By Bree Lutzow, a member of the SkillCorps Indonesia July 2016 team
Yesterday we got to experience Car Free Day! Car Free Day is a city wide “celebration” of sorts that disallows cars and motorcycles from using the roadways in certain areas. For a couple of hours the streets are completely blocked off allowing the community to come together to indulge in street food, music, and activities. The SkillCorps team, along with the ladies from the Hi5 Centre, took to the streets to promote the center and raise awareness about autis. The SkillCorps team put their (limited) Bahasa to use with the locals of Bekasi to inform them of the Hi5 Centre and how the Global Autism Project provides support. I felt incredibly nervous approaching the locals at first just knowing they were probably wondering what this crazy American wanted. After the first few interactions, I got the hang of it and people actually started approaching us asking for more information. We facilitated conversation about their knowledge of autism, behavior therapy, and the efforts put forth by the autism center. In total, we had 94 surveys filled out and passed out over 100 brochures! This was more than any other SkillCorps team on previous Car Free Days! It was an amazing experience to see the local community come together and enjoy themselves. We had so much fun!