March 2016 – We’re open again and it’s great to see our English classes filling up already. We have really promoted the classes amongst adults for this course, so it was great to see the beginner adult class almost full to the brim!

At the other end of the scale, our youngest class has already been learning their numbers. Over the break, we took the opportunity to take our Girls Surf Group in the boat to try out their first reef surfing, they coped amazingly well and a few brave ones took on some of the bigger drops at Telescopes – keep it up ladies!

March 2016 – We have started a pilot programme with our brightest young learners; over the next 12 weeks they will be learning English in an environmental context. We hope they will lead the way in initiating projects to create a greener future for their community. We are currently focusing on types of waste, decomposition rates and potential solutions for managing waste. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.

March 2016 – We are excited to be opening up our environmental initiative this weekend with a beach clean followed by an outdoor surf cinema. We also hope to premier our latest short video introducing our new campaign ‘Keep the Mentawais Beautiful’ – A Perfect Foundation Environmental Programme. Let’s hope the weather is kind to us!

March 2016 – What an amazing weekend! The community came together to clean up our local street and beach, and then we relaxed and enjoyed a night under the stars in front of the big screen. We hope to make this a regular event as part of A Perfect Foundation Environmental Programme. During the outdoor cinema we also premiered our latest short environmental video which had everybody in stitches, check it out!

Our teachers at the Collaboration Centre in the Mentawais were treated to a lovely Easter present courtesy of our neighbours. A delicious, sweet, coconut milk and rice ‘lemang’ cooked and smoked in bamboo and banana leaves. It definitely made up for the lack of a chocolate Easter egg this year!

March 2016 – Happy Easter from us all here in the Mentawais! We welcomed some special guests from the nearby Aloita Resort including Jamie Gray, the Director of The Perfect Wave. It was great to share a sunny afternoon with them, practice our English, surf in the beach break and beat them at Tug-o-war!

They also very kindly took our surf girls to Telescopes by speedboat; you couldn’t wipe the smiles off the girls’ faces!

Our younger students have been learning about the beach and life in the sea as part of their English classes. We decided to let them loose on walls of our kitchen and practice their new English skills while painting an underwater scene. A lot of mess and fun followed, we have some natural artists here, check out the pictures.

April 2016 – Another successful beach clean this weekend at the Collaboration Centre! It was great to see so many of our younger students get stuck in. After our hard work on the beach, we relaxed under the stars in front of the big screen and watched a great surf movie. We also showed the community our latest video from our ‘Keep The Mentawais Beautiful’ campaign – it was a hit, check it out!