Let’s face it, without the numerous tutors and facilitators, who are the
most important cogs in this project, we wouldn’t have been able to conduct any
of our classes. But there is also a group of people who work behind the scenes
(other than Jeff Malaihollo) and whose names you may have seen or heard of, but
haven’t been formally introduced to.
There is the all-important Social Media (SoMe) Team, without them, we
wouldn’t have an up-to-date Social Media platform, and Bahasa Basudara would be
like any other online educational platform. They make us stand out from the
rest! So, who are these people who so quietly and tirelessly work in the
background and have given us the Movie Night, the Bastori Bulan Challenge, a
weekly quote of the week, exciting quizzes on Facebook, information on our
webinars, videos and last but not least the awesome BingoLingual Party.
The SoMe Team is a diverse group of people from
Ambon, the Netherlands and the UK and they get together once a week, to do some creative
brainstorming. With all their different backgrounds, there’s a lot of
creative input and many different areas are covered. As you can imagine, the
SoMe Team (they all volunteer as tutors too) have had countless 'I haven't
thought about that’ moments, during their weekly meetings.
First, there’s Nataly Sopacuaperu (UK), who has a finger in every
pie and anything Bahasa Basudara related. She’s is the driving force behind the
SoMe Team. Originally from Hoogezand in the Netherlands, she has been living
and working in London for nearly 15 years. Her presence during their weekly
Sunday meeting is palpable, as she brings her immense professional event
management knowledge to the fore. Her enthusiasm, drive and focus are
infectious and admirable, and her main aim is to make Bahasa Basudara a
household name on a global platform. She is surrounded by a group of talented
people of various ages who all bring with them their professional skills and
Richard Lalihatu is from Capelle aan den IJssel (the
Netherlands) and is responsible for creating the videos. He has taught two
classes and is proud that he can contribute to the development of his brothers
and sisters in Maluku. He thinks that Bahasa Basudara provides a fun and
accessible way to share knowledge with each other.
Ellia Wamese who lives in Ambon, started as a
student and did an English Conversational Course with Oom Jeff Malaihollo. He
has always been passionate about learning and teaching languages, which is why
he joined Bahasa Basudara in the first place. Together with a good friend of
his from Berlin, they taught a German Conversational Course. He is interested in creating things and wanted to work in an
international team and became SoMe’s Creative Designer.
Brian Mahulette lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He only recently joined the SoMe team, and works in the Social Media Industry. His role is to create awareness and engaging content for and about Bahasa Basudara. He loves to share his knowledge and at the same time wants to learn more about what keeps students busy in Maluku. “The digital world enables us all to learn from each other. Not all classrooms have four walls!”
Tirsana Kailola joins the weekly SoMe meeting from
Ambon. She is a tutor, but also a passionate educator and educational program
developer and has worked for the Heka Leka Education Centre since 2017. She
started their Early Childhood Program and is responsible for designing and
managing teachers’ professional programs for early childhood education in
Maluku. “I started this program because I believe that producing a better
generation starts by producing better teachers and because I know that students
need to learn to love nature and traditional culture if they are to grow up to
preserve it.” Tirsa is our social media content moderator.
Ruben Manusama has been working as a photographer and lives in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). His personal project on the first generation of Moluccans is ongoing and looks promising. It’s no surprise that he is responsible for SoMe’s Visual and Graphic design. “I became a tutor because I wanted to help the people in Maluku in a more practical and direct way. I get a lot of energy and enthusiasm from my students and it’s the small unexpected and positive things that you yourself learn as well during the course, that give me a feeling of satisfaction.”
Joaniek Vreeswijk on the other
hand is our spokesperson and resides in Utrecht, the Netherlands. With a masters degree in Governance,
Diversity and Inclusion, she is the right person to promote Bahasa Basudara in
the Dutch media. She has recently given a radio interview on Dutch radio and
gave Bahasa Basudara some exposure on television. She has also published some
articles for Marinjo, an independent
Moluccan magazine for and about Moluccan people.
logo and certificates have been designed by the
talented London-based Boya Latumahina (UK), who is originally from the
Netherlands. It was her friend Nataly who introduced her to Bahasa Basudara. “I
wanted to be part of the wider international Moluccan community and was excited
about the initiative. Unfortunately, due to other commitments, I couldn’t be a
tutor, but was thrilled when I was asked to design the logo.”
involved a musician, Rob Wattimury from Hoogezand in the Netherlands,
who wrote and produced our jingle. He used the deep sonorous sound of the Tahuri to create a
traditional, yet modern and hip musical tune, which can be downloaded as a
mobile ring tune.
there’s Susanne Muskita (UK), who's originally from Assen. She does most of the writing (website,
blogs, proofreading, press releases) for Bahasa Basudara. “You sometimes forget
how fortunate you are when you live in Europe. We take so many things for
granted, like the internet and Wifi. To go back to your roots again and to meet
all those amazing students/people is truly a humbling and eye-opening
If you’re interested in joining our team of
volunteers and can spare some of your time, or if you have an idea or skill
that you would like to share with us – then please do contact us: [email protected].