By Savannah Warrington, a member of the Indonesia February 2018 team
I thought I was traveling across the world to share my knowledge and provide training to teachers who needed some extra guidance in working with kids with autism. What an egocentric thing for me to think. I have traveled across the world and I have learned to laugh at myself, seize every opportunity that is presented to me, and that I make so many excuses to not work on things when I have unlimited resources at my fingertips.
Three days ago I met Rani and Hotik, the clinical directors of Rumah Tiara in Jakarta Indonesia and I have been learning from them every moment since. And yes, I shared knowledge but the emphasis is on sharing. I have received just as much knowledge from them, probably more, than I have given. We have worked through language differences, different communication styles and cultural differences. I have learned that ABA looks the same in different languages and different cultures. Aside from having my love of our science solidified I have realized that the passion that we share for our clients transcends everything. In every role-play and teaching scenario the passion and heart that Rani and Hotik bring to their work is ever present. Along with that they bring laughter. I have laughed more in the past 3 days than I have in the past 3 months. And I feel rejuvenated. I can’t wait to see what is in store for the remainder of our time here. I am so grateful that I was able to realize that I can be the teacher, the student, the friend and the partner in crime with women I just met in a collaborative environment that is going to help us all grow and learn as clinicians, women, humans and friends.