RAPPORTS SUR LE TERRAIN: Enseignant d'anglais bénévole

A Volunteers Life on the Slopes of Mount Agung

By James Anthony, EBPP bénévole d'experts, Août 2014

I am an Australian volunteer English Teacher Trainer, my home is in Adelaide, Australie du Sud.

This is my third volunteer assignment. My previous assignment was in Mongolia, I don’t think you could get a bigger contrast from Bali.

I became interested in this assignment with the ‘East Bali Poverty Project’ (EBPP) when I saw the role posted on the internet, I Googled EBPP and it touched me so much that I did a bit of research and decided to apply for the assignment, obviously I was successful, and joined EBPP in Bali on the 16th of June.

My house is in small village called Tianyar, which is up on the North-East coast of Bali, it is a small fishing village with salt farms, not many shops one minimart, several small businesses, a small market, a couple of Warungs (roadside eateries), one phone charging shop, they don’t sell phones, just charge up the credit. There are no coffee shops or restaurants, if I want a decent western or any type of meal I have to travel maybe twenty kilometres East or West, to a diving resort.

(De gauche à droite) Fishing boats; Salt farms

EBPP site office is in the village of Desa Ban, which is on the slopes of Mt. Suprême, between Mt. Agung and Mt. Batur. Although we refer to Desa Ban as a Village, Ban is in fact a very large area, comprising many little hamlets. In six of these hamlets EBPP has created a school in total handling over two hundred students.

On my first attendance at the schools I was surprised at how difficult it was to get there, each one requires a 4WD vehicle to navigate the difficult terrain, that may well have put me off the assignment very quickly, however I discovered that many of the students climb up the mountain, through jungle like terrain, for up to one hour to attend school and similar on the way back down. When I walk into the classroom and see those same children with a great beaming smile, I knew I was where I was meant to be.

Dirt track leading to one of our remote schools

I was fortunate to take over from Penny, an English teacher from New Zealand. Penny had a couple of weeks to do a handover, which was most helpful. The Local English teacher, Eka, is really good, this makes my life a whole lot easier than it could otherwise be, we work well together, both in the class and in the office.

Eka teaching Bunga junior high school students

Étudiant rentrer à la maison à travers les forêts

Tout comme Penny gauche, nous avons introduit un nouveau livre d'étude des étudiants, ce garde Eka et moi-même très occupé modifier le cours, Je pense qu'il est un pas dans la bonne direction.

Je trouve d'aller au bureau une expérience agréable tous les jours, il est un agréable, lieu gai de travailler et tout le monde, peu importe dans quelle faculté ils travaillent déplacerait Mt. Agung pour me aider.

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