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These three weeks in this course have been amazing. This was my first experience with teaching English and it could not have been any better. The students are so eager to learn. Not just English but also about my culture and all the other places I have visited.

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Maaike Gaaff    1 June 2014    Netherlands   
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Maaike Gaaff    1 June 2014    Netherlands   
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These three weeks in this course have been amazing. This was my first experience with teaching English and it could not have been any better. The students are so eager to learn. Not just English but also about my culture and all the other places I have visited. I loved teaching in the gazebo’s and being around the students. And thank you so much for taking such good care of me!The trips to Surabaya and all the other schools and families were so nice. I will never forget nor will I forget the delicious food and all the football games.
I’ll be very curious about the progress of The Learning Village and the library!
I’ll never forget these weeks.
Thank you
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If someone is missing something, he is trying to find it. Indonesia has a lot of people who even they are learning English at school can not speak this important language at all. Kampoeng Sinaoe has found the way how to improve this situation.

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Nikoleta Bartosova    11 January 2017    Slovakia   
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Nikoleta Bartosova    11 January 2017    Slovakia   
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If someone is missing something, he is trying to find it. Indonesia has a lot of people who even they are learning English at school can not speak this important language at all. Kampoeng Sinaoe has found the way how to improve this situation. And I am proud I could be a part of it.
I spent almost 6 weeks in Kampoeng Sinaoe. That was time of my life. I had a chance to see totally different culture, try a lot of new things for me and spent a beautiful time in the best company of students and teachers of this course. Kampoeng Sinoae provided me a great service. Kampoeng Sinaoe prepared me everyday program. Thanks to Kampoeng Sinaoe, I have seen many different places, tried food I have never eaten before, made precious friendship and exeprienced a lot of unforgetable situations. I will never forget their kindness.
I became part of Indonesian family for 6 weeks during Ramadhan time. I was learning English my beloved students everyday in this time. Besides, I was very nervous when I led my first English lesson I was also very supprised by language abilities of students. I could see a big difference between new students and those who were attending the course longer. Anyway, all of them were afraid to speak with me, with a foreigner. However, as I was speaking with them more and more they started to breaver and breaver. Finally they showed me their real knowledge. After this experience I realized that the best for students is to practice their English with a foreigner. And Kampoeng Sinaoe belongs to the small amout of courses in Indonesia which provides the service of high quality. I recommend this course to all who can speak English but are afraid to say a word in this language. And to those who want to learn English quickly and by taught by professionals.

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This has been my best experience and so far the highlight of my 6 month trip. I stayed with Ida and Roni for 2 weeks and all I can say is I wished I could have stayed longer. From day one I felt very comfortable and felt part of their community.

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Joana Cruto    11 January 2017    Portugal   
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Joana Cruto    11 January 2017    Portugal   
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This has been my best experience and so far the highlight of my 6 month trip. I stayed with Ida and Roni for 2 weeks and all I can say is I wished I could have stayed longer. From day one I felt very comfortable and felt part of their community. The center Roni and Ida have created is more than a study center, it's really like a family were the teachers and the students are friends. And they all have welcomed me so well. I've learnt a lot about Indonesia culture during my stay in Sidoarjo and I met incredible people. Thank you so much for hosting me and I hope I'll have the chance to meet you again.

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Living with Ida and Roni is like staying with family and it was really difficult saying goodbye after one month. The students are also very kind and everyone became my friends and family in such a short period of time. Long before I left,

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Herlinde Deneire    11 January 2017    Belgium   
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Herlinde Deneire    11 January 2017    Belgium   
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Living with Ida and Roni is like staying with family and it was really difficult saying goodbye after one month. The students are also very kind and everyone became my friends and family in such a short period of time. Long before I left, I already decided I will go back one day. 🙂

There's never a dull day here: during the times I didn't have to teach, the students took me to the mall or to a museum, we went to the town square on Sundays, and I even got to play traditional music with them!

It's hard to put my feelings into words, since I received so much more than I could ever dream of, so all I can say is that I really recommend going here. You will learn so much more than you can teach.

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I had the pleasure to be part of the school in June and it was one of the best experience during my journey.
Ida and Roni are some of the most generous, kind-hearted and amazing people I've ever met. They as well as their students welcomed me with open arms.

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Sonny Mohrath    11 January 2017    Denmark   
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Sonny Mohrath    11 January 2017    Denmark   
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I had the pleasure to be part of the school in June and it was one of the best experience during my journey.
Ida and Roni are some of the most generous, kind-hearted and amazing people I've ever met. They as well as their students welcomed me with open arms. They gave me a local experience which was unforgettable.
The students are kind and eager to learn which made the activities more fun.
Their cause is of a pure nature and what they accomplished and still work toward is amazing. That surely made me reflect upon my life. I wished I could have stayed longer and I can only recommend helping these kids and getting and unforgettable experience.

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It has been wonderful to come here. Thank you very much!
I really enjoyed the exchange with the students and I’m impressed by their level of English. You have a wonderful and very special and beautiful learning atmosphere in the outdoor classroom pavillions!

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Katja Ottmann    11 January 2017    Germany   
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Katja Ottmann    11 January 2017    Germany   
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It has been wonderful to come here. Thank you very much!
I really enjoyed the exchange with the students and I’m impressed by their level of English. You have a wonderful and very special and beautiful learning atmosphere in the outdoor classroom pavillions!
Hopefully it has also been “fruity”, and interesting exchange for the students!
It was a real pleasure to meet all of you and I wish you all the very best for your plans and projects and each personal way in life and hope to stay in touch.

My experience was the best ever  
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My experience in here was the best ever. The students are so excited to learn English and it really made me feel better. I’ll never forget them and I hope I can do this work again. For sure, this experience increase my personal and professional skills.

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JOANA GALLINA BRANDALISE    12 January 2014    BRAZIL   
My experience was the best ever  
JOANA GALLINA BRANDALISE    12 January 2014    BRAZIL   
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My experience in here was the best ever. The students are so excited to learn English and it really made me feel better. I’ll never forget them and I hope I can do this work again. For sure, this experience increase my personal and professional skills. It was amazing!

Thank you for all the good memories.

With all my love,

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Dear all
Thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to vulonteer with FIC. I had a wonderful time teaching and getting to know the students and teachers. I only wish I could have stayed longer.
It has also been a pleasure getting to know the two of you and being a part of your family for a little a while.

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Jeanie Levinski    9 February 2014    United States   
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Jeanie Levinski    9 February 2014    United States   
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Dear all
Thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to vulonteer with FIC. I had a wonderful time teaching and getting to know the students and teachers. I only wish I could have stayed longer.
It has also been a pleasure getting to know the two of you and being a part of your family for a little a while. You made feel so welcome and I can’t thank you enough for taking such good careof me while I was sick. I hope Roni feels better very soon.
What you are doing here with the students and community is truly great. You are such an inspiration! I wanted to contribute to your dream, so that what the money is for. I hope that you can accomplish your goal soon. You have a lot of determination and I have no doubt that you will continue to do great things!
Thanks again, and all the best! Be sure to keep in touch!
Sincerely,

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Staying with Ida, Roni andthe students for almost 2 months was the most rewarding and amazing experience imaginable. Right away, we felt right at home as they began explaining their dreams for the future, their love for their students, their love for English literature (and they proved it by showing us all the books covering their living room,

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Sonia Hrynchyshyn    11 January 2017    Canada   
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Sonia Hrynchyshyn    11 January 2017    Canada   
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Staying with Ida, Roni andthe students for almost 2 months was the most rewarding and amazing experience imaginable. Right away, we felt right at home as they began explaining their dreams for the future, their love for their students, their love for English literature (and they proved it by showing us all the books covering their living room, which they're planning on building a library with)... We were ALWAYS busy while staying with them: going to school visits to motivate children to practice English, being accompanied by the students all around Sidoarjo (to the malls, the night market, for food, ect), going to Malang by train for a weekend, hiking up Mt. Lumajung which was freezing but marvelous - we were even featured on television for a few days! They're better than a tourism company! Honestly, if you are looking for a volunteer position which truly benefits the locals, has genuine and honest hosts, but also provides you with enough time to do some sight seeing... Don't look any further, because FIC-Kampoeng Sinaoe is the best program you will find.

Ida & Roni treat their students as if they were their own children, and we will never forget any of them. They were overwhelmingly kind the entire time and are so intelligent and talented. 150% recommended. Expect to work hard while you are here, but the work is so rewarding!

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If you want an authentic Indonesian teaching experience I can't imagine any where better!

Ida, Roni and the students are the kindest, most generous hosts I could have asked for and it was such a pleasure to stay with them and get to know them both.

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Anna Rosie    11 January 2017    English   
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Anna Rosie    11 January 2017    English   
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If you want an authentic Indonesian teaching experience I can't imagine any where better!

Ida, Roni and the students are the kindest, most generous hosts I could have asked for and it was such a pleasure to stay with them and get to know them both. We share so many values about teaching. The students were all so welcoming and hard working and I enjoyed teaching them in the beautiful bamboo classrooms. They also we so keen to accompany me to lots of beautiful places in the local area such as night markets, rivers, waterfalls and other cities.

I felt so at home and it was like one big family. Ida and Roni love their students so much and have created such a happy and safe place for them to learn. As well as academic success, the students learn social and moral skills that are invaluable.

I will never forget the last month and hope that I can go back one day!

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Kampoeng Sinaoe merupakan wujud kontribusi nyata anak negeri dalam memajukan pendidikan Indonesia. Pendidikan yang bermakna membangun karakter manusia yang cerdas, terampil dan humanis mampu bersaing dalam kancah nasional maupun internasional. Saya selalu yakin bahwa bangsa ini bisa maju melalui pendidikan yang baik. Maju terus KS!"

Syahril Siddik    14 January 2017    Peraih beasiswa NESO, Leiden University,Netherland   
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Kesan saya tentang Kampoeng Sinaoe yang saya kunjungi pada 10 Mei 2014 bisa diringkas dengan dua kata: mengagumkan dan menginspirasi. Saya kagum melihat kegigihan dari Bapak Mohammad Zamroni dan istrinya Ibu Ida mewujudkan idealismenya di area perkampungan tersebut. Semangat idealisme itu membuat mereka mampu melahirkan sebuah kampung pendidikan yang berdenyut-denyut dengan penuh gairah menyebarkan semangat belajar dan mempertajam keunggulan diri di kalangan anak-anak usia SD sampai SMA,

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Prof. Dr. Patrisius istiarto Djiwandono    14 July 2014    DEKAN FAKULTAS SATRA & SENI Universitas Ma Chung Malang   
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Prof. Dr. Patrisius istiarto Djiwandono    14 July 2014    DEKAN FAKULTAS SATRA & SENI Universitas Ma Chung Malang   
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Kesan saya tentang Kampoeng Sinaoe yang saya kunjungi pada 10 Mei 2014 bisa diringkas dengan dua kata: mengagumkan dan menginspirasi. Saya kagum melihat kegigihan dari Bapak Mohammad Zamroni dan istrinya Ibu Ida mewujudkan idealismenya di area perkampungan tersebut. Semangat idealisme itu membuat mereka mampu melahirkan sebuah kampung pendidikan yang berdenyut-denyut dengan penuh gairah menyebarkan semangat belajar dan mempertajam keunggulan diri di kalangan anak-anak usia SD sampai SMA, utamanya mereka dari kalangan menengah ke bawah. Tanpa banyak promosi melalui sarana-sarana canggih media massa, jumlah pembelajar di kampung tersebut makin lama makin bertambah sehingga mencapai jumlah sekitar 500 an murid. Ini suatu bukti nyata bahwa generasi muda Indonesia haus akan pendidikan, dan Kampoeng Sinaoe menjadi sebuah oase yang memuaskan dahaga tersebut.
Saya berkunjung ke tempat itu untuk memberikan ceramah tentang kedaulatan berbahasa. Cukup banyak murid yang mengikuti ceramah itu dengan tekun. Saya terkesan dengan ketekunan dan perhatian yang mereka berikan ke materi ceramah, suatu hal yang harus diperjuangkan jika saya mengajar di kelas-kelas di kota-kota besar. Beberapa di antaranya tanpa ragu mengungkapkan komentar dan pertanyaan kritis. Saya semakin yakin bahwa kampung belajar ini telah menjadi lingkungan yang mengasah kepekaan pikir dan kesantunan budi dari para siswanya. Tidak berlebihan lah nama Kampoeng Sinaoe yang diberikan untuk sebuah gelaran di tempat ini.
Jika ada sedikit saran perbaikan yang bisa saya ungkapkan adalah keberanian yang lebih dari para murid untuk aktif bertanya dan berkomentar. Ini akan membuat partisipasi kelas menjadi merata, tidak diambil oleh beberapa murid yang sama. Selebihnya, seperti sudah saya tulis diatas, kampung ini adalah sumber inspirasi bagi para pendidik, para siswa dan setiap insan yang berhasrat belajar dan menyumbangkan ilmunya untuk kemajuan generasi muda Indonesia.

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“Kampoeng Sinaoe, Sidoarjo, Jawa Timur, telah berkembang secara pesat dari waktu ke waktu, dan telah secara aktif bergerak menjalin sinergi dengan berbagai pihak di dalam dan di luar negeri, di bidang pendidikan, penelitian, pengabdian kepada masyarakat dan pengembangan karakter kebangsaan yang religius. Sebagai salah seorang yang telah mengikuti proses lahir dan berkembangnya Kampoeng Sinaoe,

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Imam Wahyudi Karimullah    25 May 2016    Duta Bahasa Nasional, dan Kepala Bagian Kerja Sama Universitas Islam Malang (UNISMA)   
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Imam Wahyudi Karimullah    25 May 2016    Duta Bahasa Nasional, dan Kepala Bagian Kerja Sama Universitas Islam Malang (UNISMA)   
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“Kampoeng Sinaoe, Sidoarjo, Jawa Timur, telah berkembang secara pesat dari waktu ke waktu, dan telah secara aktif bergerak menjalin sinergi dengan berbagai pihak di dalam dan di luar negeri, di bidang pendidikan, penelitian, pengabdian kepada masyarakat dan pengembangan karakter kebangsaan yang religius. Sebagai salah seorang yang telah mengikuti proses lahir dan berkembangnya Kampoeng Sinaoe, saya mengucapkan selamat kepada Kampoeng Sinaoe Sidoarjo, yang pada tahun ini telah genap berusia satu dasawarsa. Teriring doa dan harapan semoga Kampoeng Sinaoe, selalu menjadi kepercayaan masyarakat Indonesia dan masyarakat dunia dalam mewujudkan insan-insan yang lebih baik, lebih beradab, dan lebih bermartabat. Amin.”

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