Iva, 22, from Holland, came to Jakarta as a volunteer to work with the Red Nose Foundation in mid-2013. With her fair skin and long blonde hair, Iva certainly stood out, but she embraced the differences, the difficulties of being in a foreign country, and the realities of poverty in Jakarta, and the kids (often literally) embraced her.
How could I possibly start to explain how amazing my trip to Jakarta has been? It opened my eyes to a life so different from mine. I remember very well when I first got here, not knowing what to expect and feeling very overwhelmed by it all. And now, after seven weeks I highly doubt the staff and children from Red Nose know how much influence they have had on me. I think they taught me so much – which I am very thankful for.