Working in an organisation where employees were from a host of different backgrounds was a valuable experience. Photo from Kopernik (Saraswati Ratnanggana and Mitch Ryan) Following up from an Asia Options article on the NGO, Kopernik, we were fortunate enough to be able to learn about the experience of Mitch Ryan who undertook an internship with Kopernik. Can…

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…

  Article from Saraswati Ratnanggana and Nick Metherall   Work with a not-for-profit in Indonesia – KOPERNIK Interested in an opportunity to volunteer in Indonesia but unsure about where and how? Well, this month Asia Options would like to share information about a new opportunity with Kopernik, a not-for profit organization head quartered in Bali,…

  For most of my life, the entire sum of my knowledge of Indonesia could be neatly summarised by three dot points: Kuta Beach, Bali; Komodo Dragons; and Australia’s closest neighbour I’d travelled to Bali with my family as a young child, but I don’t recall much of the experience other than having my hair braided…

  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…

  I undertook a 3 month internship at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Jakarta in late 2012 during the final semester of my Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) degree at RMIT University. UNIC Jakarta offers internship opportunities for graduates and current tertiary students studying undergraduate and postgraduate courses.  Primarily they are looking for applications…

  “How did someone with a background in neuroscience end up working at a forestry institute in Indonesia?” It’s a question I got asked by almost everyone I met while living in Bogor, Indonesia. Brows furrowed, trying to figure me and my eclectic career path out. The answer starts in the year 2000 when I…

  Rapid economic development in Asia has brought tremendous change to the region but it has also brought significant challenges and gaps in the market, and there is desperate need for entrepreneurial talent. Meanwhile, foreign companies are facing increased pressure from local companies, while traditional jobs for expats are also facing pressure from local talent. Working in…

  Alexandra Owens discovered a passion that resulted in an exciting job with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This video was produced under the Asia Education Foundation’s Asia Skills Video series. The copyright of this video belongs to the Australia Industry Group. Working with DFAT   

In this article Asia Options interviews the interviewers. We bring you the insights of the bright new generation of Australians who have taken risks and made the leap to become a journalist in Indonesia. Our inspiring interview subjects include Meghan Downes (ANU) who interned as a Jakarta Post journalist (JPJ), and Erin Mcmahon (La Trobe University) who interned…

  ‘Networking’ often draws different responses but whether you like it or not, networking can be fundamental to finding your next job, doing business and developing mutual contacts. There is already a wide range of advice on networking techniques on the web but there remains a gap in information on networking options specific to Australians…

Photo courtesy of Julien Mailler Scholarship Description Each year the Asialink Arts Residency Program sends Australian writers, performers, artists and arts managers to live and work throughout Asia. Since its inception in 1991 the program has sent more than 600 people to hosts in 19 countries. The grant of up to $12,000 goes towards travel,…

Photo courtesy of Matt Davies An Indonesia study visa has widely been understood as one of the main obstacles preventing students from studying in Indonesia. Recently one Asia Options community member asked about research permission and other visas for study. CG asked July 1, 2014 I will be undertaking research as part of my PhD. Any tips…