Vic and I ventured to Bali for a combination of visits to AAS sister schools, sponsorship and scholarship families, projects and invitations to special events. What a surprise to be greeted by Mustika Oka Putraka the junior pilot on our flight who was a visitor in our house five years ago when he was part of the SMAN1 Kuta (Senior High School) study tour to Perth. Particularly good this year, once on the ground in Ngurah Rai Airport, was the feeling of warm feet after such cold Perth weather prior to leaving. As usual, Ketut and Yuni the AAS Secretary in Bali met us at the airport and accompanied us to the hotel for a good old natter.
I would like to share some of our experiences. Please follow the link for the full report and pictures.
During part of our trip to Bali we were joined by Nabeel Shaik, who lives in Cloverdale, is 18 years old and is having a gap year prior to going to University in 2017. Nabeel was one of my kindy and primary students when he was 4 and 5 years old. He and his family have been AAS supporters in many ways since its inception and he wanted to see first hand some of what AAS accomplishes in Bali. I believe Nabeel has returned to Perth with a better understanding of why AAS is what it is. Part of his time in Bali, he lived with Wayan and family and enjoyed activities with Putu and Made Adnyana and they have developed a special friendship.