Dutch games at Panti Asuhan Destawan
One week ago we went to the orphanage for the first time. When we arrived, the children were still a bit shy, but very sweet. The moment they saw us, Dipa (one of the older boys) immediately climbed a tree to get a couple of coconuts, so we could drink an Es Kelapa. We brought 10 kilos of tangerines and two watermelons, that the kids accepted happily and we all ate together while we got to know each other a little.
After the first day, the children started to get used to us and quickly opened up. We brought some hula hoops and a volleyball to play with. The kids love to learn all the tricks we learned in a hula hoop course in Holland.
Last Sunday was the first time we were at the orphanage while the kids had a free day. Sunday is the only day the children don’t have school, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to play some old fashioned Dutch games with them. The children found them “sekali gila permainan” (Bahasa for “very crazy games”). We split up the group, the older boys had to play against each other and the younger kids and girls were mixed.
We played ‘zaklopen, ‘aardappellopen’, ‘koekhappen’ and ‘spijkerpoepen’: we had a lot of fun! On Sunday the girls always have traditional Balinese dance lessons as well, so when their teacher arrived they disappeared into the common room to practice and came out tired and sweaty after more than three hours. We peeked through the window from time to time, it looked amazing. While they were dancing, we played volleyball with the older boys and badminton and hula hooping with the younger ones. We also introduced the game “krantenmeppertje” which was a great success! All together it was a fantastic day with a lot of laughing, cheering and playing.
As we already noticed in the days before, the kids really want to learn English from us. That is why we also started giving fun lessons in English. For example, this week we did the song ‘head, shoulders, knee and toes’ in English and Bahasa: they have to sing the song in English and after that we have to do it in Bahasa, which the kids found hilarious and it made us learn some Bahasa as well.
Of course our goal is to develop a structured English teaching program and thanks to Frits and Diana, a Dutch couple who are very involved with the orphanage and did tremendous work improving the facilities there, we already have a clean and big classroom that we can use. This week, we have started to make the classroom ready for use, buying stuff like a big whiteboard and some educative posters. It’s not perfect yet, but we’ve made the first steps!