I stayed with Faisal and his family for one month and the experience was truly unforgettable. This was my first time to travel to Indonesia, so I was a little apprehensive about an entirely different culture. Despite this Faisal was extremely helpful and forthcoming with information before my arrival. When I arrived in Bajo Faisal was exceptional in making me feel welcomed into his beautiful home. Nothing was too much trouble! The room I stayed in was comfortable and clean. Faisal’s family are kind and friendly even though they speak little English, communication was never an issue because everyone was always full of smiles. I was introduced to a rich and unique culture, something you cant find in the usual tourist places of Indonesia. We went on trips hiking and to the beach.
The locals are lovely and I was introduced to many of Faisal’s friends who soon become my friends too! I was shown how to make traditional local food- which was delicious! We helped with the organic farm, planting in a sustainable way. Faisal is very passionate about the environment. Teaching the kids was a joy- they are talented individuals who are so eager to learn new things, their spirit was inspiring. Faisal fully supported me as this was my first time teaching- we shared lesson planning and activity planning. Faisal is an outstanding teacher who will go on to do amazing work in the future. Overall I would highly recommend volunteering here as I had an incredible experience, met friends for life and have a family in the heart of South Sulawesi. Thank you so much for hosting me!