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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...

Creating connections through sport

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

For the majority of my time on AIYEP I have been focusing on thinking about how sport can play a role in cultivating friendships and relationships between Australian participants in AIYEP and the wider communities we have been involved in. This initial focus stemmed from helping run the football program as part of our community development projects. What I've come to notice is that sport is a very organic medium for people to come together and learn about each other’s cultures.   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...

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