Project week to me was something more than CAS, but it was also a variety of learning experiences unique to the system. I visited the village of Cipanas which made me reevaluate my self. Despite the crowded area, the people were happy with their lives and it is easy to understand why. From the vast nature to the kind people, there are many unique and breathtaking aspects unique to the village. Through this experience, I have learned to appreciate my life even more by exploring something that only I can discover. Project week also granted me a chance to grow in confidence and step out of my comfort zone. Communication was a key factor, between my team our NGO and the village.
During our planning process for project week, we got a message from ISOS and Aggie explaining the dangerous situation in Jakarta due to the presidential election. ISOS gave a hot zone (central Jakarta), where we were not allowed to go to. Unfortunately, our activity was located in the hot zone, forcing us to change it last minute. Moreover, we did not book accommodation as we were aware of the situation in Jakarta and the possibility for the trip to be cancelled. This decision was very helpful as our planned accommodation was located near the activity and was in the hot zone. We were able to cancel the activity and change our accommodation to an area close to our creativity outside of the hot zone.
During project week, our 5 days were separated into 2 days of service and 2 days of creativity. Our last day was off due to the activity being cancelled.