A learning travel to discover the great possibilities of revaluating a product using simple technology and high art.


Day 1

The sun shines bla bla terik matahari looks menyengat, not until you turun dari mobil and feel the cool weather in Salatiga.

Kali ini adalah learning travel untuk individual travelearners, ada yang dari Malang, Semarang, Bekasi, Tangerang, dan Bandung.

The first place that we visited today was SAPU Upcycle.

Mas Ayok explained 

Senang sekali menyimak perjalanan mas Ayok (Sindhu Prasastyo) dan teman2nya menjadikan limbah ban truk, terpal tenda, tong oli dan lainnya menjadi barang-barang keren berkulitas dunia yang sudah diekspor ke berbagai negara di Eropa & Amerika.

Berawal dari aktif di komunitas pecinta lingkungan, tergugah dengan banyaknya limbah & kemudian memicu dirinya untuk belajar menjahit hingga akhirnya berhasil menghasilkan karya yang berkualitas.

Menurut mas Ayok, Industri, komunikasi & desain harus menggunakan potensinya untuk mengarahkan manusia menuju praktek penerapan hidup yang berkelanjutan.

SAPU is a creative art community, based in the Indonesian town of Salatiga, at the foot of the volcano Mt Merbabu, central Java. We comprise a diverse range of talented young: designers, artists, craftsmen and recyclists, most of whom originate from central Java and Australia. We are united by a respect for the natural environment. Manifesting in a desire to make use of the world’s abundant and unwanted manmade materials. Using tyre’s, inner tubes, plastic bottles and magazines, we are not fazed by the mundanity of these everyday materials. Instead we see only the possibility of creating beautiful upcycled jewellery, bags and accessories. We see possibilities in items which the majority of us would consider to be waste.

Our aims are not confined to the creation of beautiful objects. Through our work, we see the chance to inspire people to live a more sustainable way of life and to care for their own environment. We hope to inspire environmental change by changing the attitudes and behaviour of all those who come into contact with a Sapu product.

Workshop, mulai dari membersihkan ban, menggambar dan memotong pola, sampai menganyam.

Eyang Mami Ros

Malamnya kami disambut ramah oleh Eyang Ros Pradono. Beliau sudah menyiapkan spaghetti dan salad. Juaranya spaghetti.

This house for two retired lecturers in the Indonesian city of Salatiga was designed with multiple bamboo funnels on its roof to echo the area's mountainous topography

Indonesian studio Budi Pradono Architects designed the house for a retired couple and their extended family in Salatiga, a small city on the island of Java.

The home, which the architects called Dancing Mountain House, features five steep-pitched bamboo roofs topped with skylights, designed to reference the peaks of the surrounding landscape.

"The house is at an altitude of 2,000 metres above sea level on the ridge of Mount Merbabu, and is surrounded by several other mountains," explained the architects. "We added the form of mountains above some spaces as an interpretation of the surrounding area, and also to bring in as much natural light as possible."

"The project seeks to interpret Javanese houses in multiplication – from a distance, it looks like the houses in the surrounding villages," said the architects, whose other projects include a curved concrete house and atilting glass home, both of which feature trees growing inside.

A communal washroom with a curved brick wall was added behind the kitchen to provide a more sociable bathing space where the owners, their children and their grandchildren can wash and still feel connected to the living area.

"The main bathroom is designed as a social area, where people can still interact with others in different areas of the house," said the architects. "Conceptually, this project is trying to bring back childhood memories of the family, with open, shared spaces."

In the garden, an oval-shaped pavilion houses a library that can be used by the local community.

"The homeowners are retired lecturers, and they wanted to share their collection of economics and science books," said the architects. "It has also become a sharing space for young creatives in the region, to help bring them to the next stage of their careers."

The house was built over a period of two years by a team of novices from the local community, using readily available materials such as bamboo for the frame, roof and bedroom flooring, and stone and bricks for the walls.

"The owners had an appreciation of bamboo structures which had begun to be abandoned in the community," said the architects. "This project uses the indigenous, low-tech methods of the community, and their expertise in bamboo structural systems and stone construction."

semua anak laki-lakinya mendapat IP 4.0, yang perempuan 3.9

kuncinya sabar dan dukung bakat anak, tidak semuanya harus bisa.

Group DIscussion.
Sharing each other's cultures.
Sharing Korean snacks.
Malioboro Street.
First time tasting Rambutan!

Day 2

sharing session pagi

games koran: melatih meng-capture perjalanan, observing and photographic memorizing sehingga menambah perbendaharaan referensi yang suatu saat bisa dipanen dan dikoneksikan satu sama lain untuk jadi ide. Dengan membuat story dari 3 foto berbeda, melatih mereka untuk cepat berpikir dan logikanya jalan dengan terus membungkusnya dengan ide kreatif sehingga outputnya dapat memberikan ROI (Return on Investment) di satu sisi kalau jadi ide bisni, namun juga ROI (Relevant, Original, Impactful).

Relevant: on strategy, sesuai objective dan ndak ngawur

Orignial: idea that neve been done before

Impactful: disruptive enough and opens eyes and minds.

Kedelai Pak Eko Susilo

- Always be thankful to God for whatever happen

- Really simple tech, creative. Terinspirasi dari hal yang tidak disangka-sangka.

Arfian Dtech

- internet dan teknologi membuka banyak peluang, memungkinkan kolaborasi antar negara

Singgih Susilo Kartono


Fransisca Callista

Sharing session with Father Suyatno.
Walk around the village.
Interacting with locals.
Play Time!

Day 3

Pasar Papringan

Project Canvas Model

Day 4

The majority of the residents here are farmers, they raise cattle like goats and cows. Every morning, before sunrise, they milk the goats and cows, then they go to the farm to harvest the crops for the cattle's feed. Rather than just doing a typical morning walk, we explored the farm and helped our family to harvest the crops. We managed to collect enough crops for the cattle faster than the scheduled time, so we decided to wander around the farm. We discovered a variety of bamboos there, ranging from the big one, called "Bambu Petung", until the slim bamboos. Also, there were a lot of fruit trees and plants, such as pineapple, avocado, and jackfruit. Fortunately, we found some pineapples and jackfruits that are ripe. We picked them by ourselves and ate one jackfruit right away on the spot. Fresh from the oven! This is also the first time the Ewoo School students taste jackfruit. They said that it was really delicious and tastes like pineapple + banana(?).


Soon as we got home, we helped mommy to cook lunch. We peeled garlic, red onion, ginger, and turmeric for the seasoning. Triggered by the curiousity, the Ewoo School teacher ate the garlic. He pretended that it is tasty and persuaded the students to try it too, hahaha... Eventually, we tasted all of kitchen herbs.


Travelearners have a huge intellectual curiosity.

We are not afraid to try new things.


On the afternoon, we learned a Javanese traditional dance called "Jathilan". It is the most popular folk dance in this village. The dancers ride woven horses, following the rythm of traditional music played by gamelan, a set of Javanese music instruments. In the real show, normally the dancers are possesed, using the power of music and dance to channel with the spirits. Nevertheless, here, we learned the basic movement only and not the dance which incurred spirits.


A changemakers trip would not be complete without a changemakers talk. We sat in a circle and discussed about what is a young changemaker, why does the world need them, and how to be a changemaker. Ara Kusuma, one of Ashoka Young Change-Makers (YCM), shared her experiences in running social projects. Her first movement, "Moo's Project", concerned on the welfare of cow farmers. As an integrator, she tried to develop an incorporated village based on home industry and optimilize the cow's potentials. It was started from a DREAM, which then be SHARED to many people as they might have the same dream or might be able to help us in attaining our dream. Still, remember to wake up from your dream and just DO it. Lastly, GROW your project, both vertical and horizontally.


You may begin with discovering the social or environmental issue around your house,

then ask "WHAT IF" and "WHY NOT" questions.


We can start from a simple positive change in our daily activities such as bringing our own water bottle and bag to reduce plastics consumption, planting trees in the terrace or yard, and so on.

Day 5

The clock was pointing at 11 o'clock, we were getting ready to learn how Muslims do the Friday Prayer. We noticed that there was a loudspeaker at the mosque for the purpose of call to the prayer, called "Adhan". Before the congregational prayer (ṣalat) began, there were two parts of sermon delivered by the leader (Imam). This gives the Imam a chance to advise all Muslims and gives them guidance in Islamic teachings. After the prayer was finished, we got an opportunity to interview the Imam about Islam, which is the majority religion in Indonesia. He explained many things, including the benefits from five daily prayers (salat), such as for meditation and a standard for daily time management.


That was our last activity held in this village. We packed our stuffs and said goodbye to our new family. We were so grateful to be able to knew them and live with them for 3 days 2 nights, so we wrote a farewell letter to express our feelings. We wrote it in Bahasa Indonesia with the help of the translators.


This is one of the letters for Mrs. Ati, one of our new family:


Dear Mommy Ati,


At first, we felt so nervous,

until we met you... You were

really kind to us. It made us

feel comfortable, like at home.


Farming with you was really fun.

We harvested crops together,

feeding the goats, harvesting

jackfruits, pineapples, etc.


Every single meals that you

cooked was so delicious. We

were grateful to be able to eat

your food, together with you.


Ranging from the peanut bis-

cuits, rock walls, and hot water

(for bath)that you cooked for us,

all of them were very impressive.


We will definitely miss you.


You, yourself, are the best out

of all those great things.

Thank you for everything.



Jihae - Dam - Sol - Ara



Day 6

The theme today is Culture: The World Heritage Sites.


We already had breakfast before the sun rose as we would go to Borobudur Temple early in the morning to avoid the extreme heat of the afternoon sun. Soon as we arrived, we were so impressed by the majestic, enormous Borobudur. Yes, it is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world. [Find out more about it here.] We walk clockwise, one level at a time, observing the relief panels like we were reading a giant picture storybook. We were not only learning through travelling here, but we also learn how to travel (i.e. learn the travel ethics). Tourists should dress politely and modestly - we are not allowed to wear shorts or mini-skirts. Instead, the temple management provides sarong to cover the legs, especially thigh. Furthermore, climbing up the stupa or touching the bas relief was prohibited as it may cause damage to ancient sites.


We went back to our hotel at 10:00 am, before the sun began to heat up, so that we can restore our energy for the next destination: Prambanan Temple.


As one of the largest Hindu temple site in Southeast Asia, Prambanan consists of 240 temples in Shivaite complex with a typical Hindu architecture of tall and pointed structure. Oh we forgot to tell you that we had a "temple team". They had studied about Borobudur and Prambanan before this trip, they told us the story of both temples during the trip, like a tour guide. Around this area, there are several temple complexes other than Prambanan, such as Sewu Temple and Ratu Boko complex. The popular legend of Rara Jonggrang is what connects them all.


After being satisfied listening to legend stories and learning about history and architecture, we went to a seafood restaurant named Sendang Ayu for dinner. It seems like we were all very hungry. We kept eating until the very last bite 😂. Besides the tasty foods, there are a number of small and big bamboo boats which can be used for free. We were so excited to ride the bamboo boats before we went home. It was such a fun day!