Can we bring our experience in the fields into the teaching, or would it be English only – or can I create art with them in English, etc.?
It surely is possible. All in agreement with the students and local teachers, of course.
Can we teach together and teach in tandem?
If you are not needed in different places (in groups of different students) at a given time, then by all means do. Be sure to make arrangements with the course leader, it also depends on the number of openings.
How challenging is teaching adults/children?
Teaching is moderate to easy. Don’t expect it to be like in the Czech Republic. The local students are quite restless and you won’t impress everyone. Some may not take anything away from you. But you can focus on the more talented ones and make the most of your presence.
They are also generally skilled at learning things by rote and by melody, so your attempts may not be to everyone’s taste, but don’t let that worry you.
Will someone help us prepare for the class or will we do everything ourselves?
You will need to prepare for the lessons yourself. You can consult your ideas with the course leader and meet any requirements.
Do we get the materials for the lessons or do we have to bring them ourselves?
We do not have a methodology prepared and elaborated, and in the conditions in which the schools are located, it is not even possible. It is possible that you will find some textbooks in a course, but do not rely on it. Materials can be prepared and downloaded on the spot – depending on the level of the children. We will of course give you some tips. A lot of the materials can be downloaded and used for free and legally. You can use a variety of resources such as Teach This, British Council, YouTube accounts and so on. Primarily you will have a whiteboard, then it is possible to print, but it is quite likely that this will not work directly in the course, so again it depends on the arrangements with the course leaders.
As mentioned above, it would be good to focus on communication with tourists and basic environmental education.
Will someone be checking/supervising us during class?
You will probably be taught by course leaders, and later you will work more independently, but it is possible that someone (perhaps a family member or friend) will join you in the class at any time. Sometimes they are curious and just watching what’s going on.
What is involved in this work (with children/adults)? What will we teach them and how often?
As such, don’t look for curricula in Lombok – you may get some, but don’t expect it. Your input is certainly expected. Each course is different for each group’s approach and objective, and you will discuss this with the course leader. Expect that you may teach different ages, different levels of English etc., don’t be too ambitious when planning, you will probably really be teaching mainly the absolute basics. The timetable will be arranged with the course leaders.
What are the students/children like? Do they want to learn? Are they good?
You can find out more in the answers above and on our website, but a lot really depends on the approach of individual students. The approach to learning is different from ours, they are used to memorising and often you won’t get an answer out of them other than the one they have learnt.
What is the level of English in students?
Again, this is also very case-specific. Some people have zero knowledge, others are easy to talk to. Someone knows learned phrases, but if you ask them anything else, they won’t understand you.
Is there anything that we can bring?
It is definitely a good idea to bring souvenirs or gifts for the locals, and some motivational gifts for the students. We noticed that in Lombok, for example, they didn’t know wax candies, they also appreciated various candies (if you don’t want trash lying around, it’s definitely better to choose some unwrapped alternatives), etc. We do not recommend bringing alcohol, it is a Muslim country.
If you are happy with the accommodation, care and food, feel free to contribute some extra funds with your leader. They won’t ask you for anything (they shouldn’t), but it’s really polite if you are very satisfied, don’t worry, they really won’t be angry, quite the opposite.