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AYVP 2017 Journal

We were tasked to keep a daily journal all throughout the duration of the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme and post it on our social media accounts. Sooo, here are my two
cents ..

August 1, 2017

Today marks the opening of the ASEAN Youth Volunteers Program. I can say that the wait is over, it is really here. I am really here!

I am honored to represent the Philippines and ecstatic to be part of this years’ AYVP focusing on the Development of ASEAN Youth DRR Leaders through Volunteerism and Civic Engagement. Later, I will share my application journey and the objectives of the program.

This is my first time in Indonesia, well, actually, this is my first time traveling abroad. So I am really putting my bet that this event will really be unforgettable.

To start with, we were greeted with a very unique taste of breakfast at Tune Hotel in Bandung, Indonesia. We are gonna stay here from 1-26 of August, 2017 . Indonesian cuisine were really into spicy ingredients, but I do not have any problem on it at all. In fact, I like the food here.

Everyday for Weeks 1 and 4, we are going to walk from Tune Hotel to the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) for about 5 – 10 minutes as ITB is venue of our training sessions.

We were welcomed by the AYVP Organizers, listened and interacted with the guests, and expectation setting talk.


The importance of having a one ASEAN Community was tackled during the sessions, the vision of the ASEAN Safe School Initiative as well and the Challenges to Actions on Disaster Risk Reduction and Opportunities for Resilience Building. The speakers were familiar on the context of their presentation. The sessions today was interactive as it encourage maximum participation from the audience. We were also able to have a Consultation on the different aspects of our proposed projects and it was helpful. The organizing team also prepared a Welcome Dinner for us and we have performed our “Haka” (Cheers).

August 2, 2017

Today we tackled about the roles and responsibilities of a volunteer. I learnt that there are two types of volunteers, the Formal volunteers who contribute an unpaid time yo any activities of a formal organization and the Informal volunteers who have a wide range of different kinds of mutual help. I was also reminded that in any way, volunteers should always increase preparedness and decrease vulnerability.

We also had a workshop for Ethics, Code of Conduct and Accountability in volunteering.

Psychological First Aid was also discussed and it was a very interesting topic. I was able to realize a lot about the importance of Mental Health and the principles of psychological healing. Along with those, Safety and Security Protocols for Disaster response was also discussed.

I was also able to know about the existing Humanitarian Response Team for ASEAN Member States which is the AHA Center. Topics about Societal Leadership and resposible use of social media was also iterated.

August 3 – 5, 2017


Module 1: Introduction to Disaster Risk Reduction Reduction and Resilience Building
Module 2: Disaster Risk Reduction and Cross Cutting Issues
Module 3: ASEAN Region and Local DRRM Context
Module 4: Safer School and Disaster Education
Module 5: Earthquake Hazard and Risk Assessment
Module 6: Gender and Vulnerable Groups
Module 7: First Aid, Mental Health and PsychoSocial Support
Module 8: Religious Beliefs and Disaster

It was an informative and interactive series of lectures. Volunteers are now fueled with proper knowledge about the challenges and the needs of being a volunteer.

August 6, 2017

50 Youth DRR Leaders across ASEAN countries having a lecture right above a fault line in Lembang, Indonesia, with a mind empowered with understanding regarding the concepts of Disaster Risk Reduction and with a stirred up spirit of leadership to encourage preparedness and strengthen resiliency among communities. Yes. We are living in a vulnerable world. Yes, we could not escape hazards, but also Yes, we could definitely mitigate disasters.

August 7, 2017


Module 9: Earthquake Hazard and Risk Assessment
Moduke 10: Basic Disaster Preparedness and Response (Do’s and Don’ts)
Module 11: Introduction to Community Risk Assessment

Today, I was the leader of the whole team. Also, our group “Team Indonesia” had performed a traditional dance which they call “Samal” for the Cultural Exchange program.

August 8, 2017

After a series of classroom discussion with powerhouse speakers, I think we are now equipped to immerse ourselves in the community and share with them what we have learnt. Today officially starts the Week Two Community Activity. But before conducting any community interaction, we secured first that we are familiar with the target community. We visited Desa Lembang in the morning and had a discussion with the leaders and introduces ourselves. This was also done in Cigadung Village wherein heads of the community welcomed us and served us a very delightful dinner. I swear, the traditional fried chicken and rice in Cigadung is heaven.

August 9, 2017

RW 14 in Cigadung Village, Bandung, Indonesia was my assigned community. We went there for the first time and had our transect walk to familiarize ourselves with the place. RW 14 were consist of RT 1, RT 2, RT 3, RT 4, RT 5, and RT 6 and it is a very congested community. The roads were narrow and very steep and there is not enough open space for evacuation.

Upon giving us the required data to gather on the community, we were able to consolidate the approach that we need to use to interact with the community. We were able to create a structural questionnaire and have done a face to face interview to sixty one households consisting of working individuals, elders, youth and children. It was quite easy to conduct an interview even though I do not know how to speak Bahasa Indonesia because we were accompanied by some representatives from the youth organization. At the end of the day, we have gathered all necessary data or consolidation of an effective disaster management on the village.

August 10, 2017

We went back to the village to conduct the mapping of the evacuation route in the community. We have secured all possible routes for the evacuation, temporary assembly areas and risks on the road. The output for today’s activity is a map of the village with the proposed evacuation sites.

August 11, 2017

We were tasked to perform an Earthquake Drill in SDN Cigadung. We were able to teach fifth grade students who were overwhelmed with excitement. The DRR Leaders have planned the simulation of the Earthquake Drill, but before that, we introduces the ASEAN Community to them as wells as teach them emergency precautions when a disaster happen. The Earthquake Drill was a success.

August 12, 2017

Free Day. We went to Museum Geologi and Asia Africa Museum as well. We also went to Braga Street to unwind.

August 13, 2017

Today, we finalized our Earthquake Evacuation Simulation for our assigned communities and was able to present an overall report to the group. We explained all particular disasters that could happen on the community, the history and data from disasters that had happened before, the proposed community planning, data output from the transect walk and face to face interview, and the proposed evacuation map and the route.

August 14, 2017

There was also a discussion about what Table Top Exercise is and we were able to witness Table Top Exercise in Institut Teknologi Bandung together with the honorable stakeholders of the community. We payed close attention to the Table Top Exercise and the actions of the stakeholders. The five major sectors of a Table Top Exercise are the (1) Command Center, (2) Social and Refugee Sector, (3) Search and Rescue and Evacuation Sector, (4) Infrastructure and Facilities Sector, and the (5) Medical Sector. These sectors were reviewed and were given a scenario to apply the Table Top Exercise. The fifty DRR leaders were divided into five sectors and were able to conduct the exercise. It was an informative and participative experience and I am really overwhelmed with the learnings that I am taking.

The head of the BPBD also demonstrated the proper rescue of survivors on a disaster and we had an Earthquake Drill Simulation in preparation for the upcoming community activity.

August 15, 2017

The volunteers painted a wall in the community highlighting Disaster Risk Reduction. The mural painting aims to spark awareness about disaster preparedness in the community as well as leave a mark of the ASEAN Youth Volunteers Programme 2017 in them.

August 16, 2017

After the final checking of the evacuation route, the Cugadung RW 14 Team created all the necessary evacuation route signs and assembly point placards. The Team then posted the announcement posters within the community as well as the evacuation route signs. In preparation for the 72nd celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day, the team attended the Tasyakuran at the Masjid for thanksgiving and prayer. The team also had the traditional food for dinner which is superb. This is also the first time for the team to stay overnight in the community.

August 17, 2017

The Cigadung RW 14 DRR Leaders joined the parade wearing their respective national attires in celebration of the Independence Day. The leaders also helped the youth organization of RW 14 on the games for the kids in the community.

August 18, 2017

The volunteers finalized the presentation of the earthquake disaster simulation.

August 19, 2017

Cigadung Team observed the earthquake disaster simulation in Lembang and documented the simulation. The team also gathered the heads of the community in Cigadung for the final briefing and deliberation of tasks to do on the simulation proper. The volunteers presented the evacuation route map, the scenarios on the community and the contributors on the conduct of the simulation. The community briefing tackled also the detailed roles of each heads, as well as the acting victims and volunteers in Cigadung RW 14.

August 20, 2017

Today is the conduct of the Earthquake Disaster Simulation in Cigadung Village. The volunteers took their post and the community did their best to participate on the simulation. Fire and Landslide scenarios were made and community residents also portrayed as victims. The heads of each RT also portrayed their role in data gathering and securing that all residents were transferred to the safe zone and/or final evacuation area. There are some lapses on the simulation due to lack of communication and facilities to use but nevertheless, the earthquake disaster simulation in Cigadung Village was a success.

August 21, 2017

First day of Week 4 and the volunteers are now focused on the Pitch Proposal. There was a discussion on how to create a proper pitch slide and the information that are necessary to be included. The speaker also shared her personal experience and learnings in pitching a proposal and how to appropriately present it to the stakeholders. Later that day, the volunteers then had a cultural presentation.

August 22, 2017

The session for today was delivered by a representative from the UN Volunteers Indonesia wherein she tackled volunteering strategies and assessment through a participative discussion and role playing. Another session was about fundraising in which the group was able to learn approaches in fundraising and the correct way of doing it. We also had a discussion on how to create a good slide presentation and we were able to listen to previous AYVP Alumni about their projects.

August 23, 2017

Today is the day of our Pitch Presentation. All the volunteers prepared well for their respective proposal. I am really overwhelmed with joy that my Pitch got selected to proceed to the final stage of selection. Jude, also from the Philippines, and I will work together for the implementation of the project. Yodee, Congratulations to all

August 24, 2017

Today is the showcase of our video presentation. Everyone put an effort on the videos and all works turned out to be good. My team, Team Indonesia, won as best video for the Cigadung Team, Team Thailand won for Lembang and special appreciation was given to Team Vietnam. All the videos showcase the recap of everything that we did in AYVP2017 and it gave us mixed emotions while watching. My heart melted all throughout the presentations. #Feeeeels

August 25, 2017

Today we practiced our cultural presentation and we did had a lot of fun. My team performed the traditional dance of Bali which is called “Papua” and we also learned how to dance Saman and Poco Poco. It was nice to be introduced to different kinds of traditional dances of Indonesia and I feel really overwhelmed to know a lot about their culture. I wish we still have a lot of time to learn more about Indonesia.

August 26, 2017

This is the day. Our last day in Bandung. Why am I so sad? L In the morning, we were able to have our final rehearsal. We then had our Closing Ceremony in the afternoon. The ceremony were packed with honorable guests and representatives from the community. I was also awarded as Social Media Ambassador by USAID ASEAN which I was really surprised, but grateful of course. We then performed our ‘earthshaking’ traditional Indonesian performance and sung the ASEAN Unity Song in the end of the ceremony. And after that? Tears. All went to tears knowing that we do not know when we’ll gonna be able to see each other again. It was a sad yet fulfilling night for all of us. If I am right, it took us just an hour to recall everything that had happened on the past 26 days of our stay in Bandung. Jumping from one hug to another gave us chills, laughter, tears and soft feels from the friendship that we have planted on each other’s soul. We were so attached to each other and it made our eyes trickled with tears. I am so grateful to have known and befriends with such brilliant and amazing people. I can’t even stop my tears from falling while writing on this point. 26 days, 50 young hearts, 10 countries, 1 program, and an infinite bond. I could not ask for more. Terima Kasih AYVP2017!

August 27, 2017

4AM today we depart from Tune Hotel and Bandung. *Sobs* But I know that this is not yet the end, this is just the beginning. This is Leyden C. Sta. Isabel, ASEAN Youth DRR Leader, USAID Social Media Ambassador – I’m ready. Send me.

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