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    [post_content] => Remote. I have been wanting to do this for years, ever since I first heard about Dragons' connection to Sampela. I wanted to go deeper and more remote than ever before and the descriptions of Sampela intrigued me. I had passed by Bajau communities in other parts of Indonesia, only seeing them from a distance. Here was a rare opportunity not to just catch a glimpse, but to actually stay with them. For several days. Sea nomads. Sea gypsies.
I woke up early to go out in the boat with my Bapak and Selsi his daughter. He dove deep with his speargun and goggles and quickly started bringing me fish to swim back to the boat. I am not much of a fisherman. In fact, I dodged all the fishing expeditions with my grandfather because I didn't want to smash their heads or gut them. So here I was and this fishing thing would be an edge. Swimming along in the most exquisite clear blue water, carrying one quivering dying fish after the next back to the boat. He wanted me to try the speargun. I indicated that I was content to look rather than shoot and soon we moved to a new spot with beautiful coral, shallower waters and tons of colorful fish. He was thrilled watching my delight at the sheer abundance. My Indonesian was just good enough that we could communicate about basics but there are so many more questions I have that still linger. Three days was quite short. More would unfold if we could stay longer. More could be told with a little bahasa Bajau.

The Ibu of my family is the village midwife. One afternoon our group met with Andar, our primary host, who translated for us as we asked Ibu questions about women's health. Ibu Apusia is intense and fierce with a raw deep voice. Birth is one of the most dangerous and scary things facing young women here. She has been delivering babies in this community with no medical assistance for over 20 years and has not lost even one mother. This really moved me. I found myself imagining the late nights and the encouragement and the intensity of these births. The solidarity. And the trust. She is so strong. They trust her with their lives. I would trust her. Totally.

I am including three photos, one is Ibu Apusia and my sister Selsi. Another is of Sampela from the water. Andar spoke about the Bajau people and their relationship with the ocean and why they don't really want to own land. The ocean belongs to everyone. The ocean is freedom. Access. Space. Infinite.
The other group photo is of Aaron and Andar's family. This trip is only possible because of relationships that are being built over time. Trust that deepens as people come back. Dragons has a very unique connection to this place and these people. Aaron's deep connections here are palpable. He is loyal and he is loved. So are Sarah and Egen. It means something that people come back. It gives the people of Sampela pride in who they are and how they live. We were the first group of adults to come stay here and there was some talk at the end of the trip that the original GEBG plans had the educator group staying in a hotel on a different island because the accommodations are rougher and less comfortable than we are used to. Aaron and Sarah and Egen decided we should do the home stays and I cannot say enough how essential this piece is for the success of this trip. It would change everything if we stayed somewhere else. It would be completely out of integrity. It only works because we stay there with them.

I am so deeply moved by my experiences here. Andar spoke very openly about the challenges facing these people. Who knows what the next few years, next few decades will bring. My hope is that Dragons will be a positive part of their trajectory. Terima kasih. Thank you!!
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Sampela

Kate Randall,EDUCATOR: GEBG Indonesia

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Remote. I have been wanting to do this for years, ever since I first heard about Dragons’ connection to Sampela. I wanted to go deeper and more remote than ever before and the descriptions of Sampela intrigued me. I had passed by Bajau communities in other parts of Indonesia, only seeing them from a distance. […]

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07/28/17

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Kate Randall

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    [post_content] => I am writing this yak post from California as navigating the computer / phone thing became too much while in Indonesia. A side note - it was so great to just set down the phone and let it all go for a while. I skipped the assignments to post yak updates (which is pretty unusual for me). I will admit that even now I am a bit reluctant to log back on! The mental spaciousness of taking a step away from communicating is quite profound. I loved it and hope I can maintain a bit more of a measured relationship now that I am back.

Thinking about my time in Jogya, the sheer enthusiasm of my family was quite amazing. They wanted to talk, to look at pictures, share their lives, go on adventures around the city. We stayed up quite late all 3 nights I stayed with them. "Jangan tidur" was their playful phrase teasing me, meaning "don't sleep!!" They pulled out family photos and we created a family tree with stories about all of the different family members. Their two boys were curious, moving in and out of our conversations. On our third day, we woke up super early to go to the market to shop so I could cook for them. They really really wanted me to cook. I wasn't sure what I would make until we got there and I discovered all the necessary ingredients to make my favorite Thai soup, Tom Kha Gai. It's hard to capture in words the pure delight my Ibu had about this. She wasn;t quite jumping up and down but she might as well have been. I was a little nervous it might not turn out as good as they expected. We worked side by side in the kitchen and yes, we do things differently. She was highly skeptical about how much coconut milk I was using. She crinkled up her nose when I added the lime juice and fish sauce. Everyone wanted to sniff and taste every step of the way and when we sat down to our feast of rice and soup and an Indonesian dish called Urap Urap (vegetables with roasted coconut), the room was silent. I was acutely aware that they were not used to the combination of flavors in the food I had prepared. They liked it and once we added some extra lombok chilis, they were 100% happy. So happy that they carried bowls of soup around to share with the neighbors!

We took pictures on the last morning. Everyone got dressed up and waited in the living room. I was their 6th Dragons participant and they have photos of each one and speak about them all as if they are their own children. I will never forget the laughter, the warmth and the enthusiasm of this family who so generously shared their home with me. Remarkable.

 
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Jangan Tidur – my Jogya homestay reflection

Kate Randall,EDUCATOR: GEBG Indonesia

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07/28/17

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Kate Randall

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    [post_content] => As I look back to my time spent in Sampela, I realize the importance of sparking my curiosity about the Bajau people early on in the trip. Already on the boat ride to Sampela I began pondering many questions about them- and could not wait to get there to start getting some answers. I did know this was going to be a very different kind of home-stay and was not sure what to expect. But as we approached the shore, smily faces of old and young Bajau people welcomed us. I soon noticed that most members of our group started to interact with the older women and children, and felt a bit guilty remaining a bystander at that point. That changed when two young adults sat next to me and started playing the guitar. I knew I wanted to start having a conversation, particularly with the younger guy, with sincere eyes. Enjoying the music being played, I also started observing the children. I immediately fell in love with a little boy with red shorts. He seemed so mischievous, playful, and had a big smile. As our instructor started announcing our assigned families, I was quite in shock to realize I was going home with the young man with sincere eyes and the kid with the red shorts! Did the instructors know I felt a connection with these two boys (who, I learned, were brothers)...? When we arrived at their home, the older brother and I sat on the porch for about an hour. Somehow, as we started communicating with my broken Indonesian all my fears disappeared. It became obvious that there was something larger present, something basic in its humanity, something that can overcome any fears. And so, when I think about Sampela and Indonesia in general, I think first and foremost about its fabulous people: warm, sweet, gentle, generous, peaceful and welcoming.
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Sampela and its people

Karina J Baum,EDUCATOR: GEBG Indonesia

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As I look back to my time spent in Sampela, I realize the importance of sparking my curiosity about the Bajau people early on in the trip. Already on the boat ride to Sampela I began pondering many questions about them- and could not wait to get there to start getting some answers. I did […]

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07/14/17

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Karina J Baum

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    [post_content] => It seems hard to believe that we spent just 2 weeks together here in Indonesia...

by the time we parted yesterday  we had become some kind of special family- complete with a language, shared rituals, shared questions and a whole lotta love- and more deeply connected to this place and it's people that seems possible in such a short time.

In our first days together we spoke about the rare and potent quality that sets educators apart in their field- that makes them recognizable- the quality of possessing a kind of spark and magic that can only come from the personal commitment and act of having traversed the very territory that they ask their students to engage.

The soul work of having "gone there" so that what they teach is not merely concept or hope, but rather comes from some inked well deep inside.

In our 2 weeks together an alchemy occurred. An alchemy in each of you as the people you are and a powerful alchemy as educators - a gift that will pay forward in extraordinary ways.

This alchemy is alive within you as you return home to your lives. It is a spiral set in motion with no foreseeable end or edge.

What a joy and honor it has been to share this time with you,

Sarah, Aaron and Egen
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An incredible course comes to a close

Sarah Aaron Egen,EDUCATOR: GEBG Indonesia

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It seems hard to believe that we spent just 2 weeks together here in Indonesia… by the time we parted yesterday  we had become some kind of special family- complete with a language, shared rituals, shared questions and a whole lotta love- and more deeply connected to this place and it’s people that seems possible […]

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07/10/17

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Sarah Aaron Egen

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    [post_content] => My first week in Indonesia has been one of the most educational and meaningful experiences of my life. I could go on and on and share what I learned in terms of history, food, customas, etc., but I really want to focus on one thing; the generation of empathy. I knew that by picking this program I was going to push myself out of my comfort zone as I have never done in the past. I lived without electriciy, running water, and other conveniences before, and when I travel with students I always have that in mind when selecting the places we visit. I always encourage them to at least try one new thing per day and appreciate the resources and privilidges we have in the US. Thre's nothing comparable to be in someoene else's shoes when trying to understand different perspectives and appreciating what we have. In my case, I'm most grateful for the opportunity to be in a country where muslims are the majority and I'm particuloarly grateful that my host family was muslim as well. They shared everything they had and took care of me in such a loving, sweet and selfless manner. I feel the honor and the responsibility to share with my family, my school, and my community at large how warm, open and peaceful Indonesians are. I now feel I can understand and empathized with my muslim students and colleagues so much more! When I read about waht happened to Saqrah's student I immediately wrote back to her with a rhetorical question: I wonder whether his experince in Indonesia made him step up and defend those individuals on the train...I also wondered how would this trip influence me. I am now 100% sure about the power of being here. I know I still have a lot to learn and can't wait to experience what comes next!
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Educators as Learners

Karina Baum,EDUCATOR: GEBG Indonesia

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My first week in Indonesia has been one of the most educational and meaningful experiences of my life. I could go on and on and share what I learned in terms of history, food, customas, etc., but I really want to focus on one thing; the generation of empathy. I knew that by picking this […]

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07/5/17

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Karina Baum

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    [post_content] => this morning I said a tearful goodbye to my host family, Arka, Ken, Endang, Udin, who welcomed me into their home and life with warmth and incredible kindness. I was nervous going into this experience and when I left them I felt so at ease--all thanks to these 4 people and the 3 students of Endang's whom I met last night. As a mother, person, and educator Endang reminds me of myself--we have such similar philosophies. In the taxi ride to the dragon house this morning we had a very intense conversation which led to a deep and meaningful goodbye in which she gave me a compliment. Normally, I would dismiss her compliment but I decided to be vulnerable and accept it. This felt so good. I'm grateful that she said what she did and that I chose to agree. Terima Kasih!
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homestay jogja

Letty,EDUCATOR: GEBG Indonesia

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this morning I said a tearful goodbye to my host family, Arka, Ken, Endang, Udin, who welcomed me into their home and life with warmth and incredible kindness. I was nervous going into this experience and when I left them I felt so at ease–all thanks to these 4 people and the 3 students of […]

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07/5/17

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Letty

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    [post_content] => Today, on the Fourth of July, of all days, I sit here in Jogyakarta, in the middle of Java, Indonesia. Having just said farewell to my host family, people who were so present and warm and desirous of having me in their home. Laughing through language barriers. Feeding and lodging me. Wanting me to speak English for the benefit of their young children. Wanting me to playfully stumble over my infantile Bahasa. Showing me their culture, their religion, their lives.

I already knew but now I know.

The story of their warmth and their love and their culture and their religion is a story I have to share at home. The American point of view on Islam, these days, considering all factors is not fair. It is not bred out of proper experience and proper openness. On a holiday to celebrate American exceptionalism, this is not exceptional. This is bred out of superficial politics and our geographic isolation and our wounds and our fears and our naivete.

I'm not sure I can enact sea change in this regard, but I know what I can say. What I can feel. I know what's true and real. I watched Ibu, Lia, and Zulfa ride off on their "moto" down the alley towards the clamourous main road, turn out into traffic and back into Jogya. Back into Indonesia and gone from me.

I can't help but feel moved. Can't really prepare for things that are genuine. Farewells are always hard. My world spins far from here but the spirit and the energy and the love from all this has to spin inside me. I want it to.
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Today

Mike Ciuni,EDUCATOR: GEBG Indonesia

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Today, on the Fourth of July, of all days, I sit here in Jogyakarta, in the middle of Java, Indonesia. Having just said farewell to my host family, people who were so present and warm and desirous of having me in their home. Laughing through language barriers. Feeding and lodging me. Wanting me to speak […]

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07/5/17

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Mike Ciuni

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    [post_content] => Indonesia is AMAZING.

That is not an overstatement!

We first arrived in Jakarta and made our way to the beautiful beach town of Parangtritis for orientation before settling down in Yogyakarta with our host families last Saturday. I have been deeply impressed by the graciousness, generosity of heart and hospitality that I've come to learn embodies Indonesian culture. My host family was incredibly warm, receptive to my needs, and excited to practice their English and help me continue to learn Indonesian. Luckily, Dragons has provided us with incredibly talented language teachers who have equipped us with enough vocabulary to make small talk with our families and in our travels around the city. Also, google translate works wonders :) I had forgotten how  much I love learning languages and how both language learning and homestays are without question necessities when it comes to immersing oneself in a new culture. To know a country is to know it's people. To know a people is to share space with them and learn what you can about their lives, their hopes and their dreams.  As we have learned, the island of Java is an extremely developed part of Indonesia. The members of my family have all attended university, and lead incredibly similar lives to those of their American counterparts. This is a great reminder than in many cases, there is more that binds us with people of other cultures than separates us.

From an educational standpoint, I have also cherished the wonderful conversations I have had with my peers and the connections I have made with them. Everyone's openness, vulnerability, and desire to learn continues to inspire me. I also can't say enough about our wonderful instructors. The tools they continue provides us with are invaluable.

Being in a majority Muslim country (about 70%) has been eye opening. I have a new found respect for Islam and a greater understanding of the culture surrounding it. Intellectually I know that proximity and exposure to something is the only way to truly combat ignorance, but sometimes I forget that simply reading about something in a book or learning something in a course means very little without tangible context. With religion in particular, I have truly been struck by the peaceful coexistence of people who practice different religions. In fact, it is not uncommon for members of the same family to belong to different religions. Some individuals even choose to practice a different religion than that of their parents when they reach adulthood. In addition, just as some Catholics are non-practicing or less devout than others, the same degrees of conservativeness applies to Muslims. This doesn't sound very earth-shattering as I write this, but I must admit that I had the preconceived notion that Islam required a stronger devotion to religious practices and that this was non-negotiable. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to continue learning about Indonesia as we head to the island of Sulawesi and stay with new families in Sampela. Sampai berikutnya! Until next time!

Ashley

 
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Yogyakarta

Ashley Armato,EDUCATOR: GEBG Indonesia

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Indonesia is AMAZING. That is not an overstatement! We first arrived in Jakarta and made our way to the beautiful beach town of Parangtritis for orientation before settling down in Yogyakarta with our host families last Saturday. I have been deeply impressed by the graciousness, generosity of heart and hospitality that I’ve come to learn […]

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07/5/17

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Ashley Armato

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    [post_content] => Nina Bobok,

Oh Nina Bobok,

Kalau tidak bobok

di gigit nyamuk.

Simple words that somehow sent an electric current of understanding between a husky American Jew in her mid-forties and a soft spoken Muslim man in a tiny home in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.  It seemed as though all paths led to this moment, when I would be seated across from Pak Joko listening to his gentle voice offer this lullabye through the conduit of technology to my two little boys back home.   I had just told him about my three year old son, Sam and how  "Hush Little Baby" had made him cry rather than sleep because he found it so sad.  I was trying to make a joke, bring a smile to his face, form a bridge through all our cultural and language barriers to some common experience of the absurdity of parenting.  But he didn't laugh. I was not sure that I had communicated anything at all with my very broken Bahasa Indonesia and exaggerated charade but he replied with carefully placed English words, "Your boy -- he listen with his heart."

Then he opened my language notebook and wrote the words to this song. Nina Bobok.  "Nina" he said, "no more living."  Then we turned on my voice recorder and he sang.  My host mother and sister followed the sound of his voice into our small space to listen.  He never took his eyes from mine.  Behind the sound of his warm voice was the buzz of the family's small electric fan.  In the distance was the call to prayer. He sang a second verse, then repeated the first.  On the final words, he had tears in his eyes but he did not look away.  The bridge was formed.

Thank you, Pak.
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Nina Bobok

Laurie,EDUCATOR: GEBG Indonesia

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Nina Bobok, Oh Nina Bobok, Kalau tidak bobok di gigit nyamuk. Simple words that somehow sent an electric current of understanding between a husky American Jew in her mid-forties and a soft spoken Muslim man in a tiny home in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.  It seemed as though all paths led to this moment, when I would […]

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07/4/17

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Laurie

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    [post_content] => Everyone asked me what I was most nervous about for my travels to Indonesia. Without question I would answer, "my home stay." For me, there were so many unknowns. I had questions about the physical space - Would I have my own room? Would I have a comfortable bed? I had questions about the food - What kind of foods would I be eating? What if I did not like it? And, I had questions about communication - What would we talk about? Could we even understand each other?

All of these questions swirled through my head for the months before the trip. I could not get these feelings out of my head, and my nervousness only increased.

And then the home stay happened.

I had tears swelling in my eyes and sadness in my heart the moment I had to say goodbye. The six year old boy in the home stay was obstinate about not giving me a final wave goodbye. He was upset that I was leaving. I know he, like myself, was sad to part ways.

During those three nights, we laughed and smiled. All of my questions were answered and my nervousness was gone. One may say that I survived the experience. I say that I did more than survive. I say that I leaned into my growing edge and its discomfort and truly connected with a family that lives across the globe. I am excited to stay connected and share photos and videos of the snow and my life and family at home.

Everyone will ask me what I liked most about my travels to Indonesia. Without question I will answer, "my home stay." For me, there were so many unknowns with that experience. However the doors that it opened are transformational.
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Home Stay Nerves

Barry Kallmeyer,EDUCATOR: GEBG Indonesia

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Everyone asked me what I was most nervous about for my travels to Indonesia. Without question I would answer, “my home stay.” For me, there were so many unknowns. I had questions about the physical space – Would I have my own room? Would I have a comfortable bed? I had questions about the food […]

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07/4/17

Author

Barry Kallmeyer

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