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Implementation Research/International Health Class,
Ilmu Kesehatan Masyarakat, Fakultas Kedokteran UGM
17-18 September 2016
The Implementation Research/International Health Class in the Master of Public Health Program, Faculty of Medicine, UGM held an outbound activities on 17-18 September 2016 in Kebon Agung village, Imogiri. New students, program managers and staff from public health department and tropical medicine department were participated. This activity aims to introduce the daily life of rural communities in Yogyakarta, especially Javanese culture to all new students. This is particularly important while all students were originated from outer Yogyakarta, and mostly are foreigner who came from Nepal (4), Bangladesh (1), Bhutan (1), East Timor (2), and the Philippines (1). A good understanding of the local culture will help students to adapt and interact with their environment. This activity is also aligned with the UGM slogan: "Locally rooted, globally respected". Thus students, even though they are sitting in an International class and using English in their daily activities, will respect local culture while living in Yogyakarta or other places.
Arrival of students in Kebon Agung village was greeted with 'Gejok Lesung’ played by the locals. ‘Gejok Lesung’ is a traditional music played by pounding ‘alu’ (pestle) to ‘lesung (long mortar) as a sign of gratitude for a good harvest. During the day, students can watch the bustle of villagers in harvesting rice in paddy fields around the village. Tourist coordinator at Kebon Agung village arranged student accommodation at local houses. Therefore, students can interact directly with their host and experience the daily life in the village. Foreign students have learnt Bahasa, however, they are still facing difficulties in communicating with the host who didn't speak English. However, this is not a significant barrier to enjoy the program. Afterward, students learnt to play Gamelan. The Gamelan teacher highlight the importance of maintaining harmony in the group as a lesson learnt from playing gamelan. The activities continued with painting batik. Batik painting revealed student’s creativity because from simple and similar sketchs students can create beautiful paintings. In the evening, students enjoyed ‘Kenduri’ a traditional dinner feast lead by a religious leader who explained about the history and meaning of ‘Kenduri’. After dinner, the activities continued with a show of traditional Javanese clothes. The first day's activities concluded with a reflection and discussion of life values that have been learnt during the day.
The second day of activities begins with a trip to Mangunan hilltop and pine forests in Imogiri and then followed by activity in rice field. Students learnt how to plant rice and plowing the rice field with water buffalo after short explanation about farming tradition in Kebon Agung village. Students clean themselves while ‘tubing’ down the river using tires in Oya river before ending the program with a big lunch. All of the activities were student’s first experience and they leave with a pleasant impression.