Indonesia

Community & Conservation

A 6-week Summer Abroad Program

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Duration
42 Days
Description

Experience the most diverse archipelago on Earth: live with sea nomad communities, harvest coffee, and learn about efforts to protect the world’s most extraordinary rainforests and coral reefs.

Dates

Jun 28 - Aug 8, 2020


Suggested Ages

16-18

Number of Participants

12


Availability

Open

Begins In

29 Weeks

Land Cost

$8,810


Estimated Flight Cost

$2,040

Ubud, Bali

Flores

Manado

Luwuk

Morowali

Tana Toraja

Makassar

Program Overview

COMPRISED OF OVER 17,000 ISLANDS AND 700 LIVING LANGUAGES, INDONESIA IS HOME TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF BIODIVERSITY OF ANY NATION.


Whether hiking through bamboo forests, spearfishing with your homestay father, or examining gender roles in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia is sure to challenge your worldview and stimulate your senses.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Experience life in an urban, mountainous and marine environment by living with three unique host communities, highlighting the outstanding cultural, social, environmental diversity within Indonesia.
  • Snorkel one of the world’s most pristine and endangered coral reefs, Wakatobi Marine Park, while learning about the complexities of international and local marine conservation efforts.
  • Meet with professional, academics, community leaders and laypeople to understand Indonesia’s colonial history and current political state. 

Whether hiking through bamboo forests, spearfishing with your homestay father, or examining gender roles in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia is sure to challenge your worldview and stimulate your senses.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Experience life in an urban, mountainous and marine environment by living with three unique host communities, highlighting the outstanding cultural, social, environmental diversity within Indonesia.
  • Snorkel one of the world’s most pristine and endangered coral reefs, Wakatobi Marine Park, while learning about the complexities of international and local marine conservation efforts.
  • Meet with professional, academics, community leaders and laypeople to understand Indonesia’s colonial history and current political state. 
  • Spend two weeks completing your own ISP project with respected mentors and teachers in Jogya on: silversmithing, batik, gamlan, wayung kulit (shadow-puppets), street art, cooking, martial arts and more.
  • Explore extinct volcanoes and hot springs on the island of Flores reflecting on the positive and negative impacts of mass tourism.

Arriving first in Yogyakarta, students dive headlong into Javanese culture, working with street artists, attending shadow-puppet performances, and studying the basics of the Bahasa Indonesian language.

We then head east to the island of Flores, where students live in the pastoral village of Langa. We meet with local coffee producers, hike amid dormant volcanoes, and learn about local religious traditions with our gracious hosts. A few flights and boats take us to the archipelago of Wakatobi, home to the Bajau people, or the “sea nomads.” The Bajau live in stilted houses built over the open ocean and spend the majority of their lives on the water.

We embrace their unique lifestyle, snorkeling over fragile reefs, attending indigenous ceremonies, and learning about conservation initiatives from local leaders. As we engage with the diverse peoples of Indonesia, we begin to understand that our definition of “community” extends far beyond the people in our own towns. Diverse experiences help expand our worldview and encourage us to be more mindful of the interconnected relationships.

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Program Components

4/5
Comparative Religion

Examine Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity, as well as Animist and Shamanistic traditions, with a focus on religious pluralism, rituals and festivals/ceremonies, religious conflict and resolution.

3/5
Development Studies

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 and under-representation, participatory development vs. non-participatory development, and conservation: both ecological and cultural.

4/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Study ancient, imperial, and modern politics and the development of market economy; gender and race studies; cultural and environmental preservation; marginalized and dominant cultural communities.

5/5
Homestay

Experience life in three unique communities in an urban, mountainous and oceanic setting to an gain a real understanding of the rich cultural diversity that exists within Indonesia.

5/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Choose a craft or topic of interest to delve into while in Jogya. Past student have choses arts such as: gamelan, shadow-puppetry, silversmithing, street art, martial arts, cooking, and dance; while academic subjects have included: gender, migration, ethnic minority groups, illegal wildlife trade etc. Pursue self-selected studies of issues that are pertinent to the communities we visit.

2/5
Language Study

Learn Bahasa Indonesian (as well as some Javanese) through formal introductory lessons (10 hours per week) while in Jogya. Dive into language immersion throughout the course with homestay families.

1/5
Learning Service

Focus on community service assisting families as directed/needed during homestays.

5/5
Rugged Travel

Travel by plane, public bus, truck, ferry, minivans and other watercraft. Sleep on bamboo mats on the floor in some homestays, sleep under the stars on beaches and experience group camping in jungle settings.

3/5
Trekking

Easy to moderate day hikes and multi-day hikes (weather depending) through rice paddies fields and on jungle trails, short treks in the jungles of Flores on narrow footpaths to hot springs and around extinct volcanoes.