The Joys of Volunteering and Inspiring Young Impoverished Teenagers

By Elen Chandra, EBPP bénévoles

DSC_0007Il était lundi, Mars 28e, à 5 heures du matin, quand mon meilleur ami (Agnes) et deux autres amis (Angela et Ira) est venu sur un voyage avec moi pour une visite à Desa Ban. Tous les trois ont l'habitude de travailler ensemble à un démarrage à Jakarta et sont des femmes très réussies. Je leur avais raconté des histoires de mon travail bénévole en tant que professeur d'anglais et ils étaient très désireux de voir enfin tout de première main. A la fin d'une journée d'enseignement fatiguant, étant un professeur d'anglais en Desa Ban me avait apporté la joie et la satisfaction des élèves des six écoles différentes qui EBPP soutient. Ce jour-là, il serait temps de partager ce bonheur avec mes amis.

Il était encore une journée de bénévolat normal pour moi, donc je devais aller jusqu'à Darmaji école à 9h pour enseigner aux étudiants il. Komang, le chef d'équipe de EBPP irait avec mes amis vers midi, qui est environ le temps que je serai fait teaching.When mes amis étaient 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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