Culture Week

Lombok - Indonesia

Only 360€ per week!

Experience the unique culture of Lombok, enjoy with the fellow participants and take part in the interesting activities to understand the local way of living!

During this exciting week, you will be able to understand the traditional culture of Lombok, take a city tour to find out interesting places to hang out when you are free, learn the local language and cooking styles of the locals in Lombok and go on a spiritual tour to one of the sacred temples in Lombok.

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand





Program Description

Lombok Culture Week is the week of an interesting tour around Senggigi Town. You will be here to experience the local way of living and of course, you will be able to immerse in the culture and lifestyle of Lombok people know as "Sasak".

During the Culture week, you have to join all interest activities which will be carried out in many locations. First, you will be participating with the local staff to learn about the Culture class, Bahasa class, roam around the town which is surrounded by beautiful scenery and peaceful. You will get experiences about the pottery arts of Lombok and also traditional cooking class including cultural Ketupat making. Moreover, they will take you to visit the Islamic Centre in Lombok. Finally, we will go to visit the old temple which we call Forever Young Temple; you can clean yourself to take off the bad things and pray for good things. In this also consists of a public swimming area where you can enjoy a swim with the locals.

Aims & Objectives

The aim and objective is to introduce you to the authentic Balinese culture 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

Today would be the first day of your Culture Week where you will learn about the do’s and don’ts in Lombok take a walking tour around Sengigi town before lunch. Then in the afternoon, you will take part in a special cultural introduction class to dig deeper about the culture of Lombok.

Tuesday

Today you will learn to make Ketupat like a local! In fact, the morning hours would be reserved for you to master in the traditional ketupat making. You will learn to cook a local meal so that you can try that out once you go back to your country.

Wednesday

On Wednesday, you will be visiting a pottery village to explore the traditional pottery-making styles of the locals. After lunch, you will then join the Bahasa class where you will learn the basic language phrases so that you can utilize them when you spend time with the locals.

Thursday

Today, in the morning, you will master in the local language thoroughly and after lunch, you will then visit the Islamic Center in Lombok. The evening would be reserved to welcome the newcomers to our program and also to bid farewell to the participants who back to their countries after spending some quality time in Lombok.

Friday

Today you will be visiting one of the many exciting places in Lombok which is known as the ‘Forever Young Temple’. At this temple, you will be able to drink holy water which is also known as ‘Forever Young  Water’. Once you spend some time here experiencing the traditions, you will return to your center. In the evening, you will take part in the project week to find out more about your coming weeks in Lombok.

   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

No specific equipment required for this program.

Location

Approximately 35 kilometers east of Bali at its closest point, lays the island of Lombok (80 km by 70 km) populated mostly by the Sasak people. Lombok is an Indonesian island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa known for picturesque beaches and prime surfing area. The motor-vehicle-free Gili Islands, off Lombok’s west coast, offer more beaches, reefs for diving and snorkeling, and a sea turtle hatchery. It differs considerably from its neighboring islands, with lots of wide-open spaces and unspoiled beaches, and much less traffic and pollution. The island’s northern area is dominated by the remarkable bulk of Gunung Rinjani, and trekking at least part of the way up is the reason many travelers come to Lombok. Lombok does not receive as much display as its hugely popular neighbor Bali. Nevertheless, many Indonesians prefer vacationing in Lombok over Bali for many reasons: prices for accommodation, food and attractions are often a good deal cheaper, and the island's scenic spots are still unmolested by the gated villa developments, cheap cocktail bars and souvenir shops that have spread across so much of Bali, at least for now.

About the Accommodation

Participants will stay at our Centre in Senggigi. The accommodation is dorm style with bunk beds. There is an refrigerator in the house which can be used by the participants.

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), some western dishes would also be available. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc.

Facilities

ATMs: There are many ATMs in Senggigi center which is about a 10 minute drive from the house.

– Personal Sim card for your mobile: You can buy at the local shop.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

You can visit beaches, go diving, surfing, trekking, visit historical temples and handicraft villages.

Senggigi – Lombok's traditional tourist area Senggigi enjoys a fine location along a series of exotic and extensive bays, with light-sand beaches sitting pretty below a backdrop of jungle-clad mountains and coconut palms. The Senggigi area spans 10 km of coastal road; the upscale neighborhood of Mangsit is 3 km north of central Senggigi. The point at central Senggigi has good waves for surfers. This place has a colorful reef which provides shelter to a variety of marine life and exquisitely shaped corals and makes it a perfect place to snorkel. In the late afternoon a blood-red setting sun sinks into the surf next to the giant triangular cone of Bali's Gunung Agung. Most travelers arrive in Senggigi because many hotels are located over here. It’s also great for going out at night or eating. One of the most popular surf spots for locals and tourists alike is Senggigi Beach. At this beach the vendors and locals aren’t pushy at all but you can have a nice small talk with locals.

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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