Bule in Wonderland

For most Indonesians traveling isn’t an option, but our host Hardi saw in workaway a valid alternative: opening his doors to foreigners is a way to learn about other cultures. In exchange for this access to the outside world, he uses his network to create all sorts of entertaining activities for his guests. Watch out: when bule (foreigners) are in town, Temanggung turns into wonderland.

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Kulo Nuwun Java

We were meant to spend one month volunteering in Ubud (Bali) but due to a series of unexpected circumstances, we decided to change our itinerary after only 5 days on the island. Luckily, travelers tend to share tips along the way and that is how we ended up going to Ijen, Yogyakarta and Borobudur. Kulo nuwun Java!

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Tasty Days at Natsir’s

It was almost the end of our stay in Makale. Natsir really cared about filling our backpacks with natural goods from his garden. Thus, we spent an entire evening and morning making coconut oil, cinnamon, turmeric and coffee. Soon, family and neighbors joined in the process. That specific attitude is one we often admired in Indonesia: when someone is in need, they simply sit – pardon me – they squat, and help out.

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Volunteering in Toraja, South Sulawesi

It took two flights from Singapore to Tana Toraja, a region located in the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. At Makassar Airport, we soon noticed that we were among the few foreigners present. From there, we rode a night bus to Makale and at dawn we hopped in a car to reach Natsir’s village.

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