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The Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 201314

A wonderful way to learn is to travel to new places and meet different people. Every year, a group of eighteen young Indonesians travel to Australia as a part of the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program, or AIYEP. During their two month stay, from October, the young Indonesians, aged 21–25, undertake work placements, home stays, cultural performances and visits to local schools and communities.

In December 2013, Kang Guru Indonesia met three of the Indonesian AIYEP participants when they returned to Indonesia, and asked them about their experience in Australia. The three AIYEP participants were Zahara from Banten, Nurul from Aceh, and Novi from Wamena, Papua. The girls told us about how much they had enjoyed their work placement experience at the Australian Museum, ABC and SBS radio stations, and several schools.

When we asked the girls what they liked the most about Australia, Novi said, “Sydney is so clean, and they have garbage bins for recycling,” which is something she’d like to have in her hometown. Nurul happily said, “I love the people of Australia because they are really, really warm, friendly, and helpful.” Zahara, on the other hand, said she really enjoyed the fish and chips!

The AIYEP participants enjoy an evening in Jakarta
before heading to West Sumatra

The Australian AIYEP participants perform a bush dance

When the Indonesian AIYEP participants returned to Jakarta, they were joined by eighteen young Australian AIYEP participants. Everyone spent a couple of days in Jakarta before departing for West Sumatra. Their visit will include taking part in a community development project in the village of Solok and a city stay in Bukit Tinggi. The program will conclude in mid to late February 2014.

Edward, one of the Australian AIYEP participants, said that when the group arrives in Koto Sani, they will speak to community members and find out in what way the AIYEP participants can assist them. They will then “come up with some lasting and sustainable projects.”

AIYEP aims to provide wider opportunities for young people from Indonesia and Australia to appreciate the culture, development and way of life of each other’s countries. The program also helps create groups of young and potentially influential people in both Australia and Indonesia, who have knowledge and personal experience of the two countries and develop close, enduring links with each other.

AIYEP is supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and by DFAT's Australian Aid Program

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Three Indonesian AIYEP participants: Zahara from Banten,
Novi from Papua and Nurul from Aceh

Kang Guru Indonesia visits the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program participants in Solok, West Sumatra

The Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) is an annual program promoting people-to-people links between young Australians and Indonesians. It is funded by the Australia-Indonesia Institute in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and by the Australian aid program. In Indonesia it is managed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport (Kemenpora).

On 10 January, Kang Guru Indonesia visited the small village of Koto Sani in Solok, West Sumatra. It is here that 36 AIYEP participants began the Indonesian leg of their program.

The adventure began in October 2013, when 18 young Indonesian AIYEP participants visited Australia for two months. They lived with Australian families, where they experienced the culture and customs of Australia. They also experienced a work placement program in Sydney and Kiama in New South Wales. The group returned to Indonesia in December with their 18 Australian counterparts and travelled to West Sumatra to spend a month working in Koto Sani, before a week of rest, followed by a month of work placement in Bukit Tinggi.

In Koto Sani, Kang Guru Indonesia spoke with three of the Australian AIYEP participants: Heath, Jess and Marlene. They said that when they arrived in Koto Sani, the 36 participants decided to divide into six groups, each group having a different community development focus. The groups were Arts and Culture, Health, Agriculture, Education, Business, and Sports.


A spirited game of soccer with the junior high school students

Enjoying a game of volleyball on the newly repaired court


Heath’s group worked with school students on sporting activities, teaching them Australian rules football and cricket, and conducting volleyball matches. Each of the seven primary schools they worked with was presented with footballs during the training sessions provided by the group. In addition, they worked on repairing a damaged volleyball court.

Jess and her group worked with the local Pusat Kesehatan Masyrakat (PUSKESMAS), or health clinic. During the four weeks, the group helped to clean and paint the buildings. New beds and cupboards were provided to the clinic as part of the project. The PUSKESMAS staff were also trained in maintaining hygiene in the facilities.

Marlene’s group worked with a local dance school, and helped to provide new instruments to replace the worn ones the school had been using. The group also worked with a women’s drumming group who meet at a local mosque twice a week. This is a valuable social meeting for the women, and Marlene’s group happily joined the drumming sessions and provided new drums.

The projects developed by the AIYEP participants will certainly assist the community in Koto Sani and have the potential to be sustained. AIYEP is a great example of a significant and lasting contribution to the betterment of relations between Australia and Indonesia.

If you would like to know more about AIYEP: http://aiyep.tcn.com.au/

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The 2013/14 AIYEP participants

Education Partnership schools join an Australian Rules football mini tournament

Sport is a great way to connect people. On 12 April 2014, students from two Indonesian schools came together to play Australian Rules football, one of Australia’s national sports, for a day of Friendship through Sports.

The students, from SMPN 3 (Sekolah Menengah Pertama Negeri, or State Junior Secondary School) Cileungsi and SMPN SATAP 1 Kampung Kelor, attend schools built with support from Australia’s Education Partnership with Indonesia, an aid program funded by the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of Indonesia.

In the weeks leading up to the event, the students took part in football training sessions provided by an Australian volunteer, James Moore, a Football Development Officer at Australian Football League (AFL) Indonesia. AFL Indonesia has a long history of training students around the country. The training sessions prepared the students for a mini-tournament held at GOR Soemantri, Central Jakarta. The mini-tournament was called Persahabatan Melalui Olahraga, or Friendship through Sports.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty and Dr. Didik Suhardi, Director of Junior Secondary Education Management, joined around 140 students and 40 teachers to watch the games. Even though Australian Rules football is a new sport for the players, both teams played extremely well and showed great sportsmanship. After the games, the football players from AFL Indonesia’s Bintangs and Garuda teams played a short exhibition match.

Ambassador Moriarty and Dr. Didik then presented the school principals, Mr. Muhammad Taryana from SMPN 3 Cileungsi and Mrs. Mujiyati from SMPN SATAP 1 Kampung Kelor, with certificates, trophies and footballs to take back to their schools.

Through the construction of schools like SMPN 3 Cileungsi and SMPN SATAP 1 Kampung Kelor, more Indonesian students have the opportunity to study past primary school. Without new schools, a quarter of Indonesian children may not study past primary school. To learn more about Australia’s Education Partnership with Indonesia, please visit the Education Partnership’s website at www.kemitraanpendidikan.or.id


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