Hello, my name is Jutan and I am from North Sumatera. In 2016, I graduated from Sriwijaya University. Now, I work at the Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (not civil servant) as a social assistant for Remote Traditional Communities, assigned to a remote area of Indonesia, namely Beeng Darat in North Sulawesi, for seven months until December 2016.

In this assignment, I have been exposed to a very different world. Here there is no electricity and no motor vehicles – all transportation is on foot. I have learned to be more open-minded, mature and independent, and strive to adapt to people from different cultures, respect diversity, accept that which I cannot change and fight for that which I can.

I also engage in certain activities outside my direct duties under the program, such as teaching at the local elementary and junior high schools. Like many remote parts of Indonesia, the island suffers a shortage of teachers and health workers, and I am very keen to do what I can to help the local people, many of whom are passionate about education and fiercely desirous of a more prosperous life.

I have learned a great deal from my experiences like: time management, self-control, communication, friendship, responsibility, loyalty, share and love.

I am interested in YSEALI’s programs, and would like to share my experience so far with like-minded people, as well as gain the chance to improve my own skills, especially in terms of social function, organization and leadership.

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