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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
Pak Made maintains the school building facilities and the green environment. An avid gardener, he loves spending his free time tending to all the plants around the school.
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.
Tri Julianti (TJ)
TJ is originally from Palembang, the capital of South Sumatera. She earned a degree in education from Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta in Yogyakarta, Java.
She has been teaching Indonesian language for foreigners with various backgrounds since 2005. She loves and always find teaching interesting because she can also learn many things from her students. Her students are also her teachers.
I Kadek Dony Suantika (Dony)
Dony started teaching Indonesian to foreigners while working toward his Bachelor’s in English Language and Literature at Universitas Udayana. His experiences as a student peer, interpreter, and Indonesian instructor for international students at Udayana enabled him to further explore his lifelong passion for second language learning. Before he started to teach Indonesian Language at Cinta Bahasa, he was an Indonesian instructor at a university-level study abroad program as well as an English lecturer in hospitality vocational college. Though he mainly spends his time teaching in the classroom, he is also such an outdoorsy person. He enjoys travelling, hiking, mount climbing, and engaging with different people and culture.
Dewa Ayu Budi Suari (Ace)
Earned her degree in English Education, Ganesha University in Bali. She started teaching English while she was still a university student, being a home tutor for school kids and also worked as a part time instructor in a professional language course. Born and raised in Ubud, Ace used to engage with newcomers and foreigners. Before joining cinta bahasa, she was the part of partnership team for an International Festival in Ubud, and had been volunteered in International events for years. But her love in teaching bring her back to be a teacher.
Often mistaken as a tourist, Viona is undoubtedly a true local.
Originally from Jakarta, she spent most of her 20’s creating a world of her own by writing commercials. As an experienced copywriter, she has worked in top-notch ad agencies, handled a number of various local and international clients, and was once blamed as the one who causes people to hum jingles of the products they won’t buy.
She finds joy in using words as powerful communication tools as well as a form of art. Now in Ubud, she teaches the language she always loves to help people communicate effectively and make the best out of each of their lessons. Her bubbly personality accompanied by her lovely singing tunes turn the class into a place that serves as more than just a training ground but also a place to share, connect, play, and have fun at the same time. Legend has it that there’s never a dull moment with Viona.
Putu Bagus Mahardika (Dika)
Before teaching at Cinta Bahasa, Dika was an Indonesian language teacher at Huntingtower School in Melbourne, Australia. He graduated with a degree in English Language Education at Ganesha Universityin Bali. While teaching at Cinta Bahasa, he has also taken an invitation from the Ministry of Education and Culture to teach Indonesian language at the Indonesian Cultural Center in the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo for two months. Dika also enjoys traditional Indonesian and Balinese arts, and plays gamelan and practices Balinese dance in his spare time.
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.
Yoshida “Ochie” Chandra and Stephen DeMeulenaere are the husband-wife co-founders of Cinta Bahasa.
Ochie is Cinta Bahasa’s School Director, overseeing the operations of the school together with our whole team. Ochie has a degree in English Literature and and has held a variety of positions at agencies and universities.
Stephen is Cinta Bahasa’s School Advisor, assisting with the development of a variety of language-learning programs and partnerships. He earned his Indonesian language fluency while working as a rural development field worker some 20 years ago, and in the United Nations.