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 and…

  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…

Introduction to ACICIS In this article Nicholas Metherall & Harry Roache-Wilson give you the lowdown on the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).  Within the realm of Australia–Indonesia relations, ACICIS has become a key authoritative institution. Indeed, ACICIS has pioneered the building of people-to-people links between Australia and Indonesia since its establishment in 1994. Through building…

  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 mixing…

  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 with…

“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 began…

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 as…

  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…

The following is a piece I wrote home with during my first month back in Indonesia. Although this was written back in 2010, it is still relevant today. I had just moved to Jogjakarta, Indonesia, to commence a position at English First as an English Teacher. I had 6 days to settle in before I…

  Language learning has been a fascinating and rewarding experience for me. There is an amazing sense of achievement when you first become able to communicate in a language that you didn’t develop as a child. As any language learner may know, there are ups and downs along the way. There are just as many…

The Australia Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) is an independent youth-led organisation with a vision to connect young Indonesians and Australians to each other and Australia-Indonesia related opportunities. AIYA has active chapters in every Australian state and territory and maintains a strong presence in Jakarta, West Java, Yogyakarta, and Eastern Indonesia. The growing and widespread AIYA…

The Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) runs every year in December and January, giving 21-25-year-olds the chance to immerse in Indonesian culture. After 31 years of the program running something must be going right! Here’s my encounter for December/January 2013/ 2014. The concept of the program is quite simple, 18 Australians join 18 Indonesians (who…

The University of Nusa Cendana (UNDANA)’s BIPA program is a hidden gem for those hoping to gain, not only, Indonesian language proficiency, but also, the opportunity to study and gain work experience within an international development context.  The course itself is tailored towards non-native speakers of Bahasa Indonesia. Through the study program students gain the ability to…

The Darmasiswa Program is a moderately competitive sponsorship program which is provided by the Indonesia Government for incoming students from all over the world. From our experience, while the funding of the Darmasiswa Program itself is modest (around $110 a month), depending on your location, this can serve as a useful motivator and supplement to your…