by Timea M., Co-Director, IHF Aceh
Thursday evening I had a very nice farewell dinner with my lovely Jakarta family, eating Ayam penyet which is one of my favourites here in Indonesia. Next morning, I had to leave very early for the airport to set off for a new adventure and a new life in Banda Aceh.
Once I’ve arrived at the centre, I received a warm welcome from Jess and the two work-study volunteers, Julia and Amy. They told me a lot about how the centre works and what they have been doing here since their arrival.
On Saturday, I could watch the classes and get to know some of the local volunteers. They arrived pretty early in the afternoon to prepare everything for a genuine Indonesian dinner. They made perkadel, chicken curry and omelettes, and for dessert, we had very nice jelly.
Of course, we didn’t stay at home on Sunday, four of our local volunteers, Bella, Tari, Zee and Reihan took us out in the city on their motorbikes. We rode by the Tsunami Museum and the Grand Mosque. We went to some traditional stores, so Julia and Amy could buy some souvenirs for their families and friends. What they wanted most was batik and coffee, these are trademarks for Indonesia and Aceh.
After the shopping session we had lunch together in one of their favourite restaurants, Zakir and I ate Mie Aceh. I tried it for the first time, it was really delicious. Looking forward to other treats here!
After the busy day we spent together, we came back to the centre and were chatting on the terrace and they told me about their lives and their experiences with IHF. It’s so great to see so many young people getting involved in volunteering and wanting to help the children we provide education for!