Program Description
June 11 - July 8th

Join Taproot on an adventure-packed 28 day journey to Indonesia. You will spend your time living with a local family, learning language, attending seminars led by local experts on interfaith dialogue, peace-building, Islam, Christian faith exploration, and Indonesian history and culture. You will also have the opportunity to explore local wonders, experience off the beaten path adventures and relax and reflect while taking in the beauty that is Bali.


  • Yogyakarta (Island of Java): THIS IS TAPROOT’S HOME-BASE. students will LIVE HERE, STUDY language, attend seminars, AND EXPLORE LOCAL LIFE AND CULTURE.

  • candi dasa (Island of bali): this is TAPROOT’S RETREAT SPACE. students will spend THEIR TIME HERE PLAYING, PROCESSING, RELAXING, AND reflectiNG.



Each day students will do a little language learning as well as engage in discussions about interfaith dialogue, peace building, and Indonesian history and culture. Below are some of the excursions & trainings that are included in Taproot’s program.


  • Becak tour around Yogya (water palace, silver village, etc.)

  • Sunrise Borobudur tour

  • A trip to a Buddhist Monastery

  • A visit to Gedong Ghandi Ashram

  • Pasir Putih Beach

  • Taman Ujung Water Palace

  • Tenganan Village

  •  Lotus Lagoon

Visit local nonprofits and learn how they serve their communities

  • Mitra Wacana Women’s Resource Centre (Advocacy & Empowerment)

  • The Center for Peace Study & Development (Conflict Resolution, Peace, & Interfaith)

  • Gusdurian (Advocacy for pluralism, humanity, & equality for all in Indonesians)

  • Rifka Annissa Women’s Crisis Center (Domestic Violence Services)

  • Centre for Security & Peace Studies (Conflict Resolution & Peace)

  • Afkaaruna Islamic School (Islamic school for early childhood education)

Seminars & training

  • Gus Dur’s Thought - The practice of tolerance & pluralism in an Islamic society

  • Conflict Transformation & Peace

  • Overnight learning trip to a pesantren (Islamic boarding school)

  • Experiential Language Learning


  • History of Indonesia

  • Customs, culture and traditions

  • Understanding local beliefs and religious practices

  • Islam in Indonesia

  • Interfaith dialogue in Indonesia

  • Christian Faith Exploration


details, costs, & what’s included

June 11th - July 8th: Students will arrive in Philadelphia by 3:00PM on June 11th where we will gather together for dinner and a brief travel orientation. Everyone will arrive in back from Indonesia on July 7th. We will spend the evening together debriefing and resting before everyone departs Philadelphia on July 8th.

Cost - $2500 per person. This includes everything you will need during your time in Indonesia. We would suggest bringing extra money for your own personal use and expenses incurred while traveling abroad.

All essentials will be covered from the day of departure to our arrival back at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). We want to make your experience simple and straightforward, so you can focus on learning about and experiencing Indonesia.

Fees Include

  • International Airfare

  • Travel Insurance

  • Visas

  • Food & Accommodations

  • Local Transportation

  • Excursions

  • All Program Fees