Essay on ILDC 2022 – Teti

Teti Rahmawati Nasution, Indonesia

My journey in and after the ILDC

      Participating in the ILDC course was my dream for the past a few years. But I could not get a chance in 2020. In 2022 I applied again. I and Nina, a member of youth group from Aceh were given the opportunity to take part in the course.
At first, I didn’t feel confident to keep up with the course. Not because it is long training period, but because of my language barrier, I was worried about not being able to be active in discussion and sharing stories with other participants from various countries. The limitations of my communication stressed me and wondered how I could learn together with other friends. I prepared myself to prepare with various tools such as google translator and my own vocabulary words notebook in order to answer my friends’ questions. I studied until the evening and watched the video recording again and again because there were many things I wanted to learn. I tried to activelt involved in giving my opinion, but I could not entirely do, often get misunderstood in the discussions. To be honest, a sense of “give up” arose in my mind and wanted to leave out from this course.

      However, I was able to finish this course, this was not only because of my enthusiasm to learn, but I was lucky to have full support from the AHI team’s, Yuko, Yayoi and my friends such as Aman, Ayar, Nina, Tehreem and Ejaz. They were so patient when I gave my opinion. They gave me a chance to think and answer the questions from friends, waiting for me to write answers in the chat box. Their support with trust and respect is the most valuable lesson for me. Every human being is important to have a sense of “mutual respect” and “helping each other”. This motivated me to be able to finish until the end.

      ILDC was the opportunity to learn what I have never done. For example, it was my first experience to be a moderator in the learning process with friends from various countries. We also learned how to analyze a case to find invisible causes. We discussed how we solve all problems when they occured in community, how we keep members who have different opinions, without dropping them and how “leaders” can bring “openness” to their team members. We discussed them freely without fear in the session. This was a very valuable experience, and made me feel confident in facilitating activities with young people and the community in the village.

      And I hope that AHI will continue to provide training to young people in the various countries so that they understand their abilities lying within their responsibilities, either as volunteers or as NGO staff members of the institutions.