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“When my dad and mom handed away, I adopted their want for me to maintain our household house in Sudaji Village.

At the moment, the village was already referred to as a tourism vacation spot because of its cultural traditions and surroundings and, in 2014 I began to grasp my dream to develop homestays, the place vacationers stick with native households, in my village.

I used to be absolutely assured that I may succeed, primarily based on my tourism and lodge background. I noticed the operations of homestays and learnt the right way to remodel my home into one.

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A bungalow at Esa di Kubu Homestay in Sudaji Village, Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia.

It was successful; my homestay, Esa di Kubu, was chosen by the Bali Tourism Workplace to characterize Sudaju Village in a nationwide tourism award, and was awarded second prize. 

Afterwards, the Bali Tourism Workplace really helpful that I participate within the Worldwide Labour Organisation’s Sustaining Aggressive and Accountable Enterprises (SCORE) hospitality teaching programme.

The programme helped us to make sure that our amenities and gear reached accepted ASEAN (Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations) regional requirements. We learnt about skilled bedding, toiletries, meals presentation, visitor providers and so forth. Each month, the coach would coach us, and consider our progress. 

The coaching additionally taught us the significance of digitalization and digital advertising, and I started selling my homestay on-line. In consequence, gross sales and customer numbers elevated, and I acquired excessive scores on on-line tourism platforms.


Dekha Dewandana makes a bed at Esa di Kubu Homestay in Sudaji Village, Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia.

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Dekha Dewandana makes a mattress at Esa di Kubu Homestay in Sudaji Village, Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia.

‘We had been all panicked and frightened’

Then, on the finish of 2019, COVID-19 hit. From January 2020, overseas friends started cancelling, and by March, when the Indonesian authorities declared a pandemic within the nation, we had solely 5 friends left, all of whom had discovered themselves trapped in Bali. 

Firstly of the pandemic, we acquired well being protocol coaching from the ILO: we had been taught the right way to defend ourselves by observing measures corresponding to sustaining bodily distance, utilizing masks, and washing our fingers. We maintained the protocols with the trapped friends, who continued to remain whereas discovering methods to be repatriated.

As a result of world and nationwide lockdown and mobility restrictions we had no friends and no earnings. We had been all panicked and frightened. I used my financial savings to purchase every day wants, significantly meals: I purchased as a lot rice and on the spot noodles as attainable, as a result of the shops and markets had been closed down.

I used to be contacted by my former abroad friends, asking about my situation and providing some assist, which I felt grateful for. Their help helped my household to outlive till the top of the 2020.

The primary seven months of 2021 had been probably the most troublesome. We had been planting greens to outlive, however my fellow villagers and I barely ate throughout that interval, and I started to lose hope.


Dekha Dewandana and his wife greet their guests with traditional turmeric drink at Esa di Kubu Homestay in Sudaji Village, Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia.

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Dekha Dewandana and his spouse greet their friends with conventional turmeric drink at Esa di Kubu Homestay in Sudaji Village, Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia.

‘My homestay has develop into alive once more’

Ultimately, circumstances improved, restrictions had been lifted, and we acquired help from the federal government. I by no means forgot about my homestay dream throughout this era, throughout which I repainted and glued up the home.

Overseas guests started to return, and in January 2022 I acquired a gaggle of vacationers from Denmark and Switzerland.

I’m glad that my homestay has develop into alive once more.

In addition to operating my enterprise, I’m one of many founders of Sudaji Homestay, a gaggle for homestay house owners who’ve accomplished the ILO hospitality teaching programme.

Not all of the homestay house owners can converse English or have an understanding about advertising and digital advertising, and the group is there to share information, and assist members to take care of requirements for his or her homestays.

I share my abilities and information in order that we will proceed to take care of our status as considered one of Indonesia’s main tourism village, in order that my fellow villagers don’t have to seek out jobs elsewhere.”


Dekha Dewandana arrange words with flowers at Esa di Kubu Homestay in Sudaji Village, Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia.

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Dekha Dewandana organize phrases with flowers at Esa di Kubu Homestay in Sudaji Village, Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia.

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