I'm an Australian citizen with Permanent Residency, (KITAP), in Indonesia.
I retired from work in Australia in January 2018.
During my working life I did everything from working on prawn trawlers and cray fishing boats to being a qualified Work Health and Safety Officer. I am also a qualified Trainer and Assessor plus a certified TEFL, (Teach English as a Foreign Language), tutor.
I have been married to an amazing Javanese woman since 2006. Ibu Ida, my wife, has Permanent Resident status in Australia which allows us to live permanently in either Australia or Indonesia.
We have a daughter, Mbak Dewi, aged 26 who is a qualified Bachelor Degree Nurse. Ibu Ida and Mbak Dewi speak Indonesian, Javanese and English while I speak English and functional Indonesian.
We are a very close family and have a wonderful large extended family locally. We are pretty casual family and don't stress too much.
We are now living in our own home, Homestay, in Parakan, Central Java, Indonesia where we are very much part of the local community.
Parakan is an important provincial town with two hospitals and all necessary services. Parakan is a major farming and tobacco growing region. Some of the World's finest teas and coffees are also grown locally.
Parakan is situated close to the Dieng Plateau, Candi Borobudur, Posong, The Kledung Pass, Prambanan, Situs Liyangan and Candi Jumprit. Candi Jumprit has rabies free, resident monkeys which can be hand fed bananas.
The best way to get a snapshot of the local area is to use your internet browser and have a good look at what the local area has to offer the visitor. There are so many things to see here it would take too long long to mention them all.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We are in the process of preparing a house near our Homestay to be used for English language and conversation courses.
As I am the only native English speaker locally and it is my goal to help the local people speak what they learn at school.
We could use some help with the following ;
Website/ graphic design. Computer skills. English tutoring, mainly conversational English. Help with art work. We grow orchids so any horticultural secrets would be appreciated. General household help.
Visitors will have to benefit of living as part of a Muslim family in a traditional Javanese Kampung, (Village), off the normal tourist track.
They will learn how to cook amazing Indonesian food and impress their friends at home.
I am sure they will learn some basic Indonesian and a lot of of Javanese culture.
When visitors see how little some of the locals have and are yet content, they might appreciate what they have in their own country.
They will see some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. I am certain a visit here will help break down some of the misconceptions some people have of Muslims.
Living and breathing a culture apart from their own brings its own rewards. As I am an Australian and my wife is Indonesian we live in Indonesia but my wife has spent a great deal of time in Australia.
At our Homestay Workawayers can enjoy learning about two cultures, Australian and Javanese, in one visit.
English, Javanese and Indonesian
Our Homestay is a very comfortable, clean, two story house with hot water showers, Western and traditional bathrooms and toilets, fly screens, comfortable bedding and very tasty food.
Western style food is available in Parakan close to the Homestay. The house has four bathrooms and four toilets. We have International satellite television and WiFi internet,
The house has two floors with three balconies offering wonderful views of 3000 metre tall mountains and farming land.
Visitors will have their own bedroom with a writing desk, chair and wardrobe with a mirror.
Everyone is welcome to stay but unmarried couples must stay in separate rooms according to Indonesian law.
No alcohol or illicit drug consumption please.
The nearest airport is in Yogyakarta, located 80 kilometers from Parakan and easily accessible by public transport.
Transport can also be arranged by the host.
Motorcycles are available for hire as are fantastic tour guides with their own cars.
Hiking and sightseeing are popular activities.
Visits to tea and coffee plantations can be arranged.
A swimming pool is nearby in Temanggung.
Parakan also has two fully equipped gyms.
Candi Borobudur, World heritage listed and the World's largest Buddhist monument, is a must see attraction.
Candi Borobudur is a 90 minute drive from the Homestay.
There are numerous local shops offering good cheap clothing.
There are so many things to see I will not attempt to list them all here.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week