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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...

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Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

In Adelaide city phase, I worked at the Worth Gallery, an art shop and consultancy owned by Amy Sierp for three weeks. This work experience is very new to me because my background study is English Education, but I am really eager to learn many new things.

Every Thursday, Amy had an art class for primary school children next to her house called “The Barn”, and I was given the chance to teach drawing at The Barn. So, we closed the gallery earlier because it took 30 minutes drive to Stirling, to Amy’s house.

We started the Arts class at 3.30 PM in the garden near the house, and the garden was really beautiful. There was a big tree in the middle of the garden with so many kinds of flowers around. We sat on the grass in a circle. There were eight students who attended the class on that day. At first, I demonstrated on how to make a portrait sketch. I drew one of the students, Charlotte, using charcoal. Then I gave the drawing to her. She was really happy. After that, all the students could draw everything they wanted in the garden. They drew flowers, trees, leafs, and even their family. I helped them to draw the objects by giving tips and trick. After they finished their drawings, we walked around the garden. Apparently, the garden was very wide. There was a very big field, and we saw rabbits playing around on it. They also had a hidden cave in between the trees. It was a really great walk in the afternoon. I’ve never found the house which had a really wide and fancy garden like this. This was one of the most interesting experiences I got in my work placement.

On the other day, my host family and I went to shopping center for their Christmas shopping. We bought toys for Isaac and Noel and for their nieces and nephews. It was a very big shopping in the very big shopping center in Tea Tree Plaza. That day was one of my favourite days with my family, because we were all going out together. While normally we could not because Alison and Scott had the different schedules and they had to take care of their children and so many other activities. So then we took a selfie together with a really big smile.

Then I met their parents, Pa and Pat. They are very lovely. They told me a lot about their travel stories to other states of Australia, Canada, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Pat was a policeman, but when he retired they decided to travel the world together. They are really nice couple. They taught me a lot of things about Australians, how to make dried apricots and salad. On the last day before I left my host family, we did Barbeque together with Pa and Pat. I also did a presentation about Bengkulu and Indonesia. Then I let Alison try my traditional costumes. They said they were really happy to have me in their family and I am also really grateful to have them as my family.

Desi Aprianti - Bengkulu


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