Bitti Tree Reforestation
LPTM is concerned about the capacity building of Indonesian people in general, and of those less privileged in particular. Since 1989, LPTM was active in complementing university graduates with English speaking skills by commencing English conversation classes. At the same time LPTM initiated education for poor urban children. Since 1994, LPTM was further engaged to prepare high school graduates, who mostly were unable to enter a higher education, with skills to enter the job market. These skills prepared them to be excavator operators, ship welders, land surveyors, and excavator mechanics. The institute also offered business skills such as Enterpreneurship and Project Management on enquiry basis. The institute’s social engagement was extended in 2003 by conducting reforestation, and most recently tuberculosis (TB) health management.
LPTM calls on anyone enthusiastic in giving contribution and in immersing with local people and local culture, to volunteer in the institution’s activities. These activities are either teaching English or other foreign languages to local people, being involved in the education of poor urban children, sharing knowledge and experience in mechanical workshop, and planting indigenous trees as a part of reforestation. This way they will gain knowledge and skills pertinent to their volunteering activity, improve their leadership, interpersonal, and organizational skills, bond with local people, widen their cultural horizon and understanding, taste delicious local culinary, and explore Makassar and its surroundings. There are many tourism sites surrounding Makassar that they can enjoy during the weekends. LPTM has been receiving 55 volunteers since 2003.