7th July 2012, by Julia

21 days, 15 hours and 5 minutes since I landed in Jakarta (give or take a few minutes) and my body clock has finally registered that we are in a different time zone; I am now able to sleep through the night without waking every hour; hallelujah!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (Nelson Mandela). Through educating the younger generation we are providing them with the life skills they need to succeed in this world. The children that I teach have hopes and dreams; many would like to attend university in the near future and I hope that their dreams come true because I cannot think of a group of young persons more deserving. It can be said that many of these children hold a skill that I have not yet mastered myself; the ability to be able to speak a second language. They many not be fluent yet but they are certainly at a high level, I wish the same could be said about my Spanish language skills.

Witnessing the children relaxing, laughing and having fun with their friends free from any worry is a wonderful sight. The girls below are playing Congklak, a traditional Indonesian game; they are very good at it, well they always beat me any way.

Last weekend we had to say our farewells to two of the volunteers; Sue and Yerik. They were both very lovely and it was a pleasure to meet them. Luckily it wasn’t all doom and gloom as three new volunteers arrived at the centre this week from China; Sarah, Shelley & Weshey.

Some days the teaching doesn’t finish until 8 o’clock in the evening, you’d think by this time we’d be ready for crawling into bed with a good book to relax for the night. Well think again, the evenings are generally spent playing games with the centre children. My favourite is an unconventional game of hide and seek that involves a considerable amount of running and sneaking around. Once we have tired ourselves out we usually retire to the living area for a few rounds of the card game uno, although it’s made more intense because the loser has talcum powder spread over their face by the other players.

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