very well. We had instant chemistry and worked as a really good team for sure.
Hard to Say Goodbye
The last-minute of my leaving was extremely dilemmatic. I could not bear the thoughts of leaving them. Though I had only been here for less than a month, the moments shared were more than enough for me to fall in love with each person I encountered and each place I visited. It was always a beautiful mutualism between me and the people around me.
Off-Work Bali Explorations
I definitely enjoyed the time spent on my off-working-hours. Great things are just here and there, by every corner. Bali is all about rice fields, beaches, sunsets, traditions, and spiritual ceremonies, which I love! Not to mention their one of a kind cuisine. I would stop from warung to warung to eat; besides the affordable price, the taste is unquestionably delicious!
I delighted my trips around with my scooter. I visited Ubud to see their unbelievably beautiful rice terraces and monkeys for the very first time, snorkeled by the famous Liberty boat at the Black Sand