The Joys of Volunteering and Inspiring Young Impoverished Teenagers

By Elen Chandra, EBPP Voluntario

DSC_0007Era lunes, Marzo 28º, a las 5 de la mañana, cuando mi mejor amigo (Inés) y otros dos amigos (Angela y Ira) llegó en un viaje conmigo para una visita a Ban Desa. Los tres de ellos se utiliza para trabajar juntos en un inicio en Yakarta y son mujeres muy exitosas. Yo les había contado historias de mi trabajo voluntario como profesor de Inglés y estaban muy ansiosos por ver finalmente todo de primera mano. Al final de un día agotador enseñanza, El ser profesor de Inglés en Desa Ban me había traído alegría y la satisfacción de los estudiantes de las seis escuelas diferentes que soporta EBPP. En este día, que sería un tiempo para compartir esta felicidad con mis amigos.

Todavía era un día normal de trabajo voluntario para mí, así que tuve que ir a la escuela Darmaji a las 9 am para enseñar a los estudiantes allí. Komang, el líder del equipo de EBPP subiría con mis amigos alrededor del mediodía, que es aproximadamente el tiempo habré terminado teaching.When mis amigos estaban en Darmaji, they toured around the school and I introduced them to my students. My students were very shy, holding up papers to hide their faces when I started introducing them to my friends. Nonetheless, they were excited and curious at our guests. To make it more interactive, I decided to persuade my friends to teach some new vocabulary to the students.

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After Darmaji, we went to Jatituhu School where the twelve students that got sponsored through EBPP’s Global Giving Crowdfunding in December 2015 were listening to inspiration talks from two of EBPP’s senior high school role models, Sudini from Pengalusan School and Sukerni from Cegi. In order to further motivate the students, Komang decided to invite my friend Agnes to share her success story. Agnes opened up her story by sharing her struggles living in a foreign country as a woman expatriate while pursuing a position where men are the dominant counterparts. Despite many challenges and roadblocks, Agnes was able to climb the corporate ladder and landed a managerial role at a big multi-national company. She shared the key to her success is persistence and a lot of hard work. Agnes hopes to inspire and motivate the students with her story. She believes that if the students are committed to learn and stay in school, they will equip themselves with knowledge that will not only help improve their day to day life but also take them far into the future.

The students’ faces lit up with inspiration. When asked by Komang if they got Agnes’s message, they exclaimed in confidence: “Yes! We aspire to be successful individuals and better the life of our family through our education for our future!” After Agnes’s speech, Sudini and Sukerni talked to my friends and said: “We want to be as independent and successful as you ladies. We are very motivated to persevere in our study for a better future for us and to inspire others in our village.”

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