Kendal Bilateral Work Camp - IWO - DEJAVATO: 1 - 14 February 2008
Kendal Regency is a new place of Dejavato’s workcamp. Dejavato started to build partnership with a local NGO, called LMDH Wana Lestari in Wonosari Village, District of Pegandon. This local NGO’s activities mostly concern in environment preservation surrounding the village. Besides, Dejavato also cooperated with the local government of Kendal Regency which has given big support and assistance during the project.
Wonosari village is a small village on the hill located about 15 km south of Kendal City. In the past the village was surrounded by the forest, but few years ago the forest had serious damaged because of illegal lodging. So that’s why the LMDH Wana Lestari was formed. Since several years ago, together with local villagers, Forestry Department and local government they started planting trees.
There were 22 participants in this workcamp, that mostly were university’s students. The main activity was building a small house from bamboos for a library for local children and young people. We called this house as a “Reading Center”, where the volunteers also made some bookshelves for putting the books. The Korean volunteers also donated English reading books, dictionaries and English learning books.
The volunteers also had daily activities in teaching English for students in the Wonosari Elementary school. The response of the students and teachers were very great and enthusiastic. The students were so happy having the workcampers taught English and other new skills like making Korean kites, dances, songs, games etc.
During stayed in the village, the volunteers also had cooking session with local people, especially with the ladies. The villager’s ladies and Indonesian volunteers cooked traditional food, while Korean cooked their traditional cuisine. Besides, they also learnt how to play traditional musical instruments called Rebana, mud volley and foot ball competition, discussion, school visit and visiting Borobudur Temple and local tourist objects in Kendal Regency facilitated by the Tourism Department.
DJ-02 Sidorejo International Workcamp: 02 - 14 February 2008
This is the first workcamp was held in Sidorejo village in the beginning of 2008, and we would like also to have workcamps in the same site in the coming months. The type of the worcamp was Renovation and Education.
The volunteers had main activity in renovating (painting) the teachers rooms at SD Sidorejo I (Sidorejo Elementary School I). This workcamp was held to continue the work in renovating some school facilities which also had done by the volunteers in the previous workcamp in December 2007.
They also organized health environmental and campaign with local students by collecting and managing garbage surround the school, promoting the importance of cutting and having clean nails and hair. The volunteers also gave a hand cutting and cleaning nails of the students. In the morning they taught English in the classrooms.
During the free time they visited nearby waterfall, played some games in the river or school yard with students, hiking, and visited the famous Borobudur temple as the camp site is located close to this world heritage site.
DJ-03 Semarang International Workcamp: 02 - 14 February 2008
This was the second international workcamp held in Semarang in the beginning of 2008. The workcamp was held Kedungmundu District, East Semarang. Dejavato cooperated with Ar-Rodhiyah Moslem Orphanage House, an orphanage and a kinder-garden which belong to the Rodhiyah Muslim Foundation. The orphanage is home to 100 orphans. Through this project, we want to support the Rodhiyah Foundation in its work for the future of the orphans and stimulate intercultural encounter.
The volunteers taught English inside the orphanage and promoted both personal hygiene (important for the children) and environmental protection (waste management). They also spent organizing games and leisure activities for and with the pupils, as well as held cooking exchange session. Besides doing main activities in the orphanage house, they also visited a neighboring elementary school for teaching some basics English, songs and games.
During the leisure times they played football with the orphans. The orphans also asked the volunteers to join them in the trekking in the hill behind of the camp site.