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- An Adventure in Indonesia, Stephen S. Haynes February 2007 unpublished article.
2011 • Extended Service, Esther Buckwalter
June 8, 2011
Seeing a volcano, researching tests for aqueous silver concentration, going to the world’s largest Buddhist monument, and naming myself with a positive adjective… What do all these activities have in common? Why yes, you guessed it, they have all happened within my first week as a member of Friends Peace Teams. (My positive adjective is Enthusiastic, by the way. I am Enthusiastic Esther!) My first week has been, as expected, very interesting and thought provoking. What follows are some of the thoughts that have been provoked by the structure of the FPT organization and the travels in Indonesia thus far.
Travel and cultural outings were exciting elements of my week that I wasn’t necessarily expecting. Friday, June 3rd found me watching the fog roll back from the top of a volcano and playing an Indonesian bamboo instrument called an angklung. Saturday, June 4th took me to an Indonesian family reunion, discussing women in politics and the lack of diabetic-friendly products in Indonesia with Sarah’s uncle.
The beginning of this week (Sunday, June 5th) I was whizzing through the countryside on a train to settle into my new home in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Monday, June 6th brought some manual labor and meetings to set up for filter testing and learn about the Society for Health Education Environment and Peace, Friends Peace Teams’ partner in bringing ceramic water filters to Indonesia. Tuesday, June 7th included a trip to two amazing ancient religious sites, Borobudur and Prambanan, and today I write you this travel log after a good day of work.
Interspersed throughout these activities have been regular check-in meetings with my fellow Peace Team workers (Nick, Sarah, Nadine, Autumn, Sharon, and Dean). The meetings and the travels have been teaching me a lot about what it means to be in Indonesia with Friends Peace Teams. Exploring the culture and the history of this country teaches me about its complexity, its joys, and its sorrows. It puts me in a better context for the work I’ll do and how to react to situations and people around me. It also deepens my understanding of the world and its many different peoples. Check-in meetings with the team teach me about the continued emphasis FPT has on finding people’s strengths and being in touch with what you need.
I’m learning how bringing people’s strengths together creates an amazing capacity for positive change. I truly appreciate my fellow workers’ goal of building an environment of effective communication and respect, and I’m grateful to Indonesia for having me for the next two months. I will do my utmost to make these months count.
All the best,
Ceramic Water Filter Researcher