Name: Pey Sin Yi
Volunteer from: Singapore
T he two weeks in MangKang was full of adventures and eye opening experiences. My first impression of Mang Kang was the flood. The first night when we first arrived, it flooded and I do not know whether to say we are lucky or unlucky to be able to experience that. Lucky because flooding is one of the impact of the coastal erosion and the lack of proper waste management so by experiencing the flood we get to feel the impact therefore making our stay there more meaning. The unlucky part will be obviously the flooding.
For me what I enjoyed the most will definitely be the planting even though it was tough to constantly bend down plus the weather was not helping much. However, the sense of accomplishment after completing planting was unimaginable. Furthermore, the day we went out to the waters to plant, I was gratified to see so many people helping. It shows that there are still many people who cares about the environment and if those efforts continue we might be able to help to reduce the flooding significantly.
After spending that two weeks there, I was a little disappointed that I did not managed to contribute much to the waste management project that we were supposed to be part of. That is really another situation that MangKang is facing and should work on it fast, maybe can start with the teenagers there as the older generation will less likely accept any big changes that are/will be made.
Lastly, I also feel that I have grew a lot through the trip. Without any parents there taking care of us, I need to do everything myself; from cooking to hand washing clothes. Those are the things that will not do in Singapore. I have learned so much about Indonesia culture too. I did not regret signing up for this trip because I opened my eyes to things that I will not see back home and those experiences that I have been through is not something that everyone will get to experience. Most importantly, I have given back to the environment even though is not a lot but every effort counts regardless of how big or small. Thank you MangKang for the eventful two weeks.
Written by Pey Sin Yi
‘I have given back to the environment even though is not a lot but every effort counts regardless of how big or small. Thank you MangKang for the eventful two weeks.’
Pey Sin Yi