Students of Hiroshima University and Faculty of Cultural Studies Universitas Brawijaya Malang Learnt Indonesian Culture from Ngabab Village Pujon District, Malang Regency
24 students from Hiroshima University (HU) Japan together with 12 students from the Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) Malang participated in the Community Service program and Homestay in Ngabab Village, Pujon District, Malang Regency for three days two nights from 18 to 20 August 2018. Jo Hitomi, Robb Lee, and Prof. Nakaya Ayami accompanied the students in this program. The students were also accompanied by Ismatul Khasanah, Ph.D. (Vice Dean of Student Affairs and Program Coordinator), Santi Andayani, M.A., (Japanese Literature lecturer at FCS UB), and Rona Einsteinofa (staff). Ngabab residents were very enthusiastic of this program.
Those HU students were accompanied by FCS UB students, stayed in 15 houses in Ngabab. On the first day, the students took part in the host families’ daily routine such as bathing the cows, picking vegetables, and household chores including cooking, cleaning the house, etc
The purpose of this activity is to contribute to the villagers and to provide experiences for the students to interact socially with residents in Malang, as well as to know the daily lives of Indonesian people, especially the residents of Ngabab Village, Pujon District, Malang Regency.
On the second day, the students assisted host family’s household chores. At around 2:00 p.m., they made a visit to a snack producer at the house of Mr. Abdullah. In that place, the students saw the process of stick production with various flavors, such as milk, cheese, carrots, celery, chili, jackfruit, durian, onions, and other flavors. The students were also given the opportunity to cut the stick, which would be put into the frying pan.
In addition, they also visited Beras Kencur production at Pak Badri’s house. They got an explanation of the production of Beras Kencur. According to Pak Badri, this beverage is sold online. Orders were also limited because of lack of staff. Usually this drink has sold out by Eid al-Fitr. The maximum production was one thousand boxes, each box contained 32 cups.
At the last night, students of HU and FCS UB watched Reog Ponorogo at the Village Hall. The residents were enthusiastic to watch this Reog art from eight to ten pm.
At the end of this activity, on August 20, students of HU and FIB UB, had a farewell to the Village officials at the Village Hall.
Source: Ismatul Khasanah, Ph.D.