- INDONESIA for a memorable cultural exchange experience -

The largest Southeast Asian archipelago of over 17,000 islands has massive potential for adventures for all kind of visitors, owing to its natural and cultural diversity. It’s hard to beat Indonesia for the sheer range of experiences it offers. With available destinations as Jakarta, Bandung, Batam, Yogyakarta, and of course Bali, you will find the type of experience you are looking for!

Indonesia Tourism Industry

For most of the time, Indonesian tourism relied heavily on the charm of Bali as a drawing force to attract tourists. Nowadays, the government is implementing plans to develop other new regions as popular tourist destinations throughout Indonesia!

Indonesia was ranked at 20th in the world tourist Industry in 2017, also the ninth-fastest growing tourist sector in the world, the third-fastest in Asia, and the fastest-growing in Southeast Asia. In 2018, the country welcomed over 15 million overseas visitors, an increase of more than 2 million from the previous year. This rapid increase in visitors, and the billions of dollars in foreign currency flowing with them, seems likely to continue.

About Indonesia

The country is known for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers. This Southeast Asian nation is also home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the cultural city of Yogyakarta, which is known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.

Indonesian Culture

The Indonesian culture has been shaped by long interaction between indigenous customs and multiple foreign influences. Indonesia is centrally-located along ancient trading routes between the Far East, South Asia, and the Middle East, resulting in many cultural practices being strongly influenced by a multitude of traditions and religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity; this is why Indonesia has such a complex cultural mixture, very different from the original ones.

The mostly spicy cuisine of Indonesia has been influenced by Chinese and Indian culture, as well as by Western. Most Indonesians eat rice as main dish, with a wide range of vegetables and meat as side dishes.

Fact About Indonesia

Indonesia is fairly safe compared with many places in the world. There are some hassles from the avaricious, but most visitors face many more dangers at home. Petty theft occurs, but it is not prevalent.

By western standards, Indonesia is an extremely cheap country to live or travel in. Living costs are normally higher in Jakarta and Bali then the rest of Indonesia, yet there are great variations from street food to fancy restaurants, ranging from USD 1 to 20 per meal.

Important: the internship options in Indonesia do not necessarily include a monthly stipend (cash allowance). It is necessary for participants to have greater available financial resources when choosing Indonesia as a potential destination.

Indonesia is home to 260 million people with varieties of ethnic groups that speak more than 600 languages and dialects. Even though most of the formal education and other forms of communication are done in Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia), English is still widely spoken by the local people of the country.

Must-see, Must-visit

This country of over 17,000 islands has massive potential for adventures. Without a doubt, it is hard to beat Indonesia for the wide range of travel experiences it has to offer. Some of the best Indonesian adventures you should experience include: 

Experience the word-class beaches of Bali – Bali is the top tourist magnet in Indonesia. Its fine, white beaches and stunning island landscapes are coveted by tourists all over the world.

Jungle adventure at the Tanjung Puting National Park – This national park is just one of the many untouched tropical jungles in Indonesia that is home to one of the world’s rarest animals such as the wild orangutan.

Authentic temple tour at the Borobudur Temple – The Borobudur Temple  is the world’s biggest Buddhist sanctuary. It is flocked with tourists not only because of its religious significance but also for its beauty and charm.

- Arrival in Indonesia -

Entering Indonesia by air is relatively simple and straight forward, once you navigate the complex visa options. Numerous sea ports are similarly easy; if you’re arriving by land, you’ll have no problems as long as you have a valid visa in advance.

Participant of our Cultural Exchange Programs to Indonesia will be asked to enter Indonesia by arriving either in Jakarta, Batam, or Bali.

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