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 for two weeks or longer in an urban setting (Jogyakarta), subsistence mountainous farming village (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 formal introductory lessons (10 hours per week) while in Jogya. Dive into language immersion throughout the course with homestay families
Participate in community-driven learning service project assisting families as directed/needed during homestays.
Travel by plane, public bus, truck, car, tri-shaw, ferry, minivans and other watercraft. Sleep on bamboo mats on the floor in some homestays, under the stars on beaches and experience group camping in jungle/forest settings. Plentiful marine-based travel and opportunities to get in the water towards the end of the program.
Easy to moderate day hikes and multi-day hikes (weather depending) through rice paddies fields and jungle trails to explore hot springs and waterfalls. Hike around and up extinct volcanoes for breathtaking scenic views.