For the next four months I’ll be in Mojosari, a small village in East Java, near Mojokerto in Indonesia. I’ll be honest, I didn’t choose the place, I just signed up for the internship and they placed me here. I had said before that I would take whatever they give me.
So I arrived in Mojosari at 5 in the morning, called my internship coordinator, and he in turn called a teacher from my school to pick me up, a long process that left me in a place I don’t know for maybe one hour or so, but I was finally picked up by the extremely nice teacher and placed at her home.
My House for the coming months
I stayed at her home for 2 nights, while waiting for my new house to be ready. I then moved to my own place inside the school, which is 10km outside the small village. So yes, I am in the middle of nowhere, my daily visitors are the gardener and 2-3 security guards, only one security speaks very little English.
But on the bright side, I was amazed at how welcoming and hospitable Indonesian people are!
I have never eaten so much in my life! Here in Mojosari, I am being fed, yes fed, three meals each day, something which I don’t usually do back home. While I am used to just a very late breakfast/lunch, and then dinner; here I have to eat all three meals, and all of them are HUGE!
In addition to the main meals, I am given snacks, fruits and juice, and forced to eat/drink them all the time, because it is rude to say no, at least not every time.
The acts of niceness from the school!
My first complain when I moved into my new house was the tap water. Don’t misunderstand, I am given bottled water to drink, and I brush my teeth with it as well. But when it came to showering, it was impossible to shower with the tap water…
Basically because this is how it looked like, and smelled of rusted iron.
The solution I never thought of!
More bottled water!
The next day I returned from class and they told me now you have good water to shower with!
This solution, however so nice of them, is making me feel really guilty! For starters because I am big on water saving! I don’t like wasting water, specially the good potable water! And the second reason is because this must be very expensive for them! Specially that they are maintaining the water levels in my showering tank!
Yet, I have to admit that is a really nice gesture of them and it really shows how they care about making me feel comfortable!
As far as I can judge, teachers and people working in the school here are really nice, really welcoming and extremely helpful! To the extent that it gets embarrassing and awkward at times!
In the next post I will mention the negatives I have experienced through my first week in this house, inside the school in Mojosari, Indonesia.