Last month, the VP Bali Family had a very important lesson outside of our English classes! This time, our founder, Kimberley, got to play coach when a few young members of our trainees needed a pointers to help pass an upcoming swimming test at their local school. While passing this test is mandatory for all students at the school, there are no classes in or out of the pool to help students learn about swimming. After our last class of the week, the team got to work, with Kimberley leading the pack in the pool through different exercises like paddling and learning to relax and float.
The fact that our trainees needed swimming lessons just for the sake of passing of an test represented something much bigger in our eyes: the idea that education was an end goal, instead of a journey. It was an example of the Indonesia’s focus on checking benchmarks, rather than personal development through learning lifelong skills.
When there’s a difference between traditional methods and the creative learning techniques we use at VP Bali, we try to provide fun opportunities for our students and staff to learn what they don’t in their formal school. Not only opportunities for better education, but also for safer working environments, fair salaries, and community development.