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Two rehabilitation counselor students doing an internship at school teaching Balinese children.

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Take me back to Bali..!

When I left abroad, I had no idea how fast four months can go. I remember the day when we had a flight from Thailand to Bali and we were so excited. All I could think was that I AM REALLY GOING BALI NOW. I didn’t have any clue how many new, amazing people I’m going to meet, how wonderful memories I’m really going to make, and how much my English is going to improve. I was just so excited. When our driver picked us up from the airport and gave us the key to our room, it was almost midnight and we didn’t meet any other volunteers, expect the one from our next door who asked us to be more quiet because she was sleeping (I need to admit that we were a bit terrified – you are sleeping, at 11 pm on Saturday night and we just came here and we can’t even talk or laugh… WHERE ARE WE). I was SO happy that I could take all my clothes and everything out of my backpack and I didn’t have to carry it anymore. We really had lots of stuff with us and our friend Rachel always kept saying that our room looks like we would really live there. Yeap, we were at home.

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Compared to Jyväskylä, Ubud was really difficult. Of course. Streets are tight, everyone is driving by their motorbikes, there are restaurants everywhere. Etc. When we were in Bali, I heard quite many young people saying that Ubud is boring. I think that it depends what you have got used to and what do you like. Many people who live in Helsinki, might say that Jyväskylä is boring. I don’t think so. Jyväskylä is not so big, you can walk or cycle almost everywhere and almost every time when you go to town center, you meet someone you know. And that’s what I like. It’s same with Ubud. Maybe this is why it felt so much home to me.


Do I miss Bali? -YES. Did I miss back home when I was there? -Yes. But actually not so much than I thought I would miss. I missed my boyfriend, some friends, hot shower, rye bread, salty liqourice and cheese. And making food. But I really didn’t think about that all the time 😀 I could have been stayed there easily longer. What do I miss about Bali now? ABSOLUTELY THE WEATHER!!!!! When I walked out of Helsinki-Vantaa airport, I really thought that I was going to die for the coldness. And now, when it’s -25 celsius, I really hate this 😀 I also miss the people, beautiful beaches, speaking english, my students, cheap prices,… So many things.




I need to say that the experience that I had, is something that I won’t ever forget. There are not enough words to tell about it – it’s something that you just need to experience by yourself. If someone asks me is it worth to go to do practical training abroad, I’d say absolutely. I feel that it’s shame not to go 😀 I would do it again anytime.

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Ready to go ?

I’m not sure if I have ever been this excited earlier in my life. The day after tomorrow we will start our (hopefully) amazing trip to Asia!! We’ve been planning our practical training abroad about a year now and expended maaaany hours on searching for the place to go. Our criteria for our practical training place were:

– there has to be hot weather (luckily this was one of our criterion because the summer 2015 in Finland was … a disaster)

– the place should be outside the Europe

– quite cheap country, so we can live there with student grant

– quite cheap costs at all (flights, program costs,..)

– practical training place supports our studies (rehabilitation counseling)


We had been given from school the choices for student exchange but most of them were in Europe and some in Africa. Africa seemed to be amazing too but the costs were much more than in Asia. That’s why we decided to find by ourselves a new place to go for student exchange. When we started to google (which we did a LOT) we noticed that there are terrible number of places to go. When we found an interesting place to go, first we checked where it exactly is located and next the weather in there. I have to say that we were kinda picky. When we had spent days and weeks using google, we finally found the place that fulfilled our criteria!

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We had found Volunteer Programs Bali organization and we sent there e-mail and applications and couple days ago we had been accepted to volunteer there with children with disabilities at Program Village (this was in the beginning of December in 2014). Our international coordinator was also in touch with VP Bali so they could manage all the official stuff. I don’t know but I think that we had a lot of paper work to do, all kind of applications to fulfill.

And finally here we are.

We have booked (almost) all the flights.

Visa is OK!

Rucksack is almost packed (… and heavy).

Tomorrow we’re going to say goodbye to our friends here in Jyväskylä.

And then on Friday our flight will leave! ! Can’t believe this.