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

Q&A: About Music

Q: Hello! Uh… So I spend about 96% of my waking time listening to music, and of course not having my phone will restrict my access to ~spotify~ haha… I’m just wondering if there are some tips for going without music for three months? Like do people bring iPods or ukuleles or create a mental catalogue of Led Zeppelin… Just wonderin’ 🙂 Thanks!

A: Hi Ariella! First of all we love the idea of bringing a ukelele or some other kind of musical instrument – music is a phenomenal way to relate to people especially when your language skills are in the early phases, and an instrument invites people’s participation as opposed to putting in headphones which shuts people out. If you don’t have one already, Jogja, our first homestay setting, is a very musical city, and you can purchase instruments there – they even have something called a Guitarlele, a mini-guitar, that travels well. We’ll be posting our electronics policy in the next few days, and you’ll see that we do allow you to bring a non-internet connected mp3 player, like an ipod shuffle or nano, but it can’t become something that shuts you off from your environment and will mostly be for using on long bus rides.