By Janice Dickson Special to the Truro Daily News
TRURO - Group members smiled as they formed a line on the stage.
The Saman dance starts with a rhythm created by drumming hands on the floor.
Members of Canada World Youth and Kemenpora rehearse at First United Church Hall in Truro. The exchange group will perform and provide a traditional dinner to locals Sunday evening. Submitted photo
The Canada-Indonesia exchange group has been practicing this dance in preparation for a community performance on Sunday.
The exchange group has volunteered in Truro for the past two months and to say ‘thanks and farewell’ they are giving locals the opportunity to have One Night in Indonesia.
Sanford Jones is a Canadian participant in the group and said they are excited to fly to Indonesia for the second part of the volunteer mission.
“We’re here until Dec. 31, so this is kind of our finale event. It’s giving what we have to Truro, saying our big goodbye,” said Jones.
The event will take place Dec. 15, at the First United Church hall. From 5 to 6 p.m., a traditional meal will be served. There will also be a silent auction and the group will perform traditional dances.
The exchange is organized by Canada World Youth and Kemenpora—which is its partner in Indonesia. Eight participants from across Indonesia and nine participants from across Canada volunteer for three months in Truro and three months in Indonesia.
Canada World Youth participant, Leila Black is from Toronto. She said she misses her family but it’s important to live in the moment.
“The bond I’ve made with the group is something I’ve personally never experienced before,” said Black.
Indonesian participant, Mutia Elviani said she is thankful the Truro community is welcoming and supportive.
“I learned a lot from all of my friends from Canada and I hope I can bring the positive effect back to my hometown,” said Elviani.
Jones said the Canada—Indonesian exchange has been running for about 40 years. He’s excited to travel to Sei Gohong, Indonesia, where he and the group will volunteer in conservation, education and at a malaria clinic.
Jones would recommend Canada World Youth to individuals who want to make a difference.
“Don’t hesitate to make a change and be a positive influence on your community, even if that means stepping out of your comfort zone.”
What: One Night in Indonesia presented by Canada World Youth and Kemenpora
When: Sunday, Dec. 15
Where: First United Church hall, Truro
Cost: $10 per person
Other: A traditional meal, a silent auction and cultural performances. Proceeds go towards Giving Means, a charity supported by Canada World Youth.
The age group for this exchange is 18-24.