My roommate COSed a few days ago, so I’m alone in the apartment now. Its definitely weird being here without her. However, I’m keeping busy cleaning the apartment and figuring out what items I can get rid of so my backpack will close all the way. The big news in my life is that I’m about to sign a contract for a two year teaching position in Jakarta, Indonesia. I’ll be doing after school private tutorial type classes for Indonesian students, ages 4-12. I’m very excited about this opportunity and will continue reporting my adventures through a different blog.
As for introspection on my last two years as a volunteer…that might have to come later. I tend to process things after the fact, and I’m trying not to think about any of the sad things too much. To summarize my understanding of things after serving in a developing country with other like minded people: relationships are the most important part of any service. Projects fail or peter out, any kind of development can be important but never as much as the ties between volunteers and the people they encounter abroad.