Making a Difference in Paradise

By:  Paula, Voluntourist Bali

It’s hard to put into words what this experience has meant to me.

Two girls in Zaragoza set out to spend a month away from home, discovering a new culture, a new way of living. Although the first day of volunteering was a bit harsh, it is amazing how quickly you adapt to a lifestyle completely different from your own. Perhaps because one of the best things about this experience is sharing it with people from other parts of the world, being able to support each other and being able to face all the challenges with a smile.

Processed with VSCO with t1 preset It is precisely these smiles that the children of Kampung Buitan never lose. This village is a poor area of Bali paradise where, despite not having the facilities or some opportunities like ours, people manage to find happiness in the simplest things.We came here to teach children, and yet, we have learned values from them and an ability to overcome each day that you hardly see in our comfortable developed world.

The tasks done in the center are of vital importance, since it is responsible for providing a more consolidated education to children in a country where the education system has many faults. It is essential to provide the younger generation with a solid base on which to build a future, and maybe they will be able to change the fate of many of their families. This is why I think the role performed by the International Humanity Foundation will make a significant difference in the lives of these children.
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Bali is, in all respects, a paradise both for its scenery and the people living here, always willing to help with the prevailing philosophy of Hinduism. What caught my attention most was that all their actions are based on the Karma, they help the person next to them and with an admirable consistency. Without a doubt, kindness is inherent in all of them.

Life in the center has also allowed me to meet people from other cultures, namely China, the United States and India. I’m sure that, without that mutual support, this experience would not have been the same. We really have many anecdotes, moments of laughter, and collaboration as we prepare lessons and activities for the next day. And also some desperation while trying to guess what kind of animal made the noise that everyone heard while we were sleeping the night before.  Although we have gotten used to that too.

Surely, from this intense month I take friends, experiences and stories to tell but, above all, I take a new part of me that I’ve gotten to know and hope to keep on knowing in new projects. Projects that I hope to make such an important part of me as this has.

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