Volunteering in Indonesia continues
Volunteering in travel not only allows you to save money, first of all it is a great opportunity to get to know the local community and experience how local people really live in the country. Thanks to volunteering you can get to know the real culture and customs of the country, not the image created for the needs of tourists visiting the country.
My stay on Java in Indonesia was really nice experience. Teachers as well as students used to invite me to have lunch or dinner together. On our days off or after class students used to take me on tours around the local area. During one of those trips I had a chance to visit natural swimming pool. The water in the swimming pool was pumped in from the underground river, therefore it was freezing. Besides that there were colorful fish in the swimming pool so it was quite famous local place for snorkeling. I was also taken on the trips to see local temples – for example Sojiwan Temple. The weather was great and the temple looked incredibly beautiful in the sunshine.
During my volunteer in Java, I lived in a quite small town called Klaten. I felt as if local people never saw foreigner before. On Sundays we used to go to the city center to enjoy the “car free day”. I think it should be called “car free morning” as the cars weren’t allowed to enter the main street only till noon. When we got to the center I had a feeling that everyone is looking at me, as if I were some alien from another planet. They probably wondered “what the hell is he doing here?” I had that feeling every time I went to the center, but with time I got used to it.
On the last day of my volunteer in Klaten, surprise awaited me. Lessons were canceled, students and teachers collected money and I was invited to eat farewell lunch together in the restaurant. There was another challenge awaiting me at the lunch – it turned out, that everyone was expecting me to give a farewell speech – I hate speaking in front of many people! During lessons there were usually less than 10 students, so that wasn’t a problem, but right now most of the school was there! I was not prepared for this kind of challenge, I was totally not expecting anything like this, but I gave a speech. Everyone was expecting long, charismatic speech, but I kind of failed their expectations, as I gave really short speech – totally in my style.
When we finished lunch, most students and teachers spontaneously decided to go to a water park. Water in that park came from an underground river so it was freezing. Of course, as it was totally spontaneous decision, nobody was prepared. Luckily men were able to rent swimming shorts, but women decided to swim in whatever they were wearing. There was a river in the water park and few great slides. We had so much fun that when I finally checked the time, it turned out my train to Jakarta will departure in 40 minutes – and we were 40 minutes away from the campus! We jumped on the motorcycles and rushed like crazy towards the town. It was the most amazing motorcycle ride I’ve ever experienced and we got to the campus in 30 minutes, I grabbed the luggage, jumped back on the motorcycle and rushed to the railway station. We got to the station just on time – the train just arrived. I quickly said goodbye to students and teachers accompanying me on the station and jumped on the train. A long trip to Jakarta awaited me.