Volunteering at Trans Jakarta – A Day of Service


Harmoni Central Busway Transjakarta 1

5.00am is definitely still too early to wake up on a Sunday morning. Most people would still be at their bed sleeping. Lazy Sunday. There’s no way I can enjoy this on normal weekday. My alarm clock rang at 5.00am today. It is definitely a reminder that today, 21 May 2017 is a day where the company organized the volunteer event in cooperation with Trans Jakarta. Trans Jakarta is transportation system Bus Rapid Transit operated by PT Transportasi Jakarta. The Trans Jakarta buses serve a total of 12 corridors.

On this day, we were scheduled to gather at 6.30am at National Museum, a very popular museum just a stone throw away from National Monument, a.k.a. Monas. Surprisingly when I arrived there, the area seemed to have started its day, busy with its morning hustle bustle. Two middle-aged men were jogging on the pedestrian walkway. Some ladies were walking slowly in their sports attire and sports shoes. Not all people are lazy, I said quietly.

The event started at 8.00am after our CEO gave his introduction speech about how important volunteering is. Volunteer is not just part of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). Instead it is part of the spirit that we belong to the same community. We were split into three tasks. The first task  is being the bus attendant, another is being the shelter attendant, while the last task is cleaning service. I picked the last task. Smart choice, Chris! I thought it would be easy ride all along. Considering bus attendant and shelter attendant have the responsibility of guiding the passengers.

It’s been a while since my last time holding a “kanebo” (the yellowish absorbent towel) and a cleaning towel and a pail of water. But what’s the fuss? Let’s do it anyway. We are here to volunteer.

trans jakarta

Cleaning the Trans Jakarta halte bus (i.e. busway terminal) is apparently not as easy as I thought. We were assigned to handle Harmoni terminal, which is the central interchange in Corridor 1 of Trans Jakarta. I met with Pak Enza, the cleaner staff. Together with all other volunteers and the cleaner staff, we cleaned all the windows and grills at Harmoni terminal. A simple task that could be quite tough, considering we have to operate under the stinging hot weather without air conditioner. I guess we are just too used to the office air-con environment. After 11am, we were called by our event coordinator. She must have taken pity on our sweaty filthy clothes. It’s time to end the activity. Such a short time frame of three hours, but it’s enough to make me sweating crazily and my body kept pleading for liquid.

In summary, actually we should be the ones to be thankful for being given this opportunity. It makes me fully appreciate their hard work, which sometimes goes unnoticed. It’s also a rare chance to meet and work together with the people of Trans Jakarta, those who relentlessly provide fantastic service, day in day out, to all the passengers. Thank you!