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    [post_content] => Dear family and friends of Indonesia students,

We're thrilled to announce that the student group has arrived in LA safely. Students have their phones and are transferring to onward flights. It's been an incredible summer and we want to thank parents for all their support.

Best,

Justin
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Arrived in LA

Jody Segar,SUMMER: Indonesia

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Dear family and friends of Indonesia students, We’re thrilled to announce that the student group has arrived in LA safely. Students have their phones and are transferring to onward flights. It’s been an incredible summer and we want to thank parents for all their support. Best, Justin

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08/8/17

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Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Dear Dragons friends and fam,

We ended transference last night at a deserted beachfront resort - somewhat of a shock after the tight community of Sampela. Sitting in a circle at the end of the dock each student recalled their favorite memories and gave thanks to each group member. The gratitude ceremony was a perfect way to end our time together. Even though the night wind kept blowing out our candles, the magic of sitting together under the bright moonlight and stars was enough.

Today we say goodbye to Indonesia - to nasi goreng, selamat pagis, to walking into strangers' homes as family, to the infamous "squatty potty".

After 6 weeks of questioning our assumptions about ourselves and the world, reflecting on complex concepts such as economic globalization, structural  violence, inequality, impoverishment, and climate justice, and listening to the narratives of people from across this island nation, we return home to you.

Please be kind and patient with your students, as they will each process in a different way. We hope you recognize something deep and permanent in the way they walk the world upon their return. Maybe a heightened awareness, maybe a new type of humility. However and whenever it presents, we hope you encourage these seeds to grow.

With much gratitude for your continued patience and ultimate trust in us with your children...

Lindsay, Rita, and Sarah
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Transference

Instructors,SUMMER: Indonesia

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Dear Dragons friends and fam, We ended transference last night at a deserted beachfront resort – somewhat of a shock after the tight community of Sampela. Sitting in a circle at the end of the dock each student recalled their favorite memories and gave thanks to each group member. The gratitude ceremony was a perfect […]

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08/7/17

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Instructors

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Hi Families!

Just letting you know that we said goodbye to Lindsay and Rita, who are heading their own ways. We are currently in the Jakarta airport waiting to board our midnight flight to Hong Kong, and then on to LA (except for Sammi, who is meeting her parents in China to then explore Vietnam!) Everyone has their movie-watching plan already worked out, excited to zone out and relax after a month and a half of non-stop programming. With gratitude and excitement, Sarah     [post_title] => Sleepy in Jakarta 😊 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => sleepy-in-jakarta-%f0%9f%98%8a [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-07 07:04:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-07 13:04:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/blog/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 634 [name] => SUMMER: Indonesia [slug] => summer-2017-indonesia [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 634 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 621 [count] => 44 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 0.1 [cat_ID] => 634 [category_count] => 44 [category_description] => [cat_name] => SUMMER: Indonesia [category_nicename] => summer-2017-indonesia [category_parent] => 621 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2017/summer-2017-indonesia/ ) ) [category_links] => SUMMER: Indonesia )
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Sleepy in Jakarta 😊

Instructors,SUMMER: Indonesia

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Hi Families! Just letting you know that we said goodbye to Lindsay and Rita, who are heading their own ways. We are currently in the Jakarta airport waiting to board our midnight flight to Hong Kong, and then on to LA (except for Sammi, who is meeting her parents in China to then explore Vietnam!) […]

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08/7/17

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Instructors

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Dear Summer 2017 Indonesia Student Families,
It is hard to believe that almost 6 weeks have already passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long before 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 (all times are in local time zones):
Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
 
Cathay Pacific Flight #798
Depart: Jakarta @ 12:05 AM
Arrive: Hong Kong @ 5:55 AM
 
Cathay Pacific Flight #898
Depart: Hong Kong @ 9:30 AM
Arrive: LAX @ 7:45 AM
We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day. 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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August 8th Return Information & Reminders!

Miriam Payne,SUMMER: Indonesia

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Dear Summer 2017 Indonesia Student Families, It is hard to believe that almost 6 weeks have already passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long before 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 […]

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08/3/17

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Images from Sampela

Instructors,SUMMER: Indonesia

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Just spent lunch reflecting on the complexities of enjoying time in impoverished communities. Excellent questions…look forward to the next few days together

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08/1/17

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Instructors

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    [post_content] => Hi everyone!

Sorry for the lack of yaks, we have just been busy doing so many cool things. Because of this, I think I'll give a summary of what we've been up to since Langa. The morning we left we took a 10 hour bus ride to Labuan bajo for X-phase. We decided to book a two day boat tour to see Komodo Island and go snorkeling! We also spent the night sleeping on the roof of the small wooden boat and stargazed the whole night! That morning we saw an amazing sunrise and took a hike to see an island of three beaches. Basically, the boat was A LOT of fun! After X-phase was the Pelni boat ride. To sum it up, it was an 18 hour boat ride where we slept on the deck floor, got soaked in the rain, and made friends with the coffee guy and a lot of other Indonesians. I may have smelled like old cigarettes and rain afterwards, but it was worth traveling with the locals throughout Indonesia. Even though for most of them it was only a small part of their journey on the Pelni. Once we arrived in Makassar, a city in southwest Sulawesi, we flew to Wakatobi, took a truck ride to the coast, and finally took a two hour boat ride to Sampela for our last homestay! Sampela is a village off the coast of Kaledupa in the middle of the sea that is built up by rocks and corals. The first day I took a ride in my homestay mom's boat to the market, and went fishing. I caught one small fish, while I watched my homestay mom pull in about 20. Yesterday the group and other kids from Sampela rode to the beach called Hoga. There we swam in the warm the water, watched the sunset, went snorkeling, and caught some fish with a speargun. Here, fishing is how most of the people make a living. They use all different techniques like line fishing, net fishing, and spear fishing. Pretty much everyone here is an incredible swimmer, and it's an art watching them use their well crafted spearguns. We have only been here for a little, but I have learned a lot about this community. About their dependence and dedication to the fish, their hardship from the land people and the government, and problems their facing with their environment. I am continuing to learn more through talking to the the locals, and in the meantime improving my Bahasa.

Sampela is our last homestay here in Indonesia. We have traversed across Indonesia through the jungle, the city, the mountains, and finally the sea. We have tasted A LOT of good food, made many memorable friends through all of these places, drank maybe too much coffee and tea, had some cool conversations in Bahasa, learned a good amount of palm oil facts, a lot about the environment, and finally made a strong connection to this place. Thanks for the overwhelming generosity Indonesia.

Sempai Nanti(See you later),

 

Liana
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Sampela

Liana Hess,Best Notes From The Field, SUMMER: Indonesia

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Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of yaks, we have just been busy doing so many cool things. Because of this, I think I’ll give a summary of what we’ve been up to since Langa. The morning we left we took a 10 hour bus ride to Labuan bajo for X-phase. We decided to book […]

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08/1/17

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Liana Hess

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Halfway through the hike, we all came together as a group with the LTC group. In Langa, there's a youth group called LTC, and they're dedicated and passionate about preserving the environment. LTC guides tourists and locals on hikes to enable them to connect with nature. Getting to know the LTC members was extremely memorable because their passion and enthusiasm for the environment was so evident throughout the hike.

We finally reached the crater, and it was so amazing and breathtaking. I will never forget seeing the amazing view of the copious amounts of rocky mountains, the heavily-blooming green grass, and the strong growing trees. After the hike, we were all enervated, and it was no surprise that many of us decided to tidur (sleep). We are all so grateful for the LTC group and the instructors for taking us on this mesmerizing hike that we will never forget.
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Hiking to the unknown

Amy Fabian,SUMMER: Indonesia

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We started off our Saturday with an early 6am departure to a serene volcanic crater for a morning trek. We were all unsure of what to expect, but as soon as we arrived, we were informed of the solo activity. The solo activity brought many trepidations. The first half of the hike consisted of hiking […]

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07/23/17

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Amy Fabian

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Winding through the alleys of Jogja on our last night, students were still in the dark as to where we were taking them. Dusk set in as we walked along the river and saw into the lives of many Jogjans, their doors open, tvs on, children playing outside, street vendors cooking. The final destination? Karaoke of course! A disco ball spun as colored lights flashed across our excited faces. I don’t know what the songs they chose were about, but I’m pretty sure there was some Katy Perry, hip hop, 60’s, and who knows what else. Everybody sang. Really. Everybody took a turn at the mic to give their best renditions. Near the end of our time Amy surprised Grace with a cake she baked with her homestay mom (her mom has a pastry shop!). Amy baked her first cake and Grace turned 17. Ok, it was a few days before the actual birthday, but we had a cake, and karaoke, so why not celebrate? After jamming out and eating cake we stuffed into taxis and brought them to their final destination: a milk bar. The social scene in Jogja centers around nighttime milk bars, where teens hang out with their friends and drink strawberry milk, durian milk, hazelnut milk, soursop milk, ginger milk, and any other fruit you can think of. We sipped milk and smiled and sent everyone to bed.

A few days later we asked everyone to gather for a transitional ceremony, blindfolding all the students. Instructors slowly took off the blindfolds of everyone except Grace, signaling silently to go up to the roof. As Grace was led up to the rooftop, thinking all students were walking blindfolded along with her for a random activity, another cake was waiting and a vista of volcanoes. At the top we took off her blindfold, sang to her again, and had a rooftop hangout and a few ninja games amidst decorated laundry lines and crowing roosters.

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Grace Turns 17

Instructors,SUMMER: Indonesia

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Winding through the alleys of Jogja on our last night, students were still in the dark as to where we were taking them. Dusk set in as we walked along the river and saw into the lives of many Jogjans, their doors open, tvs on, children playing outside, street vendors cooking. The final destination? Karaoke […]

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07/23/17

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Instructors

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Hi!

Writing from our homestay in the community of Langa…ancestor worship, animal sacrifices, welcoming people treating us as family. It’s a rare thing to find a community today that doesn’t treat U.S. citizens as walking dollar signs. The effects of tourism and inequality are apparent in many corners of the world. Somehow though, the community of Langa is different. We were greeted with ritual and ceremony as guests and family, even welcomed into the sacred family house within the house here - the Sao (Grace was even invited to sleep in her family’s Sao, a great honor!). Beautifully carved wood with depictions of guardian dogs and trade horses tell the history of the people, and their most likely origins from India. Everything is imbued with meaning here, from the stones on the ground to the sculptures atop the roofs. We were fortunate enough to have one of the few remaining elders who still holds the knowledge of how to build the Saos - Bapak Iranius - explain the meaning of the houses, symbols, and memorials.

This week was pretty brilliant in that one of our friends from Langa - Santos - got married and invited us all to his wedding. Not only that, but he asked his homestay brother Charlie to act as his best man, and Charlie dutifully sat for hours on the wedding stage, greeting hundreds of guests alongside the newlyweds. Charlie even kicked off the dancing with the traditional moves from the community. Amazing. Most everyone hit the dance floor that night. I particularly saw Nick and Miles tearing it up. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The day before the wedding we were able to witness 2 pigs being sacrificed for the big event. It was an amazing process, knowing that the families raised the pigs and fed them for years, taking care of them in turn for the pigs to eventually take care of them in a beautiful cycle. Two community members were pretty skilled with machetes. Most of us watched as the blood was collected to honor the ancestors. Here, family and community take central roles. There are no fences or borders. Community-members walk into any house and are fed. Us as well. We watched as huge vats of boiling water were prepared by the women, the men pouring it over the boar hair, then scraping the skin clean with the edge of the machete. They expertly butchered the animals, taking out the livers for an elder to read the couple’s fortune in their folds and smooth pieces.

As Liana pointed out the other day, Langa is pretty much a zero-waste community. Any extra food is fed to the dogs and pigs. Banana leaves are used as sachets for food, and are dried and woven to make baskets. Students who have bought snacks at the local too (shop) in plastic wrapping have wondered what to do with the plastic. There isn’t a garbage disposal system, since historically every part of what is consumed is used. Nowadays plastics can be seen lying around not disintegrating...

Langa is a community of farmers - mostly coffee-growers. We can’t walk anywhere without being offered a cup of steaming coffee fresh from their family gardens. We even harvested coffee berries the other day, tasting the fruit, filling baskets, finding the reddest ripest coffee berries amidst the shells of cicadas long gone. AJ and Nick were the basket-holders as the rest of us did our best to bring in the best harvest. Sammi smashed the beans into powder in a huge mortar and pestle made out of a hollowed out log.

Today we hiked a volcano that erupted in 2001 creating a magnificent crater. A lake fills the crater in the wet season, and beautiful patterns of cracked mud fills it in the dry season. The farmers here often mention climate change, noting that their planting seasons have completely shifted. There isn’t necessarily a wet and a dry season anymore. It is unpredictable. They have to make their best guess when to plant. We descended into a muddy crater. Caroline and Grace gave each other mud facials while Charlie made a pretty impressive mud snowman.

The pisang goring (fried bananas) our families here make (also from their garden) are top-notch. In this moment I’m sitting in a huge bamboo grove behind our houses. The students are sitting in a circle under these towering bamboo stalks learning about biogeography of Indonesia. The guardian dogs of the community are running around. Music is playing far off. I can hear the sound of machetes against bamboo, people working. Nearby a pig has four piglets.

My favorite place here is sitting in the kitchen around the open fire. Bamboo stalks feed the fire as huge black cauldrons boil water for our mandis (bucket baths). The family jokes in their language of Bajawa. The ibus (old women) chew beetle nut, staining their lips red. The children run around and braid our hair. One day Amy walked out with 12 different braids on her head. Caroline can often be seen carrying children and playing with them. Liana often hangs out with her homestay siblings.

Jaya, Caroline and Miles have been attending the Christian Youth Group here in the evenings. It is one of the only places for young people of this community to socialize. It was super cool to see them immerse in the place, regardless of their own beliefs. Speaking of which, our local contact (and a Dragons Instructor for other programs) Egen shared with us his understanding of syncretism - how Catholicism and animism live together inside the majority of the people here.

The students have heard your clamoring for yak posts, and are scrambling to write them and submit them in their free moments. Know that the wireless access is super spotty, and we are keeping them busy. Many have experienced sickness and powered through, facing their fears of being away from home and loved ones when they’re feeling low, and coming through stronger and more confident. Know that they often reach out to you in their lowest moments, and that we get to be with them and witness them in all of their wonder, joy, and amazement. Know that that is happening as well. Most of all, we instructors are proud of the relations each of your students have been able to make with their homestay families. They are struggling through Bahasa beautifully and making a point to really be with Indonesians. It’s super cool to see.

Just a head’s up that we are soon heading into the much-anticipated X-Phase. It is period of two days that were organized by the students, and will be run by the students. They (smartly) decided to head to the Komodo islands to see the Dragons! Fitting. Your beautiful students decided to stay on a live aboard boat - hiring a local with his tiny boat to take us on a personalized 2 day tour from island to island. And - we will sleep on the top deck. I’m excited at least. Things we have to look forward to - snorkeling with manta rays. Exploring island beaches. Star-gazing. Ridiculous games of cards. Seeing real dragons.

That’s it for now,

Love,

Lindsay, Rita, and Sarah

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Loving Langa

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Hi! Writing from our homestay in the community of Langa…ancestor worship, animal sacrifices, welcoming people treating us as family. It’s a rare thing to find a community today that doesn’t treat U.S. citizens as walking dollar signs. The effects of tourism and inequality are apparent in many corners of the world. Somehow though, the community […]

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This morning we attended the wake of a 14 yr old boy from Langa. This is the 3rd death of a community-member in the week we’ve been here. It brings up questions of structural violence and inequity, particularly in terms of access to healthcare. Being so close to death is sobering, especially in a community that has opened their hearts to us. A few days ago we held a seminar on health care in Indonesia and the way impoverishment and prejudice takes hold in each place in a slightly different way. Why is it that infected wounds have led to so many deaths, especially when they are preventable? Why can’t subsistence farmers and cash crop growers afford clinic and hospital bills?

We filed through the house (Jaya's homestay) where the coffin sat raised in front of the Sao. Family members sat crying or wailing over the gauze-covered coffin. Photos of the young boy adorned the wall along with candles and figurines of Jesus and Mary. Community-members chanted and sang together. Liana, as the day’s ambassador, gave the mother a condolence note from us all. A pig was sacrificed. We were ushered to the neighboring house (Miles' homestay) and fed tea and food.

We are looking forward to entering the community of Sampela in a few days, after X-Phase, but know that the intensity of witnessing tough choices will only increase. As a marginalized people, the Bajau are persecuted by the land people, looked down upon and preyed upon by “land sharks" who give out loans, spiraling them into debt. The “Sea Gypsies” are a people who are at the mercy of the winds and waves, reliant on their catch of fish for their daily subsistence, and very much affected by climate change.

Many thoughts,

The I-team

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Life & Death

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This morning we attended the wake of a 14 yr old boy from Langa. This is the 3rd death of a community-member in the week we’ve been here. It brings up questions of structural violence and inequity, particularly in terms of access to healthcare. Being so close to death is sobering, especially in a community […]

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