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The Bali Assessment Visit - 2010


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The Bali Assessment Visit - 2010


by Michael Murdock

In August 2010, Professors Jon Jonassen and myself traveled into the Pacific and Southeast Asia to investigate a possible BYU-H field study for Bali. In 2005 and 2007 Dr. Jonassen participated in a Bali field study conducted by the University of Guam. We traveled to Guam, therefore, and spent our entire day with UofG faculty and administrators, gathering insights and information about what they had learned. Afterwards we flew to Bali and there investigated possible locations to house students, sites to visit, teaching and computer facilities, museums, markets, NGOs, local leaders, and so forth. In short, the trip proved rewarding beyond our expectations.

Based on our observations, students would gain in four key ways. First, they would see in operation a local elite system of authority, one common throughout parts of the Pacific and Asia. Bali leaders have offered to open bureaus of local government, provide access to local leaders, and interact within a healthy civil society. The trip also opened the possibility of visiting Java to meet provincial authorities there and gain inside perspectives vis-à-vis Indonesia’s Muslim majority. Second, students would gain direct exposure to major developmental issues defining local and international politics in the Pac-Asian region: environmental protection, emergency preparedness, sustainable agriculture, growing business opportunities, globalization, nationalism, local identity, human rights, preservation of local culture, tourism, religious tolerance (Hindu and Muslim), international relations, community building, and security, among others. These are not superpower issues, but deep impacting concerns for virtually every developing Asian and Pacific nation.

Third, students could visit regional Non-Government Organizations and UN-affiliated organizations to view internal operations and learn about issues facing these respective entities. These visits could easily open enormous internship opportunities in the process. Fourth, students would enjoy close interactions with local university experts, community officials, and the host family, all of whom displayed eagerness to fold our students into the local community. From a vantage point located deep within local society, students will perceive issues facing a developing nation from the inside, rather than as visitors from the outside.

Other Completed Trips

The Rarotonga Internship Trip - 2011
The Washington DC Practicum - 2010
The Bali Assessment Visit - 2010
The Washington DC Practicum - 2008
The Washington DC Practicum - 2007