My Trip to Beautiful Bali – A Learning Experience
Hello! My name is Alexandra, I’m from Germany and I’m 23 years old. This year, I finished my studies in pedagogy. I love to work work kids, so I decided to join a six week programme and teach at a kindergarten in Bali! After my masters programme, I want to teach at a university and research educational theories. I’ve wanted to travel to Asia ever since I was ten years old, so the Bali placement in Indonesia was perfect for me.
Bali Schedule and Induction
My adventure began in Frankfurt airport, Germany, where I boarded my first long-distance flight. I was quite scared because this was a new experience, but both flights went smoothly. After arriving in Denpasar, I joined other members of the programme in Ubud. Our Taxi driver was very polite and we had a funny drive to Ubud. This put me at ease and from that moment on, my fear was gone.
After an exciting first night, I started the introduction week, which was very interesting. I learned a lot about the Balinese culture, language, religious holidays and went to different places like the Monkey Forrest in Ubud (tip: keep an eye on your belongings, for example bags without zippers :D) and a rice field. We even watched a traditional dance in a temple.
The Kindergarten Programme
After an informative induction week, I began my kindergarten programme which last five days. The days at the kindergarten lasted from 8am till only 10am and take place six days a week. Every day starts with a ceremony or a morning routine, then the lessons begin!
During the programme it was my job to prepare topics for the lessons and involve the children by creating worksheets and setting activities. I gave the children fun tasks to complete, like drawing cutting and painting. Repetition was key to learning english, so I incorporated topics like plants, animals and body parts into the activities. Because the environment is such an important topic to me, I really wanted to underline this topic.
Bali has so much beautiful nature but there is also a huge litter problem. In my eyes it’s important to teach the Balinese children about environment and the causes of pollution. There has to be a change and it starts with education.
I also taught in the primary school for one week. It was a different experience because the teaching methods and levels of teaching were different. Nonetheless, the children were very friendly and tried their absolute best to learn English. Tip: Stickers are very good rewards!
Working with my class
I had about 28 children in my kindergarten class, all with different levels and different personalities. Some of the children completed the tasks quickly, but some of them needed more time, more support and help. That’s the interesting and challenging thing about the kindergarten program – you have to adjust your plans and be flexible to help the kids.
In addition to that, I had to prepare enough content for my lessons and be ready to adapt and improvise. It was quite challenging to work with the teachers due to the level of English, but in case of doubt, the coordinators were always there to help me. At the beginning, I was afraid to speak in front of the class, but by the end I had conquered my fears!
During my kindergarten project I took part in one Adventure week. It was a good chance to meet the other participants from the accommodation and to see different places. Together, we had a lot of fun. It was a little break from the kindergarten and I will remember this week forever.
I highly recommend the Adventure Week, you will see lovely places like the Turtle Conservation and Mount Batur and have the opportunity to do fun activities like river rafting or cycling.