Timor Leste

Timor Leste is Australia’s closest neighbour which most of us know very little about. The Island, surrounded by picturesque corral reefs, is divided between sovereign states to the east and Indonesian states to the west. Made up of eleven distinct ethno-linguistic groups, wild beaches and mountainous landscapes it is both culturally and geographically rich and beautiful, but Timor is not without its struggles. Over recent years Timor has experiences a huge baby boom said to be from confidence in their recent Independence, while also having low life expectancy due to a generation of turmoil and conflict. Today, it is a country slowly rebuilding and learning how to sustain its young and growing population. Each year, at the end of the dry season, Timor suffers from what are called “the hungry months” where food becomes scarce leading to serious food security issues and malnutrition.

In June 2016 CERES Global ran 3 trips to Timor, looking into key environmental and social issues facing the country alongside our partner organisations. We had our first Permaculture group in Aileu working with locals on a Permaculture Design, IT for Social Impact students working with Mercy Corps on geo mapping aquaponds, and with the Aileu ARTC on IT solutions for the local community centre, and a group of 8 walkers headed off with Andrew Mahar and With One Seed on a challenging remote trek in to the mountains of Baguia.

A big thanks to Chris Adams from Moreland Council’s Friends of Aileu for co-facilitating the Aileu engagements, you might like to go along to their upcoming Trivia night!

Further details: friends-of-aileu-trivia-night-extravaganza-flyer-2.

Reforestation Walk:  June 2017

Deforestation is a very serious issue in Timor. In 1975 50% of the country was covered in primary and secondary forests. Today only 1 percent remains.  When you think about this in terms of those people who’s livelihoods are dependent on those forests and the carbon sequestration loss to the whole world this is a very real problem.

CERES Global is offering participants to join us this June on a walk following the reforestation trail of the exemplary organisation With One Seed. This is an opportunity to walk from village to village through the reforestation project, learn from the locals about their difficulties, hopes and aspirations and support the great work of a community organisation.

Whilst walking through the hills and villages around Baguia, we’re keen to undertake a cultural preservation project. Given Timor’s large youth population and low life expectancy, we’d love to film a few elders in the villages and ask their oldest memories, songs, or stories – which we’ll then upload to tablets in urban after-school study centres for the kids in the towns.

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Cost
The trip will cost $980 for a week long section. Flights are not included. Airnorth fly between Darwin and Dili daily, refer to trip itinerary for recommended flights.

CERES Global is a not for profit community organisation and all trips run at cost price. The fee includes all internal meals, accommodation, transport, community contributions, facilitator support, carbon offsets, pre trip preparations and administration. It does not include flights, passport, visa, medical and travel insurance, vaccinations, alcoholic beverages, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

 July 2017

We’re heading back to spend time with our partner community Aileu in Timor Leste late June. On this our 4th visit, we’ll be looking in to developing a music exchange, as well as exploring opportunities for cultural preservation. We’ll build on the great work of the PDC group with their local designs for permaculture plots, and cross paths with the IT for social impact group who will also be in Aileu at the time.

We are collaborating with Moreland City Council’s “Friends of Aileu’ to develop the music exchange. This trip will be meeting and planning with the community, with a vision for the 2017 trip to have music enthusiasts join us from Aileu, Melbourne and Dili on the community stage in the centre of Aileu.

This week long visit is a great opportunity to really get to know Aileu and the Timorese community. Visiting friends that we’ve made over previous visits, understanding enviro and social challenges and really different ways of life, it’s an exciting time to be involved.

$980 for the week
CERES Global is a project of the not-for-profit CERES Community Environment Park, and all trips run at cost price. Fees include meals, accommodation, transport, community contributions, facilitator support, carbon offsets, pre trip preparations and administration. It does not include flights, visas, medical and items of a personal nature.

Timor

June 2017

In partnership with CERES Training and education we are collaborating on an exciting new trip with a focus on permaculture in Timor. The trip incorporates a 72 hour Permaculture Design Course and for the first time ever an Austral Asian temperate/tropical and hands on focus.

The course will teach you fundamental life changing skills to consciously listen and learn from the patterns and relationships in  nature, grow food and fibre, harness energy and explore new ways of organising yourself and people.

Melbourne Intensive Introduction
We will kick off with a 4 day intensive introduction to permaculture with some of the leading permaculture experts in Australia run over 2 weekends at CERES. This will incorporate permaculture theory and a mix of classroom presentations giving you all the foundations you need before heading into the field in Timor.

Dates and Costs:
Melbourne – 28 hours
Weekend of 28th and 29th of May
Weekend of 11th and 12th June
Cost: $480

Permaculture design
For the final component we will spend 10 days in Timor undertaking the design aspect of the course.  This will include, workshops, design exercises, practical exercises and visits to sites to see Permaculture in action.

Dates and Costs:
Timor – 10 days, 44 hours
17th – 26th June
Cost: $1590 (includes meals and accommodation in Timor)

How it came about?
CERES Global has been visiting Timor since 2013 building relationships and working in partnerships with key local sustainability organisations.  On one of our recent visits,  we were asked by the local community in the village of Ailaeu to help in designing a permaculture garden. From here we decided, why not use the CERES Global principle of two way education and sharing by getting you, the course participants, to travel to Timor as part of a permaculture design course, learn from the rich environmental and cultural diversity of Timor at the same time as undertaking a permaculture course with a focus on Asia and tropical environments. We will then get you, the course participants to design the garden in your final project with the assistance of permaculture teachers.

Breakdown of course costs in Timor
CERES Global is a not for profit community organisation and all trips run at cost price. The fee includes all internal meals, accommodation, transport, community contributions, facilitator support, PDC training, course materials, carbon offsets, pre trip preparations and administration. It does not include flights, passport, visa, medical and travel insurance, vaccinations, alcoholic beverages, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

For more information download out information booklet here.

Photos from our Timor Leste trip

News from Timor Leste

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By | September 9th, 2015|

Aileu Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and the Rai Husar Foundation (Chris Adams, Friends of Aileu) Background The District of Aileu, while not far from Dili, has for long been regarded as a relatively disadvantaged [...]

Our next trip

Dates:
Permaculture design –  June 2017
Reforestation walk – June 2017

How much does it cost?
Culture & community trip – $980 per week
Permaculture Design –
$1590 for 10 days in country + $480 Melbourne intro
Reforestation Walk
– $980 per week

For further details contact Sophie

Email
sophie@ceres.org.au

Phone
(03) 9389 0183

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In Timor, CERES Global are developing rapport and connecting with groups and Individuals. In particular we are establishing strong connections with ASTI, the Aileu district Administration, and with Ego Lemos at Permatil in Dili.

On our June 2016 trip, CERES Global worked closely with Andrew Mahar from With One Seed, Fernando from Na Terra, and Mercy Corps in Dili and Maubisse. Each of these relationships are ongoing, and we look forward to further strengthening them through future engagement.

THE ASTI SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE DEMONSTRATION PLOT:
CERES Global is very much looking forward to forming a long-term partnership with the Aileu ARTC, collaborating to design and create a demonstration sustainable agriculture plot as a resource for local Timorese farmers. We’re keen to have people from all backgrounds and interest areas join us in this project, as our diverse range of history and experiences will make a great contribution.

In June 2016 our first group of Permaculture students worked in Aileu on a PDC design. The project was a great success and we look forward to developing the plans with the local community again in 2017.