Winter: February (3 weeks)
Summer: August (4 weeks)
Size of the Team: 4 volunteers
Location of the School
Akademi Pariwisata Makassar
Kota Makassar, Sulawesi Selatan
Type of school and level of English
Public Tourism Academy
Number of students taught: 100 approx.
Students age range: 18-24
Current situation: English level from students vary significantly. Their biggest issue is the lack of confidence given the limited opportunities to practice conversational English with foreigners.
Also the poor English level of the vast majority of lecturers hinders the learning process of the students. Additionally, they are currently using very reactive teaching methods in which critical thinking is not fostered. In order to tackle this, the former PIECES Makassar team introduced innovative methods like role-playing, case studies, and dynamic presentations. Also, the team introduced challenging topics like finance and tour costing, geography, and sustainability (Triple Bottom Line).
All the students were assigned a final presentation or role play at the end of the term in topics related to tourism, finance, sustainability, customer service, etc.
Teaching schedule varies constantly but you should expect to teach from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday. On Saturday and Sunday usually you visit some tourism destinations in the city with the students. This allows them to practice their skills with real tourists and foreigners.
Proactivity is a most in order have a real impact in the students and institution since the level of most of the lecturers is rather low.
Information about the location
Makassar is the provincial capital of Southern Sulawesi, a big island in Indonesia. Sulawesi is developing and not very touristic. It is attracting however the more adventurous type of visitors especially for its cultural aspects, nature and diving. It is famous for its funeral ceremonies in the central region of Tana Toraja, where the christian people mix their new faith with ancient beliefs. Nature there is abundant and extremely preserved. Tourism is developing more and more and all people arrive in Sulawesi from afar at the airport in Makassar. Makassar is the largest city on Sulawesi Island in terms of population. The city is southern Sulawesi’s primary port, with regular domestic and international shipping connections. It also has some malls, bigger restaurants, cultural sites such as an ancient dutch fort. The climate is warm with an average temperature of 27.5 °C.
Close to the Academy there is a shopping center and several stores where you can do your groceries. You will be staying at a guest house inside the academy and food will be provided to you which is a great advantage. Volunteers go on different expeditions with the students and staff and discover the area including natural sites.
Regarding culture, Indonesians are extremely friendly and you will feel this as soon as you arrive to the academy. They are very welcoming and love to share their culture and traditions with you.
Costs for volunteers
The volunteers must bear flights and transportation costs to the project location themselves. Accommodation and food is provided for by AKPAR Makassar and PIECES covers these onsite costs with a sponsorship to the volunteers.