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Please Note: This blog is for the Bali split session starting June 25, 2022, which includes both the 14-day and the 21-day student group.
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BLOG POST FOR JUNE 24
Hello families and students in transit!!
Late last night on a rainy day here at home base staff were so excited to welcome 5 late night arrivals! Lara, Elise, Rio, Lex and Raygen have already made it and were welcomed by some warm local fried rice, some heavy rain, and with cozy beds! Staff cannot wait to welcome the rest of the students today, to get everyone settled at home base, and to get the program started with orientation day tomorrow!
More updates with pictures coming soon!!
-Lauren (GLA Program Staff)
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 25
Hi families! We’re so glad that we now have all students with us here at homebase!! Everyone has arrived safely and is already tucked into bed working on fixing that jetlag. While today was a busy arrival day from the airport we are excited to rise and shine for an orientation tomorrow getting to know the homebase, the local area, and each other!
Here are some pictures of our day–some late arrival students are not featured but look out for Carrie and Rainy in photos tomorrow!
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 26
Written by Maria L.
Hi families! Our second day in Bali, but first real introduction to Balinese culture can be described in one: word-immersive. Through the love of our host parents and the entire Ubud community we were able to ground ourselves in the beautiful and pure environment that we will call home for the next couple of weeks. The day started off with a delicious breakfast (delectable omelets, native fruits, bread with chocolate spread and jam) and orientation where we learned cultural norms and program protocols. After our next insanely favorable meal where everyone was grabbing seconds we split into our mentor groups and started our first language lesson of the trip. We are now able to count to five and talk like a kindergartener! (barely)
By the afternoon we were finally let loose in Ubud for the Amazing Race (a timed cultural scavenger hunt to interact with the community to test our “Suksma” (thank you) pronunciation and courage to ask strangers to climb a tree to get us a coconut to drink from or teach us a dance! After coming back to home base after our adventurous afternoon we were “suggested” to take showers before the Sisya Upanayana ceremony in the family temple. Wearing our sarongs (wraps worn in temples which we learned to tie early in the day) we took part in the soul baring ritual which involved incense, holy water, and lots of ommmsssss. The entire temple was filled with reflection and provided a space for introspection in what our goals were for the rest of the trip. As our feet fell asleep while we were criss-cross-applesauce on the ground our minds also relaxed into our natural surroundings. Another yummy dinner and mentor group reflection to end off the night.
Shout out to the winners of Amazing Race (who shall not be named yet). But stay tuned for more information.
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 27
Hello families! This is Amelia! This morning we woke up early. 5:50 is too early for me. We had an amazing breakfast from our host family, and then got ready to head out. We went on a beautiful walk in a garden as well as waking through rice paddies. We got to try an amazing Balinese breakfast. We kept walking and got to see a map of the entire field of rice paddies which I loved. We then walked to buses which took us to the temple. This temple was stunning and honestly a work of art. We got to go inside and look around at what people do. I loved getting to explore different religions. When leaving in the rain, we followed Beni through a maze back to the buses and took off too lunch. Where we ate lunch was the most insane place I have ever seen! It was a cliff that overlooks a Volcano. (Beni made us take pictures). I loved the food and drinks we got to eat. After we drove home and stopped to exchange money and get snacks which was much needed. We got home and had ten minutes to get ready for the royal palace. BTW did I mention I got engaged. I’m kidding… I took pictures with the prince and had a ring on as a joke.
We had dinner with the prince which was so much fun to get to know him. The thing he said to take back home was the relationships that we get to make on this trip. I have thought about this a lot. Yesterday I asked a local at a market while on a scavenger hunt with our staff and peers to teach me their local dances. She immediately taught me dance. This is something that I am trying to do on this trip because I love to dance. I love how amazing and welcoming the people in Bali are and no one is going to judge me. Everyone I get to stay with is so amazing and funny and the instructors are so sweet and a blast to hang out with. I love the relationships I have built especially in two days. We came back home after the palace and played Mafia as well as a murder game I play with my family when we go on vacations. I love it here in Bali and am so happy I get to be on this trip. Wishing all of you safe health. Take Care!
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 28
Hi everyone! Eliza here! We started the day off with a traditional Balinese black rice pudding and a spirited debate regarding the effects on tourism on the Balinese economy and culture. Then, before lunch, we participated in four traditional activities. The first, and my personal favorite, was dancing. We saw women dancing at the palace yesterday, so I was excited to learn for myself. Then we tried woodcarving. They gave us beautifully carved pieces of wood with our names half-finished, and we got to carve the remaining letters ourselves. Next, we made beautiful offerings with colorful flowers. It was very nice to make them and see behind the scenes of the offerings that we’ve seen outside of the compounds in our neighborhood. Lastly, we played traditional instruments that we had heard at the palace previously.
After that we headed back to home base to eat a much-needed lunch and have some free time. I took the time to journal and take a nap, but as far as I could tell everyone spent their time similarly, because my two roommates and I woke up right as the next activity was starting. That activity was a brief public health course. We focused on comparisons between Balinese and American public health and medicine as well as advice and instructions for our medical related service that we’ll be providing in the days to come. Next, we welcomed the medical students to home base. I started by leading introductions and an icebreaker/teamwork game. Next, we broke off into our assigned groups that we will work with during our service to get to know each other. Learning to communicate with a language barrier fostered creativity and was extremely rewarding. With the help of google translate I learned a lot about the students and Balinese medical education.
After a delicious dinner and some impromptu dancing to Party in the USA, they left, and we played a spirited game of Splat. After that we met with our mentor groups and discussed our day. We also had a surprise desert, and I don’t know how I’ll go back to cupcakes and Oreos to say the least. I’m struggling to wrap my mind around the fact that it was made of cheese and chocolate. We are now relaxing, enjoying tech time, and being subjected to Beni’s wrath ;). Also, our thoughts go out to Tia, and a care package is already in the works. Until tomorrow!!
Good morning/good night,
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 29
Hey guys it’s Hallie! Today was truly such an amazing and inspiring day for all of us! We started off the morning with some amazing breakfast, bread and fresh fruit! We then went to a natural birth clinic called Bumi Sehat. We learned so many cool things about the birthing process and even learned the founder had won CNN hero of the year! She told us many interesting stories from her experience and told us a very heartbreaking fact, that in hospitals if a mother does not have enough money to pay for her stay and care the workers will take the baby and keep it in the hospital until the mother is able to come back and pay for her birth. We were also given a snack of traditional Balinese food, Edamame, Dadar gulung and Bantal.
We then went back to homebase for a delicious lunch of turmeric rice, potatoes, my favorite fried noodles, and some fresh fruit. We then went to meet our medical student friends from yesterday! This was our first day of service and we went around to areas of poverty to provide free health checks. It was very interesting to see how other people live and was truly an incredible eye opener for me! I got to check peoples blood pressure, blood sugar, height, weight and we taught children how to wash their hands. We also added dengue powder into the water of families to help make it safer. We then took a little store run where I bought Tia some snacks to hopefully make her quarantine better! For dinner we had some glass noodles, rice, tempe, chicken, spicy sauce and even more potatoes! I then led the group in a game of hide and seek and we found everyone very fastly except for all the guys who were hiding in the chicken shack. After dinner we spent a while journaling in our notebooks and then went on to mentor groups to go over all the amazing service and things we have learned today.
Thank you so much for reading and have a great rest of your day!
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 30
Hey y’all its Raygen! Today everyone took a step back and realized all the things we take for granted in our lives. We started off the day with a wonderful breakfast of French toast, bananas, and Edamame beans. We had a short meditation session which left most of us feeling more relaxed. Before heading out for the day we played a group activity called Ninja which involved a lot of laughter and sore arms. After changing into long pants, we drove to Senang Hati (happy heart organization), which is a foundation dedicated to assisting the physically disabled. This was a real eye opener to most of us who take our own basic mobility and health for granted. We were served a delicious lunch of Nasi Goreng, Pepes Ayam, Mie Goreng, and Corn fritter. We were given a tour of the grounds where we were given the opportunity to ask the staff questions. We learned that the residents there can stay there 100% free, very opposite to similar services we are used to back at home. We were able to participate in a drumming activity with some of the residents and learned to play some beautiful music.
After a short drive home, we had a little free time before we headed out on our second day of home service visits. We were split into new groups which gave us a chance to make new friends and talk to people we haven’t had a chance to. It’s a weird feeling to walk into these homes uninvited but I guess that is the cultural norms here. My group consisted of Carrie, Lex, Mae and Lauren. We did health checks on approximately 12 people which was a definite increase in the number of people we got yesterday, we are getting more used to working together and getting comfortable in our roles. For supper we went to the Fair Warung Bale, which is a restaurant that gives 2 free medical health checks for every meal sold. For chow circle I decided that everyone should share something that they take for granted in life. Personally, I take for granted the ability to make deep and genuine friendships. The friendships I have made here without the surrounding technologies and distractions of phones has allowed me to make better friends here than I have at home. After dinner we all dabbled in the art of bartering, some of us more successful than others, but I can say that we all had fun.
I can speak for everyone to say we miss you tons!
BLOG POST FOR JULY 1
Hey guys it’s Lara! We started the day off by having a very delicious meal of banana pancakes and fruits. Since being here, I’ve concluded that papaya is actually my new favorite fruit! We later visited a Healer. It started raining but she still read the energy of three students. Hearing what she had to say about each student made me want to try as well, however, we didn’t want to drain her energy. Later we finished service with the medical students, and they were happy to work with us.
We gave our last farewell by giving them certificates to show them our appreciation for what they have done for us. We took our last photos with them as well. I think I can speak for everyone when I say we will all miss them very much. After we got back to homebase, we got ready to go watch a traditional Balinese legong dance. It was so fun watching the performers dance. When we finally reached homebase for the last time, everyone started to pack for the exciting three days coming up in… AMED!!
BLOG POST FOR JULY 2
What’s up, it is Lex! Today was a fairly relaxed day. We started off the day with some yummy toast, fruit, and eggs. We decided to play some of my personal favorite some games such as heads up seven up and screaming toes. Then we packed up our rooms and closed the first chapter of or trip. It was sad to part from our (now) old roommates, but we did it! After a long drive of screaming to Taylor Swift’s songs, stops at the water temple, rest stop, and Tirta Gangga, we are now welcoming some new ones in our beach bungalows. Surprise!! Tia is back and better than ever just in time to start our beachy adventures. We took a swim test and played around in the pool for a bit before heading down to the ocean to watch the sun set. For dinner tonight, we enjoyed a delicious Japanese comfort food called oyakodon, and man was it salty! Tonight we will be sleeping to the sweet sounds of the waves and are so excited for the adventures tomorrow will bring!
BLOG POST FOR JULY 3
Written by Katie
Hey everyone, it’s Katie! We kicked off the day with a beautiful view of the ocean, and some delicious pancakes, fruit, sandwiches, and exotic juices. Then we split into three groups and went to the scuba diving store to learn all about what to do, before going down to their pool and trying it. We all got in the back of a truck and rode down to the ocean where we put on our tanks, goggles and masks and dove in. It was beautiful, and an amazing experience. Afterwards we went back to the pool to eat rice and noodles for lunch, then went back out for round two of scuba diving in a new location. We ended up seeing sea turtles, lionfish, tiger sharks, blowfish and lots of starfish! Once back to the new homebase, we tanned and swam and enjoyed basking in the sun. We ended the night with dinner and evening activities and a lot of excitement for tomorrow!
BLOG POST FOR JULY 4
Written by Hannah
We started our day quite early this morning so we could catch the sunrise on our boat tour and snorkeling excursion. There were 2-3 of us on each boat and the sunrise was a little bit cloudy, but it was beautiful regardless. Right after we changed into our snorkeling stuff on the boat and went in. The water was a little bit chilly at first, but once we started swimming it was fine. We saw stingrays, lots of fish, eels, turtles, etc. After that, mostly of us went in the pool to wash off and then we headed to breakfast. After a little bit of free time, we started our service/house visits. We then went to a bonfire after dinner and a night swim. Most of us were tired from the early start and headed to bed around 9:00. We are excited for what tomorrow will hold!
BLOG POST FOR JULY 5
Our last day at the beach began with a delicious breakfast and assortments of fresh juices. We enjoyed listening to the waves crash onto the shore for the last morning in Amed and were sad to leave. After breakfast, we finished packing and got on the bus to head to our hike. When we arrived at Tenganan Trekking we started our hike. On the way we enjoyed a beautiful view, stopped to take pictures, and tried durian for the first time (a plant native to Bali that is said to be the smelliest fruit). We stopped in Tenganan Village and tried black bee honey, and Chan (wood form of tea). We finished walking through the village passing vendors selling local goods. We drove the rest of the way home and got our new roommates! We settled in, then played a spirited game of try not to laugh where we all stood in a circle with water in our mouth while Beni tried to make us laugh in the middle. After the game, we enjoyed dinner. Throughout dinner, we anxiously waited to figure out what our surprise was, and we all went and got dressed up (including the boys who wore our extra dresses!). The drive was 30 minutes, and we arrived at the Happy Puppy for karaoke. It was so much fun. We ordered snacks, lost our voices, and some of the highlights were: 22 and Love Story… We love Taylor Swift if you couldn’t tell. Everyone was exhausted from karaoke, so we went to bed.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 6
Hey guys, it’s Evan writing. We had a busy day, starting with a Tempe workshop where we learned how to create the traditional Indonesian food of fermented soybeans cakes. We then visited a local school where we educated children grades 3-6 on health practices. It was a super gratifying feeling to overcome the language barrier that we faced with the students using visual aids, song, and games to teach the children. The packed heated classrooms reminded me to be thankful for the AC that I have at my school. After arriving home, the team had a Capstone activity where we decided to make a goal that we would all like to live by. An OMG (one meaningful goal). We settled with the acronym BALI, which is short for “be the change for the future”, “Appreciate everything”, “Leadership with a smile”, and “Impact yourself and others”. To wrap up the night, I had an audience observe Rio and I as we ate the spiciest noodles we had ever experienced in our lives.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 7
Written by Gabrielle
At the beginning of this trip, we learned that in Bali time isn’t money, but time is relationship. As the two-week students’ journeys came to an end today, we reflected how this aspect of Bali has affected our experiences. Today we went on one last bus ride as our original group. We shared our breakfasts together on the bus as we made our travels to the beach. When we made it to the beach, we jumped right into learning how to surf the challenging Bali waves. We learned from the best instructors, and I think it is safe to say that everyone caught at least one wave along with catching a bad case of the giggles. After we all tried our best at surfing, we walked the streets of Bali to buy Balinese goods for one last time. After the shopping excursion we ate our wonderful lunches and journeyed back to our home base. The eventful morning tired everyone out but some students still chose to participate in a competitive game of futsal, basically a game of soccer. Many students were very experienced soccer players, I for one was not; however, no teammate failed to cheer me up and encourage me to try my best.
We returned to home base after our game and reunited with our friends. As we all got together, we enjoy our very last chow circle. We all reflected on the costs of going on this trip, such as leaving our family and friends, and then shared a relationship that made the cost worth it. Everyone agreed that every relationship we made on this trip was worth the cost. We made our final “chow outs” to show our appreciation of each other and the bonds that we made over the last two weeks. Our dinner was a fun surprise, and everyone was overjoyed to devour the meal we all are familiar with: pizza. After our fun dinner surprise, we showed our appreciation to each other through cards and group activities. Tears were shed as we all realized that this was the last night we would be sharing together. It will be hard to leave such good experiences and tight friendships, but we all learned to appreciate and be grateful for the times that we shared together. As the two-week student head back to their loved ones, know that they will be coming home with a little more gratitude and the knowledge that time is relationship. Now as we put our shoes back on and head home, we want to say suksma for everything.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 8
Written by Rio
What’s up everyone! It’s Rio writing. We started off the morning with sending a few of the two weekers off. Then we moved to the preparation to go back to the school to continue our education service. We came up with 12 topics such as handwashing, water safety and mosquito safety. Then we went to the school and worked with the kids for a couple of hours. It was a great learning opportunity for the children as well us. I hope that working with the local children to be more conscious about their health and the community’s health will provide a better future for them. We finished the sad but gratifying day by heading to a local restaurant. We ate then relaxed by the pool connected to the restaurant and had our mentor groups.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 9
Hey guys, it’s Serena. It was another early morning wake up call. To start the day, we went to a coffee plantation where we enjoyed local delicacies including avocado coffee and mangosteen tea. We could even try coffee that came from cat poop. I did not try it. However, some of my friends did, and they enjoyed it. Then, we had time to shop for souvenirs from the plantation if we wanted to bring them home and share with our family. After that, we had a short drive to white water rafting where we split into groups and cascaded down the river. There were two big drops that definitely got our hearts racing.
Once our rafting tour was complete, we enjoyed a scrumptious lunch overlooking a beautiful landscape. Following lunch, we went back to home base where we got to relax with friends. In the afternoon, we had a thoughtful discussion about the ethical photography. Now, we can all be more informed about if and how we should post our pictures when we get home. In the evening, we got to hang out with one of the directors of Bali Institute. It was interesting hearing how he ended up in Bali and how he became connected to the culture here. We ended the day with a fun documentary about the impact of plastic trash in Indonesia. We need to be more conscientious about our use of plastic.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 10
Written by Xander
Yo yo yo, it’s Xander. Rio, Beni, and I had an early start to the day as we decided to look for the mangosteen fruit in the streets of Ubud. Although the trip was unsuccessful, we managed to return to homebase with jackfruit and snake fruit, which were both sensational. After eating an appetizing breakfast, we headed to service in Denpasar. But as a surprise, we stopped by this incredible coffee place where we tried guava and strawberry coffee. I’m not a coffee person, and the taste of guava didn’t help. But apparently to others, the coffee was some of the best that they ever had. We then reached our destination where we first started by cutting vegetables and folding bags. Our GLA team then worked like a well-oiled machine as we put rice, a mix of vegetables, and vegan meat into the bags. To make the service more enjoyable, Serena and I played rock, paper, scissor to see who got to put the rice into the bags.
After we strolled to a nearby gelato shop, we moved onto stage three of our service, delivering the food. We hopped into the bus and travelled to a community that formed around the largest landfill on the island. They made their money by sorting through the garbage to sell anything that had value. We unpacked the food into a communal area, which allowed the people to grab it themselves. After our service, we went back to homebase where we had a little bit of free time to relax. There was an optional photo walk, and although I didn’t participate in it, I heard that they had a good time and took insightful pictures. We ended the evening with the game “Night at the Museum” and “Telephone”. We then held a kite-flying competition, in which my team placed first because we are just the best (Shoutout to Carrie, Hannah, and Sarah). It was a perfect ending to a perfect day. Peace out, Xander.
P.S. I got my hair braided by Tia and it looks really awesome.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 11
Written by Rainy
Hi everyone! It was raining all the morning, so we had a late start heading to the cooking class. When we arrived, we were greeted with fresh orange juice and traditional sticky rice cake with shredded coconut on it, in which both were delicious and refreshing. The teacher did not let us go to the kitchen right after but instead introducing some interesting Balinese culture to us. We learned that class system still exists in Bali and usually women from higher class are not supposed to marry to lower class men. It’s nice to hear that young generations are trying to change the tradition and create a more equal society. Then we visited the traditional Balinese kitchen and learned how to steam rice without a rice cooker.
We each got a recipe book and we started to learn Balinese cuisines like chicken skewers and rice pudding. When we were trying to make our food, the teacher always told us to cook with love. I think it is super precious that people here are grateful for things they have, and they treat each other with respect and love. The dishes seemed easy to make, but they used a lot of spices and handmade sauce, giving them a unique flavor. Our lunch was all the food that ourselves made in the kitchen, and they all tasted great! Although we only stayed there for a morning, we not only learned about how to make more food, but also more living philosophy of Balinese people. We chilled for the whole afternoon just waited the rain to end, and we finished our day with another song challenge. It’s good to see people smile and get together with each other. That’s pretty much about it.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 12
Hey guys its Tia, Today was a chill day we went to a Beach resort on the coast of Denpasar, the drive was a little over an hour not to bad we had music blasting and we were all singing. Once we got to the resort, we settled in talked about the rules and then set off to our free time, most of us started with lunch as others took a walk on the beach. Once I finished my lunch Hallie, Amelia and I walked down to the beach and joined Sarah, Serena, Xander, Thea and Rio on the platform, Not to long later I was making a TikTok and my phone fell I the ocean and I did get it on camera and will not be deleting it. That was very embarrassing for me but its ok cause Thea dropped hers. We came back and decided to get in the pool and make more tiktoks. Today was very chill and we are getting so close and just spending the last few days we have with each other to the fullest. Once we got back to our homebase in Ubud I led Chow circle and shoutouts before I lead our heads up game which was really fun. That was about it for our day can’t wait for tomorrow.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 13
Thea in the house. Today we started out with an amazing breakfast of jackfruit pancakes. After, we drove to the Jiwa Community Garden and listened to Lenny talk about all kinds of things. Like waste management, topsoil and how we only have 60 years till it’s gone, and the components of composting. Then we had a lunch, some of the food used came straight from the garden! When our bellies were full the group took a quick break to nap and lounge on the main platform. Next was the scavenger hunt, we split into groups and had to find different plants throughout the garden and identify them; our only clue being a leaf of the plant. Team Ducks were the champions with Team Chickens (my group) in second and Team Cows in third.
Lastly, we worked in groups to weed and plant our own little plot of land. My group planted garlic and chilis. We left to do some shopping for the last time. So, to say the least some of us, including myself, splurged a little. After some gelato and shopping we headed to dinner at Kamikuno. Everything looked so good and some of us ordered extras such as milkshakes, fries, and pizza. Back at Homebase we played some charades which was fun then we headed to bed excited for tomorrow, but also a little sad that it’s our last full day in Bali.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 14
Hey ya’ll it’s Sarah. We started off today with a delicious breakfast of eggs, fruit, and toast which is a fan favorite. After we all loaded onto the bus and drove to a local waterfall known as Tibumana Waterfall. After a short hike down some stairs and over a few shaky bridges we made it to the waterfall. It was absolutely beautiful, we all rushed to put our bags down and get in the water. After a lot of swimming, splash fights, and pictures it was time for us to get out and have our last meal together at homebase. The lunch that Ibu Made prepared was so good along with all the food she has made us in the last three weeks.
After lunch we had some free time where people talked and thought about what to wear to dinner and then we had or last activity of the trip. At 2:00pm we had our closing ceremony that consisted of a TED Talk about leadership, a survey about the trip, leadership pillar nominations, a post card signing, and a few tears. After our closing ceremony we had about an hour of free time before we left for our final dinner. Everyone got dressed up and looked very nice. We had western style dinner at a very cute restaurant that had some amazing desserts including a passion fruit mousse cake which was my personal favorite. While there, we found a nice spot where we had an epic photoshoot and then Beni took our final group photo of the trip. We got back to homebase where we hung out for a while and went to bed sad that tomorrow is our last day.
BLOG POST FOR JULY 15
Written by Mae
Rise and shine GLA Family! Our departure procedure begins with Hallie, loudly awakening us with her positive energy and giggles. Almost a surreal feeling that our second family is slipping away one by one taking home skills and knowledge we can apply into the real world helping to make an influential impact whether it’s substantial or minuscule as the next young generation to act. It’s been a pleasure to have this opportunity learning about solidarity, uniqueness and most of all wealth in culture, food and connections. Again, we say farewell to another part of family letting them go onto bigger and better things. Last of all we say goodbye to Tia, Xander, Serena and Amelia.