As English Teachers, Volunteers will co-teach with one or more local teachers in an Indonesian middle school, high school or vocational school to improve student learning in English and enhance students’ life and academic skills. As teacher trainers, Volunteers will work to increase Indonesian teachers’ English fluency and improve teachers’ instructional capacity. Volunteers will also have many opportunities to plan extracurricular and informal community activities such as English clubs, after school sports, or arts. Currently Volunteers are placed in one of three Indonesian provinces: East Java, West Java or East Nusa Tenggara.
Volunteers teach in either public schools or madrasahs (Islamic schools). Though governed by different ministries, public schools and madrasahs have many similarities. Both schools apply a Monday through Friday/Saturday schedule, run on the same year-round, two semester schedule (with breaks in December and June-July), and both are obliged to cover the same national curriculum. The language of instruction in both schools is Bahasa Indonesia, though local or regional languages may be offered as a school-specific subject. In public schools and madrasahs, English is a mandatory subject for students in 7th to 12th grade; English is an optional subject in elementary school.
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 experience framed through quarterly online learning events facilitated by post staff. Teaching observations, Online Learning Community events (both before arrival and during service), 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. Please see the TEFL Certificate program video below for more information.