Our Teachers & Staff
Our Teachers are professionals who have been trained for months before they start teaching, certified at Ministry of Education seminars and have many years of experience teaching Bahasa Indonesia to new language learners with Indonesia’s top Indonesian language schools.
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Our very first and Senior Teacher Noviana Kusumawardhani was a Bahasa Indonesia Teacher at one of the first Indonesian Language Schools in the country. She has highly-developed teaching skills and experiences for teaching students one-on-one, or in groups, from beginners to advanced students.
She has taught Bahasa Indonesia to Ambassadors, Military Officers, Executives, NGO Volunteers, Managers, artists and people from all walks of life. She has two sons, Banyu Bening and Langit Jingga, and her husband Erwin, and has been living in Ubud the past several years.
Novi has a degree in Mass Communication, and was previously Creative Director of a Major Advertising Agency, a University Lecturer, Senior Copywriter and TV Producer. She’s also the author of an award-winning novel in Indonesian language.
Although she has broad experience, her specialty is teaching the Beginner and Intermediate Groups, as well as Private classes.
Our Senior Teacher Arie Triono is a Communication specialist with a degree in Advertising & Communications from the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, where he lived most of his life until he moved to Ubud.
He’s worked with many top international and national advertising agencies in Jakarta, and has designed several memorable catchphrases for Carrefour, Djarum, Mobile-8 Telecommunications, Perfetti van Melle and get involved in commercial campaign for Unilever, Hutchison CP Telecommunications, Danone, Johnson Home Hygiene Products, Johnson & Johnson Indonesia, BAT-Bentoel Group, Coca-Cola Company, L’Oreal and Maybelline.
Arie is also a talented DJ who had the crowd dancing at the 2011 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival closing night event, and at many other major events in town.
Arie specializes in teaching the Small-Group Beginner Indonesian Language Course.
Our Senior Teacher Tony Surya taught Indonesian language at the Indonesian Exchange Language Center in Perth for four years, and has been teaching in Ubud for the past 8 years.
As a musician, songwriter and poet for the past 25 years, Tony loves language and the arts. Fluent in English, he is also a translator and interpreter.
Tony specializes in teaching Families, as well as in teaching through conversation and music, and strengthening Indonesian grammar in Intermediate and Advanced level students.
Our Senior Teacher Daniel Prasatyo is Cinta Bahasa’s Academic Advisor. Originally from Yogyakarta, Java, finds his passion in teaching Bahasa Indonesia, language and writing.
He started teaching Indonesian Language to foreigners in 2007, working his way up from beginner’s to advanced levels, and then becoming the Academic Director of one of the top Indonesian Language Schools in Yogyakarta.
He trained many, many teachers to become expert Language Instructors, as well as constructing the syllabus for the courses at his school.
He has also been involved as interpreter and translator in several international events with major organizations. In his spare time, he writes fiction and travel articles, runs a free online creative writing class, and facilitates creative writing workshops nationwide.
Our Teacher Made Handijaya Dewantara, who goes by the name of Handi earned his Bachelor degree at the Bali Tourism Institute. He is currently studying at Udayana University for his Master’s Degree in Tourism. He is formerly an Indonesian Language Ambassador with the Indonesian Language Department of the Ministry of Education.
He is also active at the international level, assisted the Rome MUN (Model United Nations) 2012 as director of General Assembly 3 (social, cultural, and humanitarian council) in Rome, Italy. His biggest MUN participation was when he participated as delegate at Global MUN 2011 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. He grabbed his first award in MUN when he awarded as The Best International Delegate in Kriya MUN 2011, Coimbatore, India represented his own country, Indonesia. Besides, he also invited as chairperson in Yeosu Expo Model UN Conference in South Korea and Model UN Russian Far East in Vladivostok Russia.
He is still the top member of Indonesian Future Leaders and Indo-Debaters. He also has been awarded in scientific writing and essay writing competitions.
As a Balinese, he is really concerned about the importance of foreigners living in Bali to be able to speak Bahasa Indonesia.
Our Teacher Trias Susanti earned her degree in Indonesian Literature at Udayana University in Bali. Trias has a big passion for the Indonesian language and culture and loves teaching Indonesian language to foreigners.
Being an Indonesian language teacher is one of her dedications in achieving her goals to follow her mother’s footsteps, who is an Indonesian language teacher as well. Her hobbies are writing fiction and poetries and she is very active in writing on her online private blog.
She coordinates Cinta Bahasa’s branches in Sanur and Canggu, and creating a comfortable, encouraging, interactive and fun atmosphere is her preferred approach in teaching.
Our Teacher Made Sumadiyasa , also known as Yasa, earned his degree in Indonesian Language in 2006 from Ganesha University in Singaraja. For the past few years, he taught Bahasa Indonesia at the Gandhi Memorial International School to students from Grades 6-12, both the International Baccalaureate (IB) as well as the IGCSE International Standards.
He started teaching in a hospitality vocational school for several years, as well as working with a shipping Cruise Line for a few years before returning home to continue his passion for teaching by joining Cinta Bahasa.
Our Teacher Winda Mahayanti graduated with a degree in Education from IKIP PGRI in Bali. Born into a family of educators, both her parents are Primary School teachers, and teaching has been her hobby since she was in school. Winda teaches the Small-Group Beginner Course, Private Beginner Courses and also the Conversation Class.
Our Teacher Anna Sutanto has a very strong background in social research and has been working with communities across Indonesia for the past 6 years. She actively took part to develop program in the field of post disaster and trauma healing, public health, and environment. She was the Campaign Coordinator of Plastic-Free Bali in 2010-2012.
She has been traveling around Indonesia to do the research for IREWOC (International Research on Working Children), John Hopkins University-Center for Communication Program, and JRKY (Jaringan Relawan Kemanusiaan Yogyakarta), Center for Health Policy and Social Studies, and many more. In the fields, she has taught many people about Indonesian language and culture understanding.
Anna never realized that she enjoys teaching until she got involved with a humanitarian organization after the Yogyakarta earthquake in 2006. Prior to joining Cinta Bahasa, she worked with various NGOs and researchers to know more about the social aspects of Indonesia.
Sidhi Vhisatya was born and raised in Magelang, Java. He graduated from the Communication Studies Department at the University of Atma Jaya in Yogyakarta. Before deciding to join Cinta Bahasa, he worked in marketing communications and as a radio announcer.
Guru Sidhi loves reading contemporary Indonesian literature, and writes stories which he shares through his blog. He is now following is mother’s and older sister’s footsteps in becoming a teacher.
Ni Luh Putu Wulan Dewi Saraswati, who we call Guru Wulan, is originally from Bali. She graduated from Ganesha Education University, with a major in Indonesian Language and Literature. She was involved in several theatre and literature clubs at University, and likes to write poems and short stories, which have been published in mass media and anthologies.
She is currently studying for her Master’s degree in Linguistics at Udayana University. Her motto is, “Experience is the best teacher.”
Vetta Tovanneu, graduated with a Diploma of Communications from Bogor Agricultural University . She worked as a accounting staff in the largest accounting firm in Jakarta before decided to move to Ubud, her new home . Vetta loves to write poetry and short stories since junior high school. Her love for Indonesian Language guides her to join with Cinta Bahasa as a teacher.
Ida Bagus Yuana Waharika, or just ‘Gusde’ was born in Singaraja, the city in the north of Bali but originally comes from Karangasem and currently live in Denpasar. As he has lived in several parts of Bali, he knows a lot about Balinese Culture. Raised in a family of teachers where his father is a lecturer and mother is a teacher, he was also highly motivated to become a teacher.
He started teaching English at the time when he finished his Bachelor’s Degree in English Education at Mahasaraswati University in 2013 and earned his Master Degree from Ganesha Education University on 2015. Before he started to teach Indonesian Language at Cinta Bahasa, he was a lecturer at Mahasaraswati University in Language and Culture.
Oktaviana Kale was involved in education and literacy projects for underprivileged youth in the slum areas of Jakarta, during which she started exploring her passion for teaching.
She has also worked as an intern at Forbes Magazine Indonesia, and also contributed articles to several media publications while studying at university.
She’s very popular with our younger students. Her broad smile, singing and guitar playing in class helps kids to enjoy learning Indonesian language quickly. She teaches the Small-Group Beginner Course for adults as well, where she is also very popular with her students.
Our Marketing Manager Felix Krisnugraha was born and raised in Yogyakarta, Java. He graduated with degree in English Letters from Sanata Dharma University in Jogja.
Before deciding to join Cinta Bahasa, he worked in a radio as an announcer and Program Director and also as a TV presenter in Jogja.
Felix loves to write fiction on his personal blog and enjoys music very much.
Naeni is Cinta Bahasa’s Finance Manager and Advisor, handling the school’s finances and using her many years of experience as a financial controller with major companies in Jakarta to help chart and maintain Cinta Bahasa’s growth.
She’s originally from Jakarta, but like many who have fled this large and complex city, enjoys the slower pace of life in Ubud.
She loves to spend time with her children and make glass crafts in her spare time.
Our Student Relations Officer Dimaz Fawzi graduated from the Faculty of Economics of Brawijaya University and fell in love with Indonesian language and literature. He spends more time writing poetry and flash fiction on his personal blog rather than analyzing capital markets. His love for Indonesian language makes him want to be a writer.
Mangku Putu is our Balinese Hindu Religious Advisor.
He leads all of the important ceremonies at our school, and our groups to Tirta Empul and Sebatu Water Temples for the Melukat Cleansing Ceremony. Occasionally he is joined by his wife and daughter.
Mangku was chosen by his local traditional community to become a practicing holy man, and he dedicates his life and his soul to the task of helping all of us to live a better life. He speaks Balinese, Indonesian and English, and can explain the philosophy and practice of Balinese Hinduism.
*Please note that Mangku provides Hindu religious ceremony services for a voluntary contribution, and is not a tour guide.
Further, Cinta Bahasa does not receive any financial compensation whatsoever for his services.
Yolanda Chandra has many years of experience in graphic design houses and advertising companies in Jakarta as senior graphic designer and art director.
She’s our Graphic Designer, responsible for producing all of our materials, and also one of the founders and creative directors of Suddenly Clothing line, as well as a full time mom of her daughter Berlin “Rory” Laureline.