It all began with a short message service or commonly known as sms, notified myself to check what’s news that I got. Surprisingly, It’s a calling for voluntary services from someone who I did not know best. Because I really curious with the activities and with no longer thinking all of the consequences and challenges ahead, I made a call and told to the person that I want to join-which I realize after-that is Mbak Dini Hajarrahmah, a girl, an UNDIP student and also a social entreprenuers, who I met in an international conference (ASHOKA) months ago! Such a blessed that she still remind of people who ever she met including me.
In very short of time (only one day!), we have to be ready, teaches English to locals guide in Kinahrejo village, Yogyakarta and train the trainer about how to teach English lessons and made a forum discussions regularly at LATARE LARE in Tlatar, Central Java. The first wave start from 19-23 January 2011.
The 1st wave consists of 11 people, each comes from diverse backgrounds and universities! From Economics to Chemical Engineering faculty, from UNDIP to UI students and from a Dancer to a part-timer TPA Teacher (Taman Pendidikan Al-Quran)! What a great example of team diversity, it soo Indonesia.
The fist wave volunteers are :
Desita Sularso, English Linguistics 2007, UNDIP (Head of Volunteers).
Nugroho Arif Widodo, Electrical Engineering 2008, UNDIP.
Abdul Majid, Fisheries and Marine Sciences 2009, UNDIP.
Adjeng Siwindari, Chemical Engineering 2010, UNDIP.
Mahardika Talenta, English Linguistics 2009, UNDIP
Dimas Jagad Gumelar, (myself ^^) Economics and Development Studies 2009, UNDIP
Safrini Malahayati, Historical Sciences 2005, UI.
Arief, Law School 2009, UNNES.
Faela Sufa, International Relations 2009, UGM.
and 2 other students that I forget their names ><” (duh!)
It was a very long trip and exhausting, just to reach Kinahrejo village. When normally only 3,5 hours, we had to spent more than 5 hours because of cold-lava or ‘lahar dingin’ flooded the main road between Magelang – Sleman. But finally we made it, and welcomed by the warmness of the Al-Qodir people, which served us hot teas and yummy noodles soup! :9
And now the team are complete, Safrini Malahayati from Universitas Indonesia and Faela Sufa from Universitas Diponegoro came just a few minutes after us. But, only Safrini or Safa, who joined us that time. Faela joined in the third day because still have something to be done in her campus.
Because we start our teaching at 7:00 PM everyday. From the sunrise to sunset, we don’t have exact activities to do. But, don’t worry we already prepare in the night before. So, our first activities was finding meals for all of us in a local grocery or ‘warung’ near base camp and only took 5 minutes walks. We stop there, and greets the owner-an old man-then ordered hot teas. Luckily, we got meals from a pitchwomen or ‘pedagang keliling’ like nasi kuning, nasi ayam, rames etc. with amazing price! Each only Rp. 1000!! So, we grab almost made the stock lasts. (We really hungry you know) haha lol
After done with the morning supper, we continue our activities with going to the ‘Kawasan Wisata Kinahrejo’ which approximately 4 km from where we now. With no transportation from Al-Qodir, (actually we’re not asking them and didn’t want to make them troublesome because of us, hehe) we took a walks along the way up to the mountain!
Minutes after seconds, hundreds steps after one, we felt bit tired and decide to stop a truck pass by! We know we can’t make it to the destination place, because the locals told us it’s too far if we going there only by walk! (It can be a day of walking, hey nak!) ><’ So, we stopped the truck and….(just see the pictures below)
Dimas Gumelar, Mahasiswa FE UNDIP.