Year 10 Indonesian language students have recently returned from Malaysia where they experienced 14 days of language and cultural experiences in the busy capital Kuala Lumpur, rural Selangor and Sarawak in beautiful Borneo.
The Tour began in KL where students participated in language and music lessons at the Indonesian Embassy School, discovered the history of Hindu, Arab and European traders and British colonial period at the National Museum and War Memorial and enjoyed extraordinary shopping experiences from art markets.
From KL the group was welcomed into the Banghuris homestay village where students stayed with traditional Malay Moslem families in a variety of homes on 1.5 acre plots surrounded by plantations.
The Tour continued across the South China Sea to Kuching in Sarawak where students enjoyed a day volunteering in the Matang Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. A highlight was experiencing the unique culture and society of the Iban tribe, staying overnight in a traditional wooden long house in the jungle near Indonesia’s Kalimantan border, accessible only by long river boats.
The Malaysia Study Tour was very successful and provided students with a first hand experience and insight into the language and culture of Malay/Indonesian speaking communities.