Community Immersion: Lembang Village

For the second week of the programme, all volunteers are divided into two villages. One group is assigned to Lembang village and the other to Cigadung. On the first day of the second week, all volunteers get to see both villages to get an idea of what the assignments will be like and who we will be working with. The first day was specifically for community bonding and awareness raising.

On the second day of our visit to Lembang, my team (Brunei) had the opportunity to interview the head of RW9 as we are assigned to this RW. After a short interview, we went to interview a housewife in the village. When we were visiting her place, there was also other housewives gathered in the house. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly so it was quite easy for us to do the interview. Unfortunately, as there was not enough time, we had to go back for lunch and spent our whole afternoon in BMKG to synthesize our findings.

We continued our interviews on the next day and we had the opportunity to interview the head of RT1 of RW9. After some time of hazard mapping and trying to find a suitable place for an evacuation site, we decided to go back to BMKG to rest. Most of the areas in Lembang are steep, therefore, it was very difficult to find a good place. Moreover, the places that are conducive to be made as evacuation sites had history of landslides, making them unsuitable in the end. Another issue is that the roads in the village are very narrow.

In the afternoon, all groups that are assigned in Lembang presented their findings. The volunteers who are assigned in Cigadung came to Lembang after the presentations for a trip to Boscha Observatorium. The trip to Boscha was exciting as it was my first time visiting an observatory. The main telescope that was displayed in the building was huge and we were informed that the telescope weighs as much as five adult elephants, i.e. 7 tonnes. The briefing was very informative and interesting! After the briefing, everyone got the chance to see Jupiter, Saturn and one of the giant stars around Scorpio, called Antares, through three telescopes provided by the observatory.


Press Release for Opening Ceremony of ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) Indonesia 2017

BANDUNG, INDONESIA – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia-UKM) and Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) ) are joining forces to host the 5th ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) with the theme “The Development of ASEAN Youth DRR-Leaders through Volunteerism and Community Engagement”, which will be held in Bandung, Indonesia Continue Reading