Students will gain an in situ appreciation of the historical and contemporary issues relevant to East Timor (and other Asian Pacific small island states). Develop their empirical and analytical research skills while carrying out small group research into the impacts of conflict, climate and culture on social and economic development and the environment.
In 2017, the East Timor field trip will run 23 June - 4 July.
Draft in-country itinerary (subject to change):
- Day 1
Arrive Dili, Briefing at Haburas Foundation and visit Resistance Museum. Stay Esplanada Hotel
- Day 2
Dili-Com (leave 8am, lunch at Caravelha, continue to Com)
- Day 3
Com-Valu -visit Iralalaru lake, discussion re national park and Manina sinkhole with community members
- Day 4
Valu—visit Jaco Island and caves with community members
- Day 5
Valu-Loihunu (lunch at Baucau and site visits)
- Day 6
Loihunu-Maubisse (lunch at Betano, discussion re South Coast Industrial Zone Development plans with community members)
- Day 7
Maubisse (visit sacred houses, springs with Hakmatek Co-op members)
- Day 8
Maubisse-Dili (visit coffee/vegetable fields with Hakmatek members, visit to Leublora Green School in Maubisse, leave for Dili, stay at Liquica Black Rock Cameo Resort)
- Day 9
Liquica tour and discussion, lunch and transfer bus to Sao Paulo Centre, Dili
- Day 10
UNTL Sustainability Conference and discussion with Timorese students, lunch and transfer by minibus to airport in afternoon for departure
Please note: Food, accommodation and facilities will in most instances be very basic and there will not be a lot of choice. Travel outside the capital will be in four wheel drive vehicles.
To see our rural accommodation sites visit the website of our host facilitators the Timorese environmental NGO the Haburas Foundation and their community tourism project Uma Natureza.
For more information, check out the East Timor Field Class brief presentation.
Want to find out what it's like to be on a field trip? Check out the Geographers in the Field Blog!