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NEW - LEARN ABOUT THE ART OF BATIK, EXPERIENCE JAVANESE CULTURE, AND HAVE TEA WITH A PRINCESS IN INDONESIA
Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Bali, Indonesia
September 30 to October 15, 2014
- Make new friends in Yogyakarta, the center of Javanese fine art and culture.
- Travel between our two home hosting cities on a scenic train journey to explore the country.
- Learn more about Indonesian culture with our club in Surabaya.
- Take courses in traditional music, dance, and/or cooking.
- After spending time with new friends, enjoy a bit of paradise with a trip to Bali where we will enjoy afternoon tea with a princess as well as the beautiful beaches.
Our journey will begin in Yogyakarta, former capital of Indonesia, enjoying six nights of home hosting with our new friends. During our time there, we will be able to explore the city and learn more about the art and culture of the area such as batik, an Indonesian cloth-dyeing technique. Yogyakarta is the center of Javanese culture and during our time here you will learn about the Javanese lifestyle.
We will then continue to Surabaya on a 6-hour scenic train journey. The Surabaya club will be our home hosts for a 5-night stay. On our first day with Surabaya we will be greeted with a fun welcome dinner. During our visit we will have a quick "course" in the arts of "Karawitan" (a traditional Javanese musical ensemble) or a traditional dance lesson, and a cooking class. We’ll visit Gundih village and the city of Batu where we will view performances, and take many interesting photos! We will tour a tea plantation and a factory and stay one night in the guest cottages.
After our time with friends in Yogyakarta and Surabaya, we will take a short flight to Bali for a 4-night extension in a hotel near the beach. Our organized tour will include tea at the palace with a Princess. The trip will finish in Bali on 15th October.
Approx. $1500 USD
- Provided by the Friendship Force Club of Ehime and Aichi.
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ENJOY THE WARM HOSPITALITY AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE OF JAPAN!
Ehime and Aichi, Japan
October 9 to 23, 2014
- Experience the unique culture of Shikoku in Southern Japan with the Friendship Force of Ehime.
- Learn about the local arts and cuisine of the area.
- Visit one of the most famous and oldest hot springs in Japan, Dogo-onsen.
- Return exchange with FF Aichi who came to FF Honolulu in 2005.
- Overnight tour to Shirakawa-go and Takayama.
Join ambassadors from FF Honolulu to explore Japan! Meet us in Ehime Prefecture. On the morning of October 9, we will all gather to meet our friendly hosts.
Ehime Prefecture is on the smallest main island called Shikoku in the southeastern part of Japan. Matsuyama is the capital city with a population of about 460,000, the biggest on the island. Ehime faces to the scenic Seto Inland Sea dotted with large and small islands. The people are open and friendly to strangers, perhaps because they are used to pilgrims who come from all over Japan to make a circuit of designated 88 temples on Shikoku. Hospitality is our culture.
Then we will all travel together to begin our second homestay in Aichi. With the Aichi club in Nagoya, you’ll experience the Samurai Festival and an overnight bus excursion to the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Takayama in the Japanese Alps. Meals and hotel are included. During the exchange you’ll also have wonderful welcome and farewell parties and experience warm Japanese hospitality.
FF Honolulu is excited to welcome other ambassadors from all over world to join us in Japan. You will be responsible for your own flight into Japan and for meeting us at a designated place on the morning of October 9. (The exchange director will provide you with more details.)
$1100 USD. Includes FFI and host fees, overnight bus excursion and hotel (one night), and transportation between Ehime and Aichi. Does not include international airfare.
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DISCOVER THE WELCOMING, FAMILY-ORIENTED CULTURE OF NEPAL
October 20 to 27, 2014
- Family life is a cornerstone of Nepali life and we will participate in the everyday lives of our host families.
- We expect to observe and perhaps participate in the Diwali festival.
- Visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites, Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple will be included.
- We plan a visit to a local school project and visits to Patan and the nearby medieval city of Bhaktapur.
Family is a cornerstone of Nepalese life, and our ambassadors will have the opportunity to get to know these warm and generous people and share in their everyday family life. A visit to a local school will give us some understanding of Nepalese education. We expect to observe and perhaps take part in Diwali, the ancient Hindu festival of lights. Our program will include visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Durbar (royal palace) Square which is surrounded
with spectacular architecture showing the skills of Newar artists over several centuries. We will visit Swayambhunath Temple, the ancient religious complex with its holy monkeys. One day will be devoted to the nearby city of Bhaktapur, a beautifully restored medieval city-state known as Nepal’s cultural gem.
We are planning two “extras”, an early morning flight to view Mount Everest and an overnight excursion to Nagarkot with its breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks.
This is a more rugged exchange, ambassadors will be walking 8-10 hours a day on city streets and steps. Katmandu is a busy city without sidewalks and some hosts may not have indoor plumbing.
$350 USD. Includes FFI and host fees.
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SPREAD FRIENDSHIP AND GOODWILL ACROSS FOUR COUNTRIES OF BEAUTIFUL SOUTHEAST ASIA
Bangkok, Thailand; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Taipei, Taiwan; with optional tour of Myanmar
November 10 to 27, 2014
- Experience the Asian culture, food and language through the eyes of the Thais
- Chinese culture dominated the East and it is on display in Taipei
- Take a short trip between exchanges and see the orang-utans in the wild.
- Explore Myanmar as an optional add on tour.
- Travel with Australians and learn to speak properly.
Join us in Bangkok for a homestay in this capital city of Thailand. Located along the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is considered a remarkable city where the beauty of the old traditional and the modern blend well together. Bangkok is also the country's principal gateway and prime tourist attraction, and our hosts here will give us an excellent introduction to their city.
Before our second homestay, there will be a short break in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu (KK). KK has a lot to offer as a relaxing retreat plus many other options including a day trip to Sandakan where there is an orang-utan rehabilitation reserve and juvenile orang-utans come out of the forest to be fed and to entertain the tourists (great fun). In addition we could visit the very emotional war memorial display commemorating the Sandakan/Ranau WW11 death march on which so many Australian soldiers died.
Then, we will travel on to our second homestay in Taiwan with the FF of Taipei. Located in the valley of the Tanshui River in northern Taiwan, this capital city is a busy center of commerce, government and culture with a population of almost 3 million. Our hosts here say that international visitors often find Taipei to be an economic, cultural and trend-setting city.
November is the ideal time, climate-wise, to visit this unique region of the world. So why not add on an additional visit to the country of Myanmar, prior to the beginning of the exchange in Bangkok?
FFI have an agent in Myanmar conducting their discovery tours and setting up FF connections to maximise local interaction. So it is planned that for interested parties (including anyone not going on the exchange) there will be a 10 day tour of Myanmar before arriving in Bangkok. Some Adelaide FF members will be doing just the Myanmar experience.
While this can be an extensive experience, some will only be doing the basic Bangkok and Taipei exchanges and some will be joining us just for the Myanmar experience.
$700 USD, includes FFI and host fees, does not include air fare. Contact the ED for details.