Study Tour in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
In 2017 I embarked on a study tour to Yogyakarta, a city in Indonesia, for 8 days with my high school Indonesian class. The aim of the trip was to improve my knowledge of the Indonesian language and to improve my Indonesian speaking skills.
It's always daunting travelling to another country for the first time, there is so much of the unknown and everything is different. Too prepare all of us for the study trip we had afternoon classes leading up till we left.
The trip was broken up between attending language classes and travelling around the city to see all of Indonesia's culture. It was exciting getting to attend languages classes at the University of Sanata Dharma because I was able to see what it was like attending a University in another country. The course was intense with regular classes and speaking Indonesian with people around the city and around the university. Each student was also given a tutor to help with a speech that we had to deliver in front of the teachers. I loved my tutor; we discussed 5 Seconds Of Summer, , my pets and we also compared the differences between life in Indonesia and Australia.
The scenery and different lifestyle was eye opening. While riding on the bus you could see street buildings with street vendors along the street and you could see the different kinds of ride safety; with multiple people on a motor bike and motorists constantly honking horns to alert other motorists on the road.
The weather was humid and hot each day with some showers in the evening. For a person that suffers from autonomic dysreflexia I certainly struggled, there was only so much water I could drink and wet face washers I could put around my neck. At night though when walking around the streets and the air was cool it was bliss.
In our travels around the city we visited multiple sacred places and other tourist spots. We visited two religious temples, Borobodur and Prambanan. During out time at the temples we were able to find out about the heritage of the sites.
Each of the Indonesian people were super accomodating and helpful when helping with making sure everything was wheelchair accessible. It was a shock seeing the different drop toilets and the steps that lead to the bathroom when I visited the Catholic town in the country.
At the end of the 8 days my eyes were opened to a new life and I was excited to share my experiences of what I had seen and done.