Travelling Craftsman!

Jason Labunda Start Date: Jul 30, 2018 - End Date: Nov 26, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • TEFL/Teach Abroad
  • Vacation/Personal Trip
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Mexico

My Travel Story

by: Jason Labunda Start Date: Jul 30, 2018 - End Date: Nov 26, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • TEFL/Teach Abroad
  • Vacation/Personal Trip
About me:
I'm an aspiring metalsmith from North Borneo and self taught craftsman, working mainly with brass metal to create handforged Brass crafts with inspiration from Indigenous Bornean Culture and Design.
 Since small I've always enjoyed working with my hands and making things, and the feeling of being able to turn my imagination into reality! The idea that pushed me to pursue my dream to become a metalsmith was the movement of Indigenous Bornean Culture revival. I first began making wearable brass accessories with motifs and designs adapted from different tribes around Borneo. Over time I've grown interest in traditional designs and cultures of Indigenous people around the world. As a kid, I'd read about indigenous tribes and people of different place. I was always been drawn by the idea of learning and experiencing the way of living of tribal cultures. Especially now that I am interested in learning and growing my craftwork and knowledge of traditional culture.

So why am I here?
 Simply, because I wish to travel the world and experience the different cultures of Indigenous people from different lands. The first place on my list would be Ecuador, from there I plan to make my way to Peru and around South America. Along the way in my travels, I hope to pick up new skills and crafts that I may bring forward. I feel that this would be a good opportunity for me, not to find myself, but to build myself. In the long run, I intend to someday find a place to call home and build a workshop where I can share and grow my passion of craftwork. Perhaps, even build up a self sustainable community of crafters. But that is another plan for another time. 

My Plan
Currently I am working a full time job as a barman to support myself, and I'm doing my craftwork on the side to make extra money to save up for my travels. As I have no formal qualifications, I intend to take up a CELTA course in Ecuador. From there, I plan to teach English as a way to support myself, and help me make my way through Latin America over the years.
 I hope to begin my travel over the next year, and am working for it. It is not an easy thing for me to ask for money, especially since it is for my own goals. But I hope with the kindness of friends, family, and anyone who believes that this dream is reasonable and of a good cause, that I may make it reality. 

 I honestly do not know how much to list, but I will give an estimate of how much I am currently working on to make to take me to where it is I want to go. 

 I am a stranger, and no one particularly special. But I have this little dream in my head. I am happy to receive well wishes, support, and advice from whomever from where ever. If you would like to know me, and see what it is I do, I do post up my work on instagram @Pogunsavat_Craftwork.

Why South America though?
 
Well, why not? I come from a tropical Island, so I figured, Ecuador is a Tropical land, I think I would fit in nicely. 
 But aside from that, there is much history around that I would like to see in South America, such as the ancient Incan ruins in Ecuador and Peru.
 Also, I would like to expand my language skills and Spanish is one of my top list of languages I would like to learn, and what better way to learn a language than to go to and land where people speak it.
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Mexico