Indonesia

Community & Conservation

A 6-week Summer Abroad Program

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Duration
41 Days
Description

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

Dates

Jun 28 - Aug 8, 2018


Suggested Ages

16-18

Number of Participants

12


Availability

open

Begins In

23 Weeks

Land Cost

$8,555


Estimated Flight Cost

$2,040

Ubud, Bali

Flores

Manado

Luwuk

Morowali

Tana Toraja

Makassar

Program Overview

Rainforests, urban jungles, volcanic islands and ocean villages: explore Southeast Asia's most diverse country through the eyes of locals.


An island continent, in some respects, Indonesia offers a wealth of opportunities to gain insight into language, syncretic spiritual traditions, environmental conservation and rural community life in the fourth most populous country on earth. Students arrive in Yogyakarta, also known as Jogya, where begin introductions to Javanese culture, Bahasa Indonesian language and independent study projects in traditional arts while living with host families. We focus on community engagement and through local contacts find ourselves learning the subtleties of country, culture and custom.

After two weeks with families, meeting each morning in our program house for language lessons, experiential workshops and working with mentors in the afternoons, we bid farewell to Jogya and the island of Java. We board a plane heading east to the island of Flores, also known as East Nusa Tengara. Flores is an emerald volcano-punctuated isle with a relatively small population of mainly Christians situated just…

An island continent, in some respects, Indonesia offers a wealth of opportunities to gain insight into language, syncretic spiritual traditions, environmental conservation and rural community life in the fourth most populous country on earth. Students arrive in Yogyakarta, also known as Jogya, where begin introductions to Javanese culture, Bahasa Indonesian language and independent study projects in traditional arts while living with host families. We focus on community engagement and through local contacts find ourselves learning the subtleties of country, culture and custom.

After two weeks with families, meeting each morning in our program house for language lessons, experiential workshops and working with mentors in the afternoons, we bid farewell to Jogya and the island of Java. We board a plane heading east to the island of Flores, also known as East Nusa Tengara. Flores is an emerald volcano-punctuated isle with a relatively small population of mainly Christians situated just next to Komodo National Park. In the shadow of the volcano Inerie, students live with host families in the pastoral village of Langa. Time here travels slowly and students find themselves spending long days in the coffee fields, sipping tea on the porch with their families, hiking up spectacular dormant volcanoes, and learning about local traditions of ancestor worship with gracious hosts.

The program takes continues further east to Sulawesi, where we board another flight to Wakatobi Natioannl Marine Park, an archipelago clinging to their southeastern flanks of the island and home critically endangered mangroves, reefs and cultures. A kilometer off the nearest island, is Sampela, a stilted village rising off the shallow ocean floor and home to a clan of the Bajau people, sometimes called “sea nomads.” While living with Bajau host families, we quickly discover they are some of the world’s most remarkable fishermen and people of the ocean. We find ourselves drawn into their unique lifestyle, snorkeling over fragile reefs, spear-fishing, attending indigenous ceremonies and learning about conservation initiatives from local leaders.

Our departure from Sampela reminds us how simultaneously distant and closely related we are. On the island of Kaledupa, we reflect on the six-week journey and begin weaving together the threads of our immense explorations and learnings.

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Program Components

5/5
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.

5/5
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.

4/5
Home Stay

Develop diversified relationships with both urban and traditional communities that have to their natural environments, cultures and political significance to Indonesia.

3/5
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, shadow-puppetry, street art, yoga, dance) and culture.

2/5
Language Study

Learn Bahasa Indonesian (as well as some Javanese) through introductory lessons (10 hours per week), communication with home-stay families and language immersion throughout the course.

1/5
Learning Service

Work with local NGOs on conservation projects and assist families during home-stays. Focus on community service.

5/5
Rugged Travel

Travel by bus, truck, ferry, small boats and dugout canoes, sleeping on bamboo mats on the floor in some home-stays, group camping on wooden platforms in jungle.

3/5
Trekking

Hike through rice paddies and on jungle trails, moderate hikes to the summit of volcanoes, short treks in the jungles of Borneo and Flores on narrow footpaths.

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