Whenever embarking on a new mission or idea, it’s always amazing to find like minded people. But what happens when you’re the only one?
What if you just came back from a student exchange in Argentina and didn’t want to lose your Spanish? Where you’re from and where you’ve been are worlds apart culturally and linguistically. What do you do?
According to my friend Rizal the founder of Polyglot Indonesia, if you want something badly, there are only two options:
- Wait for someone to make it for you.
- Make it yourself.
For most of my life no matter what it was, I felt alone.
Loneliness is no joke.
When I was in Indonesia as an American, I was alone. In middle school although I wasn’t the only Chinese Indonesian I knew, I was made fun of everyday and felt alone.
I was the only classical guitarist I knew until I got to college and didn’t meet others who were crazy into language learning until coming to Europe.
Many of us feel alone. We think we’re the only one’s who like what we like. Heck, who cares about knitting, or underwater basket weaving. Or so you thought…
A few years ago, I posted a video discussing my story and why I became a language enthusiast & polyglot, and someone commented on my video which I accidentally ignored until about a year later…
I did a bit of digging up and sure enough, there were others like me!
Anyways, enough from me. I sat down with my friend Rizal (mentioned above) in order to understand his vision and how he came to solve his own problems.
He had a mission to connect fellow Indonesian language enthusiasts with each other and the world while building community. He didn’t just want people, he wanted those with open hearts and to create an environment best for building community.
His ideas caught fire and have even been featured in places like the Jakarta Post
As a result, his organization Polyglot Indonesia is now 10 chapter strong spread across a 17,000 island archipelago growing stronger by the day.
He decided he no longer wanted to sit and just hope for a miracle.
Since having met him, I’ve not only joined their community but I’ve become their International Outreach and Partnerships Director of the U.S. and Europe. Fancy-schmancy title!
How to Start Your Own Community and Learn Indonesian
The wonderful thing about this community is it isn’t limited to those who speak Indonesian. We’re welcome to anyone!
People like Gareth Popkins of How to Get Fluent took a trip to Indonesia, and guess who hosted him?
Lindsay Williams of Lindsay Does Languages made a video with me about 9 Reasons to Learn Indonesian!
We also have others like bloggers Teddy Nee from Medan living in Taiwan amongst others. We’re a large family and are looking for more people!
If you’re curious and want to start your own community, Rizal gave a talk showing the origins of Polyglot Indonesia at the Polyglot conference Thessaloniki 2016!
Get in Touch
Do you have any questions or ideas for Rizal? Maybe you want to get involved? Leave a comment down below or shoot me an email. Polyglot Indonesia is waiting!