The Joys of Volunteering and Inspiring Young Impoverished Teenagers

By Elen Chandra, EBPP Volunteer

DSC_0007Itu Senin, Maret 28th, di 5:00 di pagi hari ketika sahabatku (agnes) dan dua teman lainnya (Angela dan Ira) datang pada perjalanan dengan saya untuk kunjungan ke Desa Ban. Semua tiga dari mereka digunakan untuk bekerja bersama-sama di sebuah startup di Jakarta dan wanita sangat sukses. Saya telah mengatakan kepada mereka kisah-kisah dari pekerjaan sukarela saya sebagai seorang guru bahasa Inggris dan mereka sangat bersemangat untuk akhirnya melihat segala sesuatu tangan pertama. Pada akhir hari yang melelahkan mengajar, yang seorang guru bahasa Inggris di Desa Ban telah membawa saya sukacita dan kepuasan dari para siswa dari enam sekolah berbeda yang EBPP mendukung. Pada hari ini, itu akan menjadi waktu untuk berbagi kebahagiaan ini dengan teman-teman saya.

Itu masih hari relawan normal bagi saya, jadi aku harus pergi ke Darmaji Sekolah pukul 9 pagi untuk mengajar para siswa di sana. Komang, pemimpin tim EBPP akan pergi dengan teman-teman saya di sekitar tengah hari, yang adalah tentang waktu saya akan dilakukan teaching.When teman-teman saya di 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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