By Andrea Sison
Festival Indonesia was a tiring but fulfilling experience. Since I volunteered for the first shift, I saw how the festival came to be. It was very exciting to see how the festival started coming to life. It was also fun to see how the number of people who came to enjoy this event gradually increased. I helped with setting up signs and the umbrella designing contest. The umbrella designing contest was mostly joined by kids. I enjoyed my time helping the participants and conversing with them. The kids were very creative and made fun designs that attracted a lot of people’s attention. The people from VIDA Florida, the organization that organized the festival, were also very nice. They were constantly asking if we were okay and they always tried to make sure we are comfortable when we are doing our tasks. They offered us food and drinks constantly, especially because it was a hot day. While volunteering I also met a few people who I got to be friends with. This was a great opportunity for me to meet other students from different schools. In between tasks, I was allowed to enjoy the festival as well. I was fascinated with the different booths that were there. There were booths that had traditional clothes, art, and food. It was a fun way to learn and experience Indonesian culture.