We wrapped up a successful X-phase in a Bali with a visit to 65 Park and a discussion about land conservation movements and the history of the mass killings in 1965. The community of 65 Park has been working on building a public discussion to address the histories and legacies of violence in their community, despite crushing pressure from the tourism industry to stay silent and smile.
After our discussion, the group hopped on a plane to Kuala Lumpur, and after a quick sleep and an early wake-up call, we were on our way to Makassar. We had a warm welcome at our transit hotel, and we will soon be on our way to our final homestay in Sampela (off the island of Kaledupa, in Wakatobi).
Sampela is in a remote location and while we will have cell service, electricity supply is a little unpredictable. Last time we were in there generator was broken, and at best it’s only on for 2-4 hours per day. So keeping our devices charged for emergency comms will be our priority (and our students have been told this too).
We’ll be sending message update to our Program Director, Jess. Her direct email is [email protected] – You can feel free to be in direct touch if her if there’s a need. If not, we will try our best to keep the Yak Board active with photos and student posts. We’ll be in Sampela until the 28th of November before heading to Bira for Transference.
Thank you for your support and patience. We are almost at the end of our program and we are very proud of our students thus far 🙂
Salam hangat (warm wishes)