Sarah Hollan in Indonesia

Experiences field study Sarah Hollan

For my internship I spent 3 months in Bali, Indonesia. On Bali I worked for Sjaki-Tari-Us which is a school for mentally disabled children. A Dutch man founded this organization in 2002 because there are only few schools for mentally disabled children on Bali, so a lot of Balinese children do not get any kind of education. Children at Sjaki-Tari-Us get lessons within so called playing-learning groups. There is also a group with teenagers in order to teach them social life skills.
At Sjaki-Tari-Us I did research about the teaching methods for mathematics and numeracy in order to let them improve their lessons in mathematics. I lived in a house next to a Balinese family which made it possible to get to know a lot of the Balinese culture. Balinese people were always very open and friendly and where pleased to show me more of their island. The teachers at Sjaki-Tari-Us always made the impression that they are very happy that I as a volunteer want to help them. They followed up advices and ideas very quickly which made working there very nice because I got the feeling that the host organization is really going to use my knowledge and expertise. Because the host organization is well known in the Netherlands, a lot of Dutch volunteers were working there during my stay. Hanging out with the other volunteers during my free-time made that I remember my stay on Bali as a great experience which was so worth doing it.

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