Kiki, Volunteer, IHF Aceh
Last Thursday we organised a resume workshop. Jessica, our new Co-Director took the lead and it went really well. We learned how to make a good resume and all for free. All of the IHF Aceh Center’s volunteers involved in the workshop and we took the opportunity to ask Jessica a lot of questions. We asked which sentences that we need to include in the resume and how to make our resume really interesting. Jessica was a really great teacher and was really happy to help if we had any problems.
Most of the volunteers are university students with various different majors. It gave us a good mixture of knowledge about how to make a good resume. We also learned to improve our English. This was especially good for me because I have never made a missive before. It is gives me new knowledge and a new experience.
Thanks a lot Jess!
Last week we celebrated Ayu’s birthday by inviting all the students to a Buka Bersama, a fast breaking together. Ayu spent the days before planning carefully, and she did a wonderful job. Many students arrived, from all different age groups, including many younger children. We gathered in circles around our plates of chips, donuts, dates and most importantly, tea. The moment approached and Ade watched the clock carefully, waiting for 5.57pm. The excitement grew until finally the clock ticked over and all the students gulped down their tea and donuts as fast as they could (although I’m quite sure the younger children weren’t actually fasting).
We all enjoyed the snacks and other treats the children brought to share, and then Ayu’s birthday cake was produced. After singing and blowing out the candles, we lured her outside, where Rahma and many of the students had a special surprise: a bucketful of some strange concoction! At first Ayu was mobbed by all the students, but she got her own back, and by the time we came back inside, a lot of them were covered in the mystery mix from the bucket.
The students went home after this, but Ayu’s friends, and many of our volunteers, local and international, stayed on, and we ate a special meal prepared by Ibu for the occasion. It was a happy day for Ayu and well deserved, as we are so proud of her (even more than usual) that she has been accepted to Universitas Negeri Jakarta. We know she’ll be a fantastic student!
Tess, Director, IHF Jakarta
The first week spent in Medan Center is really nice. Everything for me is a special and unforgettable experience. The director here is just like a big sister. We talk everything about the center, the kids and life…The kids here are cute, although some of them are naughty in class. The local volunteers and teachers help me a lot. The classes are usually at night and we teach different ages of kids and play with them as well. There are four girls who always stay in the center and play a while after class. I taught them games and we play the games almost everyday. The food in the center is good; there is chicken for lunch and dinner, but the flavor is different. In a word, Medan Center is a big lovely and friendly family.
Yan Yujin, Volunteer, IHF Medan
This week we prepped to welcome the children back to the Center after holidays. We spent days cleaning the center and doing the children’s laundry. Friday morning the children got back to the Center and they were overjoyed to see us waiting for them. We had a lovely dinner on Sunday together.
Joy, Co Director, IHF Thailand
I realise it is a very stereotypical thing to do but I’m going to talk about the weather this week. When as a redhead I told my friends and family that I would be travelling to sub Saharan Africa, without exception, they all mentioned sunscreen. I was expecting to have to cover my pale arms and head in for fear of being roasted alive, and during the middle of the day, that has been entirely my experience. However, Nakuru is an odd place in that despite being on the Equator, it is 1800m above sea level. This means that at night, temperatures plummet and long sleeves and hats become necessary for different reasons. Moreover, the Kenyan winter announced its presence this week with a bout of miserable weather. Having lived in Manchester for three years I am entirely used to non-stop icy drizzle, but to the children from the arid region of Pokot, the cold and rain is always quite a shock.
Thankfully in the morning we have hot tea and mandazis (like doughnuts) to warm us into the day. Despite the cold clearly being a shock to the system, the children are always cheered up by this tasty breakfast and always head out to school with grins on their faces. I’m happy to say that it also works for our new Directors Uriel and Ksenya.
Richard, Co-Director, IHF Kenya
Three weeks have passed and I think my teaching has reached a point that everything goes more smoothly. I still remember when I started teaching that there was one boy who always sat back of the classroom and did not engage with classes. I payed special attention to this boy, and every point I taught I would ask him to answer my questions. Surprisingly, now he always sits in front and he’s always the first to answer. He’s the most smart student in SD4. As a result, I think I’ll try my best to teach, as the kids really want to be focused on. I believe the right way comes the right results. Of course I’m still looking for a better way.
Xiaoran, Volunteer, IHF Bali
This week was Idul Adha, so the center was really quiet and calm. We didn’t hold any official lessons, since the students were on holiday from school, and most likely busy with this big holiday. We had a couple of students drop by throughout the week to simply sit for a bit and chat.
We did, however, hold a special Arts & Crafts event on October 17 to celebrate the day together with kids that were interested in participating.
We did 3 different activities including a fish making craft conducted by Caroline. This was made with different colored cupcake paper, and the students had a great time creating their fish with differing mouths and scale patterns.
Then I did an origami activity with them where we created an elephant and a rabbit. The students were quite creative in drawing missing eyes, ears, or including some accessories.
Finally, Melissa conducted a dream-catcher weaving activity. Most of the students, young and old alike, seemed to be enthralled with this. It was difficult to do at first, but in the end, each student was quite involved and invested in creating their unique patterns. Hopefully they are peacefully sleeping every night with their newly made dream-catchers hanging over their beds.
At the end of the day, the students excitedly asked whether they could take home the crafts they had created that day!
Jessica, Co-Director, IHF Aceh Center