Only a short time before you set off for Indonesia and the start of the program. If you haven’t spoken to an instructor on the phone yet, a call will be coming in the next day or two. But please email or post as a Yak any questions.
As for your arrival in Jakarta, there are a few things you need to know and a few you need to write down.
First, you will be asked to fill out a customs declaration card that you will show the immigration officer upon arriving. Please fill in the address of this hotel for your “address in Indonesia”: Puri Pangeran Hotel, Jalan mesjid no.7 pakualaman 55122, Yogyakarta.
Next, when you go to show your passport and customs card to the immigration officer, it’s very important that you open your passport to the visa page and make sure he or she sees the visa. If you don’t, the officer may stamp your passport with a visa exemption stamp, which is for 30 days and can’t be extended as opposed to your 60 day visa. It’s costly and time consuming to correct this mistake later.
After that, you’ll collect your bags and leave the secure area, where you’ll see us–Rita, Olivia, and Luke–dressed in our Dragons shirts and waiting for you! After some quick introductions we’ll head over to our gate for our flight from Jakarta, Java to Medan, Sumatra. That night we’ll settle into a hotel in the large city of Medan. The next day we’ll leave from there on a long van ride to our program orientation site at the edge of the jungle. Remember that your checked on bag needs to weigh under 15kg to avoid extra charges for domestic flights in Indonesia. Carry on baggage is restricted to two bags with a combined weight of less than 7kg. If you’ve got more than this, cut some things while remembering you can easily by flip flops, shampoo, mouthwash, shirts, and most other things in Indonesia if it turns out you don’t have enough.
On the topic of visas, it’s important that each student bring around $200 USD (or the equivalent amount in IDR from an ATM machine) for our November visa renewal run. This money will be collected and held by instructors early in the program. Students’ 60 day visas will expire in early November, meaning we will need to leave the country at that time and return with a visa on arrival in order to finish out the course. Student are responsible for the associated renewal costs. We’ll let you know the exact plan for this a bit later, but we’ll all be doing the renewal as a group.
One last thing you should write down is Rita’s local number + 62-822-4380-7480.
Bring a sweater and water on the plane and have a safe flight. We’re so excited to see you.
-Olivia, Luke, Rita