[ID] => 48902
[post_author] => 39
[post_date] => 2010-03-17 00:00:00
[post_date_gmt] => 2010-03-17 06:00:00
[post_content] => To follow is a sample itinerary for Dragons' “Indonesia: Studies in Community, Culture and Conservation” semester program. In order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.
Weeks One - Three:
Begin program in Bali with rural homestays, intensive language study, in-depth internships with local artists and performers, rice-planting, traditional performances, meetings with local healers, temple visits, and learning how to make Balinese offerings.Trek to local volcanoes, introductory lessons on Hinduism, animism and Islam, study about Niskala and Sekala - the “hidden and visible worlds”, attending ceremonies, and trance dances. Begin survey of region environmental issues with a focus on the impact of tourism on Balinese culture.
Weeks Four - Five:
Travel to southeastern Sulawesi to stay with the Bajau Laut (“Sea Gypsies).Activities to includeintertidal farming, cooking and clay stove production, weaving, traditional dance, teaching English, seaweed (agar) farming, snorkeling, planting mangrove forests.Lessons on local ecology and role of mangroves, farming techniques, Bajau rites and rituals / kinship / culture.Stay in Bajau village on the water while surveying marine ecology and local conservation issues such as coral farming, unethical fishing practices.Meet with meet with community leaders to learn about conservation education, and snorkel at some of the world’s most vibrant coral reefs and explore uninhabited islands.
Weeks Six - Eight:
Begin traveling inland on Sulawesi to the Tana Toraja region in the central highlands. Meet the Torajan people, witness elaborate funeral rites, hike to secret burial caves, meet with elders in the tongkonan ancestral houses, and learn about aluk, the indigenous animistic belief system.Visit natural swimming pools and waterfalls surrounded by stunning panoramic views. Travel to Lore Lindu National Park Lore Lindu National Park and explore the rich wildlife and monoliths of this UNESCO Biosphere reserve. Explore the mountainous park which harbors some of the largest unbroken tracts of forest on Sulawesi.Learn about work of local conservancy organizations and water resource management issues in the area. Travel to Morowali Nature Reserve to hike through tropical rain forest and meet the forest-dwelling To Wana people. Learn about their sustainable hunting and gathering practices, and the destruction of the pristine rainforest which threatens their survival. Meet with local NGOs working in Morowali and with the few remaining To Wana people. Return to Makassar via Luwuk.
Weeks Nine - Ten:
Fly from Makassar to Ambon to begin final leg of the semester in the Moluccas. Travel to Seram island to visit an inspiring project run by ex-bird poachers who are now working as eco-guides and independently running a bird rehabilitation project. Spend a night in the forest canopy and learn about forest ecology; go on a night hunt for river shrimp; help harvest and prepare“sago” (forest palm) for the rainy season.Participate in a successful reforestation project collecting seedlings and replanting ironwood and candlenut trees. Learn about the spice trade in the region.
Weeks Eleven - Thirteen:
Continue onwards to the exquisite Raja Ampat islands to study the most diverse marine ecosystem on the planet.Traveling by traditional Pelni boats, snorkel through rainbow coral reefs, learn about the the integral role of this region in the development of the theory of evolution,and reflect on the natural beauty that remains here. Seek out the elusive red bird of paradise in these idyllic, uninhabited islands. Return to Bali via Ambon and Makassar, to spend the final days of the program in the Ubud area before heading home.
To follow is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ “Indonesia: Studies in Community, Culture and Conservation” semester program. In order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates. […]