Indonesia is an extraordinary Southeast Asian nation made up of over 17,000 islands and the fourth highest population in the world. A nation of incredible natural beauty, widespread cultural diversity, and distinct culinary experiences, Indonesia is also fondly known by Peace Corps Volunteers as a land of friendly people and the biggest smiles you have ever seen. While some aspects of the cultural and physical environment may be challenging, Volunteers who are flexible, enthusiastic to integrate into their host communities, and motivated to contribute to the development of others will be able to form deep and meaningful relationships and find great satisfaction in their work.
As an English teacher and teacher trainer Volunteer, your primary goals will be to 1) improve student learning in English, 2) enhance students’ life and academic skills, 3) increase Indonesian teachers’ English fluency, and 4) improve teachers’ instructional capacity. Many of your projects will focus on improving students’ English acquisition, increasing student motivation and confidence, improving teachers’ English communication and teaching skills, or creating opportunities for life skills and leadership skills acquisition among students and youth.
Volunteers will teach English to students who attend either an Indonesian public school or an Islamic school (madrasah). You will work with one or more local English teachers to co-teach students in middle school (grades 7-9) or high school (grades 10-12). Some of the students you will teach might only have a basic or intermediate understanding of English. Other students might have mixed abilities to use English in conversation, comprehension, writing, or reading. Some of the teachers you will work with may also have mixed abilities using the English language. For example, a teacher may be competent in explaining English grammar, but may not be proficient in English speaking or writing skills.
The Indonesian school week is Monday through Friday or Saturday; Volunteers are expected to function as members of the faculty to their assigned school and will be required to attend school at least five days each week. It is expected that you will devote a minimum of 20 hours per week with your co-teacher in the classroom. You will also have many opportunities to plan extracurricular and non-formal community activities such as English clubs, after school sports, or art. Volunteers will have opportunities to participate in and facilitate teacher trainings through local teachers’ organizations. The types of materials available to you might be limited. Some Volunteers may be assigned to teach in schools with only basic resources, while others may be in schools with access to technology such as computer labs or audio-visual equipment.
Opportunities exist for community service or youth development projects within the school and community. Throughout service you will receive training on how to engage with schools and the local community in order to understand their needs and work together to strengthen their capacity to meet those needs. You may collaborate on projects that aim to create safe, engaging, and supportive learning environments for Indonesian students. Common examples of Volunteers’ activities in this realm include club and camp activities related to leadership and life skills development, girls’ and boys’ empowerment, environmental awareness, and health activities.
Cultural sensitivity, including religious tolerance, and the desire to learn Bahasa Indonesia and a secondary local language, is essential. Peace Corps Goals Two and Three – increasing Indonesians’ understanding of Americans, as well as Americans’ understanding of Indonesians – are of particular importance to our Indonesian partners; thus, building the people-to-people connection is integral to Peace Corps service in Indonesia and as important as the transfer of skills.
Volunteers selected for Peace Corps Indonesia’s education project will have the option to enroll in the Peace Corps TEFL Certificate program. This program provides 120 hours of standardized training and practice teaching, along with supervised teaching experiences and quarterly online learning events facilitated by Peace Corps staff. The program consists of three months of pre-departure online training before you arrive, followed by a continuum of technical training and practical application throughout your service. Teaching observations, Online Learning Community events, written assignments, and in-person training events will be required throughout the program to support professional growth, provide feedback, and help Volunteers enrich their teaching repertoire. Volunteers who choose to enroll in the TEFL Certificate program are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop to Indonesia. Having a personal laptop will increase your options for internet access. It will also enable you to complete required assignments off-line and upload them later to the TEFL portal. While Volunteers may also complete TEFL assignments at a local internet cafe or other access points, having a laptop can help to facilitate successful and timely completion of assignments.
Upon successful completion of 27 months of service and meeting the technical requirements, enrolled Volunteers will be awarded a TEFL Certificate, a valuable credential for employment and graduate education programs in the US and internationally. The TEFL Certificate is designed primarily for Volunteers with little teaching coursework or experience; however, it is also a valuable credential for those with a degree in TESOL or a related field who may not yet have extensive teaching experience. Volunteers with previous teaching experience will use their skills and knowledge to facilitate training and support other Volunteers. All Volunteers participating in the TEFL Certificate program will complete these activities as part of their primary assignments as described here.
Due to legal restrictions imposed by the Indonesian government, applicants to Indonesia’s Peace Corps program must conclude their service prior to the age of 60. Anyone invited to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Indonesia must submit additional biographical information for a visa application. The visa application procedures may also require a phone interview with Republic of Indonesia representatives.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check