Taking the road less travelled often leads to the greatest success, 6 months ago I embarked on this mission with the intention of experiencing, learning and also giving back to a community I think needed something that I had to offer. I can truly say this was an amazing experience, difficult times included – I have overcome them through the grace of the Lord and am thankful that He has kept me safe and brought me safely back on home soil.
As I am writing this I am sitting in my room back home in South Africa and am happy, content and when I think back on the last six months I cant help but smile at the amazing memories and experiences I had. This has been a cultural exchange of note. I made many new friends and people whom I now consider part of my family, I pray that we will stay in contact for many years to come.
Through the program I learnt many new skills and enhanced some of the skills I already knew I had. I overcame many obstacles with the help of the amazing people I met in Indonesia.
Before I came to Indonesia I was probably like many South Africans who only mention Bali and its many tourist attractions, but I am thankful that my time spent in Indonesia took me to the city of Kendari. In Kendari I got to experience a different part of Indonesia. I got to interact with many of the Christian Commuinty, together we could share in our Faith, the differences and similarities. I definitely feel that I have grown spiritually.
Another part of the program allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and teach English, at times this was difficult but through determination and perseverance it brings back some of the best memories, when reading the thank you letters from the kids I realise how much of an impact I made in their lives. Leaving the kids from the orphanage in Lambuya was a bitter sweet moment, I have grown to love each and every one of them as my own brothers and sisters and will never forget them.
I would like to thank each and everyone who made this opportunity possible. As I left Kedari, I left with a smile on my face knowing that I achieved what I wanted and also received more than I could ever have hoped for.
As mentioned in my closing speech, through this experience I realized that what makes Indonesia great is not the various attractions, food and drinks…..nope, it is the people you meet along the way that makes this country one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Thank you and this is not goodbye but rather a SEE YOU LATER.