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Lessons from AIYEP

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Friday, February 10, 2017

One of the things I like to do is to ask people, ‘What have you learned today?’. As the days go past and AIYEP draws to an end, it has proven apt to ask myself the very same question. Lessons learned from our time in Tana Beru and Makassar have been many - from creating libraries, teaching AFL and navigating local politics, all the way to trapping pigs, and becoming a trainee addiction counsellor (all the while possessing a particularly impressive moustache)!  Read more...

Developing new ideas

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Thursday, February 09, 2017

Community development is a big part of what I do. Melbourne is the base for a lot of my work but Indonesia has twice been a temporary base. The first time I was in Yogyakarta for the UGM KKN program with ACICIS. This time AIYEP has placed me in the scenic Tanah Beru, South Sulawesi. Both times I have learnt lots and experienced more.  Read more...

Physical Education in Indonesia

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Wednesday, February 08, 2017

My work placement at Athirah Islamic School was a highly interesting experience. From the first day, I learnt a lot about Islam and its relationship with education. At the school, I was tasked with helping the students and teachers at the senior high school (or SMA) to improve their English, along with assisting the sports teachers in implementing the school’s sports program. During my time at the school, I conversed with many of the students and staff about life in Australia and my experience as a university student at the University of Queensland.  Read more...

Unity in diversity

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Wednesday, February 08, 2017

AIYEP has undeniably been eye opening to the diversity of Indonesian culture.  From seeing enormous Pinisi boats built by hand in in our neighbourhoods in Tanah Beru, to “hidden camera” news reporting while interning at TV stations in Makassar, to learning to tolerate the pain in our knees in order to perfect Saman dance and being in a constant state of confusion and bemusement.  But for me, personally, the most eye opening aspect of AIYEP has been getting to know the Indonesian counterparts.   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...

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