"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a Child" ~ Anonymous


Tara from Australia

I hope to return in 2012 and I recommend this as an English teaching placement to any person wanting an extremely rewarding experience in their lives. So Slukat Learning Center might be a small drop in a big pool, of Not For Profit organizations.

Om Swastiastu....I am from a port city called Fremantle, which is about 25 kms south of Perth, Western Australia, Australia. I have been visiting Bali for twenty years now and each time I stay a little longer. In 2011 I decided to apply for a 6 month social visa, to come and visit my many Balinese friends, study bahasa indonesia and volunteer somewhere with children and teach english. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle and I have a B.A Degree in Counselling, I have always enjoyed working with people, helping others and being of service to the surrounding community, Therefore it made sense that I could give back to the Balineese community via teaching my language....English! and I wanted to work with children ( my passion is for the future generation :) )

So when I googled volunteer positions, Slukat Learning Centre appeared early on in my search. I was initially attracted to SLC because they had a recycling and organic gardening program, also I was very interested in working in a rural village to get a feel of the real Bali.

Gardening encourages children to remain connected to the earth, and provides them with chemical free, fresh produce. Recycling also educates the children about the dangers of using too much plastic, and that burning plastic is not healthy for our environment, our waterways, animals and future generations.
Education about different ways of doing things hopefully will save Bali from becoming a rubbish dump and the students children will play in an unspoilt environment. Maybe their parents will not change their ways, so it is up to the next generation to be role models for those to come. New knowledge and being exposed to different cultures I believe broadens peoples minds, and empowers people to believe in their dreams, and better not only their individual lives but their family, their own community/village and ultimately this branches out to the global community. So the philosophy at SLC is congruent with my own.

I arrived in Keramas, Gianyar on a hot afternoon, and had committed to teaching for 1 month and I have to admit that I was very aprehensive about the extent of my commitment..Having never taught english, and feeling like I was definitely far away from the Legian area i knew. Another volunteer ( Mike) was so friendly and helpful, thank you :) for helping me get my bearings.

On my first day the children smiles and eagerness to learn soon put any nerves I may of had to rest. And after my first week I felt like I had found my calling in life! I really enjoy teaching and I settled into the role quickly, and as of today I have been volunteering for over two months and am still involved on a part time basis.

I have made friends with the staff and founders of the Not for Profit School, and when i do finally have to say goodbye to the children it will be a day filled with mixed emotions. Sad to say gooodbye for awhile, and  happy that we taught each other some lessons ( yes of course they taught me something!! )...
I hope to return in 2012 and I recommend this as an English teaching placement to any person wanting an extremely rewarding experience in their lives.

So SLC might be a small drop in a big pool, of Not For Profit organizations..... However there is a Zen saying "That a long journey always begins with the first step...and a great oak tree began as a humble seed." and I believe that SLC is nurturing the children’s journey and cultivating greatness in them...
So I would definitely recommend taking some time out and volunteering at SLC...