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In retrospect…

August 28, 2014 | Posted in 2014, Indonesia, Summer Projects, U Idaho | By

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!

IDAHO OUT!

Nourish University of Idaho Chapter

Clean Bali

July 30, 2014 | Posted in 2014, Indonesia, Summer Projects, U Idaho | By

This past week, we were able to get our project finished. Talking to the kids about what they wanted the future to look like, many of them said that they wanted a cleaner Bali. But then we would see them throw trash on the ground or in a stream. There was just no connection between their actions and the concept of a “Clean Bali.” 
   So last week we started our beach cleaning initiative. During our time in English class,we talked about environmental initiatives and how the kids can make an impact in their daily lives. One class was soon chanting: “Environment! Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!” We discussed not getting a plastic bag at the grocery store and refilling reusable water bottles. The kids came up with their own ways to make an impact. We felt like it was important to try to instill them with passion because any big change that is to be made on this island will have to come from the locals. And in my humble opinion, these kids will be some of the ones to do it. 
   On Wednesday and Thursday, instead of holding class, we took the kids down to the beach to clean up. Clearly, kids will be kids and there was some wrangling to be done but for the most part, they were invested and down to roll up their sleeves and do some work. Laughter abounded as we worked our way down the beach, filling bags and bags with trash. Everything from styrofoam to flip flops was dumped unceremoniously into the garbage bags and then loaded into a trailer to be taken off. 
   Chatting with a tourist from Australia, he thanked Slukat for cleaning and said that it looked 100 times better. The plan is for the kids to do the next cleanup in three months and at regular intervals from then. It’s not a huge difference but it’s something. And hopefully it will be a shift in their mind sets more than anything. 
   Tomorrow is our last day in Bali and at Slukat. For most of us, the feelings are bittersweet. The students have found very real places in our hearts and they will be missed terribly. However, everyone is excited to go home and eat some familiar food and snuggle our pets. Looking back on our time, we have had a really sensational experience. The laughter and smiles were frequent, as was the sharing of knowledge. Our time in Indonesia has been beautiful and we would like to thank each and every person who got us here. Terima kasi! See you soon! 
-Lydia Hanson

Balinese Culture

July 21, 2014 | Posted in 2014, Indonesia, Summer Projects, U Idaho | By

Hello everyone,

This is Annie and Hailey. We had our advanced class write a little bit about different parts of Balinese culture for one of their lessons. This gave them a chance to work on their grammar skills and it also gave us a chance to learn more about thier culture from them. Here are some of the descriptions our students wrote.

 

Hello, my name is Ida Bagus Putu Arjun Adinata, or you can call me gus arjun. I am from Keramas village; it is small village with nice scenery and nice people. I’m still in senior high school, in grade 10 so that’s all I think.

Bali is a place with a nice culture, good scenery and much more .  Many people come to Bali because of that reason. Bali has many places to visit like: Kuta, Ubud, Lovina, and many more. But today we won’t talk about that, but I will teach you about our culture, the Hinduism culture in Bali specifically. Many people ask us, “why are the people in Bali always giving offerings to the god?” This is our way to say thank you to the god with what the god given to us. “How many gods you have? Why do you say Brahma is your god, Siva is your god and others? ”  No we only have one god but in books I have read before that our (penghormatan) to god in every element, Brahma is the name of the god for fire , Vishnu is the name of the god for air and others.  There are many questions, but many people always ask us “are there ceremonies in Bali?” of course, I will tell you about what kinds of ceremonies we have in Bali.

Galungan day

Galungan day is the day when the positive energy is against the negative energy. when the positive energy wins, we celebrate it. We make some traditional foods, decorate our temples and our houses, make offerings and others. Before galungan day comes there is a procession. The first day we call it penyajahan day. It is the day when the people prepare for galungan day, like the offerings, the decorations and others. The second day is penampahan day, penampahan day is one day before galungan day. In penampahan day the boys in every house are busy making traditional foods, such us; lawar ( it’s food we make from some vegetables, oil, pig’s blood or sometimes we make it without blood and we mix it all together), tum (it’s meat we cook and we fold in banana leaf), sere (it’s made from coconut and meat). Finally galungan day, we go to our temple to give offerings, after that we pray together with our family and at the end we spend our time talking with our big families or hanging out with our friends and whatever you want.

Kuningan day

Kuningan day is little bit similar with galungan day, the people do what they do in galungan day. On galungan day the god comes to world, and on kuningan day the god goes back to the heaven.

Nyepi (silent day)

Nyepi, or in English we call it silent day, is the day when the people are forbidden to work. What I mean is we are forbidden to turn on the lights, go outside our houses, go work, and make noise. If you are break that, for example, you go outside your house the pecalang (or our traditional police) will catch you and they will take you to the pecalang post until tomorrow.

Siwalatri

Siwalatri day, or forge of sin day, we burn our sin. On siwalatri we are forbidden to sleep until morning. During that time we doing penance or read the book about Hindu, and yoga.

Saraswati day

Saraswati is the god’s symbol of knowledge. On saraswati day we pray and say thank to the god for the knowledge god gave to us. On that day we make and give some offerings to the god. After saraswati day (tomorrow of saraswati day) we call it banyupinaruh. Banyupinaruh means we clean our bodies, our minds and our souls on the beach in the morning. After that, for our celebration we make nasi kuning (it’s yellow rice with chicken and some vegetables).

These are some Hinduism ceremonies we have in Bali. If I have made a mistake or something is wrong, in the end I say thank you very much. 😀

 

Hi, I’m Dayu eka, I’m from Keramas village. I live with my big family. I live with my mother, my grandparents, my  younger brother and sister. I have a pet at home, but it’s only a dog. I’m seventeen years old, and I’m a student in senior high school. I’m now in the twelfth grade, because of that I must focus on my school more, study hard to get the best score until I graduate. I have so many friends at school and we always study together after class and sometimes we have hang out, when we have holiday.

Now I would like to describe the Hindu prayer. Before Hindus go to the temple, they must do 16 steps. Such as:

  1. Avahana (invocation), the deity is invited to the ceremony from the heart.
  2. Asana, the deity is offered a seat.
  3. Padya, the deity’s feet are symbolically washed.
  4. Water is offered for washing the head and body.
  5. Arghya, water is offered so the deity may wash its mouth.
  6. Snana or abhisekha, water is offered for symbolic bathing.
  7. Vastra (clothing), here a cloth may be wrapped around the image and ornaments affixed to it.
  8. Upaveeda or Mangalsutra, putting on the sacred thread.
  9. Anulepana or gandha, perfumes and ointments are applied to the image. Sandalwood paste or kumkum is applied.
  10. Puspha, flowers are offered before the image, or garlands draped around its neck.
  11. Dhupa, incense is burned before the image.
  12. Dipa or Aarti, a burning lamp is waved in front of the image.
  13. Naivedya, foods such us cooked rice, fruit, clarified butter, sugar, and betel leaf are offered.
  14. Namaskara or pramana, the worshipper and family bow or prostrate themselves before the image to offer homage.
  15. Parikrama or pradakshina, circumambulation around the deity.
  16. Taking leave.

After that is complete, we can go to the temple and then pray.

There are variations in this puja method such as:

  1. Pancha upachara pooja (puja with 5 steps).
  2. Chatushasti upachara puja (puja with 64 steps).

In the general we use puja with 5 steps when we are praying in a small ceremony and before we do the puja with 5 steps we must do the Gayatri mantra (we call it Tri Sandya in Balinese). Why do we do the gayatri mantra first? We do the gayatri mantra first because the gayatri mantra is Hinduism’s most representative prayer and we also do the gayatri mantra 3 times in 1 day. After that we pray with 5 steps, such as:

  1. Empty pray (without flowers).
  2. Pray to shiva aditya (use the white or yellow flowers).
  3. Pray to istadewata (use the combine flowers).
  4. Pray to get safety (use the combine flowers).
  5. Empty pray (say thank to the god).

After finishing the 5 steps, we continue with the Tirta Amerta and Bija. Tirta Amerta is the holy water from the God and Bija is holy hulled rice from the God.

Okay, thank you very much that’s all I can describe about Hindu prayer.

By : Dayu Eka

 

Kadek indah yanti is my Balinise name.

Hello my name is Indah. I’m from Bali-Indonesia.  I’m one of the students at SLC (Slukat Learning Center) and I’m 16 years old. I love to watch movies and hang out with my friends. The thing I like to do most in life is to laugh, hahahahahah :D. Because I’m from Bali, I’m a Hindu, and I absolutely love this interesting religion.

Bali has many unique things like the culture, the ceremonies, the places, the temples and much more.  I’m so excited to describe one of those things, the temple. Have you ever traveled to Bali, and have you ever noticed that in every house there’s temple?  I would like to describe to you family temples in Bali.

Bali is home to thousands of temples. Everywhere you go you will see temples,  including in the Balinese houses; that is what we call the “family temples”. All of the family members pray in it every day, not just during big ceremonies. However, for the girls, you can only pray when you are not menstruating. Actually, the “Family temple” is the temple that protects the family members, that’s why every house must have this temple.

In the “family temple” there are more or less than 4 statues and also each statue has different meanings and functions. First is PADMASANA, it’s the place where our god (Ida Shang Hyang Widhi Wasa) stands. The PADMASANA stands in north-east side of the “family temple”.  Second is RONG TIGA, it’s the place for the gods (Brahma – Wisnu – Siwa /Hyang Guru) who control our mind. This statue stands in the east side behind the PADMASANA. The third one is PENGIJENG KARANG, it’s the place for the god who protects the area of their house. PENGIJENG KARANG is placed separate from the “Family temple” and it stands near the gate of house. The last one is PIASAN. The philosophy of PIASAN is the place for the gods to take a rest. In fact PIASAN is the place where the priest leads the ceremonies. In some “family temples” there’s DEWA HYANG. DEWA HYANG is the place for the souls of family members who have already died. They rest there after the cremation ceremony.

Sometimes if you build a new house you also need to build the family temple to or you just can build the PADMASANA and Pengijeng karng, like my house.

 

Hello, my name is Ni Kadek Sukma Melati, but you can call me Sukma. My religion is Hindu. I live in the Keramas village in Bali. My hobbies are reading novels, hanging out with my friends, and swimming. In my family, I have one older brother, his name is Tu Adi.  He is working at a restaurant near the Komune Beach Club.  I am a student in one of the senior high schools in Gianyar. I am in grade eleven.

Now, I would like to describe traditional clothes worn when the Hindu’s go to the temple. Maybe you have a question about why everyone who goes to the temple in Bali must wear a sarung or kebaya, I would like to answer it. I would like to tell you about the traditional clothes worn by the boys and the girls. The boys must wear an udeng, or destar, on their head, because inside of the head is the place of the god’s.  Then on their udeng there is a corner.  The corner must face up, because our mind is for our god.  For the girls, if they are single, they can wear their hair down, and for the girls who are already married they must put their hair up.  On the bottom they wear a kamen. Kamen is the Balinese word for sarung. The boys and the girls must wear their sarung above their ankle. The boys must wear a saput under their knee. The symbolism of the sarung is so bad things never go into the human body. They must wear a santeng on their waist so the bad things cannot reach their head.

We hope you enjoyed reading our students’ descriptions.

Annie and Hailey

Weekend Trip to Lombok

July 16, 2014 | Posted in 2014, Indonesia, IU, Summer Projects | By

Hello everyone! 
       

         We all just got back from a trip to the neighboring island of Lombok. Around 60 kids, volunteers, and staff members left on Friday and returned Sunday evening. It was an interesting adventure, to say the least. When we left, the staff had us load up into two big haul trucks (standing room only!) for the 40 minute commute. We took a ferry from Padang Bai, Bali, to Lombok. The ferry left at 9 pm and arrived around 3 am. There weren’t any beds on the boat, as was originally anticipated, but most kids and volunteers managed to fall asleep in the seats and on the benches. Those who didn’t feel like sleeping sang songs (John Legend – “All of Me” seemed to be the only one Tomi the Slukat volunteer wanted to sing. For five hours). After we got to Lombok, we went to the government building (? We still aren’t totally sure what that was about – but it was a nice building!) that was arranged for us to stay at and slept for a few hours. We then left the hotel for a day of sightseeing. We stopped at a Hindu temple to pray for a safe journey and then started our two hour drive to Sendang Gile, Lombok’s famous waterfall. We were lucky enough to have buses for transportation so we didn’t have to stand during the entire trip.  When we got on the buses to leave for the day, the staff passed out plastic bags for people to throw up in. At that point, we probably should have known that the trip was going to be a bit tumultuous. About an hour after our stop at the temple, we stopped on the cliffs overlooking Senggigi Beach to have a (*spicy spicy*) traditional Indonesian brown bag lunch of rice, cassava, and a boiled egg with rice noodles. The rest of the drive to the waterfall went pretty much as planned, and we hiked down the 200-or-so steps to reach the waterfall. It was a cool sight, and the cooler temperatures were much appreciated by all. All the kids broke out their selfie-sticks and had a great time.

We were unaware that air conditioning on a charter bus in such a hot place could be optional, and learned about it the hard way… One of the buses did not have any air flow, let alone air conditioning, which became problematic after the climb up the stairs from the waterfall. The other bus (which originally had air flow) broke down twice. After the first time, the air conditioning stopped working and then the air flow stopped completely. Both buses were a bit sweaty, to say the least!

        Most of the kids had little to no experience on a bus, so their stomachs did not handle the long, windy drive very well. We figured this much out: Curvy roads + extreme heat = busses full of kids passing out and/or vomiting. Our stomachs are all a bit stronger from the experience. 
        The trip to the waterfall was originally supposed to take 5 hours. With the bus breaking down so many times, it ended up taking around 10. The plan had been for us to arrive at Jagat Nata temple to share in a traditional full moon prayer ceremony. One of the buses arrived only 2 hours late, and the other arrived about 2.5 hours late. The students showed the Nourish team how Hindus pray (be on the lookout for our next blog post, featuring an entry from one of our students in the advanced English class explaining how Hindu prayer is completed!). We all loaded back on the buses to head back to the government building where we were staying. By the end of the day, everyone was exhausted. We had dinner at one of Lombok’s night markets around 10 pm (so cheap! About $2USD for a bowl of Mie Goreng and a fresh banana juice), and everyone crashed afterwards. 
        On Sunday, we went shopping with the kids. They were able to get an abundance of clothing and food souvenirs, which they were very excited about. Afterwards, we got back onto the ferry. We were originally all on the top level, which does not have a roof, but extreme rain showers forced us back indoors. When we got back on Bali, the rain had stopped and we loaded up into the haul trucks again. We got a nice surprise halfway back to Slukat: MORE RAIN! It was not a normal amount of rain that we are used to back in Idaho, however. It rained so hard that the streets flooded and everyone was soaked to the bone by the time we got to Slukat. Annie, Hailey, Dineka, and Tim were very excited to get inside and put dry clothes on. Courtney, Lydia, and Lauren decided a rain dance was in order and proceeded to play in it for awhile once we got back. 
        Overall, it was quite the trip. The kids told us that they had a lot of fun. It was most everyone’s first time leaving the island of Bali, so it was great to see them travel and achieve things that they normally wouldn’t. We got to bond with them a lot, so relations at the learning center are better than ever. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check back for our next blog post!
Selamat tinggal!
Dineka, Hailey, Annie, Tim, Courtney, Lauren, and Lydia. 

University of Idaho in Bali!

July 7, 2014 | Posted in 2014, Indonesia, IU, Summer Projects | By

The rainy season in Bali starts in July and lasts until mid September on a typical year, but with climate change it is becoming increasingly difficult to predict. This creates a whole swath of troubles, most notably the difficulty in planning and planting crops for the year. Plant too soon and everything will dry up in the ground, plant too late and the rain will stop before the crop is ready for harvest rendering a whole season of work useless. This unpredictability makes planting crops a lottery of an entires years income and sustenance for a family.
Today I was thinking about the relationship we all have as global citizen to this problem, and I got uncharacteristically angry about it. So many people in industrialized countries (particularly in America) think this is an issue they have the luxury of choosing whether or not to believe in. Industrialized countries tend to be so removed from any type of reliance on the natural world that we can easily go on living in our ignorance without so much a drip of sweat out of place. It’s incredible we have the audacity to think we have the choice to recognize climate change or not. This is affecting the lives of millions of people on a daily basis, and we’re still debating where to put a couple hundred windmills, because they aren’t pretty enough. We’re choosing the numbers in a lottery we aren’t even playing.
That being said, there are a lot of wonderful movements State side that are making a big impact in this fight. Farmers markets, buying local, choosing public transit over driving by yourself, recycling, etc. Our generation is proving that hope isn’t gone, it may have just been lost for a bit.
Just some food for thought.
Cheers from Bali!
Courtney

 

Greetings from Bali!

June 25, 2014 | Posted in 2014, Indonesia, Summer Projects, U Idaho | By

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!
Selamat tinggal!
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 :)

Well here goes…

May 6, 2014 | Posted in 2014, Indonesia, Summer Projects, U Idaho | By

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!

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia