Guru Indonesia Travels to Ruteng
in Flores in December
with Ayu and Gung De
Ayu and Gung De from
Kang Guru Indonesia presented a KGI Teacher Workshop
in Ruteng plus visited KGI's Kupang radio station, Gentala
FM, a monastery and great chats with students all asking
about English and Australia.
KGI asked me to go Ruteng to present a KGI Teacher
Workshop because my colleague Sue Rodger was not
well. Sue contracted dengue fever the weel before
so was unable to go to Ruteng. When KGI contacted
the committee in Ruteng, they said that it was
impossible for them to cancel the workshop because
all the participants have already registered and
they were coming from different areas all around
Ruteng. I was very happy tyo go cos I'd never
been to that part of Flores before. New territory
for me. I went to Ruteng with another member of
the KGI team, Gung De from the technical department
at IALF Bali. We left Bali on Thursday and the
first thing we did was stay overnight in Kupang.
On Friday, we cought the earliest (probably the only)
flight to Ruteng. The flight left at 6 am. We arrived
in Ruteng at about 7.30 am. Committee members, Sabastian
and Tarzi met us at the airport and took us to our hotel.
I was captivated by the scenery. Ruteng certainly has
breathtaking views. The town is surrounded by hills.
It is spectacular.
When we stopped at the hotel Gung De and my self were
quite surprise to see the nuns and sisters walking around
the hotel area. Sabastian then explained that the place
we were going to stay was a Monastery. It was a new
experience for me and for Gung De to stay at a Monastery
in amongst by sisters of the Catholic Church. The Monastery
was such an amazing place. It was clean and green.
After we put our bags into our rooms the committee
took us around the town and we all had lunch together.
We then had a meeting with the committee at 2 pm to
discuss about the schedule for the workshop. That evening
Pak Agus, the organiser, invited us to have dinner together
with other committee members. At dinner Pak Agus introduced
me to Kym, an Australian who was doing a research in
Ruteng and he was staying with Pak Agus. As we were
talking and chatting during dinner time, to my surprise,
I found out that I met Kym about five years ago in Australia
through a mutual friend. I didn’t recognize him
because he used to have long hair – everyone thought
‘What a small world!’
On our second day in Ruteng we left the monastery to
go to the workshop venue at 8 am together with Pak Agus
and Kym. The workshop was a held at SMA 1 Setia Bakti
Ruteng. When we arrived, we were welcomed by the committee
with a ritual ceremony and each of us was given a piece
of beautiful woven material for around our neck. The
workshop started at 8.30 and it started with a 30 minute
presentation on ‘How to Teach Listening’
by Pak Agus and Kym.
There were about 65 participants attending the workshop,
a few less than expected. About 40 participants didn’t
turn up because of the bad weather and heavy rain. All
the participants who did attend were very active and
enthusiastic witht he activities I gave them. The workshop
finished at 15.30 and then Gung De and continued with
students meeting. There were about 50 students who attended
and they really enjoyed the games and activities we
did for them.
After the students meeting I had to rush to Gentala
FM to join a live interactive show with Shanty, the
Kang Guru Radio presenter. She presents a two hour English
language show twice a week. The shows Shanty does usually
start with a 20 minute KGI show, discussion and followed
by an interactive show. She said in Ruteng there are
many KGI radio listeners and they are all very active.
In the studio, that evening, there were two KGI listeners
from STKIP Ruteng, Ricar and Chika. I had a great time
at Gentala FM. Many listeners sent text massages and
asked questions about English and we also gave some
quizzes for the listeners. Before we left we met with
the Director, Pater Ray, and the Manager Pak Sabastian
Mone. They would really like it if KGI can deliver a
30 minute program in the future instead of just 20 minutes.
Pak Agus, Kym,Sabastian met us at the Radio station
and then they y took us to a very nice restaurant for
our last night in town.
We left the monastery at 7 am and Pak Agus and a driver
took us to the airport. It was raining and we could
see dark clouds in the sky. It was not a good day to
fly. When we arrived at the airport, we saw a big group
of passengers waiting for the flight as well. After
one hour the airport staff announced that all flights
were canceled due to the bad weather. Pak Agus helped
us to find other alternatives to go back to Denpasar.
We went straight to the flight office in Ruteng but
the office was closed on Sunday, everyone goes to church
- Sunday Mass. So Pak Agus then suggested going to Labuhan
Bajo instead of waiting in Ruteng because the weather
in Ruteng is unpredictable and there are more flights
possibly from Labuhan Bajo.
So we decided to take Pak Agus’ suggestion
to go to Labuhan Bajo. First we stopped at Pak
Agus’s house to pick up Kym and get ready
for the long trip. It took us three and a half
hours to get to Labuan Bajo.The driver drove as
fast as he could so that we could get to the airport
as early as possible. Gung De and I were little
bit sick during the trip because of the long windy
road. As we arrived in Labuhan Bajo we went straight
to the airport. The airport was empty. No one
was to be seen in the waiting room and there were
no planes either. More bad news, the staff said
that there was no flights that day but there was
a flight the next day. He suggested us to go to
Transnusa office and book a flight for the next
day. We went to town and went to Transnusa office
and lucky there were two seats available for us!
Phew! We felt so relieved.
We spent a day in Labuan Bajo and flew back to
Bali at 11 pm the next day. KGI would like to
say thank you for all the committee in Ruteng,
Pak Agus and Kym for the great help and for taking
care of us during our stay.