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Volunteer Teaching Ubud, Bali

I have been been traveling in Asia for almost six months now. The last two months I have been volunteer teaching English and Art here in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Here in Bali everyone belongs to a Banjar, the Bajar is your local village and the Banjar is the local form of government. Each Banjar has at least one temple and also governs the schools. I asked to be introduced to the Kepala Dusan the “Mayor” of the Banjar and expressed an interest in teaching English and Art to the local kids.

The Kepala Dusan was very excited and set a meeting for the next day to introduce me to the Principal of the local school, Sekolah Dasar Negeri 1. The Keala Dusan expressed that the local kids don’t have much to do in the afternoon and would I be interested in teaching in the Banjar? So two days a week I teach in the public school and two days a week I teach in the Banjar. In the public school I teach grades 4, 5 and 6, and at the Banjar I teach ages 6 to 12. The classes are an hour long and have between 30 and 40 students per class.

About Mark Walhimer

Mark is Managing Partner of Museum Planning, LLC, a museum planning and exhibition project management firm of interactive educational environments for Science Centers, Children's Museums and Natural History Museums. You can reach Mark at

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