My First Trip to Eastern Indonesia

Last November, I and other twelve volunteers from Jakarta, Denpasar, Tobelo, and Manokwari were traveling to Serui to share our enthusiasm in improving Indonesian education to teachers in Kabupaten Kepulauan Yapen, Papua. We happily spent our time and energy as our contribution for this beloved country in a volunteering movement, Ruang Berbagi Ilmu (RuBI).

Most of us chose Yapen as our volunteering destination since it was one of the farthest places in RuBI 2018. We might have no idea whether we would visit there unless it was for an important moment like RuBI. Flying from Jakarta to Yapen was like flying from Paris to Moscow but without any direct transportation. To get to Yapen, we had to take flight from Jakarta to Biak, via Makassar. Then from Biak, we had to take another flight or take a local ship to cross to Serui. Darius, one of the volunteers, even had to drive for four hours from Tobelo to get to the nearest airport in Ternate, before flying to Makassar, Biak, and Serui. And we did all those trips voluntarily without any sponsor. 😊

"Unity in Diversity" (Papua Hei, Yapen, 2018) – 📸 by Darius

Preparation for Papua
The volunteers were not random people. We had to submit an essay about why we wanted to join this program and what we would share to teachers in remote area. After the committee carefully assessed our essays and selected the applicants in September 2018, we gathered in Jakarta to have briefing and get to know with each other. We then met for several times to understand who our audiences were. We learned that the local education activists in Yapen came from various elements in the society, not only teachers but also pastors, army, and professionals. We also gathered few times to discuss about our knowledge sharing materials. We carefully prepared every materials to share with those experienced teachers.

And eventhough the number of volunteers in our group decreased from 30 to 13 people due to various circumstances (well, it was a voluntary activity, nobody could be forced to do anything), we kept our enthusiasm high because we learned that kids in Yapen were very enthuastic to come to school to learn from their teachers although those kids had to walk quite far to get to school. 💪🏽

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From the moment I wrote my essay to join RuBI Yapen, I remember Bu Helena, my science teacher in SMP St. Mikael Cimahi, who moved to Papua 16 years ago. She and her husband started a ministry and built a school in Jayapura. Right after the announcement of selected volunteers, I contacted Bu Helena and asked her if I can visit her school for few days, and she happily welcome me. I invited other RuBI volunteers to join me, and Andreas was willing to allocate more time to share happiness to elementary and middle school students in Sekolah Papua Kasih.

I also conducted some research about tourism in Papua, but unfortunately there were only few references about traveling in Jayapura, Biak, and Serui. Most articles I got were from TripAdvisor and some outdated blogs. Other information like local public transportation (flight, boat, bus, etc) were also very limited. Surely there were a lot of homeworks for the government tourism office of Papua to promote the beautiful sides of Papua besides Raja Ampat.

Kelas Inspirasi: SLB Negeri 7 Jakarta

Senin pagi, 17 September 2018, sebanyak 61 relawan dari berbagai profesi dan latar belakang berkumpul di SLB Negeri 7 Jakarta untuk berbagi kebahagiaan dengan anak-anak berkebutuhan khusus. Hari itu mungkin pertama kalinya bagi sebagian kami untuk berinteraksi dengan anak-anak sekolah dasar, menjelaskan profesi kami dengan bahasa yang sederhana, yang mudah dipahami oleh anak-anak. Dan yang pasti, hari itu adalah pertama kalinya bagi hampir semua relawan kelompok kami untuk berinteraksi dengan anak-anak berkebutuhan khusus. Kelas Inspirasi Jakarta 7 menjadi sebuah tantangan yang berbeda bagi kami semua, baik relawan baru maupun relawan yang sudah berpengalaman di kegiatan KI.

Tulisan ini dibuat sebagai bentuk dokumentasi atas apa yang setiap kami rasakan saat berbagi tentang profesi kami, yang ingin kami bagikan ke lebih banyak orang.

Relawan Kelas Inspirasi SLB Negeri 7 Jakarta – 📷 by @harapan_daeli

KonMari Method: How to Tidy Up

I've been interested in minimalism lifestyle since last year, and one of the related aspects is about tidying up. One name came up, she is Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing expert who has written few books about tidying up. Her most popular books are "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and "Spark Joy". Here are some lessons learned from the book I read few weeks ago.

Why tidying up?

It can relieve stress
The fact that we don't need to search is actually a stress reliever. When we reduce what we own and essentially "detox" our house, it has a detox effect on our bodies as well. Tidying helps us to know contentment. We'll realize that our desires have decreased.

It brings happiness
Since we will be surrounded by the things that spark joy, it will definitely make us happier.

It can transform our life
Letting go is more important than adding. It increases our confidence in our decision-making capacity. When we can't let something go, it's actually we have either attachment to the past or fear for the future. What we want to own is actually showing us how we want to live our life.

How to tidy up?

Step 1: Sort by category, not by location.
Visualize the ideal clutter-free space, then follow the recommended order to tidy, from the easiest category to declutter to the hardest one: clothes, books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and mementos (sentimental items).

Step 2: Start by discarding, all at once, intensely, and completely
Place every item of certain category on the floor, touch them one by one, and ask yourself "Does it spark joy?" We should only keep those that bring us joy. So if it doesn't spark joy, then we should dispose it.

Step 3: Store things in order
Designate a place for every thing. Store all items of the same type in the same place. Don't scatter storage space. Store every item vertically if possible. Eliminate excess visual "noise" that doesn't inspire joy.

Tidy life, happy life!