Teaching English and developing innovative educational materials is one of my biggest passions, and when I was standing before a group of highly motivated young people who were full of questions, energy, and enthusiasm, but sharing pencils and notebooks, my teacher’s heart told me that I had to jump in and help as much as I could, and so I did, and the BDEAL Foundation was born.
English education is essential in this area, as young people need it for their future, which is mostly in the tourism sector – working in hotels, restaurants, or cruise ships. Having a good start in English at a young age and continuing to activate it throughout their education is crucial to securing a good job and expanding your career opportunities.
Another goal is to set up a scholarship fund where people can provide financial aid for financially disadvantaged students. The annual fee is (approximately) 50 euros a year to attend high school, and a school uniform is 112 euros. Many students cannot afford this fee and I am determined to help them continue their education, without a financial burden on their families.
The schools we support
Sidetapa English Corner
We support the English corner by developing materials (games, flashcards, exercises) for young children and buying notebooks, pens, whiteboards, etc for their classroom.
SMK N 1 Seririt
A high school located in Singaraja, with nearly 1000 students.
We support this high school by buying projectors and laptops, and creating lesson materials for their students, who will be working in the tourism sector. We are also developing a scholarship fund for the most needy students.
I have spent the past 25 years putting my heart and soul into improving and changing how people learn English in the Netherlands. This is my story. In February 2019 I went to Bali. Alone. To teach English. I didn’t know where the school was. I didn’t know who my students were. I didn’t know what the plan was. And I was scared. But I knew one thing. I had to go. I made a promise to myself. Eventually I ended up teaching hundreds of students. And a cow.