VIA Indonesia 50th Anniversary Study Tour

Indonesia Alumni Tour


Program Dates: June 28 - July 7, 2018
Open to: Professionals, VIA alumni, and guests/travel companions/partners
Location: Yogyakarta and Bali, Indonesia
Application Deadline: Registrations accepted until May 1, 2018

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of VIA’s work and collaborative partnerships in Indonesia. Join VIA for a historic study tour: spend 10 days in Yogyakarta and Bali, Indonesia taking a behind-the-scenes look at history and tourism in these two provinces. Led by VIA’s Izzy Rhoads, a PhD Candidate in Law, this is not your average eco-tour.


Issues covered will include: fair trade, gender and sexuality, Islam, permaculture, Indonesian political history and US foreign policy in the region – particularly during the Vietnam War, environmental activism and response to large scale tourism in Bali, disaster risk reduction, arts and social movements and current trends in appropriate technology for community development. The tour will meet directly with local activists and groups in both provinces working on these issues. In addition to meeting with local organizations, we’ll explore Bali’s rice fields and beaches, Java’s volcanoes, and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Borobudur – the world’s largest Buddhist temple – and Prambanan.

Participants will have access to a curated reading list on contemporary issues in Indonesia, dozens of activists, academics and professionals in Indonesia, and visit VIA partners that are currently hosting long-term fellows from our Global Community Fellowship program. VIA is not a tour company, and this is not your average tour. Each of our excursions and visits to community organizations will be visits to long-standing partners with whom we have developed relationships over nearly 50 years of working in Indonesia. We’ll be examining and understanding local issues from people directly involved in advocacy, campaigning and the day-to-day work of social change. We will see tourist and heritage sites from multiple perspectives, and come away from the trip with a multi-faceted understanding of contemporary Indonesia.

Trip Leader Bio

Izzy Rhoads: Izzy was a 2009-2010 VIA volunteer in Yangon, Myanmar, and has worked at VIA since 2011. Before joining VIA she was a Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia. Izzy is currently a PhD candidate in Law at King’s College London. She has a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and an MA from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Izzy focuses on VIA’s short term academic programs, working on designing and running innovative programs for local and foreign students from high school to PhD level. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Central Java’s temple complexes and a good karaoke session.

Download: Indonesia 50th Anniversary Study Tour (PDF)

Participation Costs

Non-alumni participation fee: $4,000
Discounted VIA alumni participation fee: $3,750

  • Included: Most meals, lodging, admission tickets, travel insurance, and local transportation (including flights between Bali and Yogyakarta).
  • Not included: International airfare, personal spending, some meals

Group Rates: For groups of 3 or more, we can offer a reduced participation fee. Please contact Izzy Rhoads (izzy@viaprograms.org) if you are interested in arranging a group rate.

Payment Process

Payment for the Study Tour will be made in two steps:

  1. After submitting your registration form, you will receive an invoice for a $500 deposit to reserve your space on the program. The due date for the deposit payment will be noted on the invoice. This deposit is refundable for any reason until March 1, 2018. After March 1, 2018 the $500 deposit is only refundable if the program is canceled by VIA.
  2. A final invoice will be issued for the remaining balance due once the number of participants enrolled for the tour meets the minimum capacity threshold.

Please note, $500 of the final payment will be itemized as a tax deductible donation to VIA. Once the final invoice is paid in full, you will receive confirmation of receipt of your donation. This amount is nonrefundable for any reason.

Housing & Transportation

All accommodations and in-country transportation will be arranged by VIA, and is included in the program fee. Most hotel rooms will be single occupancy. In cases where double-occupancy is available, you will have the opportunity to select your preference and indicate if you have a preferred roommate.

Traveling in Indonesia

Our staff are very familiar with the locations on the program itinerary and are able to accommodate a variety of special requirements.

  • We can accommodate food allergies, intolerances and special diets.
  • We can accommodate various mobility levels and health issues – just let us know in advance what your needs may be.
  • The cost includes travel insurance/health/evacuation insurance for the duration of the trip – we will make sure you receive prompt, quality medical attention should it become necessary.
  • All accommodation will be in local full-service hotels with air-conditioning, wifi, hot buffet breakfasts, and mosquito control.
  • Generally, the physical activity level is low. However, there will be some walking tours at locations that are mostly wheelchair accessible, except for a few areas. We will let you know in advance how physical the day’s activities will be. Your activity level is largely up to you – we encourage more active and adventurous participants to take morning walks, bike or run in Bali, or explore Jogja on foot or on bike.

“VIA is an incredible group of people that truly have a love for their own culture and for others. Their ability to share this love for cross-cultural communication is extraordinary. It is a second-nature to them, and it is all the more remarkable when these members share their stories, and allow us to experience new situations. Well done to all members within this organization.”– Joshua Mahuna, Summer 2016

How to Register for the Study Tour

  • Register Online – Click the REGISTER button below to complete the online form.

In March, VIA will contact all registered participants to obtain additional information, including passport details, travel information, and emergency contact’s information.