Hello virtual world! It has been a while. Upon return from Bali, half of the team launched right into the summer institute and the other half fell back into normal life in our respective home towns.
This week we are all reunited and are jumping back on the Nourish train. Having the group back together has given us a lot of opportunity to look back upon our time in Bali.
We started off the journey pale but bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. We returned home after an amazing stint in Bali a little road-weary but tanner and satisfied. We were able to teach students of varying ages English skills like reading, writing, speaking and listening. With education, the progress is difficult to see to the naked eye but everyone was able to find worth in students correctly utilizing a pronoun or remembering to differentiate between he and she (there is no gender in Indonesian.)
The last week of our stay was all about launching an environmental program. We talked about this a bit in the previous blog post so I won’t bore you with all of the details again but we were able to make a real and visible impact on the coastline by Slukat and seemingly inspire many students to take initiative in their own communities and make a change for a more environmentally-friendly Indonesia.
As well as working with the students, the Slukat alumni were often around the compound and always willing to sit and chat. They also sought help with academia and English. For example, Agus is a talented young man who is looking to study abroad in Japan to further his hopeful law career in Bali. However, money and a solid application were needed for this so there was editing to be done as well as networking for finances. Check out his Gofundme page if y’all are interested in learning more. http://www.gofundme.com/c3cimk
I think that every team member had interactions with people this summer: students, staff, alumni, local people or other travelers that really widened their perspective on human nature. We were treated with nothing but kindness and respect by almost every single person we encountered. Sure, I would like to think that we made an impact and bettered the lives of our students; but they definitely made a bigger impact on our lives. And we are incredibly lucky to have been given such an amazing opportunity.
Thank you so very very much to everyone who contributed time or thoughts or money to our journey. We could not have done it without you and we appreciate it so much!
Nourish University of Idaho Chapter
Greetings from Bali!
We all arrived safe and sound yesterday at Slukat Learning Center in Gianyar, Bali. We had a warm welcome from the Slukat staff and students. Our first day has been a wonderful orientation by a local team member and the director, Ayu. The opening ceremony tonight featured traditional balinese dance, home cooked food, and videos that were all orchestrated and performed by the students.
In the next few days, we will begin our internship by observing classes and starting to establish relationships with the students. We are all very excited to start our time here.
Part of our orientation today was a tour of the compound. Ayu was kind enough to show us what our donations have funded. We were key in fixing dilapidated buildings, building a stage and courtyard, and establishing a recycling center. Not only were we able to help with the premises, but our donations have made it possible for the students to go on a field trip to Lombok soon! Most of the kids have never been off of the island of Bali, so this is an amazing opportunity for them.
During the ceremony tonight, the Nourish team cut the ribbon on the new stage that we funded.
We have many plans for our time here. We will start officially teaching our classes next week. Until then, we will be observing the classes and preparing to teach. We plan on doing many activities with the children, including the field trip to Lombok. We really could not be more excited to be here and to have this amazing opportunity. The kids are already so friendly and welcoming! We have had dozens of children ask our names and strike up conversations.
We will also be taking Indonesian language classes, to better our communication skills. As the kids learn English, we will be learning Indonesian. So far, we know a few phrases and words but we are all eager to learn more.
We will be updating the blog weekly, so continue checking in!
Dineka, Courtney, Lydia, Lauren, Annie, Hailey, and Tim
P.S. We will upload pictures when we find steady internet and can figure out how to do it
Hello virtual world!
We are Courtney and Lydia and we are the International Project Directors for the University of Idaho chapter. This summer, we are going to Bali, Indonesia to work with Slukat Learning Center. We will be predominantly working with education and some entrepreneurial skills, along with a group of seven students; we are super excited! Woot woot!
When we were searching for a project, we didn’t really plan on trying to hit any certain region but we all feel that education is extremely important. It is the gift that keeps on giving (yes, yes that is a cliche.) But in all honesty, we are just a group of kids who want to make a positive difference in the world and have a good time while doing it. Preferably while wearing chacos.
We are shoving off in June so we look forward to posting about our adventures!
Have a swell summer everyone!