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IEX J-Term 2019: Anxious Harvest: Farmers Facing Economic and Climate Change in Indonesia
Adonara Island, Indonesia; Denpasar, Indonesia; Larantuka, Indonesia; Manokwari, Indonesia; Surabaya, Indonesia; Surakarta, Indonesia; yogyakarta, Indonesia (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: January Interim
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January Interim 2019 11/02/2018
Rolling Admission 01/02/2019 01/31/2019
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Indonesia Spices
Learn about how climate change is already affecting farmers in Indonesia, a tropical country that consists of thousands of islands.

Indonesia, land of thousands of islands and many volcanoes, is also the home to more than 200 million people, all who need to be eat. For the J-Term 2019 travel course, Anxious Harvest: Farmers Facing Economic and Climate Change in Indonesia, we will visit farmers in three different geographic locations to learn how they are adapting to economic challenges of urbanization and globalization, as well as the very dynamic situation of climate change. Our hosts will be farmers themselves, as well as teachers and leaders who work with farmers on the challenges of growing food while adapting to changes around them.

Indonesia Sea
  • Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world, home to more that 250 million people
  • We will be learning from farmers in three distinct areas, Central Java, eastern Flores, and Papua Barat
  • While the course focuses on farms and food production on land, we will also learn how people rely on ocean resources--Indonesia is an archipelago nation with more than 10,000 islands
  • Over 300 languages are spoken in Indonesian, but most people also use the national language, Bahasa Indonesia
  • As part of our visits with farmers, we will learn how to overcome communication barriers from people who live everyday with religious, cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Course fulfills one of the two IEX credits required for graduation

Indonesia Farm
Anxious Harvest:  Farmers Facing Economic and Climate Change in Indonesia will take us to the Indonesian archipelago for January Term 2019.  Indonesia is a geographical opposite of Minnesota--not only is it warm and tropical, it reverses the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" motif, with more than 10,000 islands .  Actually, like the lake count in MN, the real number depends on what counts as a lake or island--a 2012 count of Indonesian islands produce a total over 13,000 named islands.

Central Java 
Rice (or paddy as it is called when growing in the field) is the quintessential Indonesian food and much effort goes into the effort of producing enough rice for the country.  The Green Revolution package of improved rice varieties and external inputs has been widely adopted in Indonesia, particularly in regions with the highly organized irrigation infrastructure.  As economic conditions and the climate changes, many farmers have found this technology unprofitable.  Additionally, some Indonesians have begun to question the Green Revolution and explore other approaches. 
We will visit Gita Pertiwi in Java, an organization working with farmers, particularly women farmers, to explore different approaches to agriculture.  Java is the most densely populated island of Indonesia.  The dominant religion is Islam, but the culture has strong Hindu undercurrents.

East Nusa Tengarra (Flores and Adonara Islands )
Dormant volcanoes extending eastward from Bali form a string of islands.  The eastern set of these islands, including Flores and Adonara, make up the province of East Nusa Tenggara (literally "east southeast islands")  The sea and rich fish resources are never far away, but the people here still depend on land-based agriculture for part of their food.  Although strongly influenced by the Javanese culture of the Indonesian center, the people of East Nusa Tenggara retain a strong heritage from their indigenous roots and also influences from Dutch and Portugese colonialism.  Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion in this region (80% of the population).

Papua Barat 
Indonesia's Papua Barat encompasses the Bird's Head region of the island of New Guinea.  The peoples of this region are culturally distinct from the many other parts of Indonesia.  Protestant Christianity and animism are the dominant religious influences although development efforts by the central and provincial governments have brought in significant Muslim influence.  Papua Barat and the adjacent Papua province are two among several regions in Indonesia that sometimes chafe at their inclusion in the Indonesian nation.

Indonesia Agrarian

Faculty Leader
James Dontje, Johnson Center for Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies
Indonesia Faculty photo
James Dontje serves as the Director of the Johnson Center for Environmental Studies, teaches in the environmental studies program, and works with the campus garden, Big Hill Farm.  He has worked with farmers in Burkina Faso on food and water security issues, and spent three years in Indonesia's Papua Barat province working on community development.  Although fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, he has learned that the keys to cross-cultural communication are patience, humility, respect, and the willingness to "listen" with more than our ears.  His favorite Indonesia food is tempe kering.

Academic Calendar
Approximate dates for 2019 are as follows:
Two to three pre-departure meetings: TBA during fall semester 2018.  If you’re studying away during this semester, contact Jim Dontje for arrangements.
On-site program: January 2 to January 27, 2019

Anticipated accommodations will include hotels, dormitories, and a short homestay with an Indonesian family. Accommodations will be basic but adequate and students should be prepared, in some locations, to have fewer amenities than they are used to.

Program Costs
We estimate the per student program fee to be between $3,100 and $3,700, depending on final enrollment. The fee will cover all lodging, meals, local transportation, interpretation and guides, and excursion fees in Indonesia. Round-trip airfare to Indonesia is not included in the fee. Airfares may vary considerably, so students should budget between $1,200 and 1,600 for their airfare.  While this means that students may make their own arrangements to travel to Indonesia, CICE will also coordinate a group flight that students may purchase if they desire to travel in a group.

All Gustavus Adolphus College students who meet the general study away requirements are welcome to apply. 

Application Deadline
Students must complete the online application by April 30, 2018. 

Entry visas and passports
Currently, U.S citizens do not need an entry visa for Indonesia for stays of 30 days or less. All students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact Bryan Messerly to check in about possible additional visa needs. All program participants must have a passport that is valid through at least July 31, 2019, by the start of Fall 2018 semester.

The information in this online brochure is subject to change. Please contact CICE with questions.


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