Table of Contents
- 2017 Feb • Hayley describes a transformative experience in Indonesia
- 2016 May-Sept • Feliz Zschoche volunteers at Peace Place
- 2016 FPT-AWP activities
- 2015 June • Vidya Sutton returns to Kathmandu after the earthquakes
- 2015 April • AVP workshops in Nepal
- 2015 March • Najla Drooby’s experience at the Peace Place International Workshop
- 2015 March • Discernment workshop in Nepal
- 2015 February – March • Autumn Star shares about her trip to Indonesia
- 2015 Feb • Autumn Star returns to Indonesia
- 2015 FPT-AWP activities
- 2014 September • English Classes with students at Raudlatul Falah, an Islamic high school in Java
- 2014 April • Philippines Peace Team Travel Log
- 2014 March – April • Indonesia Peace Team Travel Log
- 2014 • Indonesia Peace Team, Vydia Sutton
- New Generation of Barak Induk Team
- 2014 February • Indonesia Peace Team Travel Log
- 2013 December • Nepal Peace Team Travel Log
- Friends’ work continues
- 2013 October • Philippines Peace Team Travel Log
- 2013 Peace Team to Indonesia – Blaze Nowara, Christopher Hughes, Ludwig Bon Quirog
- 2013 Jun – Jul • Indonesia Peace Team Travel Log
- Never Underestimate the Power of a Few People — Growth Always Comes from Small Sprouts!
- 2013 Feb • Indonesia Peace Team
- Training Facilitators for AVP Workshops in Refugee Camps in Eastern Nepal
- Opening of the Taman Bermain Buemoe Ubeut (Small Earth Playground) Preschool in Langsa
- Community Noticing Improvement in Joglo Preschool Students’ Behavior
- Struggles in the Lhotshampa Refugee Camps
- Supporting AVP Facilitators in Nepal
- Yuyun’s Artist Scholarship
- 2012 • Indonesia Peace Team, John Michaelis
- 2012 • Extended Service, Kristina Blank
- 2012 Jan • Indonesia, Joe Dosch
- Norway, July 2011 • Team Member, Terese Longva Returns Home to Terror
- DOLLS! DOLLS! DOLLS!
- All in a day’s work
- 2011 • Extended Service, Esther Buckwalter
- Peace is Possible!!!
- We did it! Indonesians run AVP basic workshop in East Aceh
- 2007 Jan • Indonesia Peace Team, Jakarta
- 2007 Jan • Indonesia Peace Team, N Sumatra
- 2007 Jan • Indonesia Peace Team, Aceh
- An Adventure in Indonesia, Stephen S. Haynes February 2007 unpublished article.
2014 September • English Classes with students at Raudlatul Falah, an Islamic high school in Java
We have been back in Indonesia for a month now. We are again staying at Peace Place in Pati with Nanik, Petrus and Tito who are Mmenonites (a peace church).
What have we been doing? This is a story of our Friday mornings. Read on …
We have visited the school, Raudlatul Falah, an Islamic high school in Java on three Friday mornings so far. As most Indonesians do, we get up early to be ready for the motorbike trip at 6:30 am. We arrive at school as prayers are finishing and classes starting at 7 am.
Our first visit was met with amazed looks from the Year 7 to 12 students who do not see many foreigners. (They also have only one non-Muslim teacher.) The students were friendly, crowding around to see us.
Naturally talkative and excited, the Year 10, 11, and 12 students were suddenly formally polite and too shy to speak in our English conversation classes. We began by talking about Australia and Nepal, writing new words on the board. We then divided into two groups and used sharing circles and games from our peace activities (AVP). We often adapt the energetic “Vegetable Cart” game to learn pronunciation and vocabulary.
Vidya has an easy time with 15 girls in Year 12 and their teacher Qoqom. We sit in a circle and share on simple topics such as “an activity I like” and “my idea of a good friend”. On the third visit we went outside under the shady jati trees and talked about what we could see. We lighten up with a game each session.
Judith works harder with 35 girls and boys in Year 10 and 11. For two hours she uses persistent friendly encouragement to elicit conversation and practice pronunciation, and exhausts them with games such as Vegetable Cart and Houses and Tenants.
We are learning about the Indonesian language indirectly by what our students find difficult. Our students struggle to remember to match s/he to the gender of the person consistently, to match is/are to the singular or plural noun, and to use a/an/the with nouns. We learn about Indonesian pronunciation rules by how they try to say English words. Then they laugh with us when we try and pronounce Indonesian words.
The school is in the village of Gembong about 15 km from the centre of Pati, a regional town in Central Java with dense urban villages squeezed in among fields of maize and cassava.
The principal, Astadi, and teachers at Raudlatul Falah Senior Secondary High School value pluralism and relationships with people of different religions. They are also glad that their students can be brave and converse with native English speakers.
We enjoy our conversation classes and hope to visit again,
Vidya and Judith