My AIESEC Volunteer Experience in Krasnoyarsk, Russia

This is crazy, like really crazy, like I dunno, it’s even huge than crazy!
It’s been a year since I graduated from high school to post something on my blog. haha
I don’t really into blog anymore right now, but I’ve spent a lot of things that I really wanna share with anybody.
So the story will begin at the beginning of this year.
January 2013.

It’s just an unbelievable story.
I have a dream since was a little to go abroad.
When people ask me “what is your dream? what you wanna be when you are big?”
I will exactly say “GO ABROAD” but I have noooooo idea what will I do when I am abroad. hahaha

There are people that I met saying that going abroad is just so easy.
They are promoting some exchange program trough organization AIESEC.
Then I came to them and asked them “what? really? how?”

And they’re all answering my question perfectly. hahaha
Then, I did what they told me to do.
It was hard because I should answer the essay with a loooooot of questions.
I filled in the essay randomly and thinking, “if I am selected it will be just so crazy” hahahaha

Then the announcement came.
I WAS ACCEPTED unbelievably. HAHAHA
Then I choose the country, the project, and get an interview.

And I got this e-mail:

 

 

 

 

That’s sounds amazing to go to Russia and see the snow, I think. Especially, I LOVE CHILDREN.

Then I replied their e-mail and said that i’m interesting with their project.
I had this interview with Elmira Gusaynova, the awesome girl from Russia and in the end, she said that I was ACCEPTED! hahaha

It’s not the time for happy, actually. I should do A LOT of preparation before I go.
Ticket, visa, jacket and more winter coat, mental, health body, instead of everything what I damnably needed was MONEY 🙁

I tried a lot of things to get the money. I was so stressed like crazy at that time.
But then God answered my pray.
I made a really good proposal and sent it to my dad.
Then my dad sent it to all of his friends and one of them SENT ME THE MONEY! hahahaha
He sent me USD2500! which was enough for me to bought the ticket, visa, and a little bit stuff for winter.

But things were not going better . . . . .

Two weeks before my departure, Jakarta has the worst flood.

So, all offices closed including the Russian embassy. So I could not make my visa 🙁
I was so stressed again. It was even worse than the first one.
The guy I paid for making me a visa just telling me that Russian embassy would be open next week.
“GOD! I AM CRYING”

God knows that I was crying. I knew it.

Then the embassy opened before the guy told me. So, I made it as soon as I could.
But the officer in the Russian embassy said “I hope it will finish before the departure”
and I said “OF COURSE IT SHOULD! I’VE SPENT USD 1800 FOR THIS!”

But AGAIN, LIKE SERIOUSLY AGAINNNNN,

Things were going even worse than before.
One night,  I was coughing. But it was not a usual cough.
I WAS COUGHING UP BLOOD 🙁

I went to the doctor with my parents and he said that I got tuberculosis.
My dad’s so worried about me and said directly “I forbid you to go to Russia. You’ll die there in the middle of snow with this condition”

then I was crazy like seriously.
but my mom asked the doctor “is that okay to go, doc?”
and the doctor answered “it’s okay as long as he takes the medicines every day. One day he forgets, worst case will happen soon”

and I shouted “OKAY! I WON’T FORGET! I PROMISE! PINKYWINKYDIPSY PROMISE!”
Finally, the day has come. . .
My visa finished right on THAT DAY.

I was relieved yet worried. hahaha
I packed everything

That’s my luggage and the black one with the plastic, that’s my winter jacket.

and here I am . . . ready to go . . . .

I am Imam Al Rezki, 18 years old (at that time), never going abroad before, trying to get the hell out of my comfort zone READY to go to Siberia, Russia all by myself.
See? nothing is easy in this world. Success is just the gift. the process is more precious than just a gift.

You’ll see what will you get from hard work.

to be continued . . . .

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