Tomia Island, Wakatobi
All Year: Yes
Persons: 1 or 2
Host ID: 61590
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Last Updated: February 22, 2020
"Help teach English to our community and let's join to learn about Tomia Island culture in Wakatobi, Indonesia"
# About me:
Hi. My name is Al (30 YO). I studied at the Yogyakarta Art Institute - Indonesia for 4 years with a major in Graphic Design. As long as I am in Yogyakarta, there is a lot of experience that I have gotten from getting involved in several arts and education communities, which made me stay and stay in Yogyakarta for 10 years.
When I returned to my place (Tomia Island) I began to think of creating a community for children and adults in terms of art and education as well. For now, what I'm starting to develop is the "Mari Mabook Camp" which involves children from 8 years to 12 years old. I developed the Mari Mabook Camp based on the experience I had while in Yogyakarta. I really like to be friends with anyone and very open to anyone. I have a hobby that might be the same as you like; Camping, Hiking, Snorkeling, Playing guitar and Reading books.
# About My Family:
Here I live with my sister in a very simple house. We also prepare private rooms for guests/friends/volunteers who will stay at our house. Every guest we come to considers as part of our family. We make food, cook and eat together like in a family.
You don't need to worry about your needs while in our house. Next to our house is a mini market that sells supporting needs and in front of it is a fruit and vegetable shop.
# About Mari Mabook Camp:
Mari Mabook Camp “Nature School” is a non-formal school that has a natural concept that involves children where they will learn about how to recognize nature, take care of nature, and utilize the natural potential around them to be useful. Here children will explore by learning fruit gardening, learning to cook, processing local food, learning to be a hero of garbage, to make composter.
Not only that, I also invited them to learn foreign languages (English) because remembering Tomia Island is one of Indonesia's tourist destinations which is crowded with visitors both domestic and foreign tourists. So far the children in the Nature School have done many activities starting from art exhibitions from waste plastic, art and cultural performances, as well as painting exhibitions.
# Type of help:
- Help with Eco project
- Language practice
- Art project
# What can you get from this mission?
* Art and Culture:
In addition to the experience of exploring with children in the Sekolah Alam, you will learn about many things such as how local people of Tomia Island process local plants such as cassava and corn into food. For those of you who like fishing, you will learn how to catch fish using traditional fishing rods. How do you look for marine life to be processed into food and how to cook it. Here you will learn all through local people. You will learn to cook and produce your own special food and I am sure that you will like it and can be applied wherever you are.
Here you will witness local cultural attractions that have some combination of Javanese and Mongol culture. You need to know that the culture of Tomia Island is a culture that originated from the Kingdom/Sultanate of Buton (Baubau) which has a combination of several cultures, but the most influential in Buton culture is a culture introduced by Mongols and Javanese people who have come and lived on Buton Island (Baubau) in the kingdom.
You can see this through a number of aspects such as the model and style of dress that are the same as the traditional Mongolian clothes. While from the cultural aspect of the community Tomia Island is still influenced by customs and cultures originating from ancient Java (Hindi-Sanskrit), such as the local language used and local wisdom applied.
# What can you help at Mari Mabook Camp?
At Mari Mabook Camp it was very limited with the teachers and here I was only assisted by a friend who I thought was not enough to accompany the children in carrying out activities. I really hope for help from volunteer friends to help me;
- Provide them with experience in managing plastic waste such as recycling or making handicrafts from plastic waste.
- Educate children about the impact of plastic waste on the environment.
- Teach children about how to plant fruit well according to the experience you get.
- Teaching English in a non-formal way (how to pronounce correctly in communication).
As long as you are on Tomia Island you will stay with us at home and here you will have a private room. Here you have become part of our family, so I hope you do not hesitate while at home. We will make food, cook and eat together like in a family.
What makes it unique in my environment is that you will witness how local people still apply the concept of family life. It might be different from the case in your environment that people there are very independent and live individually. Here family life between house to house is still like a family even though there is no family relationship. You will feel a very simple rural atmosphere, mutual respect and socializing.
You will also have the opportunity to learn to cook local specialties that we often make everyday. For those of you who are vegetarians, you don't need to worry because in front of our house there are vegetable and fruit shops. I will also invite you to enjoy local specialties in the market with a variety of menus offered such as vegetables, fried foods, nasi goreng, gado-gado, bakso, ayam lalapan, etc. All have varied prices and are very affordable.
# What can you do?
Outside the hours of teaching or doing activities in the Sekolah Alam you go around the village by watching a row of colorful houses. Besides that you will also visit some unspoiled villages that are on the highlands by offering very exotic panoramas. There you can enjoy local coffee and delicious local specialties. In addition to the food offered, in the highlands you can see small islands and oceans directly around Tomia Island and in the afternoon you can peek at the orange and extraordinary sunset.
If you like the beach atmosphere, I will invite you to visit some of the beaches on Tomia Island by motorbike. For the beaches on Tomia Island it is still very natural because it is not always enlivened by visitors and tourists and the distance is very far from the local community. Here you will swim or snorkeling and hang out on the beach that has clean white sand or relax with a quiet and calm atmosphere.
# Naturalist Life Camping:
If you like adventure, I will invite you to do outdoor activities on a small uninhabited island, which is Sawa Island in front of Tomia Island by boat. Sawa Island is a land of sand that is only covered by coconut trees and several other sand plants. Sawa Island is surrounded by extensive sand and white and surrounded by diving/snorkeling sites that are very well known by international tourists.
Here we will do camping for several nights with the concept of natural life. We have tents that I have prepared and various other supporting facilities. But before we go to Sawa Island, we will do snorkeling activities at several dive sites. Some of the activities that we will do while on Sawa Island are I will invite you to look for snails, fishing, and search for marine biota that can be consumed and after that I will teach you how to cook it. For those of you who are vegetarian, you don't need to worry because we will prepare all your needs before we head to Sawa Island.
# How many you can stay?
- Min. 2 Weeks
- More than two
# Hours expected:
Maximum 2-3 hours a day, 4 days a week