Hello everyone! I am a fresh student of International Relations at Binus University. I am 23 years old, I love hosting and meet people from all over the world. I live in West Jakarta, Indonesia which is one of the busy places here. My house is pretty close to all the center places such as SCBD, Thamrin, Semanggi, Senayan, Sudirman, etc. It is a very safe and friendly neighborhood because we treated each other like family.
I need a native speaker here who can teach me English. The most important thing is I would like to be able to express myself more correctly and be able to have a conversation with more people. I'd love to improve my English to be able to speak better with everyone.
I am very friendly, very open-minded and easy to get along with. I enjoy people from different backgrounds, nationalities, and orientations. I’ll make sure the participants will get the warmth of the Indonesian family.
NO DRUGS/NARCOTICS allowed under any circumstance!!
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
I will tell you everything about Indonesia if I can.
-there's a lot of classes if you want to learn Indonesian traditional dance/Bali dance in my neighborhood.
-there is a traditional market near my house every morning and you can taste what local food is all about
-explore the city together
-When addressing people for the first time or not, be polite, respectful, always use the formal terms, i.e. Bapak for a man, Ibu for a woman before their proper names. When meeting, Indonesians touch their hearts in greeting, often after the handshake (the first time met). It feels a bit awkward and pretentious to do this at first, but you get into the habit rather quickly and it is a respectful gesture when meeting officials.
-The concepts of family, harmony, and mutual security are more important than that of the individual.
-Respect for the elderly and seeing the family as the place one goes to for support, both help retain core values in this nation.
Things that might surprise you:
- Even if it was the first time that they met you, Indonesian might startle you by asking "personal questions" such as whether you were married, and if not, whether you were then engaged to be married? They will ask you about your family, where you work, what your occupation is, where you were educated and so on. Please just answer all these questions casually as you do not have to answer them in detail. Indonesians often feel uneasy when they meet you for the first time. They do not know who you are and so they do not know "how to place you". Should I treat this person as an equal (i.e. the same age and/or social status) or should I treat her/her differently? They will usually err on the safe side by treating you as if you were "older and/or having a higher social status" and then slowly adjusting their behavior after they get to know you better. Indonesian society is a very hierarchical society, hence knowing where to place somebody is very important.
-Many Indonesians in the neighborhood do not speak English, but they'd be more than happy to interact with you with Tarzan language or just giggle away the failure to communicate with you. My neighbors always want to interact with my guests but never had the guts to say hi first. If you'd be so kind as to walk around the neighborhood to greet them and chat with them, that would make their day.
(3-4 hours of works in exchange for the stay. Meals are on your own. I have fast wifi and my place is near to any public transportation. just 6 minutes away to Transjakarta and Train)
I will provide
- A single bunk bed, shared bathroom, free access to anything in the kitchen including foods and drinks. Your linen is also provided along with the necessities of soap and shampoo, etc.
- food is on your own, we eat Indonesian dishes and many of my guests didn't quite like it tho because it's spicy and the taste is very diverse. We have a lot of convenience stores to buy your needs or you can use GOJEK.
- maybe explore the city together
You can visit so many cool places here in Jakarta with your Time off.
1. We have a lot of cultural heritage, one of them is Kota Tua, and we also have A lot of museums.
2. My house is really close to a lot of Malls, the famous one is the Central Park Mall
3. Every Sunday from 6 to 11 a.m., Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Thamrin are closed to all private cars. While this may not seem such a big deal, for the many Jakartans who live with macet (traffic) all week, it truly is. Thousands flock to the big boulevard to walk, run, cycle and skate or simply to stroll leisurely, enjoying the street food, circus-like displays, and occasional public events.
Originally started as a government initiative to help reduce pollution, car-free day on Sudirman and Thamrin has become a well-loved Jakarta tradition, an opportunity for city folk to get up early and get active in the company of many, many like minds and bodies. The road is closed from Ratu Plaza, up until the Monas Monument. For a few hours, once a week, you get to truly enjoy being outdoors in Jakarta.
and much more.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week (food not provided)