PLAYDIUM BALI UPDATE 1 | SETTLING IN
A week has gone by since our first batch of volunteers have arrived in Bali. There were some troubles prior to their arrival because of flight delays, which led to some volunteers missing their connecting flight from Jakarta to Bali. The delay was only for one night and our volunteers arrived the next day, exhausted, after a long journey.
We have been joined by Abi Selvanathan, Ahad Sheikh, Lewis Garland, Liliana Maryanska, Rachel Cunliffe, Sarah Harris, Velislava Doneva, and Huan Xie. Our volunteers had a much needed day to rest before we began our long working days. We live around a 15 minute drive from the school so we have transportation arranged to pick us up every day at 7:00AM. To try to avoid the heat, we work in the mornings until 12:30pm, when we take our lunch breaks. After lunch we continue working until around 5:00pm, which is when we have our transportation arranged to take us back to our accommodation. Because of our long working days, everyone is usually pretty exhausted by the end of the day. The evenings are spent eating dinner together and having casual conversations before going to bed.
The first week of work has been a little slower than anticipated due to organising when our materials would arrive. The main material being used is bamboo, which is sourced locally from a shop, conveniently located beside the school. Our first day was spent clearing the site at the school and marking where the design/foundations would be situated. We found that there were a few palm trees that were in the way of our design, so we had to dig them out and relocate them. The next step was dividing up our design into different construction stages so that we could manage the progress of each section better. In this first week, we were able to get all the pieces of bamboo cut to length for two sections ready.
We have a local contact that we have been in constant communication with ever since we landed in Bali. His name is Made 'Paul' Artawan. He has been an incredible help, showing us where to get our tools and materials, if there is anything we need, he always has a solution for us. Without his help we would not be able to get as much done as we have. It has been so useful having a local help us out with our project as sometimes they know what is best. Paul has been so helpful in informing us how to work with bamboo, as it is a foreign material to most of us. Most importantly, he always has a positive attitude and mindset, which is always refreshing to have on site.
We look forward to continue working on our project and to tackle the challenges that may arise. So far it has been most enjoyable and it has been a lot of fun working with everyone these first few days. There is still lots to be done, but we are off to a good start!