It was great to digitally make your acquaintance during our webinar last week. Jamie and I are so looking forward to sharing this journey with you. Here, as promised, is an updated version of our daily itinerary.
You’ll notice some changes from the itinerary posted on the website. These come in response to the Lebaran Holiday, which is one of the biggest of the year. As a result, we’ve decided to move our first homestay from urban to rural Jogjakarta where families are better able to host us without inconvenience. As you’ll see, you’re going to be moving a lot throughout this itinerary. We recommend that you travel as light as possible to make transitions smooth and easy. We’ll be posting an updated packing list shortly!
June 14th: Arrival
Jamie and I will meet you at the airport in Jakarta and bring you back to our hotel for some rest and relaxation.
June 15th – 16th: Orientation in Borobudur
We’ll fly to Yogyakarta (Jogja) and then head to the Buddhist pilgrimage town of Borobudur where we’ll spend a day and a half engaged in orientation and “container building” activities. We’ll also watch the stunning sunrise over Javanese volcanos during our visit to Borobudur Stupa, the UNESCO World Heritage Site down the street from our orientation venue.
June 17th: Lebaran Festivities in the Heart of the City
We’ll plunge into Javanese life with a day in the city, a guest speaker on Islam, and a visit to Pakualaman Palace for post-Eid al-Fitr festivities.
June 18 – 20: Home Stay in Rural Jogja
Deepening our immersion, we’ll head to the beautiful village of Kedungmiri for our first home stay. Our time in the village will provide us with the opportunity to get to know local people, begin learning Bahasa Indonesia, and experience life in this traditional Javanese farming community.
June 21: Travel from Jogja to Southeast Sulawesi
Three flights and a boat ride…
June 22: Patuno Resort – rest and recuperation. Prepare for boat ride to Sampela homestays.
June 23- 25: Home Stay in Sampela, Wakatobi National Park
Our home stay in Sampela will give us a chance to learn about the unique culture and livelihood of the seafaring Bajau people, known around the world for their intimate connection to the ocean. During our time in Sampela, we’ll follow our families on short fishing trips, snorkel in Wakatobi’s protected reefs, and learn how this community is adapting to rapid environmental and economic change.
June 26 – 27: Transference
We’ll spend our last two days together in Indonesia at the gorgeous Patuno Resort on Wangi-Wangi Island in Wakatobi National Park. Transference is a time to debrief our trip and prepare to integrate what we learned and experienced into our lives and work back home.
June 28: Travel back to Jakarta or other ongoing travel plans (let us know if you do not want a flight back to Jakarta on the 28th).