Working & Living in Oé-Cusse

Working & Living in Oé-Cusse

Oé-Cusse is a place of numerous sacred areas, hidden water pools, forested hikes and an almost endless beach. Rural areas are still alive with traditional methods of weaving and building. Ancient crafts and beliefs are still routinely woven in the physical and spiritual lives of the Oé-Cusse people. Mingled with this is the astounding trust felt between people who live here that, combined with our low crime rate, translates into a relaxed, safe and easy going visitor experience. ZEESM is aware of these gifts and is keen to create the circumstances needed to share them.


As anyone who has visited has noticed Oé-Cusse feels safe and the statistics back this up by showing its low crime rate. Social trust is built on deep family foundations and this protection is routinely extended to visitors. Communal events such as festivals and religious services, both Catholic and traditional, are well attended. International partners have noted that when requested communal efforts in construction projects are equally well supported by communities, with passages of rough rural road repaired in advance when needed.

Sourcing Products

Oé-Cusse sits between several commercial centers and ZEESM is increasing access and links between them. The improved ferry, airport, permit and road system mean transporting goods between Kupang, Dili and Pante Macassar is getting progressively easier.


Many attractions such as the Fonte Segrada, an area known for its waterfalls, the mud eruptions, where geothermal vents out in a lunar landscape, the old Portuguese fortress perched overlooking Pante Macassar and most of the region, and Lifau, where the original capital of Timor-Leste was situation for over 200 years.


Oé-Cusse has a tropical climate, with a long dry season alternating with a short rainy season.

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