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The definition of serenity. Photo by Hannah Richter (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Finalist), Indonesia Semester.

Greetings from Sani Widowati

Hello Bridge Year Indonesia Students! Welcome… I’m so excited to know you, work with you, introduce you to my country Indonesia. Let me introduce my self:

My name is Sani Widowati; people usually just call me Sani. I was born and raised here in Jogja, surrounded by the unique Javanese culture. Before coming to join this program, I worked in community development and cross-cultural education with youth. I am very interested in working across cultures, understanding  how culture influences our social development, and—in these current digital and global times—how we bring cultures together and accept other cultures. My home town is Jogja (or Yogyakarta). I know this place very well, and I work closely with some NGOs and some activists on social movement.

I love cooking and trying new recipes. Feeding people just makes me feel alive—I love it when people like my food because I usually make healthy food. I feel that through cooking we get to know a culture, and through eating we can interact and get to know many things about each other in a fun and full way.

I am the mother of a teenage son named Bumi (which means ‘earth’). The way I take my jobs (only now I can see it!) seems to be based on my son’s growth. When he was under 5 years old I was working in Bali as education manager at an early childhood school, then when he was a little older I worked in West Sumatra for an organization for that also worked on children’s education. Now that he is a teenager I am drawn to work with teenagers! I am really looking forward to this new experience with Dragons. I have heard and learned a lot about Dragons education methodology—it is so interesting to me, and I want to learn more about it. Also, I want to share my culture with both students and instructors to get more knowledge and experience.

I can’t wait to meet you all and experience the 9 months ahead with excitement, and full of learning spirit.

Selamat datang dan Sampai Jumpa (welcome and see you soon)!

-Sani