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A Grand Finale in Bali

Kate Reitzenstein - Friday, January 03, 2014

On our final day of the ‘Into Indonesia’ tour we visited the Green School in Bali. Green School Director, Melissa Abdo, greeted us at the school entrance, an impressive Minang style bamboo bridge and gave us an introduction to the school.  She outlined the student-centered approach to learning was based around four types on interactions: intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual and that a thematic teaching approach was used in curriculum design and implementation. We then toured a part of the school, mindful that classes and activities were still in session and we were also limited by time.  We visited various sites such as the area where crops were grown, the Green Camp where visitors could stay and integrate with Green School students, the Bali Starling breeding program site and the Heart of School, the administrative centre and where high school was located.  …Read More →

Kaliandra - Day 2: Climbing Mount Bromo

Kate Reitzenstein - Monday, October 14, 2013

Lisa writes again: …Read More →

Kaliandra - Day 1

Kate Reitzenstein - Monday, October 14, 2013

Lisa, our tour blogger writes:  …Read More →

Our sister city Surabaya

Kate Reitzenstein - Sunday, October 13, 2013

Our journey to Indonesia’s second largest city and sister city of Perth was by train, which took approximately 5.5 hours.  It ended up being a confortable and relaxing way to travel, even for two participants who were suffering stomach bugs. All we had to do was walk across the road from the Garuda Hotel to the Yogyakarta train station and board our train carriage. …Read More →

Sunrise to Sunset

Kate Reitzenstein - Saturday, October 12, 2013

We started out super early today leaving our hotel, the Garuda Inna at 3.30am. We headed for Candi Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, which was built between 750 and 842 ADAD. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been undergoing restoration since the 1970’s. …Read More →

Our Second Day in Yogyakarta

Kate Reitzenstein - Tuesday, October 08, 2013

On our second day in Yogyakarta we visited the Office of the Governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta. His Royal Highness, Sri Praduka Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Ario Paku Alam VIII, Vice Governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta welcomed us and listened to Bapak Syahri explain the mission and aims of the Into Indonesia tour. Sri Paduka was disheartened to hear that numbers of students studying Indonesian was decreasing in schools in Australia and encouraged more people to come to Yogyakarta to learn the Indonesian language and deepen their understanding of the culture.   …Read More →

Soaking up 'Suasana' Yogya

Kate Reitzenstein - Monday, October 07, 2013

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One in Ten Million

Kate Reitzenstein - Saturday, October 05, 2013

For people who live and work in Jakarta, the day usually starts very early to factor in the busy rush hour and traffic jams (macet) caused by the 10 million vehicles on its roads. Central Jakarta has a population of over 10 million while Greater Jakarta has a population has over 28 million inhabitants making it the largest city in Southeast Asia.  On our second day we travelled to the south part of Jakarta to visit an Islamic school, Al-Izhar in Pondok Labu. A journey that should only take 25 minutes according to Google Maps, actually took three times as long, as our bus slowly moved through a sea of motorbikes, overcrowded buses and bajajs, or motorized becaks.  …Read More →

A Day in Bali

BBIP Administrator - Friday, July 20, 2012

Ibu Yulie provided us with information about the school and the programs offered. SIDE has a sister-school agreement with SMK 3, focusing on professional learning for teachers.  …Read More →

Surabaya to Denpasar

BBIP Administrator - Thursday, July 19, 2012

Today was our final day in Java before heading to the island of Bali in the afternoon. Not much time in the morning to do anything much but breakfast and reflect on our trip so far.  …Read More →