Flores Culture Week

Labuan Bajo (Flores) - Indonesia

Only 420€ per week!

Explore the beautiful island life in Labuan Bajo, a unique harbour city in the East Nusa Tenggara which is one of the biggest islands in Indonesia.

Visit this beautiful Island town of Labuan Bajo in Flores in Indonesia. Explore the history, culture and traditions. Visit local markets. Learn the local language. Learn the cooking style of Flores. Enjoy the sea breeze. Visit a traditional village in Flores and witness the lifestyle of this beautiful island.

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand





Program Description

Indonesia is one of the most interesting countries in the world for cultural learning and experiences. Though being an island in Indonesia Flores is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. This program offers you to experience the typical life and style which is different from the rest of Indonesia. You will see learn the life and style in this city, learn how to make a traditional meal, join a Bahasa class to learn some basics of the local language. You will also visit Mirror caves which is a fascinating creation of nature. You will also visit a traditional village in Flores and explore the simple lifestyles which is still not completely affected by the modern world.

Aims & Objectives

The aim and objective are to introduce you to the authentic culture of Flores and immerse you into it. By doing so, you will experience the best and the closest you can get to this impressive culture.

Schedule

Monday

On Monday, you will have breakfast and then get an introduction to the local traditions and culture. Then you will go on a walking tour of the city of Labuan Bajo to get to know the neighbourhood, see the harbour and go up a hill and see the view of the city from the top.

Tuesday

Tuesday is for you to learn about the local culture and traditions. In the afternoon, you will visit the fascinating Mirror Cave. This cave is an amazing creation of nature. The sunlight comes through a hole in the wall into the cave and creates a mirror-like reflection on the inner walls of the cave which is a mesmerizing sight.

Wednesday

Today you will travel to a traditional village in Flores where you can explore their unique culture, traditions and lifestyle. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a traditional cooking class where you can learn to make a local meal.

Thursday

This morning you will have a language lesson to learn the basics of Bahasa. In the afternoon, you will visit a traditional dance school.

Friday

On Friday, you will continue your Bahasa class in the morning. In the afternoon, you can visit the city and explore on your own.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

Participants below 18 are required to provide parental consent letters and participants above 65 should have the medical clearance.

Additional Equipment

  • Personal Medicines
  • Tidy clean clothes for formal occasions
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat/Cap

Location

Flores has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life. Indeed, this is the place you need to be if you want to experience the Komodo Dragons at the Komodo National Park. In Flores, we are located in Labuan Bajo. It is located in the City of Labuan Bajo, Flores. Flores offers everything for a tourist destination.

Flores is a multi-religious and multi-cultural island where 60% of the people are Christian, 20% Islamic and 20% Hindus and Buddhists. The holidays for Flores are similar to the general Indonesian calendar.

We have so much to do here as Flores, though it is one of the main islands in Indonesia, is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. Evidently, its exceptional natural treasures need more care and its warm hearted people need more support.

In Labuan Bajo, your accommodation will be in a dorm style center on a sharing basis. It is located in the City of Labuan Bajo, Flores. Flores offers everything for a tourist destination. It has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life.

About the Accommodation

You can expect to share a room (dormitory style) on single gender basis. The bathroom is shared and western style lavatories are available.

Food Arrangements

Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during your stay. Typical dishes included Mie Goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), Nasi Goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or Gado Gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soybeans), we also provide for some western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc.

Facilities

Our accommodation is located in the city of Labuan Bajo where you can find laundries, groceries, restaurants at a walking distance. There are also ATMs and mini marts.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Since the weekends are free, you can go wherever you please. Famous for its legendary Komodo dragons, Flores offers you a unique experience which you cannot get from anywhere else in the world. The places of interest in and around Flores include Komodo National Park, Kelimutu lake, tribal villages and much more.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of Indonesia

Population: 255,461,700 (2015)

Capital: Jakarta

Language: Indonesian (official)

Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR)

Time zone: UTC +8

Country Information

Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons. On the island of Java lies Indonesia's vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.

Bali

Dubbed the Island of the Gods, Bali is one of the more than 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Due to its location off the coast from the mainland and unique culture and religion from the rest of the country, Bali is often treated as a destination of its own, “if you’ve only been to Bali, you’ve never been to Indonesia”.

With its pristine beaches, its unspoilt waters ideal for surfing and diving, its lush mountains, its never-ending rice terrace and volcanic hillsides, its spiritually-infused culture and more, Bali has quickly become a must-visit and it often makes its way on everyone’s bucket list.

Flores

Flores is located in the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life. And if you want to see the famous Komodo Dragons alive, this is the only place in the whole world which gives you the experience. You can visit  the Komodo dragons in their natural habitats in the Komodo National Park islands. Here you will witness the natural treasures still trying to survive in their purest forms.

Flores is a multi-religious and multi-cultural island where 60% of the people are Christian, 20% Islamic and 20% Hindus and Buddhists. The holidays for Flores are similar to the general Indonesian calendar.

Flores, though one of the main islands in Indonesia, is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. Evidently, its exceptional natural treasures need more care and its warm hearted people need more support.

Climate

Temperatures are pleasant, varying from 20-33 degrees celsius year-round. The monsoon season strikes in November and makes its way until March, bringing in humidity and a significant amount of rain. However, this usually does not stop people from visiting, as the rain usually begins in the late afternoons and evenings, meaning the daytime remains sun-filled. From June to September, the weather is dry and there is not too much humidity in the air.

Culture

Indonesia is a haven for customs and this can be seen in every corner of the islands. Not to mention the fact that these islands themselves have their own traditions and customs which are different from one another.

A good example of this can be experienced in Bali, where small offerings containing flowers, rice and even cigarettes (sesajen) are found in every house, restaurants, stalls and even at the check-in desks at airports. The offerings are set with burning incense sticks and sprinkled with holy water three times a day before every meal.

There are roughly 20,000 temples spread around the island of Bali and, because the Balinese are masters of sculpture, the temples are guarded with statues of gods and goddesses.

Keep, in mind, however, that the Hinduism you will see in Bali is often different than the one seen in India.

Transportation

By bus

Perama buses are the most famous company that will transport you around Bali and other parts of Indonesia. Another popular company is Trans Sarbagita, which are comfortable and air conditioned and stop on bus stops on road curbs. We highly recommend booking at least one day in advance to make sure there is a seat for you. Moreover, there are shuttle buses (called “Bemos”) between Bali’s most popular destinations.

By Taxi

Taxis are a common way to get around. Blue Bird/Bali Taksi are regarded as one of the most reliable companies. Taxis are metered and the drivers are often able to speak good enough English to understand you. They also have a waiting service, which means they will wait for you while you go sightseeing and take you back home (for an extra charge, of course), if you wish to.

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