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Students in a long tail boat in Indonesia. Photo by Aaron Slosberg, Indonesia Semester.

Orientation summary

Waking up the morning of the 18th, we were all amazed as we came out of our cabins of Pak Yohans guest house: We were gifted with a picture of clouds floating off of the tree covered mountains as the faint hum of the river filled our ears.

After enak (delicious) meals filled with Nasi gorang (fried rice), nasi (rice), talur (eggs), ayam (chicken), Ikan (fish), and fruit, orientation has come to an end.

We spent what felt like endless days coming together as a group. We set up our daily rituals which include morning check-in and a gratitude circle before dinner. We discussed our goals for the trip, together one on one with the instructors. We learned how to live safely in Indonesia, and we learned a couple of the nuances of Indonesian culture, such as how to walk by someone. When we felt out of sorts we brought up our collective energy with a variety of games, “HEYBARN!”

We spent our nights on one or two of our porches – talking, playing games, getting know each other and sharing about our lives back home. We ate cookies, laughed, and some even did a face mask (the guys too!) .

This was one of the longest stretches on our journey where we were all together as a group and we made sure to take full advantage of it.

Culminating with a candle ceremony under the thunderless lightning, we all left an aspect of ourselves behind, opening the door for ourselves to grow and blossom in the months to come.