During my coffee shop hopping activities, breakfast, and afternoon coffee, I met another foreigner, a Bule. That is not hard in Bali. Bule as the locals call us is slang for white or foreigner. Name-calling is not the point, besides it kind of means, a friendly white person.
As we chatted, we realized we were quite close, he was from the Boston area, I am from Canada. That’s close enough on a global level. We were near neighbors. As we spoke, we had a few things in common. We were both helping locals. At the same time, we were both stranded in Indonesia during the pandemic.
What was it that we had in common?
Well, we both love Bali, and we were both helping people in different ways. He came from a slightly different background than I, but we had things in common.
Once we started discussing the state of small business we ended up on the topic of young people. We began to talk about the empowerment of young people. Since we both meet many people on our journey, we agreed that young people can be greatly helped with a bit of support. This was two white men talking about local young people but this is true. There is however a problem. Indonesian companies tend to post jobs in an unbelievable way.
This is a bit disturbing for me but… Must be good-looking, younger than 35, and presentable. This is a simple post for a job, and it pushes out older experienced people rather than merging them.
There is a prejudice against older people. This being the case, it would be good to educate the young and help the older experienced employees.
By joining these two forces, the workforce would be strengthened. However, explaining to the young people that they have a future and giving them support as well is the way to go. It was nice to see a like-minded person whom I shared some visions with. We both noticed that they have a lack of opportunity in most cases. If there was an empowerment center where experiences could be shared by myself and others, it would be greatly beneficial to the youth of Indonesia. Guidance and empowerment for the young are the way to go. How and where? Well, I’ll have to give that some thought and maybe when we meet for coffee another day we can come up with a solution.
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