My name is Yirieth and I'm trying to make my dream a reality: to travel and spend some time at Bali, Indonesia. Although I'm an engineering major, back in the summer of 2014 I had to take a class for credit about dance history. One of the dances we studied were Balinese dances, and to this day, I still remember myself watching Balinese children dancing for the first time. I was mesmerized by their eye movements, I was impressed that children at such a young age can have such amount of discipline and control of their bodies resulting in a beautiful art expression. It was love at first sight. I've been doing research on Balinese dances and dancers on my own since then, reading academic articles, watching videos on YouTube over and over again, until I learned to distinguish the songs, styles, and dances, and making my own drawings when I have time.
I'm about to graduate next semester, and sometimes this semester I realized that after finishing school, this might be my only chance to make my dream come true and experience these dances by first-hand. After I graduate, I have to work at a mine in my home country in exchange for them, the company, paying for my education in the U.S. I am hugely grateful to have a job already, and for being able to study in the U.S., because this means I will be able to help my sister in her college education and help supporting my family as well in a near future. When I start working I will be in a shift consisting on three weeks at my job place and one week at home, until I complete my first year working and have rights to vacations. A lot of things can happen in one year, and that is why I don't want to waste this chance of traveling to Bali in that time period after graduating and before entering the workforce.
I have decided that I want to live in Bali for 25-30 days. I'm allowed to stay in the country without a visa for 30 days, the same time period I have before starting working, so it will definitely be less than 30 days. I'm reaching out to you in hopes that I can raise enough money to cover for my language course at http://cintabahasa.com/intensive-indonesian-langua... or for my allocation expenses, which, in the cheapest guesthouses I could find, range for less than $1000 for the time period I'm planing to stay in Bali. If I have any money left from this goal, I would use it to help me pay for food or trips to get the most of Bali in this unique opportunity.
I would like to let you know that I'm aiming to learn Bahasa (the language of Indonesia) if I get this chance to travel to Bali. I want to be able to communicate in the local language as much as possible, so I can go back to Bali one day and be able to get around much more easily, and therefore, experience their culture more naturally and not just the tourist way. Your contribution would help me pay for my stay or my Bahasa course while I'm working on my dreams and on finding myself and my true passion in this lovely paradise that is Bali!
Thank you so much,