Home of the world’s largest archipelago, it is probably the last territory on earth still not fully explored and mapped. It is a place filled with lush tropical forests, which provide refuge for the one-horned rhinoceros in Java. Monkeys, mist and friendly locals populate this verdant and mountainous world, including the orangutan (Kalimantan and Sumatera), the only great ape living naturally outside Africa; the giant lizard known as the Komodo dragon (the Lesser Sunda Islands); and the the Draco volans (flying dragon), a lizard which glides from trees and other high points.
Jakarta is situated within fairly close proximity of Indonesia's coastline, which spans approximately 100,000 kilometers - the longest in the world and also boasts the greatest marine biodiversity on earth. It is home to 25 percent of the world’s coral reef and 3,500 of the world’s 4,500 reef fish species.
Jakarta is rich in history, architecture and traditions with a genuine Indonesian appeal. You will appreciate its pedestrian streets, excellent restaurants, numerous cafes and virtually unblemished antiquated buildings. Jakarta also has its own museum solely dedicated to the popular pastime of kite flying (the Kite Museum). Museums and other small and quaint neighborhoods are filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops, while the nearby rainforest hosts a remarkable amount of biodiversity.
As one of the major Indonesian cities, however, Jakarta is the ideal primarily Bahasa-Indonesian speaking city in Indonesia to enjoy everything it has to offer!! The vast majority of the city's residents speak Bahasa Indonesia. Today, Indonesians are overwhelmingly bilingual. In infancy, they learn the native language of their island region and, when they enter school, they learn Bahasa Indonesia – the national language and medium of instruction in educational institutions at all levels throughout the country. It is rare to meet an Indonesian who is not fluent in her or his native tongue as well as the national language. Indonesian also dominates as the language of modern business. Needless to say, in enterprises that involve expatriate staff or international transactions, English, Japanese, Chinese and other foreign languages are widely used, often side-by-side with Indonesian.
Discover and explore the city of Jakarta and its surroundings. You will know places that go beyond your imagination, with abundant opportunities for hiking, bird-watching, and exploring the local forest reserves. Students can take horseback rides to view spectacular sunsets, zip through the canopy of the forest and take weekend trips to the national parks. The staff at LSI also arranges planned excursions throughout the week.
We invite all clients to always use LSI as a resource for information and advice. Our staff is comprised largely of native Indonesians who are more than familiar with their country and well-acquainted with the necessary adjustments involved with settling into Indonesia’s cultural environment.