Ever heard of the National Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA)? Well, I will give a short run down on the program and how you can enter. Hurry though, applications close on the 22nd of July 2016. The National Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) NAILA, an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, is an annual competition that rewards and fosters the development of…

With applications opening up mid-year for the 2016-17 Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP), this articles discusses some of my experiences of last year’s program and how it fosters greater cultural understanding between the two countries and how it also helps local communities in Indonesia through sustainable development projects and internships. About the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) Anyone…

Recently Asia Options caught up with Jake Wundersitz, who was able to combine his passions for surfing and Indonesian whilst studying on exchange in Indonesia. From Lombok to Bali and to Java, Jake has explored a wide range of breaks across Indonesia and has kindly shared some of his favourite spots with us. In my 8 months studying…

Thomas Brown is a student from the University of Adelaide who undertook a community development placement in Indonesia last year. In this article he shares his impressions from a field placement in a rural village in Java. Last year I spent five months on a student exchange in Indonesia. Most of my friends and relatives still don’t…

    Dr. Kathleen Turner is an experienced business executive and leader in the provision of global consultancy with a particular focus on Indonesia. Currently she’s the Queensland chair of the Australia Indonesia Business Council, the National Vice President of the United Nations Association of Australia, an expert panelist providing strategic advice to the Diversity Council of…

In my previous article, I described my experience of participating in the Darmasiswa Scholarship Program. Those short six months flew by and set in motion plans to return to Indonesia as soon as possible. Upon my return to Australia I met with an Indonesian language exchange partner who was here on a Work and Holiday Visa.…

  The Indonesia-Australia relationship is extremely important. However, lately it seems as though each month brings fresh controversies highlighting the troubled nature of the national government-to-government relationship. The 2015 Lowy Institute Poll claims that Australians’ feelings towards Indonesia are the lowest they’ve been in 10 years. To add to the gloom, the low number of…

  CAUSINDY is a fantastic four-day conference that brings together young Australian and Indonesian professionals to collaborate on initiatives that build a stronger bilateral relationship. CAUSINDY is a long-term investment in the Australia-Indonesia relationship that fills a previously unmet gap in the sphere of bilateral youth forums. CAUSINDY’s core point of difference is its capacity…

    The Australia Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) is a youth-led, non-government organisation that, with the support of the Australia-Indonesia Institute, works to connect university students and young professionals from Indonesia and Australia. Currently there are active AIYA chapters in every Australian state and territory as well as Jakarta and there are more chapters in…