GEOG30026 East Timor Field Class / GEOG90025 East Timor Field Class PG

Teaching Week Field Trip Held: Mid-year break
Handbook Entry: GEOG30026 / GEOG90025
Field Trip Coordinator: Lisa Palmer

The subject is designed to develop students’ understanding of the Asia-Pacific region and in particular of the complex geographies of small island and post-conflict states.

The East Timor Field Course (GEOG30026/ GEOG90025) involves a full program of activities comprising travel to and around East Timor, including across remote and rough terrain using various modes of transportation (car, boat, foot). Students will be provided with privileged access to local Timorese communities and experiences, in both an urban, regional and rural setting.  The East Timor Field Course can be emotionally and physically demanding and will include a level of personal intensity and challenge, and students are expected to manage their own personal health and safety.

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.

Camp in East Timor

In 2018, the East Timor field trip will run 11 - 22 July.

2018 East Timor Field Class Itinerary: 11-22 July 2018 (12 days in Timor Leste)

Max student number 20, plus 3 UoM staff

Day 1 Wednesday 11 July

Arrive Dili (students make own travel arrangements, group booking available departing Darwin at 9.55am 10 July). From 2pm students do self-guided tour of Resistance Museum. All meet at Esplanada by 5pm (Stay at Esplanada, 2-3 persons per room, dinner own expense).

Day 2 Thursday 12 July

Briefing at Haburas, afternoon visit to Centre for Memory/CHEGA (Stay Esplanada—meals own expense).

Day 3 Friday 13 July

Dili - Com (stay in guesthouse in Com).

Day 4 Saturday 14 July

Com and surrounds (stay in guesthouses in Com).

Day 5 Sunday 15 July

Com - Valu, visiting Lake Iralalaru as in 2017 (stay at Valu).

Day 6 Monday 16 July

Valu (visit cave and Jaco).

Day 7 Tuesday 17 July

Valu - Baucau - Loihunu (stay Loihunu).

Day 8 Wednesday 18 July

Rest day in Loihunu and student group discussions (stay Loihunu).

Day 9 Thursday 19 July

Loihuni - Betanu - Maubisse (stay at Hakmatek).

Day 10 Friday 20 July

Maubisse (uma lulik complex and waterfall).

Day 11 Saturday 21 July

Maubisse - coffee plantations, lunch at Leubrora Green School and afternoon spent on group presentations (stay at Green School - student presentations in evening).

Day 12 Sunday 22 July

Sunday Mass in Maubisse, return Dili, lunch Haburas and final group briefing. Depart for airport 3pm (5pm flight to Darwin available for group booking).

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.

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