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AIYEP and the counterpart system

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Monday, January 30, 2017

Upon learning about the AIYEP experience, the counterpart system first seemed a bit peculiar. Why should fully grown adults have to do everything with a buddy, including sleeping in the same bed? However, after less than a week in Indonesia, I could already see that having a counterpart that you can rely upon, trust and share experiences with is one of the highlights of AIYEP.  Read more...

Sinetron and chill.

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Sunday, January 29, 2017

For the third time in less than a year I have found myself in Indonesia, but unlike other visits, I have noticed the integral role sinetron plays in the everyday life of Indonesians. As integral as the concept of 'Makan lagi', Sinetron is short for 'sinema electronik' and makes up an arguably unhealthy 25% of Indonesia's giant TV industry.   Read more...

A Very AIYEP Christmas

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Thursday, January 05, 2017

Christmas Day for the AIYEP team in the village of Tanah Beru certainly started in a unique way. Instead of Christmas carols, it was the sound of adzan that rang through the early morning air, waking us to enjoy a classic South Sulawesi breakfast of fish and rice, followed by a refreshing splash from the bak mani!  Read more...

Host-Family Life in Tanahberu, South Sulawesi

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Saturday, December 31, 2016

We have been in the small town of Tanahberu, Bulukumba for a week now. After having gone from one hotel to another, it’s been so nice to settle in somewhere. I already feel quite at home here. My host-parents are always willing to help Odah, my counterpart, and me in any way they can. Our host-mum always says, “Eat, eat!” and “Don’t wash the dishes!” if we try to help clean up, and our host-dad says, “Just call me when you want to be picked up.” Every day it is like this. I think Odah and I are very lucky. We feel like we are bothering our host-parents, but they are insistent that while we are here, it is their job. I’m very grateful.  Read more...

Last Week in Fleurieu Peninsula

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Thursday, December 29, 2016

My host family in rural area was so amazing. I lived with Hilary Gilette’s family. The small family with the big love, the simple family with the elegant lifestyle. Their one and only son, aged 28 years old, just worked in Queensland, that is why only three of us at home. During staying and living with them in two and half weeks, even it was a very short period of time, but it made me understand that love growth everywhere. The unconditional love they had given to me, made me felt like I am home. Every contact between us built a strong connection in our self indeed. Every worked day, they took me to my work placement and picked me up after work as well. It usually involved a very fancy dinner every night. They also took me to the great places on the weekend, such as; boat tours, wildlife park visited, watched Christmas Pageant, walked on the beach, doing some shopping and some sports. I was extremely impressed by their dedication to keeping me comfortable.  Read more...

Show and Tell

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Saturday, December 10, 2016

Being A Farrier

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Saturday, December 10, 2016

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