by Heidi, Work Study, IHF Jakarta
My first week at the IHF Jakarta education centre is complete, but instead it feels like I’ve been here a month. I came from a study abroad semester in Singapore, having submitted my last papers a few days before, with no expectations about the centre. I was pleasantly surprised. What struck me about the centre is its welcoming atmosphere: the kids feel completely at home and hang around for a long time after class, playing and chatting. It’s also so pretty! I love the way the walls are decorated.
The week’s highlights included bonding with Ayu, one of the centre’s resident young people whilst helping her make chocolate jelly. I also loved sitting in on the classes given by one of our Co-directors, Christina, to the youngest children, who are incredibly cute. Whilst I’m enjoying my Sunday – it’s a well-earned rest, I can’t wait for next week to start and for me to really find my feet teaching.