Examine Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity, as well as Animist and Shamanistic traditions, with a focus on religious pluralism, rituals, festivals and ceremonies.
Explore the impacts of modernization and development as they relate to ecology and land-use within protected and un-protected areas. Delve into issues of political marginalization, participatory development vs. non-participatory development, ecological conservation and cultural preservation.
Focus Of Inquiry
Study political dynamics and the impact that rapid development has on specific communities; examine issues related to gender, cultural and environmental preservation, ethnic vs national identity, and dominant cultural communities.
Live in three homestays two weeks or longer in an urban area (Jogyakarta), subsistence mountainous farming community (Langa), and remote sea-faring community (Sampela) and begin to understand their natural environments, cultures and political significance to Indonesia.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Pursue self-selected studies of issues that are pertinent to the communities we visit, as well as deep engagement with the Indonesia world of arts (gamelan, batik, silver smithing, shadow-puppetry, street art, martial arts) and culture.
Study Bahasa Indonesia through introductory lessons (10 hours per week), communication with home-stay families and language immersion throughout the course.
Practice English with local youth, represent communities through writing projects, assist families during home-stays. Less than 10 hours of service credit earned.
Travel by taxi, bemo, bus, truck, ferry, small boats, and dugout canoe, sleep in makeshift tents on jungle treks, trekking and day hikes, plenty of marine-based travel and opportunities towards the end of the program to be in the water.
Hike through rice paddy fields and on jungle trails in Flores, moderate hikes to the summit of volcanoes Java (weather depending), short treks in the jungles of Java on narrow footpaths.