Yesterday was one of those days when I had an opportunity to get way out of my comfort zone and to challenge my judgments.
Those days are happening with much more frequency now. After spending most of the morning building garbage cans for elementary kids out of bamboo, we invited 8 local women from the village to come learn about computers.
It is hard enough for me to teach someone how to use a computer in English, but when I speak very little Indonesian and they speak a little English it gets exponentially more challenging.
Fortunately we had 2 instructors working with us who were fluent in both. Some of these women had never seen a computer before and a few others were reasonably savvy in using programs like "Word" and "Excel."
The interesting thing was that as the class went on, I was less startled by the fact that they were covered head to toe in clothing appropriate to Islamic Law here. They were having fun. I was trying to say "Cut" and "Paste" in Bahasa Indonesian. They were incredibly curious about everything. For whatever reason, I had this belief that the women in this culture would be shy and introverted.
I was wrong. Just like many of us around the world, they strove to increase their knowledge and were taking their own steps out of their comfort zones.
We are on our way to the "small" island today (a long trip on a small boat overnight) - nothing I enjoy more. It is called Bangkaru and we will be doing night patrols of the island to ward off turtle poachers.
WE WILL HAVE NO WI-FI, NO CELL...(BUT I HAVE BEEN TOLD THEIR IS A SAT PHONE FOR EMERGENCY)..We will see.
We will be back next week with plenty of stories and pictures from this adventure.