After 8 weeks of intensive language study, in the classroom for 5+ hours a day, living and learning with a host family when I wasn’t doing field work, it was time to have some fun! My mother, the brave soul, decided to meet me in Indonesia after my program for a week of serious adventuring. We traveled to one of the most remote places I have been in Indonesia (or the world) so far, braving a 12 hour overnight public ferry, broken dive boats, no AC or electricity for that matter, and much more…just for some seriously spectacular diving. Wakatobi, we love you!
This is my final blog post, so I would just like to thank the Sigur Center for funding such an incredible opportunity. My Bahasa Indonesia has advanced beyond what I thought possible, and I made so many friends and connections during my time in Salatiga. I can’t wait to go back. Terima kasih!
Chloe King is a rising senior in the Elliot School, majoring in international affairs with minors in sustainability and geographic information systems. She spent seven months in Indonesia in 2017 as a Boren Scholar, researching NGO conservation initiatives in marine ecotourism destinations around the country. A PADI Divemaster, her passion for protecting the ocean keeps pulling her back to Indonesia and some of the most diverse—and threatened—marine ecosystems in the world.