Where and when
Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 21 June to 05 July 2013
Theme and project
This IPP focused on Development Program on Education, a customized program whereby IPPers shared their expertise through experiential learning and educational games and activities. Up, close and personal, IPPers mingled and interacted directly with the village children from five remote villages in a mini camp including diffable children. Participants were challenged to bring out their creative skills and ideas to build and assemble five mobile libraries for the five villages. Library work activities included sorting of books, decorating the mobile library and installing a user friendly system for the readers.
Participants had the experience to live in a simple village and understand the local wisdom which is influenced by Javanese culture, one of the earliest and oldest cultures in Indonesia. In the process, IPPers gained new knowledge, acquire new skills, strengthen positive attitude and develop an appreciation of other culture.
For the third time, CISV Indonesia worked “side by side” with Karinakas (Caritas Indonesia). Karinakas is one of the 160 member countries under the umbrella of Caritas International which is based in Rome, Italy. Karinakas was established in 2006, after a huge earthquake hit a part of central Java and Yogyakarta. One of Karinakas programs is Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) program.
All participants in this IPP needed to be open to new situations and display empathy. They were willing and interested in working in fair conditions in a rural area and small villages. They were energetic, communicative, tolerant and patient. Creativity was most welcome. Those with experience in handling diffable children had big advantage but it was not a must.