My Very First 3 Months
Nafisa Nooranda ( INA AFS to Switzerland YP 17–18)
It’s been 3 months since my plane landed at Zurich airport. Feeling 3 months here, in Switzerland as an exchange student, is really beyond the reach of expectations and imagination. Until now, as I wrote this newsletter, I still feel that I do not believe I’m finally here.
Everything went unexpectedly here. So many things that goes differently from Indonesia. Adaptation, adaptation, adaption! But, now everything goes so much better. And I’m glad I’ve so many experience during this first 3 months!
After all, beside my activity in the school, I join such a Scout Organization where I stay here. My two hostsisters also join this scout as a ‘leader’, so do I. The name of that organization is JuBla. This organization is under the management of the local church in Dottikon. In JuBla, we play with kids under 13 age. In total, there are 100 kids and they grouped into several group. At least, one group have one day in a week to meet and doing different things together like play a game, cook, make a handscarf, or just watch a movie. And my group have in every tuesday to meet together.
Last autumn holiday, Jubla held camp for a week. The name of the camp is JuBla Lager. It started from 30 September 2017 until 7 Oktober 2017 . The first day we all met at Dottikon Bahnhof, then together we went with train and then bus to Schwarzsee where we will hold camp. When we finally arrived there, we played in the parking lot to remove the fatigue we had on the train and bus. Then followed by hiking for approximately 5 hours. And the scenery we got is amazing! We had full of the hill and the trees on the hill begun to turn yellow. And in the end of the day we arrived in the home that we will be stayed in the whole week.
Every day during the camp, we played in the outside. And every game that we done always requires energy to move. It intended for children to become tired and will be easy to sleep at night, hehe.
As I have said before, schedules that have been planned were always on time even though the event was with the children. The activity always started at half past eight in the morning and finished at 11 pm. The meal schedule also never changed; breakfast at 8 am, lunch at 12 noon, and dinner at 6 pm. Each day, we had at least, four different games in the outside. The games we have done were very diverse. Like played chase in the forest, played volleyball by using piece of cloth, competition to take off enemy shoes, played with mud, learned to make a tent, and so many more!
To add to the excitement of the event, every second night, we — the leader, always made ‘night action’. So the point is, we always woke up the kids while they were sleeping. On the first night action, we picked up Napoleon’s story, then the second we tooked the story from Heidi, and on the last night we pretend to be thieves. So much fun, right?
Playing with kids for a week is not as boring as I thought before. In fact, they were very happy to teach me the Swiss-German language. And of course they are also interested about where I come from. Ah! They were also very curious if I have any hair! Mega Herzlich!
And if you want to know more, you can open this website http://hela17.jubladottikon.ch/index.php J So many things I want to share for you, but I think JuBla Lager is the best one. So, I wish you can feel how happy I was.
And the last, wish me luck for my exchange year in here!