By Kelli Bogner, a member of the SkillCorps Indonesia February 2018 team
Grateful. This is the word that I would use to describe my trip, my experience, my education, and my life. Until arriving in Indonesia, I did not truly appreciate the life I have lived, from my upbringing, education, and way of life. There is such a variance in culture, customs, and way of life than what I am used to, but difference in these does not mean that all aspects are diverse. While these may look different, many contain the same principals; a home, a career, a family, and education. There are also diagnoses such as Autism as well. Rumah Tiara, the center for autism in Jakarta, Indonesia is full of passion and understanding. The ladies there are working diligently and tirelessly to create a change and provide evidence-based services to their students. Never have I seen two ladies that put their heart and soul into their career as Hotik and Rani. Watching as they communicate through language barriers to soak up new information to apply their learning to the center and students helps to build a passion in me for this field even more than before. It builds a hunger in me to share this need of services, supports, and evidence-based practices for all. These ladies are smart, passionate, hard workers that work day in and day out to create a change. They had a vision and with the help of the Global Autism Project, they will be able to learn and grow to create a sustainable practice for years to come.