Day 4

Day 4: From Harau to Singkarak and then to Sianuk Valley, the students were engaged in wonderful experiences meeting with the local people, understanding and experiencing their cultures and traditions. The 1470 M Japanese Hole was a symbol of Indonesian slavery during World War II but proved the wit and tactics of the Japanese military in secretly building the hole without noise and attention from people around the village.

The Minangkabau lunch is a symbol of close family ties and hospitality of the Minangs. Thanks to Mr Doody and his family for warmly welcoming our students in his house.

The small silver industry is a source of living of the many people in Batu Gadang. The students observed the making of silver souvenir and jewelry in the shop.






Day 3

Day 3: Students were on mixed emotions, having the sadness, fear and challenged when they visited the government school where they performed their services and actions. They played games, did storytelling, communicate with them in the English language. It was quite challenging but students, in the end, had fun seeing the students’ cheerful faces showing their delight and gratitude to our Fairview Students.

Royal Palace depicts the simplicity but richness of the Minangkabau’s culture and tradition from the architectural designs of their palace, curtains, mats, pillows, and household utensils. The power of a woman is acknowledged with the Queen’s throne placed in the middle of the house.

The day was concluded with the Minangkabau Cultural performances in the Hotel. Singing, dancing and playing traditional instruments were the main events this evening where students actively participated in all the performances.

DAY 2: And the adventure continues..

We’ve got students who visited the Minangkabau traditional house and dined in a traditional way, where local cuisines were served by the local people.

Supporting the environmental conservation by reforestation at the foot of Harau Valley was one of the highlights of the activities too, having the students dug holes and planted durian and mango trees.

Singarak lake the second to the largest lake in Indonesia is a home for Bilih fish, where are students released hundreds of these species into the lake supporting the lake conservation.