Kang GURU Magazine - June 2009
March 2009 KGI magazine - reader comments by SMS (unedited versions)
Guru, I’m eva adita.Thank’s!you want to be my friend,Your maGazine helpeD me in engLish much.In the
march eDitioN,you told us about life down under-life in Australia,It’s fantastic,I knowing Australia by
it.Sure,i’ll go to there,if i’m be.That’s greAts!n d0 you kn0w?y0u have a lot of fans,my cLassmates
have interested with ur magazine,n surely,witH you.0h y,in june eDitioN, d0n’t forget write about the “Batik
Dear KGI, thanks a l0t for the March edition magazine. It was s0 nice to read this edition because it pr0vided
me with information of things’ cost in australia. I loved that part especially about ‘life down under’ section.
I’m sending my best wishes to this magazine.from : Primantara, singaraja-Bali.
Hi, I’m an English teacher from a vocational school in West Seram, Moluccas.I’ve just got my first KGI
magazine from an inspiring old sick man,
Mr Agustinus. It was amazing how he inspires me about what I can do with KGI. As I found KGI magazine’s a
very inspiring magazine,I’ll be glad if u send me one regularly,and it’ll be my pleasure too if I could
join with KGI teacher’s database (Elke, PIRU)
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and you know what? We love your feedback so send us more SMS, letters and emails! Don't worry too much about
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How much do things cost in Indonesia?
Indonesia has many hundreds of islands. Each island imports and exports goods and products from and across the archipelago.
Did you know that Malang, and especially Batu, is famous for apples? You can buy them all over Indonesia, right?
Some people say the best durian comes from Sumatra – what do you think? Small green stones used for decoration
in up market homes and gardens come from a special beach in Flores. So, what is your island/province/town famous
Buyers pay for these items but they also have to pay for the transportation of these items between islands. The
prices go up the further away from the source that they are sold. Also the prices will vary depending on where
you buy the goods. Many people like to use the local, traditional market as they can bargain with the seller for
cheaper prices. Others find it more convenient to use supermarkets where they can buy everything they need under
one roof – even if they have to pay a bit more. Here are some prices for goods and services here in Bali.
How do they compare to where you live?
| Indonesian style kos accommodation per month
|| Rp 300.000 - 700.000
|| a burger -
|| Rp 7,000
| Transport (per week on motorbike/bemo)
|| Rp 25,000
|| lunch at a warung -
|| RP 6,000
| Power/electricity per month
|| Rp 50,000 - 100,000
|| a can of coke/soft drink -
|| Rp 4,500
| telephone (land line/mobile)
|| Rp 50,000 - 100,000
|| a cheap pair of jeans -
|| Rp 80,000
| a local CD (not imported or pirated)
|| Rp 35,000
|| a haircut (male)
|| Rp 6,000 - 10,000
| a loaf of bread
|| Rp 6,000
|| a haircut (female)
|| Rp 30,000
| a kilo of rice
|| Rp 6,000
|| a cinema ticket -
|| Rp 20,000
| a kilo of apples
|| Rp 14,500
|| a litre of petrol -
|| Rp 4,500
| a litre of milk
|| Rp 12,500
| Have a look in the March 2009 KGI magazine and compare these prices to some Australian prices. Divide by approximately
7,500 to get the price in Australian dollars. For example, a kilo of apples is about UD52!
Welcome to all of our loyal KGI readers, and listeners AND web browsers to this,
the June magazine for 2009. I hope this year is going very well for you all. This year is a big year for KGI - it's
our 20th Anniversary. Did you know that? It is a great achievement and thanks to you for your support over the past
Now for this magazine. The theme is sort of the reverse of the March 2009 magazine theme – Life Down Under.
This magazine's theme is Life in Indonesia, and what's great about living here. Do you know that over the past few
months, hundreds of people have written to us telling us why they think Indonesia is a great place to live. Many,
many friends of KGI have told us why they absolutely love living here and why Indonesian life is so good. Besides
reading those thoughts in this magazine, be sure to check the Story Page on the KGI website for more examples of
I have known KGI since I was in SMP. I study at UPS now. I love Indonesia because it is my homeland. Indonesia is
so comfy and peaceful and everyone has a good heart.
Riya Ekowati, Aceh Besar, NAD
Not only did we ask you to write about life in Indonesia but we also asked you to tell us about your thoughts on
Kang Guru Indonesia as we approach our 20th Anniversary edition of this magazine. Rizaldi Sardani from Padang wrote
What I like most about Kang Guru? It is a hard question to answer. Frankly speaking, I like everything about
Kang Guru, but the first thing is I like the way Kang Guru communicates in the texts in the magazines. Kang Guru
makes me feel close to what is described in the magazine. The way Kang Guru tells the news or story makes me feel
I am experiencing the story. Every single word is exciting. Kang Guru also mentions and displays the KGI staff in
the news and articles so it makes me feel emotionally bounded even though I have never meet any of the KGI staff.
The 20th Anniversary edition in September will be what we call a bumper issue. That means it will be bigger and
better than ever before. There will be lots of pictures and reflections on the past 20 years of Kang Guru. More
info on page 17. Perhaps you would like to contribute your thoughts to that edition? Feel free to write something
about KGI through the years, or perhaps send any old KGI photographs that you may have. Be our guest BUT send them
... a special message from Australian Foreign Minister,
Mr. Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has asked me to thank you for the magazines and to commend
you on this initiative which promotes Australia-Indonesia relations.
Personal Assistant to the Minister
Thanks Very Much
I’m a undergraduate student now
at the State University of Malang. I study biology. I’ve been a KGI subscriber since I was in second year
of senior high school. I know about the magazine from my friend and I started to subscribe to the magazine. I
like Idiom Inggris with Sue. From this article I learn much about using idioms correctly. Different Pond,
Different Fish is what I like the most.
Between Australia and Indonesia there are many different cultural things and it’s so funny when Australians
come to Indonesia and find our different cultural things. Being a KGI subscriber gives me many advantages and
I can improve my English. Thanks KGI.
Malang, East Java
You are very welcome and I hope you enjoy this magazine too. Did you know that DPDF is one of KGIs most popular
segments? It is!
KGI in Papua and Aceh
My name is Yusuf Pohan .I’m an English teacher of SMP Negeri 1 Merauke, Papua. I know KGI from a friend
when I followed teachers upgrading recently in Jayapura. He gave me the December edition. I’ll be glad
if you send me KGI magazine regularly. I’d like to tell you that I have sent Rp.150,000 by wesel pos
to order the SMP package both CD and cassettes just now. I think you can check it. I hope I can receive it
I’m waiting for your reply.
Hi KGI. I’m Riya Ekowati. I study in UPS. I knew KGI when I was senior high school. I’m interested
to read it cz I want my English get to be better. I’m interested about life and people in Australia.
Please reply OK!
Jurong Peujera, Aceh Besar
During April 2009, KGI received almost 500 SMS from KGI readers and listeners. Sorry but we cannot answer
them all. I hope you understand that. You can read some of them on the KGI website in June and July - go
to the KGI Story Page and click on KGI SMS.
From KGI Forum
I am a new member of this Forum. I expect this Forum help me improve my English. Now, what are these words
- Sekolah Bertaraf International
- Karya Ilmiah Remaja
- Palang Merah Remaja
Linda, a teacher from Jombang posted this on April 30th on the What's the Meaning channel
Can anyone help Linda? Please go to the KGI Forum and give Linda the answers, okay?
I realize how important the earth is. Global Warming has become a ‘devil’ for us. Disaster always
seem to happen. When I read the Dec. 2008 magazine, I realized how important it is to save our earth. Because
of you KGI, my song about the environment became the 1st winner for acoustic song in an environment day competition
set up by International Power PT IPMOMI MITSUI Co. LTD Paiton Energy, Probolinggo. Through this song I hope
all people realize that the Earth is very important. Let’s save our environment. Don’t wait until
our earth breaks down!
Ingga Yonito Martalino
SMAN 1 Gending,
Probolinggo, East Java
Congratulations on your success. Yes, thank you for the CD you sent. It is great and we will play it on
KGI radio in July. I hope people will not only listen to your song but also do something for the environment.
All KGI staff wish you all the best and keep up your good work!
Check out these symbols in this magazine. They tell you where you can find even more information about the articles
they are attached to.
I won scholarships because of Kang Guru
Happy Birthday Kang Guru but unfortunately I am in Perth now doing my P.hD in Curtin University so I can’t
join your party. I got a scholarship from this university to do research on teacher development programs and
their impact on teachers and their teaching. I won two scholarships - CIPRS from Curtin and Beasiswa Unggulan
from Depdiknas. Kang Guru inspired me to do this research after you sent three KGI staff to visit Pemalang and
meet with our local English teachers. I think all teachers can do what I have done. Teachers must learn and learn.
I will soon write and share my experiences with teachers in Indonesia in order to motivate them to study more
Perth, Western Australia
That's great news Titien and we wish you luck with your studies. And we agree, other Indonesian teachers
can do what you have done. It takes a lot of study and hard work so 'Good Luck' from KGI.
Oh My Lovely Quick Fix
Quick Fix gives me new information about diction and which words are the right ones to use in the sentences.
I have learned English for eight years but I still am not an expert in using the words. I used to choose them
by feeling and which sounded appropriate in the sentences. Kang Guru just gives a little Quick Fix in the magazine
but little by little I am learning more.
Slawi - Tegal, Central Java
Heh Armi, don't forget to check out Quick Fix on the KGI website. There are more words and phrases for you
to see there. I will ask Kevin to update Quick Fix on the web for you.
Do you have a favorite idiom or slang expression? Most of us do, don’t we? KGI asked around the IALF Bali
office for some favourite home-grown idioms or sayings. I asked a variety of people for their favorites. You can
do the same thing in your school or with your friends - it is fun to do. Give it a try!
Alana, Maggie, and Barbara, all ‘true blue’
Aussies came up with these three:
He’s a few kangaroos short in the top paddock. (He’s a bit stupid
- tidak cerdas)
What a daggy outfit! (What unfashionable clothes - bajunya kuno)
I’m chockers after that meal! (I’m really full after that meal - kenyang)
Gayatri, a member of the KGI Consultative Group told us her favourite Indonesian idioms with their English translations.
Here are two of them:
Lepas dari mulut buaya, masuk mulut harimau: released from the crocodile’s
mouth, enter the tiger’s mouth.
In English we would say out of the frying pan into the fire. The meaning is quite
– from one bad situation to one which is even worse.
Kuman di seberang lautan tampak, gajah di pelupuk mata tak tampak: a germ across
the sea can be seen, an elephant in front of the eyelid can’t.
In English we would say it’s easy to spot the mistakes of others, but not your
Chris is from the USA and he chose a saying he dislikes. Why does he dislike it? - Over exposure - he says he’s
fed up of reading and hearing it in the news almost every day. Look at this definition: at
the end of the day: something that you say before you say what you believe to be the most important
fact of a situation.
Here are some examples:
‘Sure our best player was sent off but at the end of the day, Johan, we just
didn’t play well enough to win the game.’
‘At the end of the day, what matters is that you’re safe.’
Indonesia and Australia are different countries with different cultures and languages. To be able to speak a second
language like a native speaker it is important for us to learn something about the culture of that country. It
definitely helps! However blending the two cultures sometimes isn't enough. If we translate what we usually say
in our own language directly into English it may sound
‘funny’ to the native speaker. So be careful when you translate because direct translations are not
always correct, or meaningful. It may sound unnatural and cause confusion, and sometimes laughter.
Look at these examples -
"Kasian deh lu" ---- 'ptty you' (with a smile)
| For native speakers of English this doesn't make sense. Perhaps try 'what a shame', 'poor you' or 'thats
'Seperti yang kita ketahui ....' ... 'As we all know ...'
| In English 'as we all know' is not often used. It can be used when the speaker really does know or is pretty
sure that the people he/she is addressing actually DO know that information they are about to be told.
'Tolong buka (lepas) sepatunya.' ... 'Please open your shoes'
| 'Please take off your shoes.'
'Saya suka warna biru.' ... I like blue colour'
| 'I like blue'.
|Polisi tidur ... sleeping policemen
| 'Speed bumps'.
The same problem exists in Indonesian language. Look at the examples below, they are from students who have studied
| 'I like basketball' ---- 'Saya seperti bola basket'
| 'Saya suka bola basket'.
| 'Please write back' ----'Tolong menulis punggung'.
| 'Tolong dibalas'.
| Good Luck! ---- Selamat beruntung.
| 'Semoga berhasil / Semoga beruntung'.
So be careful, direct translation doesn’t always work. It may be a good idea to consult teachers/friends/
native speakers if you are translating something directly.
We are very proud of our country for several reasons. Firstly the culture and people. Our motto ‘BHINNEKA
- Unity in Diversity - reflects the union of the many different cultures in Indonesia. The range of cultures simply
makes life here more interesting. People can enjoy arts from different parts of Indonesia, varieties of food, local
traditions, religious ceremonies. It is enriching when people travel to different parts of the country. In general,
Indonesian people are so friendly and enjoy life, so visitors often go away with very positive impressions.
Secondly, Indonesia is blessed with a wonderful tropical climate so fruits in particular grow very well. The range
of fruit, and food in general, is quite outstanding. Like so many Indonesians we love to eat at all times of the
day. The availability of such a wide range of delicious food is one of the real highlights of life here in our
Indonesians are overseas and they are asked what they miss most about Indonesia they often say the street vendors!
Street vendors sell a wide variety of things including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, cigarettes and
telephone cards, clothes, kitchen utensils, electronics and even furniture.
Food vendors are very popular as ‘tempat nongkrong’
for people of all ages. The food is cheap and not too formal although we cannot always be sure of the standard
The unique thing about food vendors across Indonesia is they create new names for dishes all the time.
Customers are generally very keen to try out these new items.
es Jerman/es jeruk manis - sweet orange juice
STMJ (susu telur madu jahe) - milk, egg, honey, ginger
INTERNET (Indomie, telur, kornet) - instant noodles
with egg and corned beef
batagor (bakso tahu goreng) - deep fried meatball and tofu
sigobing (nasi goreng kambing) - fried rice with goat meat
ganas (gado-gado nasi) - gado-gado with rice
galon (gado-gado lontong) - gado-gado with rice cake
burnas (bubur panas) - hot porridge
piscok (pisang coklat) - banana and chocolate
the food sold from street vendors near your house? Do they sell any things with unusual names or acronyms such
as these examples above? SMS your entry to 08123870479
Traditional markets - beraneka ragam
to the daily market is part of Indonesian life. People go to the market not only to shop but also to socialise.
Items sold in the traditional markets are cheaper than in the supermarkets. Of course being good at bargaining
is very important. There are many different types of market in Indonesia - pasar burung, pasar pagi, pasar senen
pasar malam etc. More unique ones include pasar senggol, pasar terapung (floating markets) and pasar kaget.
One famous market in Surabaya is called pasar maling (thieves market). This market is where thieves sell their
stolen items. You can find things from kitchen utensils, second hand shoes and bags, to motorbikes. People often
try their luck to find their own stolen items in the market.
unique market is the famous Tomohon Market near Manado. Here you can find unusual animals ready to cook and eat
such as mice, squirrels, bats, snakes and lizards. While Pasar Triwindu in Solo sells antiques. And Pasar Sungai
Barito in Kalimantan sells everthing BUT on the water.
that use the Javanese traditional calendar are quite unusual too, for example pasar wage and pasar kliwon. These
markets only open on very special days. Pasar kaget spring up just about anywhere and then disappear just as
has markets but what are they like? Are there any common characteristics? Can anyone tell us? Email KGI with
your observations and win a KGI Gift Pack.
And a special note from the Kang Guru Champions
us Champions, life in Indonesia is really interesting now because KGI gives us opportunities to get involved in
various educational activities and we play a significant role in those activities. We feel our involvement with
KGI has made us love living in Indonesia even more because we can do something to help others to learn English and
it’s fun. Being a Kang Guru Champion is great voluntary work. It’s a great way for us to be actively
involved in English language activities by visiting schools, English clubs and pesantren for English activities.
We also get to attend and conduct teacher workshops and English training for students, plus attend and organize
English events and competitions. It’s lovely because we can meet and share with many different teachers and
students and work together. KGI has made us agents of change. Thank a lot, KGI.
Take way not give way
When I first arrived in Bali, like many Westerners, I was completely baffled by how the road rules worked. I
was still thinking ‘give way’ like I’d been used to in Australia. When I wanted to cross the
road I waited politely at the kerb, smiling at the motorists, hoping someone would notice me and slow down so
I could cross the road. After spending many long minutes waiting at the side of road and watching how the locals
did it I realized that there was a different system operating. I called it the ‘take way’ system’.
As a pedestrian you have to get your courage up and just step out into the oncoming traffic with your hand assertively
raised to the motorists demanding that they slow down and let you cross.
The same thing if you are driving a car except in this case you use a flapping hand motion to signal
to motorists that you are preparing to ‘take way’
and then you slowly ease yourself into the traffic. In both cases it’s your responsibility to ‘take
not the motorists responsibility to ‘give way’. It’s important not to show any hesitation otherwise
motorists get confused about whether you are moving forward or not and they might try to squeeze in around you.
If you are firm and assertive most motorists can see that you mean business and will stop for you. In the beginning
it was really hard for me to ‘take way’ because it felt like I was throwing myself to certain death
by launching myself into the traffic with only my open hand between that on-coming vehicle and me. This approach
would certainly never work in Australia.
Sonja from Darwin
Jam karet - rubber time
Many people say that jam karet - time rubber/elastic - is part of Indonesian culture. Do you agree? It seems
that jam karet is an accepted part of Indonesian life. Indonesians have become accustomed to the flexibility
of time. For special occasions like weddings and conferences, people do not mind waiting to show respect or
to be polite. They often regard it as a chance to socialise. People do not mind if the event starts late. If
people are late for an appointment they often claim jam karet. There are always a zillion reasons for being
late of course - flat tyres, floods, traffic jams, being tired, travel delays and motorbikes breaking down.
Jam karet is NOT a part of Australian culture!
Warm up that engine
My Aussie student expressed surprise at the length of time that her host family would warm up the engine of their
motorbikes or car. Sometimes they would keep the engine idling for 20 minutes or more. I explained that maybe
they still followed the traditional idea that engines needed to be warmed up a very long time because in the
old days that’s what was needed. Similarly in Indonesia, a lot of people follow the traditional practice
of changing the oil every month regardless how many kilometers the car or bike has done. However, those people
who read the manual for their bike or car understand about modern engines. It seems that Western people may
have a better concept of mechanics, or they read the manuals more often perhaps.
Subagia from IALF Bali
Look around you. How many people own a motorbike in your village? Motorbikes certainly are VERY important in Indonesia.
The number of motorbike users in Indonesia is increasing every year. It is estimated that motorbikes make up 75%
of all vehicles on Indonesian roads. This statistic is very high compared to other ASEAN countries. Honda sold
almost 1.5 million motorbikes in 2002 - the figure would be much higher now, don't you think? The Indonesian government
and local authorities are concerned as the number of motorbikes is now causing more traffic jams and more accidents.
Trucks and cars definitely add to the levels of air pollution and so do motorbikes. So many vehicles giving off
exhaust fumes is not good for our environment.
How can people and the authorities cut down the levels of air pollution from vehicle exhausts, especially
from older vehicles, in your city or town? Is this possible or not? What do you think?
Here's a common
question - why do some people in Indonesia like to wear motorbike helmets even when
they are not on a motorbike?
It is not unusual to see people wearing bike helmets at the beach, inside the malls, while using the ATM machine,
in buildings BUT so often not when riding on their motorbikes!
What is it?
thought to be growing it around 5000 years ago. It needs
a lot of water to grow. In many countries it is the main or staple food. In Asia about
25 million small farms grow it. 5,000 liters of water are needed to produce 1 kg of it.
There are more than 140,000 varieties of it. It is good
for you as it is a good source of thiamin, iron, phosphorus, potassium and folic acid.
Indonesians love it, averaging more than 200 kg per head each year compared to the
average European who eats 5 kg. Hundreds of millions of the poor spend half to three fourths of their incomes on it.
Malaysia is ready to import it from Indonesia if the Indonesian government decides
to export the staple. There are an average of 36,590 grains of it in a kilogram and
1,829,500 grains in a 50 kg bag. And did you know that it was first grown commercially
in Australia in the Murrumbidgee area of New South Wales in 1924.
Every part of the rice plant is used!
The straw (jerami) is used as fuel, as bedding for animals, can be made
into rope, handicrafts, shoes, toys, paper and even bricks.
The grain (bulir) is cooked and eaten every day. It is also made into crackers,
cereals, flour, milk, processed into feed for animals, cosmetics and fermented into wine, beer and vinegar.
The bran (dedak) is boiled for oil to make soap and cosmetics and added
to foods for fibre and nutrition. It is also fed to chickens.
The hulls (kulit gabah) are used as packing material to protect delicate
cargo, packed around ice as insulation and burned in simple stoves.
Ash (abu) from the hulls is sometimes used to clean teeth, and turned into
cellulose products such as rayon and rice fuel.
Everyone eats bubur when they are sick but did you know it is used for other illnesses too? Drinking
the water of boiled rice is often used to treat patient with diarrhea. Cooled boiled rice is mashed into a paste
and applied to swellings and skin blemishes. And did you know RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation – the
best method to recover from most sports injuries. What would we do without RICE?
Twenty Years++ in Indonesia - started in the village and moved to the city
been very fortunate in my life in Indonesia, having been lucky enough to experience life in remote villages first
hand, and life in the megalopolis, Jakarta, which some say is really just like living in a giant cluster of villages.
True in a way; people tend to gravitate to an area, and that is where you belong. Mine is South Jakarta. When you
are in Cempaka Putih for example, you are in Cempaka Putih, and it is about as different from Kemang as it is possible
to be. And in either place you are there without really a sense of being in Jakarta.
I first lived in a pesantren in South Sulawesi – no electricity, running water, twice-weekly markets, seven
kilometers to the nearest daily market. I was the poorest paid volunteer in Indonesia apparently. It taught me a
lot about being in Indonesia, and introduced me to the very unique world of the Islamic Education community, where
I’ve worked for most of my time in Indonesia. By a set of circumstances I’ll never really understand,
I met Molly Bondan, originally a New Zealander, who had married an ‘independence hero’, taken Indonesian
citizenship, and lived here since 1947. She was able to interpret Indonesia for me, and give me unique insights
and an understanding of how Indonesia had developed, and the set of values which I suppose get defined as national
Molly taught me about Jakarta. She said that Jakartans love two things most – political speculation, and eating
in street stalls; and that they are at their happiest when they can do the two things together. True, the very best
conspiracy theories emerge in a warung kopi usually late at night. Jakarta has a wry sense of humour and is very
proud of itself. We who live here follow the development of every scandal, pothole, every new construction, and
greet them all with pride and sometimes rage.
Robert Kingham - LAPIS
Indonesia recently had the chance to speak with Australian Ambassador, Mr. Bill Farmer and his wife Elaine about
some of their experiences in Indonesia over the past three and a half years. What has impressed them most strongly
as they have traveled the length and breadth of the country?
They both agree about the diversity that they have seen in Indonesia recalling the opportunities they have had to
visit communities in places as distinct as Banda Aceh and Nias, Yogyakarta, Balikpapan, Komodo and Kupang. “The
richness of different cultures, plus the binding presence of Bahasa Indonesia and a common Indonesian identity
have been striking as we have travelled around”, the Ambassador said. Mrs Farmer commented on the many signs
of religious observance and diversity she has seen throughout the archipelago.
As for highlights, the Ambassador told KGI that heading Australia’s largest Embassy, working with Indonesian
Government, business and community leaders, have all been high points in his career. “It has been a privilege, “he
said, “to work with Australians and Indonesians in areas of mutual interest
– education, health, development, tourism, security, many others”. There has been real satisfaction
at the success of the Kemitraan Australia-Indonesia through programs such as building 2000 schools around Indonesia,
improving the health of mothers and babies in poor communities in Eastern Indonesia, and in working with Indonesia
as it responded to the global financial crisis.
Mrs Farmer expressed her admiration for the many gifted Indonesians she has met, in fields as diverse as batik design,
cooking and handicrafts. Mrs Farmer drew particular attention to their highly talented housekeeper, Ibu Sumi, at
their official residence in Jakarta. Sumi’s expertise in many areas, and not just in the kitchen, has been
commented upon by many visiting officials to the residence.
Discovering Jakarta (and fitness) in the early morning on bicycles
Virtually every morning for three years, Louise Hand and her Indonesian friend/fitness trainer rode their bicycles
around the streets of Jakarta. Setting off at 5.30am each morning, they discovered Jakarta as they combined
exercise and adventure. Here’s a part of Louise’s report for KGI.
Kang Guru, a great friend while I worked as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta,
has asked me to describe for you one of the things I most enjoyed about my life in Indonesia. At 5.30 am, just
before the sun comes up, Jakarta has a charm all of its own – you can forget the megacity - it comes alive
as a series of small, humming, interconnected early morning communities. As I did almost everyday, if you have
the chance to head off into the streets of Jakarta (or perhaps a city just like it) you will find a very friendly
world. You will see squirrels climbing back to bed via the power lines, dads walking wide-awake babies, children
getting ready for school and the noodle-stands setting up for business.
In Jakarta you can cycle past Monas with a nod to the great and glamorous mahogany trees, acknowledge the
elegant spotted deer in the park, get up some speed on the road to Glodok and travel toward the harbour. You
can ride down the full length of the dockyard to see the sun rise over the sea, and take a long look at those
huge, spectacular, wooden ships. I loved their fading maritime blue and turquoise paint. The sailors’ washing
is hung out to dry over carved railings and stairs. Once docked, down the plank comes all the cement, all the
logs, anything you ever imagined carried on the shoulders of the day-workers. Back on the bike and on through
the fish markets is just another part of my cycling adventures.
We often stopped under a shady and generous tamarind tree where a man squatted on a mound of coconuts. This
is his shop. He may or may not put his cigarette down while he chooses you a coconut, but watch the cold-blooded
moment when he beheads the coconuts with his machete. One deadly swipe and you’ll have your drink, with
a day-glo pink straw. At that moment – exhausted, hot, resting on chucked husks, with my Indonesian biking
friend and a coconut drink in hand - I always felt completely happy.
On my desk in Canberra now I have a small photo of that very moment – the bikes stacked against a
rickety fence, the mound of coconuts, and we are drinking from our bright straws.
NB The language in this article is quite challenging!
Australia and Indonesia have been development partners for many years, with a strong and active relationship
going back to the 1950s. AusAID, the Australian Government's overseas aid program in Indonesia, will provide
an estimated A$462 million (IDR 3.6 trillion) in Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Indonesia in 2007-08.
But it isn't just the development activities that makes the Australia Indonesia Partnership strong. It is
also the people to people contacts that develop as a result of the associated activities, and as Kang Guru
"Good Neighbours (do) Make Good Friends."
Barefoot Engineers in Papua
More than 100 Indonesian technical facilitators, who recently graduated from a basic infrastructure course funded
by Australia, will be sent to rural villages to help build basic infrastructure such as roads, bridges and wells
in Papua and West Papua. The six-month course is part of the Australian Government’s $2.7 million contribution
to the special Papua province component of the Indonesian Government’s National Program for People’s
Empowerment (PNPM – RESPEK). Known as ‘Barefoot-Engineers’, the participants were selected high
school graduates who were taught technical skills in community development and construction. The training program
responds to the lack of qualified engineers in Papua and West Papua, and increases the number of skilled technical
facilitators available for deployment to rural villages.
A local university, Universitas Cenderawasih, helped prepare training modules and assisted in recruitment. About
30 per cent of the new technical facilitator graduates are women. Australia will also provide a gender specialist
to improve gender sensitivity among facilitators and assess women’s participation in the program’s
activities. By improving roads, bridges and wells these communities will be able to better access basic services
and improve their livelihoods.
Difabled in Yogyakarta with the Central Java Community Assistance Program (YCAP)
*difabled - new terminology for people having different abilities to others
In November 2006, the Australian Ambassador, Mr. Bill Farmer, visited some of YCAP's activities in Yogyakarta.
He saw communities working together with YCAP. They were busy planning their community responses to the devastating
earthquake which had happened a few months earlier. KGI was there too - check KGI website link below for more
information and photographs.
YCAP has continued working hard with other affected communities. In late April 2009, KGI visited two activities
in Pundong, 45 minutes south of Yogyakarta. This area was badly affected by the earthquake. YCAP staff, Rachma
Safitri and Damayanti Sari Rohmaningtyas took Kevin to a new project's socialization meeting. Community members
were planning and discussing a new assistance program for difabled members of their community. The interest
shown by the community, and especially the women, was quite surprising for organizers. Local NGO, Dria Manunggal,
have been asked by YCAP to set up this program for the difabled victims (and their families) of the Yogyakarta
Paramastu Titis Anggita is Project Manager for this program - Increasing Difable Family Income Inclusively. The
program will focus on people’s livelihoods and their economic development in Bantul district. The project
will train and strengthen businesses in the local sub sector such as food processing - producing local food
such as tempe and crackers, and retailers - selling basic daily needs items, and livestock - fowl and fishery
KGI visited the home of Ibu Atun, a very happy mother of new one week old baby. It was an amazing experience
to see how YCAP, through local NGO Pusat Rehabilitasi YAKKUM, is helping Atun and her family to get on with
their lives. Atun is difabled and uses a specially designed wheel-chair. It was provided by YCAP and PR YAKKUM through
program Livelihood Program for People with Disability, Victims of Java Earthquake program. Assisted by her
husband, she has started a home based business of raising catfish in a pool in the family yard. The family just
had their first harvest of catfish. The business has begun!
Check out all of these AusAID activities (and more) on KGI's website - www.kangguru.org/ausaidprojects/
Smallholder Agribusiness Development Initiative (SADI)
Being a farmer is not easy – not just in Indonesia but all over the world. To be successful they must overcome
many elements which they can’t control such as the weather, pests, natural disasters and market prices. However
help is on its way! Groups of cattle farmers in Lombok and South Sulawesi are getting assistance from an ACIAR (Australian
Centre for International Agricultural Research) - SADI (The Smallholder Agribusiness Development Initiative) research
team. Cattle-farming is one of the best ways smallholder farmers can increase their income as cattle are more profitable
KGI visited two farmers groups in Lombok recently accompanied by Rini Indrayanti from SADI, Makassar, Pak Giri,
Mr. Dahlanuddin, from the University of Mataram and project team members from Dinas Peternakan Kabupaten and
Propinsi and BPTP. Working in collaboration with other agencies SADI has developed programs to support the farmers.
One of the main problems farmers face is quantity, quality and continuity of good food for the cattle. SADI
has introduced new types of fodder - rumput untuk ternak - which farmers can grow easily and feed to their cattle.
Farmers can now sell fatter animals more often - typically one to two extra animals per year, therefore increasing
The ACIAR–SADI research team has also introduced simple management practices to enhance stock survival and
productivity. Groups of farmers are now keeping their cattle in collective kandangs (barns) which they have built
themselves with assistance from SADI and the local Dinas Peternakan Kabupaten. By using these simple feeding and
management technologies, smallholder farmers can more quickly become owners and producers of a valuable product
in high demand, and in a growing market. It was a fascinating day for Kang Guru and we learned a lot.
March 13th, BRIDGE participants attended the official launch of BRIDGE at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre in Melbourne.
The Indonesian participants were thrilled to be able to sit down and chat with the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia,
Mr Primo Alui Joelianto. The Ambassador spoke to KGI at the dinner and had this to say about BRIDGE.
"My name is Primo Alui Joelianto. I’m Ambassador of Indonesia to Australia. I’ve been three
weeks in Australia and I was invited by the BRIDGE Project to attend. And I see this project is fantastic as this
is one of the reflection of the spirit of solidarity between Australia and Indonesia. And also one of the follow
up action of the conference that we held some days ago in Sydney. So this is actually what we we meant as a comprehensive
partnership. So the friendship is not only between the government but also even more importantly is between people
of Indonesia and Australia. And we see that this is the first step, a very important step that BRIDGE has taken
in strengthening the relation, the people- to-people links between Indonesia and Australia.
of the success of BRIDGE depends on the sister-schools, and the Australian/Indonesian participant pairs, setting
up internet-based wikispaces, project-based learning and people-to- people communications. Wikispaces will connect
them across the oceans - a BRIDGE in fact! The computer training days were intense with participants setting
up their wikispaces not just for themselves, but for their students too, during 2009 and onwards!
What is the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE? It is an Australia-Indonesia project for Building Relationships through
Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement managed by the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) in Melbourne. Use
the SEARCH function on KGI's website to find out more.www.kanguru.org (SEARCH)
While in Melbourne, Indonesian participants traveled to Pascoe Vale South Primary School, about 20 minutes from
the Asia Centre. Participants were given tours of the school led by young students who described their school
in great detail. These students were so helpful and kind. They answered questions and had a lot of fun with
the BRIDGE participants. BRIDGE participants spent several hours talking with their guides before meeting with
teachers over morning tea.
Era Surya Adnyani (SMAN 4 Denpasar) talking to Duncan about his school and school-work at Pascoe Vale South
Australian Development Scholarships
Australian Development Scholarships, a AUD$40 million (Rp 300 trillion) program offers Indonesians the opportunity
to study at Masters or Doctorate levels at an Australian University. Fields of study include those important
to economic, social and community development in Indonesia. Australia provides 300 postgraduate scholarships
every year for Indonesians to not only obtain postgraduate qualifications but also experience the Australian
way of life and share Indonesian culture heritage with Australia. Applications for the 2010 intake open on 15
June 2009. Further information can be found at www.australianscholarships.gov.au
Muslim Exchange Program 2009
Samsul Ma’arif Mujiharto is from Yogyakarta. He has a Master Degree from Center for Religious and Cross
Cultural Studies (CRCS) from Gadjah Mada University and is currently as lecturer at Faculty of Philosophy of
UGM. He is a participant in the 2009 Muslim Exchange program from the Australia Indonesia Institute (AII). On
May 1st, KGI asked Samsul what he wanted to find out about Muslim life in Australia. Samsul actually left for
Australia the very next day. He returned on May 17th and KGI caught up with him. Did he find the answer to his
question? Check the KGI website to see what he found out in Australia.
How does the Australian government manage the very wide diversity of religions, cultures
and languages in Australia?
Australian Consortium of In Country
Indonesian Studies (ACICIS)
On Friday April 17th, Kevin traveled to Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta to meet Ms Elena Williams, Yogyakarta
Program Officer for ACICIS. Every Friday morning local Indonesian students are invited to enjoy a conversation
session event with UGM ACICIS students. The discussions with students from Purharjo on 17/4 were terrific and
as expected there were lots of questions about Australia, schools there and the Aussie lifestyle. Benita, one
of the ACICIS students, brought along some Vegemite for the visitors to taste – it was a mixed reaction
to say the least! Vegemite is very popular in Australia but somehow judging by student reactions, Kevin is pretty
sure it will never become a household treat in Indonesia.
ACICIS is involved with many programs
in Indonesia including the Journalism Professional Practicum or JPP (see KGI March 2009 magazine), an immersion
semester (language and cultural subjects) and Islamic Studies Immersion semester option both based in Yogyakarta,
and a field research immersion semester based at in Malang. Be sure to check out the ACICIS website - learn more
about this marvelous people to people Australia-Indonesia activity. You will be surprised at the amazing range
of interesting information on their website -
Good Neighbours Make Good Friends
Good Neighbours Make Good Friends has been KGI’s logo for twenty years. This assistance does not
only happen between governments and provinces and states BUT also between people. Through extensive people-to-people
activities, a lot is happening everyday between people in Australia and in Indonesia. Thousands of visitors come
to Indonesia every year and it is understandable that many of them want to give back - balas budi. By helping young
people, orphanages, local NGOs and hospitals the visitors are able to give back.
A good example is a Perth businesswoman, while celebrating 20 years in business, wanted to do something for the
people of her second home. She asked a group of friends in Perth to travel to Bali as part of her birthday celebrations
and, rather than give her a gift, donate money for wheelchairs for the disabled in Bali. She raised enough money
for ten wheelchairs and in fact, much of the work to make the wheelchairs was also voluntary. More wheelchairs
are on their way soon.
Local authorities provided invaluable assistance in ensuring the wheelchairs passed through customs and into
Indonesia safely. Many Australians are donating clothing including a group of volunteer workers at 'Caring Heart'
where ladies sew clothes for many needy children overseas, including Hope Children’s Home in Dalung.
The children from Hope Children’s Home have been involved in a successful Pen Pal Program exchanging cultural
experiences with a school in Geelong, Victoria. This type of exchange activity culturally enriches, not only
the children here, but those in Australia as well. There are over 100 sponsors from Australia currently sponsoring
school fees for students at Hope. There are even two Australians sponsoring a young women who is now studying
medicine at Udayana University.
Children, no matter who they are or where they are from, are entitled to a good education. This is a basic human
right. It is a fact that many children across the world, and across Indonesia, are being denied this basic right.
Whether the children are poor, female, disabled, suffer from Downs Syndrome or HIV AIDS, or students in combatant
areas for example, basic education IS their right and therefore that education must be provided. KGI is pretty
sure that everyone agrees with this, right?
Over recent years, KGI has introduced readers of this magazine to quite a few disabled, sometimes referred to as
difabled people. In 2001 we met Chandra Gallih from Bandung. He started The Space Club in Bandung in 2001 and it
was one of the first Kang Guru Connection Clubs. In the December 2005 KGI magazine Chandra talked about being an
hemophiliac (orang yang mengalami masalah dengan pembekuan darah) in Indonesia. September 2007 featured the importance
of accessible environments for the disabled with Australian Volunteer International, Paulien Long and YAKKUM in
Bali. In the December 2007 magazine KGI talked about craniofacial surgery for Indonesian children afflicted with
cleft palates and facial deformities. In June 2008 it was news about disabled athletes (weightlifting and tennis).
SMPN 5 Gerung in Lombok (see right), Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Bob McMullan, told the local
community that Australia is committed to making basic education accessible to all students, including the disabled.
This process has already started. All schools being built through AIBEP will be built in a manner that enables access
for people with physical disabilities. This policy is fully supported by the Indonesian government.
At the very
same time that Mr McMullan was opening SMPN 5 Gerung, Ibu Mia from HWPCI (Himpunan Wanita Penyandang Cacat Indonesia)
or the Indonesian Women with Disabilities of South Sulawesi based in Makassar and her team, was presenting a 2 day
workshop on Inclusive Education at the Grand Hotel Legi in nearby Mataram. With support from PGMI - Pendidikan Guru
Madrasah Ibtidayah/Teacher Education for MI Teachers - a LAPIS sub-activity based at IAIN Sunan Ampel in Surabaya,
HWPCI also presented their Inclusive Education Road Show in Malang, Surabaya, Makassar and Ponorogo. These two-day
workshops for local education authorities and teachers were conducted to inform participants of the necessity for
inclusive education. The physically disabled and those students with HIV AIDS were highlighted for special attention.
Workshop participants discussed how to develop ideas on approaches to inclusive education and how to make communities
aware that inclusive education is possible, and it is necessary!
from the Australia Indonesia Institute (AII), Ibu Mia and Ibu Hetty from HWPCI went to Australia in March 2009 to
see how inclusive education works in Queensland. They were accompanied by Dr. Izul Zulaiha who is the National Module
Development Specialist at LAPIS and has helped prepare modules covering reproductive health, HIV AIDS, gender and
reforestation. LAPIS is very keen to assist schools and teachers in Islamic schools to cater for disabled students
in their madrasah classrooms. With support from MAPENDA South Sulawesi, this process has already begun in SulSel.
MAPENDA is keen to hear what further recommendations HWPCI has for them. Renovating schools to accept wheelchairs
is one of the first things to do. Five madrasah are already working towards the goal of having inclusive education
as a part of their institution.
KGI spoke with Ibu Mia at the HWPCI Inclusive Education Roadshow in Mataram. Mia said some very interesting things
- she feels very fortunate to be a disabled person helping other disabled people to get a proper education and
full opportunities like every one else
- HWPCI began as a national organization over 10 years ago in 1997
- many parents keep their disabled children at home
- once disabled people hear about the opportunities that ARE available, they usually become very brave and join
organizations such as HWPCI
- inclusive education is happening in Indonesia
- in SULSEL 5 madrasah are beginning to work with HWPCI and one will be a model for other schools in Indonesia
- children with disabilities are reluctant to enter regular schools because of the lack of training of the teachers
to look after them
- there are 25 teachers in SulSel training right now to become specialist teachers of the disabled (using specially
designed LAPIS training modules)
|Melanie Simpson was successful in her application to the Australian Youth Ambassador for
Development (AYAD) program to volunteer with HWPCI as an Inclusive Development Programs officer based in Makassar.
Read more about Melanie and her work on the KGI website in July 2009.
In March the JOEYS went to Australia, this time the JOEYS traveled to Sumatra. They visited six different provinces
in Sumatra. At the end of their trip they got a special surprise from Kang Guru. You can find the surprise somewhere
on the map. Can you help the JOEYS to find the surprise? Follow the instructions and find the surprise for the JOEYS!
You will need a map to help you.
Look at this example : N1 : Go north 1 square W3: Go west 3 squares E5: Go east 5 squares. S2: Go south 2 squares
START AT K4
N1 W10 Stop! Where are you now? B _____ _____ (1). There is a famous National Park near here. What is it called?
G_____ L______ National Park (2). What is the name of the famous orangutan sanctuary (kawasan pelestarian orang
utan) located inside the national park? B_________ L_________(3)
S6 E7 Stop! Where are you now? M_____ I_______(4). What water sport is popular here? ________(5).
E2 N1 Stop! Where are you? P_______(6).
N2 E1 Stop! Where are you? P_______(7).
E1 S2 Can you see something erupting close by? What’s the name of it?
S2 Can you see another National Park. What is it called? K______S______ National Park (9). What can you see in
the National Park? (see map) ______(10), ________(11), _______(12).
E3 N6 Stop! So, where are you? T_______ P_______(13).
E3 S3 Who can you see?________(14). Who did she meet there?_________(15).
S2 W2 Where are you? P________(16). What food is quite famous from this area? ______(17).
What is the name of the big river nearby? M______(18).
S3 What is the name of the closest National Park? B_______ B______ National Park(19).
E2 Stop! Do you know where you are right now? B_________ L________ (20).
Congratulations! You’ve found the JOEYS surprise from KGI! What is it? __________ (21)
What is the name of this location? W____ K_______ National Park (22).
The JOEYS can’t take the surprise home with them. It's too big! So they have to enjoy the surprise there.
What is actually the KGI surprise for the JOEYS then? Can you guess?
Here is a terrific postcard from the JOEYS.
Now imagine that you are a member of the JOEYS. Please write a postcard about your trip to one of the places
If you are an SMP student then please send your answers by letter/email to the JOEYS at Kang
Guru before July 31st.
The JOEYS’ email address : email@example.com
CamTESOL, Phnom Penh
a workshop at the CamTESOL conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in February 2009. The theme of the conference was ‘The
Globalisation of ELT: Emerging Directions.’ Over 1,300 people attended and over 50% of the participants were
Cambodian teachers, many from the rural areas of Cambodia.
The opening plenary speaker, Professor Jun Liu, from the Department of English, University of Arizona talked of
the challenges, difficulties, advantages and disadvantages of using NNEST (non-native English speaker teachers)
and how NNEST and NEST (native English speaker teachers) can mutually benefit from working together. I think this
is very relevant to Indonesia. During the conference I talked to some of the Cambodian teachers and it seems they
have similar problems as teachers in rural areas of Indonesia – lack of materials, old school buildings and
little chance for extra training. About 25 people, mostly Cambodians, attended my teacher workshop on using newspapers
and magazine articles and photographs in the classroom, including some articles from Kang Guru magazines and Joey’s
Kang Guru and ELTIS working together to assist MGMP in East Java
| In April, Sue from Kang Guru conducted three workshops in three days in three towns in East Java - Bondowoso,
Situbondo and Probolinggo. Imam Mulyadi, a Master Trainer for ELTIS had worked with the ELTIS district coordinators,
to establish a MGMP for Madrasah Tsanawijayah teachers in these areas. About 75 of the participants were teachers
at MTs and the remaining teachers from SMP, SMA and SMK schools nearby. Drs. H. Amin Said Husni the Bupati of
Bondowoso opened the first workshop which was held at Aula Yayasan Al Taqwa. In Situbondo the workshop was held
at MTs Nurul Huda, also the home of Pak Imron Zarkasyi, the ELTIS district coordinator. In Probolinggo Pak Siradj,
the head of the Religious Affairs office formally opened the workshop. Well done to the committees at each location
who worked very hard to make each one special and meaningful for the participants.
Caption - English Language Training for Islamic Schools
KGI often has SMS
Competitions for students BUT this time we have a Special SMS Competition for Engish language teachers ONLY!
Teachers should send their SMS to KGI as soon as possible and answer the question below. Five winners will
receive a full KGI Teacher Gift Pack including SMP and SMA teaching materials, a t-shirt and lots of other
goodies to use to motivate students.
What is the best activity you have done in your classroom that has taught your students about the Indonesia
Storytelling Competitions - so popular and such a GOOD way to study and enjoy English!
Story telling competitions are popular in many areas and Dinna Wahyuningsih from Madiun asked KG for some tips
to help her students become good storytellers. Here is some advice:
- Choose a short, simple story that you like.
- If you are choosing a story from a book, read it aloud before deciding whether to adapt it for telling.
- Practice in front of a mirror (or ask someone to film you) and pay attention to the way you stand and the gestures
- Record yourself and listen carefully to your voice for clear speech, correct stress and intonation.
- Try telling the story to friends. Ask them for feedback.
- Time the story and see which parts need to be told faster and where you need to slow down. Which parts should
be louder and which parts quieter.
- Interact with your audience – look them in the eye.
Try this website for more complete ideas: www.aaronshep.com/storytelling/Tips.html
A Special KGI Announcement for teachers:
Both SMP and SMA packages are currently being revised. These new packages will be ready and available in July
for SMP and later in the year for the SMA package. Please contact KGI after June (for SMP) and after September
(for SM) to order your new packages.
As soon as each new magazine is printed KGI receives many letters and emails, and even SMS from teachers asking "Where
are our KGI magazines!" or "Where is the LRCS?" It's nice to feel wanted but we ask you to please
be patient. We send out more than 30,000 magazines each edition. Each one has to be labeled individually. They
can't all be done in one day! The postman is a daily visitor to the KGI office and he is especially busy at magazine
Anton S. from SMAN 1 Salaman, Magelang wrote and said it would be better if we published the magazine very month!
That's a great suggestion, but just not possible!
Entertainment - so much on offer
Ah, a bule in Lombok
I moved to Indonesia seventeen years ago. I spent the first seven years in Jakarta and was just another expatriate
in a busy city. No one gave me a second glance. Then I moved to Bali – the tourist center of Indonesia.
Even though I only live 30 minutes away from the capital Denpasar and the main tourist area, Kuta I am still
surprised at the reaction from some of the residents of the village where I live - especially the older ones.
They still call me ‘tamu’
– even though I have lived there for ten years! They think I am mad traveling to Denpasar every day – they
might only go there once a year. Some of the younger children cry or run away when they see me. I wonder what
stories have they been told?
Recently I visited a SADI cattle fattening project in a small village in the hills outside Praya, Lombok. As
we were talking to the farmers a group of children began to watch from behind the fence. The older ones were
quite brave and tried to speak some English. However the smaller ones were very wary – one small boy in
particular. His older sister told me it was the first time he had seen a ‘bule’
and someone with white skin. They never go to the tourist areas in Lombok and no foreigners have ever visited
their village. I am sure this must be true for many areas of Indonesia. What did you think the first time you
saw a ‘bule’?
Sue from KGI
Living in a 'kos' in Jogja
Well, here I am again in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and it’s absolutely wonderful! To answer the question most
of you seemed to be asking - yes, I have found a place to live, and no, it’s not exactly what you’d
call ‘good’! But it’s quite luxurious by Indonesian standards. Although I had read all the
pre-departure info we were given, I don’t think I was quite prepared for the standard of accommodation
available. I am staying in a ‘kos’ (boarding house) in a rather luxurious suburb called Pogung Baru,
about 30 mins walk from Uni. Before I came here I had a list of criteria for my kos room - it had to have a western
toilet, own bathroom, air con, fridge inside room, desk, plenty of cupboard space…
ha! What a joke! As I cruised around kos-hunting they sort of went
down the drain and in the end I got none of those things (except my own bathroom)! But I do admit it’s
not that bad, once you get used to it. I have a bed with a mattress that is too big for the frame, a very small
cupboard, and a desk. That’s it. My bathroom is similarly sparse, with a non-Western toilet (am still trying
to work it out) and a tap (Yes, that’s it!!!!). No sink, just a drain in the ground, and no shower head!
It’s okay, though, because I do have a makeshift
‘bak’ (bath) - a plastic container filled with water, and a small plastic bucket to throw (cold)
water over myself. It’s quite refreshing after the first throw!
Zahra Matthews,19, University of Sydney
For more stories go to the ACICIS website
and click Student Perspectives
More new words - always interesting, don't you think!
People seem to enjoy creating new words from old ones. The creation of new words is often done by joining two other
words together. However for westerners who are learning Bahasa Indonesia, it is often quite difficult to follow
regular conversations because of these newly created words. People who use standard Indonesian often sound unnatural
and too formal, and for young people this is often thought of as not cool. You may know these some of these words
below but for others you probably won't find the English translation in any dictionary.
curhat (curahan hati) : to share feelings/thoughts with somebody
camer (calon mertua) : future in laws
gaptek (gagap teknologi) : techno-phobe
jaim (jaga imej) : safeguard someone's social image
kuper (kurang pergaulan) : not well-socialised
lemot (lemah otak): slow brain/slow thought
narsis : someone who loves her/himself more than anything
suntuk : feeling bored and not in a good mood
bengong : do nothing / give a blank look
gacoan : love interest
heboh : boisterous
tebar pesona : spreading charm
bete : in a bad mood
tajir : rich
cuci mata (picture right)
The Grand Winner of the 2009 KGI Writing Competition is Dwi Wahyu Hari Basuki from SMP Bustanul Makmur in Genteng,
Banyuwangi. The second winner is Aini from Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. The third winner is Rizki Kurniawan
from Purbalingga in Central Java. All of these winners will visit Bali in July 2009 as guests of KGI, together
with Helmi Watimury from Sorong, a winner from 2008 who was unable to visit Bali last year. These winning entries,
plus others, can be seen on the KGI website - Story Pages.
September's KGI 20th Anniversary Magazine
special magazine will be bigger and better than any before it AND a pure celebration of 20 years in Indonesia.
That's 20 years of telling people all about the Australia-Indonesia relationship, the wide variety of development
activities from AusAID, and the myriad of people to people links that are so very strong these days. It will
also celebrate KGI assisting people to learn and enjoy English.
Kang Guru Podcasts on the internet
KGI has finally
included podcasts onto the Kang Guru website. You can now hear, and download sound from the site. Check out March
and June 2009 magazine pages for podcasts in both English and Bahasa Indoneisa. You can listen to selected articles
from these magazines AND in both languages. There's a lot more to come as well and special thanks to Indira from
IALF Bali's Computer Services Dept. for her assistance with this technology - check what we have done already
- your feedback appreciated.
KGI's latest email-exchange program
Life in Indonesia and Life in Australia
Over the past two years KGI has helped set up several
e–learning exchange programs involving schools in Indonesia and Australia. In February/March 2009, Kang
Guru facilitated a further email exchange program to build upon those e–learning exchange programs from
2008. This 2009 email exchange program involved 14 Indonesian schools and 12 Australian schools (see right).
And what did they do? That's right, they exchanged information about life in Indonesia and Australia.
This KGI/Joeys e-exchange program received a lot of positive feed back from both teachers and students.
Kesempatan untuk saling berkiriman email dengan sekolah Indonesia sangat penting. Siswa-siswi di kelas saya di
Australia didorong berbahasa Indonesia karena ada alasan yang berarti dan “authentic” untuk berkomunikasi.
Tambah lagi, pasti jauh lebih memuaskan belajar tentang bahasa dan kebudayaan Indonesia dari remaja Indonesia.
Diharapkan bahwa lewat “exchange ini” pandangan siswa-siswi akan diperluas dan hubungan persahabatan
antara pemuda Australia dengan pemuda Indonesia (serta kaum guru) dapat terwujud. Semoga pada masa depan hubungan
antara kedua bangsa kita akan lebih erat juga.
(Jo Fenton, Guru Bahasa Indonesia, Macarthur Anglican School, NSW)
0812380XXXX Is there mosques in Australia?
KGI receives a lot of SMSs and email about religion in Australia. People ask if there are mosques, and are
jilbabs banned, in Australia? Is Christianity the only religion in Australia? In the September magazine,
KGI will tell you about religion in Australia. We will answer your questions. Send them NOW to SMS 08123870479.
(Photo left) Australian participants in the 2009 Muslim Exchange Program in Jakarta - May 18th.
KGCCs keep going strong .......
A letter from Benigno Narahawarin, STA’R
– 92 English Club in Saumlaki
We would like to inform you about our STA’R ENGLISH CLUB in Arui Das village. We are still in contact
with KGI although the Kang Guru Connection has closed down. We still conduct our regular activities. First we
have changed our name to STA’R 92. It’s a Science and English Club and for 95% of the activities
we use Kang Guru magazines. We also have appointed new leaders for the new club. We are also going to conduct
an English Workshop in June and the good news is that we got a new laptop and a printer from the Bupati after
our club was featured in the December 2008 magazine. We would like to say thank you for
visiting us and for the nice report about us in the magazine. We hope to see you soon in Arui Das again!
KGI Note: Sustainability! That's fantastic and all the best from KGI in Bali. Well done!
| 1. SMPN 1 Cimahi, West Java
2. SMPN 2 Gunung Talang, Sumatra
3. SMP YPK Bintan, East Kalimantan
4. SMPK Immanuel, Pontianak, West Kalimantan
5. SMP Al Taqwah, Bondowoso, East Java
6. SMPN 1 Gresik, East Java
7. SMPN 5 Cilacap, Central Java
8. SMP Al Hikmah, East Java
9. SMP Bustanul Makmur, Banyuwangi, East Java
10. SMPN 2 Kalibaru, East Java
11. SMP Sandhy Putra, Bandung, West Java
12. MTsN Tambak Beras, East Java
13. SMP Muhammadyah 5, Surabaya, East Java
14. SMPN 3, Denpasar, Bali
|1. Wilson Primary School, WA
2. Macarthur Anglican School, NSW
3. Leschenault Catholic Primary School, WA
4. Heathcote High School, NSW
5. Woollooware High School, NSW
6. Carey Baptist College, Perth, WA
7. St. Joseph Catholic Primary School, WA
8. Macksville High School, NSW
9. Monte Sant. Angelo Mercy College, Sydney
10. Bellingen High School, NSW
11. Mt. Tarcoola Primary School Geraldton, WA
12. South Grafton High School, NSW
Building for the Future
Indonesia and Australia are working together for better schools, roads and so much more ....
Do you sometimes think that you are very, very busy? KGI staff always think like that because we always seem to
be busy going somewhere, meeting students or preparing materials and radio programs amongst other things. In early
May this year KGI met with a very busy man from Australia. Check out what he did in Indonesia in just five days.
Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, visited Indonesia from 2-7 May,
2009. Indonesia is Australia’s largest development assistance partner. “Australia is committed to working
in partnership with Indonesia to meet its Millennium Development Goals and to create a better
life for the poorest people in Indonesia,” Mr McMullan said.
Mr McMullan was very busy during his five days in Indonesia. He attended the 42nd Asia
Development Bank Annual Meeting in Bali and jointly launched a new Investment Case by the Maternal, Newborn and
Child Health Network for Asia with Asia Development Bank Vice President, Dr Ursula Schaefer-Preuss. Mr. McMullan
traveled to Lombok where he inaugurated a junior secondary school (SMPN 5 Gerung) that was constructed under the
Australia Indonesia Basic Education Program (AIBEP). Mr. McMullan also discussed provincial development and impacts
of the global financial crisis when he met with the Governors of West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, and vice-Governors
of Papua and Papua Barat together with the Secretary General of the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs. He officially
opened the NTB office of ANTARA –
an AusAID activity across eastern Indonesia. In Bali, Mr. McMullan launched a road improvement project (EINRIP)
that will support economic and social development and reduce road accidents.
The Future is bright for new schools across Indonesia with AIBEP
On Tuesday, May 5th, Principal Rahmat Pujiono at SMPN 5 Gerung (middle photograph) welcomed Australia’s
Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan to his new school. The local school
community in Gerung, about 20 km from Mataram, has been involved from the very beginning in the planning and
construction of their new school. Local tradesmen even made the furniture for the classrooms - fantastic! The
students, just like their parents, are very proud of their new school, and so are the members of the surrounding
community. This high-level of community involvement is a very important part of the work of the Australia Indonesia
Basic Education Project (AIBEP). By the end of 2009, AIBEP will have assisted school communities to build 2000
schools across Indonesia since 2006.
Special congratulations to SMPN 5 student Husnan Azhari (middle photograph) for his wonderful speech, in English,
at the Opening Ceremony. Mr McMullan told KGI that he was very impressed by Husnan’s speech. In his speech,
Husnan talked about how the school was now the gateway to a brighter future for all the students there - a window
to the world.
For more information and photographs check the KGI website -