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This course consists of three main programs where the students do not only learn Bahasa Indonesia with experienced trainers but also experience authentic learning situation by having field trip. Participants will enjoy more their staying in NTT because they will go travelling for a week. The details of the program is as followed:


  • Main program

The program includes general Indonesian language training and cultural lesson. The materials covered in this          program are:
1.1.    Speaking
1.2.    Listening
1.3.    Writing
1.4.    Reading
1.5.    Pronunciation
1.6.    Grammar
1.7.    The history of Indonesia
1.8.    The culture of Indonesia
1.9.    Kupang Malay dialect and other local dialects
1.10.    The history of Kupang and East Nusa Tenggara
1.11.    The culture of Kupang and East Nusa Tenggara

  • Supporting program

The program includes outdoor activities such as attending arts workshop, field trip and visiting cultural sites and tourism places. There will be art workshop where they can learn traditional dances, songs and musical instruments of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). In doing field trip, the participants will visit cultural sites, museums, health care center, government office, traditional market, and other institutions which are related to the topic given in the class. The activities are:
2.1.    Attending lecture in Undana
2.2.    Campus tour
2.3.    City tour by public transportation
2.4.    Visiting some schools in Kupang
2.5.    Visiting public hospital (RSUD. W. Z. Yonanes) and health care center (puskesmas)
2.6.    Visiting church and Mosque
2.7.    Visiting museum
2.8.    Visiting government institution
2.9.    Visiting local market
2.10.    Cooking class
2.11.    Art workshop: learning traditional dance, traditional song, ikat weaving

  • Travelling

In week 6, students will spend 6 days for travelling to capture the beauty of East Nusa Tenggara by visiting some tourism places such as Danau Kelimutu, Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo, Alor Island, Sumba island, and Rote island. There will several tourism packages where the students can select.

3.1.  Sumba island cultural tour

Sumba which is known as the Sandalwood island is divided geographically and administratively in to four regencies: West Sumba, Central Sumba, East Sumba, Southwest Sumba.
The traditional house has unusual high peaked thatched roofs. Traditional Sumba houses have their own tower of worship which is built within the house. This tower contains an object which is believed to be a sacred spirit. Unusual megalithic stone monuments are erected as tombs within the royal family compounds.
Although Christianity spread throughout the island, the ancient religion of Marapu is still perpetrated with worship of ancestors and a belief in the manifestation of animate objects. The people of Sumba are immortalized in the exquisite hand woven Ikat cloth.
An exciting jousting battle known as the Pasola takes palce once a year at the transition from the wet to the dry season in three different places on the island. Hundreds of colorfully dressed horsemen gather to perform exciting and dangerous combat on horseback. This is preceded by the Nyale ceremony, the harvesting of multi colored sea worms that arrive on the near shores around this time of year. Supposed to be a manifestation of the goddess of fertility.
During their stay in Sumba Island, the participants will visit several remarkable and historical places. They will visit Prainatang traditional village, Purukambera beach, nggalu bakul village where you can see the biggest megalithic tombs in Sumba. You may also visit Tarung and Waitabar traditional village in Waikabubak town and Waikelo to see a natural water fall and view panoramas with sorrounding race field terrace. I southern part of Waikabubak and you also visit Wanokaka and Lamboya tradional village tand also Marosi which is a beautiful beach for swimming. Besides Waikabubak, participants also will be transfered to Tambolaka. They will enjoy fullday tour Kodi and visit  Ratenggaro and Paronabororo village where you can see traditional village and tomb stones. In Tosi, you may enjoy high waves in this beach. Particpants also will visit site village Wainyapu. Here, you can see traditional house and tombstones which have many stories that are different from other villages in Sumba Island. You may also see Ikat weaving  of Sumba with their day lifestyle.

3.2.    Rote island cultural tour

There are a few interesting villages and beautiful beaches around Alor island. Some of the beaches have spectacular snorkling and diving view but also very dangerous currents. During your trip in Alor island, you first will visit Museum 1000 Moko, then continue to Alor Kecil costal village for the extremely strong flow between Kumbang Cape, Kepa and Pura island and also for white sandy beach. Then continue to Alor Besar for Bungabali kingdom and a handwriting of holly AL-Quran of muslim. In second day, participants will visit Takpala Village the place of Abuy tribe to see their life stiye and their  attraction of Lego lego mass dance. Then continue to Batu putih Village, the traditional village beside beach.
They will also visit Bampalola Traditional Village, the place of people with cloth made from skin of food and to see the performance of Gambus music.  Then continue to Pasir Putih beach the exotic place for snorkeling and swimming annd  to Moru the place of cultured pearls. By local boats, participants will visit Pura Island and Ternate Island. Here, you can see their life style and their traditional ikat weaving. They are also beautiful place for swiming and snorkeling. In Pantar Island, you may see hoe people catch fish by using arrow. Then continue to Treweng Island to see antiques and historical heritage. These two places are better for swimming and snorkeling.

3.3.    Alor island cultural tour

Rote nowadays has been famous for world class surfing. Its capital is BAA, a seashore city which was declared officially on 27 July 2002. Traditional houses in Rote still use palm’s leaves for the roof. Rote is also well known for its traditional music instrument Sasando; palm sugar; “Til Langga”Rotenese’s hat; beautiful ikat weaving handicraft; traditional ceremonies and dances. This island also offers various and lovely natural panorama and forest full of deer. Most beaches surround this regency have white sand and waves that are suitable for relaxing, diving ad surfing. Many villages lie on seashore of Rote such as Busalangga, Oelaba, Oelula and Bone where some of their local people still hold traditional ceremonies belong to animism.
During your trip in Rote, you will visit ‘Tangga 1000’ and ‘tiang bendera’ made at Dutch colonial era. Besides those two historical places, you will also visit Oeseli traditional village to enjoy traditional lifestyle of Rotenese. Then continue to Bo’a the place for Surfing because of its seven roller weaving, Then, proceed to Nembrala beach which is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. If you are looking for exotic panoramic, Dead Sea is the best place for it. You may also enjoy sailing in Ndana island which is located near Raja Tie ford Here you may also enjoy the beautiful white sandy beach. There is also fish market in  Tulandale that you will visit on your way to Batu Termanu Leli beach, Sosadale beach and  Termanu King ford.

3.4.    Flores island cultural tour

In this island, the participants will visit several unique tourism sites such us kelimutu lake, komodo island and pink beach. Besides three remarkable places, participants also take a tour to Ledalero - a major Catholic Seminary - to visit the museum with its various collection of local royal families' old portraits, antique hand woven clothes, stagedeon fossils, etc. After admiring the beauty of sunrise in three-colored lake Kelimutu, you will visit the village of WOLOGAI/Koanara village  and try to comprehend the locals daily life or just having closer look into their work of architectures. You may also explore traditional village of Bajawa tribes. Visit Bena - a megalithic village where people do preserve their ancestral spirits believed and way of life, which can be seen in their "Ngadhu" and "Bhaga". Ngadhu and Bhaga are conical thatched roof huts symbolized their Male and Female ancestral spirits. Stops will be made also at Aimere village see "arak" distillation and fresh palm juice tapping and at "Ranamese" Lake, Continue overland to Ruteng - a cool and small town as the capital city of Manggarai Regency where major Manggarainese tribe dwelt.
Driving to Labuan Bajo - the Western tip of Flores Island. On the way stops will be made at Lembor or Cancar  area to see “Lingko” – The spider web shape rice fields. After registering start to take basic trekking to see the GIANT RIZARD / KOMODO DRAGON and other wild animals as: Timor deer, wild pig, wild chicken and many variously of tropical birds. A local ranger will be led you during the trek. Return to the boat on to Pink beach for snorkeling, swimming and relaxing. It is really spectacular and unspoiled coral reef and many color fish. Sail toward MANTA POINT to exploring Huge Mantas by snorkeling even watching from your boat trip.

3.5.    West Timor cultural tour

On the way to Soe town, the bus will pass through pleasant country side. Then, it proceeds to Boti culture traditional village. You  may enjoy spectacular landscape and witness the typical Timorese traditional houses called Lopo. In Boti village, participants may experience indigenous natural habit, culture and way of life of Boti people. On road to Fatumnasi, the group will see a pine forest, and spectacular landscape such as woods natural bonsai.
Participants may also visit Ajaobaki the place of Oematan King of Molo. On the road to Ajaobaki the group can stop for making photo at Bola Palelo a very attractive valley scenery. Then the group will stop at Oelbubuk the place of tropical flowers and fruits that is very exotic. They will also enjoy Oetune beach which is well-know for its white sand and spectacular wave rolls. It is a pleasure place for swimming and sunbathing. Leaving Soe for Niki-Niki to visit historical cemetery to King Nope. Along way, you will notice typical Timorese traditional houses called Lopo.