Sanda House

Volunteers will find Sanda House to be a welcome reprieve from the hustle of tourist-packed Ubud. A short motorbike drive north from Munduk, or a half hour walk through mountain trails to the center of town, Sanda overlooks serene rice paddies and, further away,  hills forested with lush green jungle.

Though simple, the three-bedroom Sanda House has a kitchen, complete with a refrigerator and range, and a bathroom with a shower. Hot and cold water, as well as wifi, are available. The spacious living area overlooks rice paddies and stately palm trees. Behind the kitchen, a stone-lined path guides you past the tranquil fish pond to the bale, an elevated gazebo where you have an even better view of the gorgeous countryside and the mountains beyond.

Despite its relative remoteness, Sanda House has many friendly neighbors, and is a short walk away from food stands that sell water, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and other staples. A fifteen-minute walk away you will find the main road, where you can find warungs with delicious, inexpensive local food, places to do laundry, and shops. Located near other villages like Gesing and Kuta Piyuh, Sanda is the perfect blend of rural peace and community.

Volunteer Spotlight: Kathryn Schlesinger

Volunteer Kathryn Schlesinger, who has arranged for the sponsorship of 34 more children through friends and family, has been active with the BCP since 2010.

This summer, July and August 2012, I was fortunate to make my 4th visit to the village schools in Munduk. The small group that came along consisted of my sister, Annie Schultz, for her third visit, along with first-timers Sharon Stotts and Jeane Ruston. We are excited that we are getting smarter about how we do things when we visit. This was a very cohesive group and all had worked to make our individual contributions in collecting school supplies, lesson plans, organized teacher training, and recruiting new sponsors for students while in the States. We also all worked well in the classrooms doing songs and helping the students do the art projects that we brought. We were able to visit two different schools. At each school we spent time observing some of their daily routine. Then it was our turn! We taught some story songs that had motions and movement. The students always get a kick out of these and want to do them a second time around. Then we did two art projects and a small hygiene lesson on tooth brushing. Before leaving all the students received toothbrushes and toothpaste.

While in Munduk we also had prepared for fun party for the sponsored students. We are very excited that we now have 34 students sponsored. The students were each given a bag with their own school supplies and some fun items. They spent time decorating visors that they got to keep and also a cardboard frame that they sent home with us to give to the sponsors. We also took each student’s photo so the frame would have their photo in it. The highlight was when Iluh prepared some of the students to do an endearing dance performance for us. The party ended with a water balloon toss game and lots of fun and laughter.

Something new that we did was to hold a teacher-training workshop at Sanda House. About 8 teachers came and learned a lot of wonderful ideas to teach math concepts from Sharon and then a few ideas about language development and storytelling. We then all did some learning games with some parachutes that we brought to donate. Each teacher left with a bag of supplies.

It was a fabulous visit and we were touched by our experience.

Kathryn Schlesinger