On the 25th of March, 19 Warrnambool College students and 4 teachers woke up at 4:30am to start our journey to Indonesia.
We flew from Melbourne to Bali, then caught another flight to Yogyakarta where we stayed for 8 days. Half of this time we spent with host families from Olifant Primary School and SMA3 High School. Whilst in Yogyakarta, we visited many different places and did many exciting and new things. One of the most memorable places we visited was the amazing temples, Prambanan and Borobodur. At the sacred sultans cemetery, we climbed over 500 stairs to reach the burial tomb, where we changed into traditional dress to pay our respects. Visiting these places was a great opportunity to get a further insight on cultures in Indonesia and develop a greater understanding for their culture.
Getting the chance to travel to Indonesia with the school was a great opportunity for everyone, even for those who have already been because we got to do things not many other people get to do, like staying with a host family. For four days we lived with a local Indonesian family, where we learnt about life in the crazy, fast paced city of Yogyakarta. Our families were teachers, hotel managers, school founders. Every student had a different experience with their host family, but we all had a great time.
After our time in Yogyakarta, we flew to Bali and caught a bus to the mountain city of Ubud. We visited villa-kitty, an organisation that saves injured and stray animals. We shopped in the local markets and visited monkey forests. We finished the trip with a visit to Waterbom Park, before catching a flight home at midnight.
Overall, the trip was an amazing experience for all involved. We learnt so much, and had heaps of fun, as well as making new friends from both Indonesia and Australia. I would say to anybody who has the opportunity to go on this trip or one like it, to take it, because it is an experience you will never forget.