My wonderful three months stay in Bali
Even if everything was so new I felt comfortable from the first second on. I am very thankful, that the Staff and all the kids welcomed me with open arms and a big balinese smile on their faces." Katharina was a volunteer in an orphanage in Karangasem, Bali. Read here what she experienced and what her everyday life was like.
Tired from the flight and the car driving I arrived at the Orphanage in Karang Asem. I was overwhelmed of all the new impressions. Everything was so different. But in a good way. Everything was so colorful compared to my hometown.
Even if everything was so new I felt comfortable from the first second on. I am very thankful, that the Staff and all the kids welcomed me with open arms and a big balinese smile on their faces.
During my first week I was very glad to have Janina, who was here for 2 weeks already. She showed me what her main tasks were, because I wanted to take these over when she was going back home. So my everyday "work" was driving the kids to school in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon again. I also helped to prepare the food, while the kids were in school. The good thing is, that you choose your tasks your own. So sometimes i chopped pigfood, drove Ibu Tina to the market or helped cleaning the house. I just asked where my help was needed. Once a week we drove to beach. The children enjoyed it very much and it was so good to see the happy faces when they were playing in the water.
Spending time with the children was a new adventure every day. Everyone of them is so unique and strong. It was unbelievable how they climbed the trees to pick the papayas
The house where I lived was just next door to the orphanage. It is a cute little house with a garden and lovely neighbours, who brought me fruits and popcorn sometimes. I was very thankful for the fridge we got, because we could keep our drinks cold and that was just AMAZING.
After a week i got so used to the noises around the house, like the barking dogs, the cows and the weird sounds which the lizards make.
Even if the house is not luxury, it has everything you need to live a happy life in Bali.
GOODBYE BALI ... for now!
The day I left the orphanage came so quickly. It was hard to say goodbye to everyone and i could not stop tears running down my face.
What I can say about my 3 months in beautiful Bali is, that I enjoyed every single day of it. Working with such great people was an honor for me. I admire Ibu Tina and everyone of the Staff for what they do every single day. I am so thankful for the the trust they gave me. I really felt like a part of this wonderful family.
I miss everyone of them and I am definitely going back to Bali sometime.