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…

  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…

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.…

  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…

  In 2011 I joined the Darmasiswa Scholarship Program offered by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. After spending a number of years away from Indonesia, forgetting the language and losing part of myself, I decided it was time to reconnect with the country that had captivated my heart as a 17-year-old. From behind…

  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…

  I recently traveled to Indonesia in November 2014, combining study and leisure in the space of a few weeks. The University of Melbourne offers a week-long intensive subject called ‘Social Policy and Development’, taught at Universitas Indonesia’s (UI) Depok campus, situated south of Jakarta. The subject runs every November and is open to Masters…

  Anyone who knows me today would describe me as “Indonesia-crazy” and they have good reason to do so; I travel to Indonesia more often than anywhere else and when I’m not here, I spend most of my time telling everyone that I wish I were. I have also gotten into the bad habit 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…

  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   

  The decline of Indonesian language studies- described as a ‘death spiral’ by The Australian- has been widely covered by news, media and academics throughout Australia. So how serious is this death spiral for Indonesian studies in Australia? Since 2006, Bahasa Indonesia has been designated a nationally-strategic-language in Australia yet enrolments have fallen 40 per cent and…