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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

University long semester break 1 (Chapter 2) - Medan; Indonesia

26th May 2011- 2nd June 2011

I am delighted to be one of the SIFE UTHM members who had been selected to join the Indonesia Outreach Programme (26th May 2011 to 1st June 2011). It is plausible to say that this programme is the most interesting and meaningful event that I ever had experienced since I stepped into tertiary education. We have been sharing our knowledge or information with our neighbor country; Indonesia’s friends about recycling, HIV &AIDS, water issues, nutrition and future planning apart from cultivating the interests of continuous learning in some poorer friends at Medan. It‘s a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others, this makes me feel appreciative for what I own (have) now.

Well, the 1st photo is the tired looks of everyone during discussion of each night.
The meaningful moments we spent together with! UTHM Sifers go go go!
The programme had kick-started by Alex, Scott and Rinesh's participation in a concert event and parade organized by the Faculty of Language and Arts of Universitas Negeri Medan (UNIMED). They had helped setting up the booths to promote our university as well as SIFE to the Indonesia students.We had attracted 50 students from UNIMED to join our session through group discussions and presentations by our fellow SIFErs in which the idea of  “To create a better world through the positive power of business” had successfully delivered. Throughout this two-days program, SIFE UTHM managed to convey the SIFE concept to the students in UNIMED.

Yee Lin was introducing SIFE concepts to students of UNIMED. 

Group Photo  at UNIMED
Apart from the target programme, we also set out to explore the surrounding every morning, where we visited markets, and home based businesses to gain insight about the economy activities there.
Group photos at a shop which sells something which looks like milk .

Pui Yen and I conducted of Hang-Man game =)

socializing with volunteers of UNIMED.  This bunch of Indonesia girls are very cute!

On the next few days of the programme, we had shared our knowledge on 5 topics regarding social matters, which are HIV & AIDS, Environment, Entrepreneurship, Nutrition, and Importance of Future Planning. Some UNIMED students had been lending us helping hands to help translating to some who couldn't understand our language. In short, they helped easing the communication problem.

At Al-Alum
At Yayasan Pendidikan Shafiyyatul Amaliyyah

Before we headed back to Malaysia, we had gone to a relaxing place i.e. Lake Toba! The vicinity of it is very nice, tranquil surrounding and it's different compared to Medan city.

Lake Toba's scenery..love the serenity of the environment
with scott,wei lin,sue fern and ying min

nice smiles from everyone=)

It's an amazing outreach programme that was organized by us. We, SIFE UTHM had spent a total of 2,500 working hours with a budget of RM 10,000 for this project.

I had learnt boundless knowledge by cooperating with the other Sifers such as how they remained being resilient when entangled with difficulties in running the programmes and the perseverance of everyone to make this programme a success. Furthermore, the teamwork had been showed by everyone as all efforts are consolidated in innovating new ideas or solutions to help each other especially those who face presentation problems in Yayasan Pendidikan Shafiyyatul Amaliyyah and Al-Alum. From this unprecedented programme, I am able to learn the culture of Medan; Indonesia such as their foods, languages and etcetera. Nevertheless, I have learnt from this programme i.e. we have many ambitious desires which are achievable in life and we should keep pursuing stoically and appreciate what we have right now because the starting point of all achievements is faith in self. 

Last but not least, I am proud to be a Sifer!

The 3rd trip is with my dearest family which is to Singapore...

(to be continued...)

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