"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a Child" ~ Anonymous

Sophie from Netherlands

My name is Sophie van Loo, I’m 22 years old and I’m from Holland. I volunteered at Slukat Bali in 2014 for three months and had the greatest experience of my life while being there. The reason I decided to do a volunteering job was the wish to experience the island differently than any other tourist. Being a volunteer gives you the opportunity to really experience the local daily life; local markets, local food, the shy but really open children of Bali, the religious way of life with it’sceremony’s, weddings and visits to different temples to pray in traditional clothes. To me it all felt so unique! Living in Keramas was wonderful. The town is quiet but beautiful and the project gives you enough opportunities to explore the island in your free time. The beach is close and is often visited by the project’s students to celebrate special days or to do yoga classes with all the volunteers and alumni of Slukat. I had a very warm welcome at Slukat with a lot of smiling faces, beautiful surroundings, delicious food and always a face around to address questions I had. The people working there are around  the same age as the people volunteering and after a while they felt like friends.  Personally, getting to know the way of life at Slukat made me feel at home away from home. To me, that’s the biggest gift that can be given while travelling. I would recommend volunteering on Bali to anyone and everyone I meet.