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Jakarta Post

Farmers learn English to welcome more foreign tourists

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 22 2013   /  11:07 am

Farmers in the hamlets of Liang Ndara and Nunang in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), are struggling to learn English to be able to greet foreign tourists, as their hamlets have been designated as ecotourism villages in the province.

The English course is provided by non-profit bird conservation organization Burung Indonesia-Mbeliling Program (BI-MP) as part of an ecotourism counseling program.

BI-MP also intends to empower members of the two communities so they have a competitive edge.

The West Manggarai regency administration has named Liang Ndara village a tourism village, but human resources remain inadequate in terms of providing services to visitors, especially foreign tourists who cannot speak Indonesian.

In Liang Ndara, members of the Serindit Mbeliling Trekking Association seemed enthusiastic to join the English course provided by BI-MP fac...