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Parangtritis beach: Final day of Transference

Indonesia I-team,Indonesia

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05/9/15

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Indonesia I-team

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    [post_content] => After three restful days at Parangtritis beach the students began the final leg of their trip. Setting off this afternoon from Yogyakarta airport with Matt, they flew to Jakarta where they are now boarding their international flights home. The students are well and looking forward to reuniting with family and friends. Andrew is headed for further adventures overseas, before returning home, and we wish him the best of luck!! 

 

For the last three months it has been a joy to work with this group of nine highly engaged and intelligent young adults. It has been beautiful to watch as they have successfully navigated their way through unfamiliar environments and overcome complex challenges with strength and grace. Over the course of the trip our students have also been on deep personal journeys and have experienced profound perspective changes in their world views.

 

In the last few days of the program we created space to discuss our personal and group journeys, and we worked together as a group to find ways to translate our perspective shifts into meaningful action. Everyone expressed an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards all the people who made this trip possible including pilots of planes and captains of boats, host families, community members, instructors, Dragons and, of course, loved ones at home.

 

We've all had an unforgettable experience in Indonesia and have been lucky enough to form friendships that will likely last a lifetime!

 
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Students are on their way home!

Indonesia I-team,Indonesia

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After three restful days at Parangtritis beach the students began the final leg of their trip. Setting off this afternoon from Yogyakarta airport with Matt, they flew to Jakarta where they are now boarding their international flights home. The students are well and looking forward to reuniting with family and friends. Andrew is headed for […]

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05/9/15

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Indonesia I-team

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Indonesia

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    [post_content] => Dear Indonesia Semester Students & Families,

It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since embarking on this incredible adventure!  It won’t be long and students will be boarding their planes back home.  We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for eagerly awaiting families:

May 10th, 2015
Cathay Pacific #798
Depart: Jakarta (CGK) 12:10am
Arrive: Hong Kong (HKG) 5:50am

May 10th, 2015
Cathay Pacific #898
Depart: Hong Kong (HKG) 9:30am
Arrive: Los Angeles (LAX) 7:55am

We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day.   Starting on Friday, 5/8, should you need any assistance after regular office hours, please call our “on-call” number at 303-921-6078.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,
Boulder Admin
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Return Group Flight Information

Anna Stevens,Indonesia

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Dear Indonesia Semester Students & Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since embarking on this incredible adventure!  It won’t be long and students will be boarding their planes back home.  We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for […]

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05/5/15

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Anna Stevens

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Indonesia

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During our first home-stay in Indonesia, Brad, Jared and I attended a wedding and loved every moment of it. Through our travels, we have attended two more weddings in Langa, Flores with our families. We loved dancing to local music, dang dut, and the occassional cover of a western pop song. We thoroughly enjoyed dancing with the locals and learning their traditional dance. When returning to Jogja after 2 months of being away, Papi (my host mom) told us we were to attend our 4th wedding of the program. Her distant cousin was getting married and loved the thought of Bee, Brad, Jared and I participating in it. By participating, I mean we were actually part of the wedding party, were dressed in the traditional garments (including hair pieces) and were part of the traditional Javanese ceremony. I think the pictures truly do speak more than a thousand words in this case. [post_title] => Wedding Bells [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => wedding-bells-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-01-21 14:10:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-01-21 21:10:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=117954 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 30 [name] => Picture of the Week [slug] => picture-of-the-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 30 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 483 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 1 [cat_ID] => 30 [category_count] => 483 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Picture of the Week [category_nicename] => picture-of-the-week [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/picture-of-the-week/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 24 [name] => Indonesia [slug] => indonesia-spring-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 24 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 237 [count] => 65 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 6.1 [cat_ID] => 24 [category_count] => 65 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Indonesia [category_nicename] => indonesia-spring-2015 [category_parent] => 237 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/spring-2015/indonesia-spring-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, Indonesia )
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Wedding Bells

Bea Schaver,Picture of the Week, Indonesia

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05/5/15

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Bea Schaver

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A few nights ago, we surprised Rita with a birthday party on the top floor of Viavia. We waited with balloons, stickers of Rita dancing, a fabulous poster of the group in front of Prambanan temple. We were ready to celebrate her 18th birthday as she is now a full-grown adult. We could not have been more excited to celebrate her birthday with her and give her all the love she deserves. It was time the most thoughtful person in our group had a party in her honor. She was fully surprised and enjoyed herself. We were also joined by an a cappella choir from one of the city's universities who sang three songs to us. They were absolutely incredible to watch and made the night even more special and impossible to forget. Amazing food, hilarious people and wonderful memories. [post_title] => Wedding bells [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => wedding-bells [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-01-21 14:10:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-01-21 21:10:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=117951 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 30 [name] => Picture of the Week [slug] => picture-of-the-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 30 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 483 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 1 [cat_ID] => 30 [category_count] => 483 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Picture of the Week [category_nicename] => picture-of-the-week [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/picture-of-the-week/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 24 [name] => Indonesia [slug] => indonesia-spring-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 24 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 237 [count] => 65 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 6.1 [cat_ID] => 24 [category_count] => 65 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Indonesia [category_nicename] => indonesia-spring-2015 [category_parent] => 237 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/spring-2015/indonesia-spring-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, Indonesia )
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Wedding bells

Bea Schaver,Picture of the Week, Indonesia

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A few nights ago, we surprised Rita with a birthday party on the top floor of Viavia. We waited with balloons, stickers of Rita dancing, a fabulous poster of the group in front of Prambanan temple. We were ready to celebrate her 18th birthday as she is now a full-grown adult. We could not have […]

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05/5/15

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Bea Schaver

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    [post_content] => It is hard to believe that my time in Indonesia is almost over. It does not feel like I have spent three months exploring this amazing country. I never thought I would be travelling with the best group of people so far from home. After three very different homestays and two expeditions, I feel like I have learned so much more about myself through learning about a new country. I have learned that the only way to truly learn and enjoy homestays is to completely throw yourself into the new environment. It does not matter if you get laughed at because you struggle to make up a sentence. Embarrassment does not play a role here. I know there are certain things I am looking forward to at home, but I still dread the journey back. I am going to miss learning new words in Bahasa Indonesia as I try to communicate with my families, fishing with my father in Sampela, constantly laughing with Papi, and so much more. It’s hard to put into words my experience in Indonesia, so I will simply say that it has been life-changing and I could not be more thankful.

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Daunting last days

Bea Schaver,Indonesia

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05/1/15

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Bea Schaver

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Indonesia

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    [post_content] => Sampela -- a community of 1000+ Sea Nomads living in a small stilt village roughly a mile from land.

I've only ever been exposed to a quick paced lifestyle in a world that relies so heavily on commercialism and constant communication. At home I'm constantly surrounded by bustling masses of stressed out people talking on their cell phones, rushing from place to place while avoiding eye contact with the hundreds of strangers that come across their paths. A place where kids are unwillingly dragged to school by impatient parents and the never-ending struggle to acquire money dictates people's lives. A place where people rarely relax and, when they do, they do so by completely shutting down their brains, isolating themselves and watching television. Where I come from, people rarely exert more energy than walking to the supermarket in order to get food -- an alarming variety of "fresh" and packaged, chemically-contaminated, imported produce. I've become so accustomed to this seemingly ubiquitous and almost superficial lifestyle that, for a long time, I really struggled to see the harm in it. Fortunately, though, various experiences -- many of which have been on my gap year -- have taught me to question these normalities. But it wasn't until experiencing Sampela that I truly became motivated to change my mindset and my way of life.

Within seconds of arriving in Sampela it became apparent that it's a world of its own -- something that community members take pride in. They've lived on the ocean for hundreds of years. And, for the majority of their history, they lived on boats and led a completely mobile life. They would travel, with big pods of boats, from place to place depending on their prey, tides, weather etc... They often traded fish and other sea life with "land people" for necessities such as water and clothing but they never took more than they needed and rarely with the intention of making a profit. They became experts in reading weather patterns, fish migrations and so much more. Their spiritual beliefs revolve around the ocean -- making it a sacred place. So when they were eventually forced by the government to settle down, they decided to keep their traditions going and build a community in the middle of the ocean. And it seems as if they've successfully been able to connect with their roots. In Sampela, many people still refuse commercialism, they fish in order to get just enough money to feed themselves and their families. Many people also still believe that the most important education is education passed down from generation to generation about the sea. 80% of the population try local rituals before turning to western medicine. Most striking, though, was the overall happiness, contentment and tight knit relationships. People weren't stressing about meeting deadlines, many of them don't even know their own age because they tell time based off the tides. They enjoyed themselves and each others company and helped other. Obviously not everything was perfect, but so much of it was an improvement to my lifestyle.

"I will never again go to a place as magical as Sampela," a fellow student said to me today. And, although it's hard to come to terms with, I think she may be right. None of us were happy to return to land an to come to terms with the fact that we are not Sea Nomads, we're land people.

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We’re No Longer Land People

Bea K,Best Notes From The Field, Indonesia

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Sampela — a community of 1000+ Sea Nomads living in a small stilt village roughly a mile from land. I’ve only ever been exposed to a quick paced lifestyle in a world that relies so heavily on commercialism and constant communication. At home I’m constantly surrounded by bustling masses of stressed out people talking on […]

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04/13/15

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Bea K

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    [post_content] => Sampela cannot be explained in just a few paragraphs. Sampela is a place of wild naked children running up and down the boardwalks and jumping in the water, of sitting on the porch with my host family, going fishing with my dad and sisters, paddling to the market with my mom, sitting underneath my neighbors house for hours stringing lines of seaweed together, taking walks with new friends, laying underneath the stars at night, playing with young children, and so much more. Sampela will always hold a special place in my heart, even only having been there for two weeks.

When I look back at our short time in Sampela I think about the friendliness of everyone and how they are willing to go out of their way just to put a smile on someones face or take you along to whatever they’re doing. One moment that sticks out in my mind is one day fishing with my dad and sisters.

My host family knew that I loved dolphins after I explained to them how much I loved our group's dolphin expedition the week before. That morning I had felt ill so I decided to skip snorkeling, where the rest of the group ended up seeing dolphins and had followed them around. After catching up on some sleep after a nice nap and hearing about everyone's amazing time over lunch, I packed up my bag and went home for my own fishing expedition with my father at 2 pm sharp like we had planned earlier. We loaded our boat and proceeded out to sea. As we passed the houses of Sampela and headed out into the ocean, we saw my neighbor on his fishing boat who made a hand signal to my father. A large smile grew on his face and he looked back at me and my sister excitedly. I had no idea what had just happened but I just smiled, gave him a thumbs up as our boat roared to life and we turned to another destination. As we keep boating my sister started screaming “Anne, LUMBA LUMBA” (in English, "Anne, DOLPHIN!"). The dolphins my group had seen that morning (those I had missed) were still out playing and eating. My father brought his boat closer and closer to the dolphins as he saw my smile getting bigger and bigger and my sister and me scream “LUMBA LMUBA!” over and over clapping excitedly. We followed the dolphins as they fed on fish and jumped out of the water playing. We did not go fishing until a solid hour later because he knew how much I loved the dolphins and knew I was sad that I had missed them that morning. My host dad and I did not talk as often as the rest of my family but he still was willing to go out of his way to make my day an unforgettable one.

Everyday in Sampela was a new adventure and it was impossible to have a boring day. Everyone was willing to go on a walk or have a conversation. Sampela is a special place with so much community and love built into the foundation that I always hope to hold onto.

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Lumba Lumba Days

Anne Waugh,Indonesia

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Sampela cannot be explained in just a few paragraphs. Sampela is a place of wild naked children running up and down the boardwalks and jumping in the water, of sitting on the porch with my host family, going fishing with my dad and sisters, paddling to the market with my mom, sitting underneath my neighbors […]

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04/10/15

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Anne Waugh

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Indonesia

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    [post_content] => On our way back from the dolphin excursion last week, I sat on the bow of the boat as everyone got a nice nap in. I looked out in front of me and could only see ocean no matter where I looked. There was no land in sight or other boats. I looked around and thought about how much life was out in front of me that we humans do not even know about. Whether in the coral reefs or in the deep-sea, so much is yet to be explored. Of course, so much of it is dying because of us. The dolphins we had seen are only a fraction of the population that used to exist because of the decreasing numbers of fish. The coral we had snorkeled over had lost most of the its color and looked like a completely different image than that found in children’s books. I could not help but think about what we have done to this planet without a second thought. We overuse things such as plastic and think, at most, that it will be recycled and no longer is a problem of ours. How much of it is actually recycled versus how much of it ends up in oceans all over the world. We use it to create, wrap and transport superficial things that we believe are necessary in our lives which we need now and do not think of how we could be affecting the world in the long-term. Now, the fish in our oceans will completely disappear in 50 years and coral reefs are nothing like what they used to be. 

The thought that humans had created so many problems without thinking twice or looking back until it was too late scared me. I could not understand how selfish we as a species have been. How little we have cared for the planet we live in. As I sat on the bow, every minute a new piece of plastic would float by me. Another piece that would likely choke a fish or bird while contaminating the water. I tried to think of ways that I could help the situation and stumbled into a wall. 

As I moved away from the current issues relating to our oceans, I focused on the beauty that is still there. I watched in silence as a flock of birds flew in perfect patterns and dove into the water for lunch. I was amazed by the distance covered by the flying fish we passed before they splashed back into the water. I focused on the horizon, the comforting sound of the ways and prayed after not having done so in too long. I have been to religious and spiritual places all over the world and have never been in one where praying came so easily or naturally to me. In middle of the ocean in Indonesia, I found myself connected to God in a way I never had before.

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Sitting on the bow

Bea Schaver,Indonesia

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On our way back from the dolphin excursion last week, I sat on the bow of the boat as everyone got a nice nap in. I looked out in front of me and could only see ocean no matter where I looked. There was no land in sight or other boats. I looked around and […]

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Bea Schaver

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Indonesia

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    [post_content] => The solemn workers race against the tide as the moon rises over their super-terranean kingdom. Known as gleaners, their job is to traverse the uncovered depths, walk the path paved by tidal flows, to collect the treasures lurking on the bottom of the shallow sea. They are the Bajau men and women of the floating village of Sampela, and their walk is like a moondance. Sitting on a dock, suspended twelve feet above the ocean floor, I watch the moonrise as if it were a sunset waiting to be flipped upside down. I’m sad to be leaving this place.
	
The past two weeks have been a sandwich between a blur and a dragging memory. Time has sped by, or it is going at a snails pace. I’m running out of time to spend in this homestay, or I’m waiting around for something to happen. I feel rushed to do as much as I can yet still find time to sit and think. It’s over now, I’ve spent two weeks learning out Bajau traditions, living with a Bajau family in a house with three generations of fishermen, and enjoying every moment. It’s as if it didn’t even happen. I feel unsatisfied, that it was only yesterday I was back in Makassar waiting anxiously to head to Sampela, but I know it happened. I just wish being there hadn’t happened so fast.

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Gleaning in The Moonrise Kingdom

Owen,Indonesia

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The solemn workers race against the tide as the moon rises over their super-terranean kingdom. Known as gleaners, their job is to traverse the uncovered depths, walk the path paved by tidal flows, to collect the treasures lurking on the bottom of the shallow sea. They are the Bajau men and women of the floating […]

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04/10/15

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Owen

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Indonesia

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