The road south out of Dili climbs steadily, winding back and forth with spectacular switchbacks on a paved but narrow road, one of the few that crosses Timor-Leste, ultimately reaching the country’s south coast. I am told Timor-Leste is about the size of Connecticut – a state I have traversed many times in just a […]
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I was sitting in the still, hot, and humid air on the porch of a Franciscan nunnery in Natarbora, a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Dili. In the quiet night, the only noise I could hear was the thump of a bass guitar coming through large speakers. I asked Godwin Kamtukule, an engineer from Malawi who is […]
Just weeks into my new assignment in Timor-Leste, I was thrilled to be traveling with a group of colleagues to the country’s remote exclave of Oecusse. Located geographically within the borders of Indonesia, the district is separated from the rest of Timor-Leste not only spatially, but culturally and linguistically as well.
As we headed out for a health-focused field trip in Timor-Leste’s central highlands, we were treated to almost all the geographical delights of the country. Along the coast road, the dry season winds were whipping up the sea into the biggest waves I’d seen since I arrived in Timor-Leste. As we turned inland, the brown […]
You can’t go too fast on the narrow and winding road to Manatutu, about two and a half hours east of Dili. It is a magnificent road, at times taking you up the side of a hill, at times right by the beach. The views all along the way are astounding: the clear, azure waters […]
Development Half a World Away: Field Visit Day Two and Departure By Frank Young, USAID’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia It was the second day of our field trip to visit USAID projects in rural Timor-Leste. That morning, we headed down the mountain to participate in a harvest ceremony of high-value horticulture crops being […]
Development Half a World Away: Arrival and Field Visit Day One Submitted by Frank Young, USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia I touched down at the one-building international airport in Dili, Timor-Leste, on July 24 and was met by Mission Director Mark White. As we dashed to his car, he told me that he […]