How to adjust to travel life?

There is a well known saying “In love, opposites attract,” but what about in our travels?! -personalities, attitudes or beliefs which are often different actively attract each other and can create a stable and lifelong relationship.

What traveling means

The beginning of our travels

12th of January Sara, Peter and Kuba, had the opportunity to find out if this saying also goes for all the other aspects of life. Spoiler alert – it is working!

Adjusting to traveling life

First, coming from our countries and our journey in Norway we only knew two things – the flag of Indonesia has the same shape and colors as the Polish one – opposite direction and the weather is completely different than the one in Norway. Cars in Indonesia are driving on the left like in the UK and trust me, this is hard to get used to when you drive on your own.

Secondly, for the first time in our lives, we become millionaires! A nice feeling, even if only because of the Indonesian currency and on top of that we got to experience what it feels like to be treated like celebrities. In one of the smaller cities, there was a welcome show waiting for us, one with dances, costumes and time for photos with us with both viewers and performers.Even though all went great getting to know.

Discovering Jakarta

We planned to stay in Jakarta for only one night, but because of Joshua and his family, we decided to stay and discover Jakarta for few more days. Just because they were best Couchsurfing hosts you can have in the beginning – not only because they were kind, helpful and spoke English very well, they were also home school teachers so that we could learn a lot. We found that in Indonesia children could, instead of typical school as we know in Europe, attend English speaking home school, which is approved by the government. Joshua, his younger sister, and mum have one just like that!

Learning English

Seven students between age 8-14, have lessons in English, five days per week for 7 hours, for all the necessary topics – geography, history, math, etc. Studies finish with exams that grant them higher education. An incredible discovery that only wasn’t fun to find out but also we enjoyed participating in teaching these children. To be honest, their level of English, especially in the aspect if accent and pronunciation, was in many cases even better than ours, but in European geography and history, they learned a lot from us!On the other hand, massive problem in Indonesia is recycling, or how we should say, lack of it.

Trash

Trash in horrible and in significant amount is everywhere – big cities, villages, beaches and jungles, streets and households. Way to get rid of it the Indonesian way – collect and burn or put more and more in one place, creating islands of thrash. Lack of knowledge is not a problem- all of the people we talked about this realize the possible consequences, but if nobody is forcing to get this fixed is, nobody will do anything.

We spend a whole three weeks trying to sort our stuff, always finding rubbish bins, talking and explaining, but they don’t believe that three people can change anything even in the small community they live ( and small for Indonesia is around 2 000 000 close neighbors). Our acts in this matter were more fun facts than a lesson for the future, but we will not stop.

Indonesia is too beautiful to be covered by thrash!

Another opposite aspect which was essential for us, animal lovers, was treating the animals. Cats are the pets people have at home, both in Indonesia and Malaysia, but dogs are homeless and wild, or even worst – shame on you, people from Solo – best regional dish! Cats are in the role of European dogs, which made me like cats much more, but dogs as food, not a best friend! Sometimes cultural differences can be shocking, that one for sure.

Biggest problem of Indonesia and Malaysia

To end our first report on a funny note with we want to talk about the biggest problem in Indonesia and Malaysia. In Malaysia, we were only for three days but we could see here the issue is terrifying. It is worse than thrash, overcrowded cities, style of driving, crimes and probably global warming. One word – durian. Some people call it fruit, we call it torture. Taste, smell, even how it looks. Scariest thing I ever saw in my life. If one of us will become a king or president here, durian will be illegal forever.

First month, Indonesia plus 72 hours in Malaysia for Peter and Kuba, the Philippines for Sara was a great success. Mostly because of all these opposites we found here that made us love this area even more. Cultural shock rocks!!!

Sara, Peter, Kuba FWP

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BTP period – 3 months

Returning to school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting with the team, showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, presentations, exhibitions, speeches for debate forums, books and more. Studying further the curriculum in Fighting with The Poor, bringing the truth to the public. 

Going to different schools around Europe to spread the new knowledge in various creative ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, exhibitions – leading to a better understanding and inspiring to take an action.

Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Using the last months together to conclude our future perspectives and possible ways of improving The Poor’s quality in life with humble ways of sharing knowledge.

Volunteer period – 6 months

The Project Work in Africa or India in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period, you can work at:

  • Teacher training colleges
  • Educating teachers for rural areas
  • Vocational schools for young people
  • Schools for street children.Preschools
  • Sanitation and hygiene in rural areas
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Raising funds for social projects by forming partnerships and selling second hand clothes and shoes
  • Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS (following the program TCE/Total Control of the Epidemic)

Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.

Ready for doing the work needed at the project, bringing plans and materials from the previous periods. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried out.

Carrying out the tasks as defined within the necessities of the project and by the Project Leadership. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, eradicating malaria, teaching about big issues of our time while working as a teacher at DNS, starting income-generating activities, working as a TCE Special Force in the fight against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.

Studying and working with your Specialisation in Fighting with The Poor, finalising with a People’s Exam and a written thesis at the end of the period. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, recording videos.

Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to make daily life better.

Travel period – 3 months

Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are traveling through.

Making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, staying in their homes, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values and sharing thoughts with them about the world and the future.

Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing it to the public what you have so far experienced and learned. Putting up investigations on a higher level, asking tough questions to self and to the group, getting hold of more answers and putting up new questions.

Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced.
Finding good ways of sticking together in the Trios and in the group as such during the travel period.

Study Period – 6 months

At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher.

The school’s Program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a Program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary.

Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.

You will train yourself in being adventurers and survivors, living and traveling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.