Kang GURU Magazine - March 2006
Welcome Letter from Project Manager
Hi Kang Guru-ites and welcome to KGRE and to 2006. Along with all the rest of the KGRE crew - Ogi, Tjok, Rachel,
Darmika and Alwi - I hope that your New Year is already a great one for you. We wish you all the best for 2006 and
hope you have as many plans (and dreams) as we do.
What's on for KGRE in 2006? It was just a few years ago when KGRE had only two magazines each year. Now we have
4 magazines a year - in March, June, September and December. Newly designed 'Reading and Listening Class Sets'
will be made available every time there is a new magazine too. The latest KGRE Teacher Package for SMP is now ready
and by the end of July, the next teacher package, for SMA level teachers, will be available. A selection of FREE
compilation CD and cassette packages will also be made available this year including Different Pond Different Fish,
KGRE Interviews, Best of Radio - Series 49 and 50, Idioms Inggris and Oz-Indo Connections. Now that is a lot of
stuff from KGRE, IALF and AusAID, isn't it?
All of us here at KGRE hope you like this magazine. The theme is Youth and Youth Issues. KGRE has interviews with
young people from places such as Noosa, Darwin, Perth and coastal New South Wales. On the Indonesian side we have
interviews with young people from Pontianak, Jakarta and Kendari.
In the December 2005 KGRE magazine, readers were invited to send in information about their favorite leisure time
activities. Many people did just that! Thank you to all of you. Here are just some of their letters and we have
chosen letters to match the general youth theme of this magazine.
Remember Dion and Naya from the August KGRE magazine? They are now on their first diplomatic postings. Naya
is in Paris. Dion has gone to Bangkok and both are working in the Indonesian Embassy. Isn't that exciting?
In fact, when KGRE spoke to the AIYEP participants in Kendari (see page 11) several of them said that they
are very interested
in a career in the diplomatic service too. Good luck and we wish them, plus Dion and Naya, all the best for
Passionate About Photography
I have many hobbies. I join social organisations, travel a lot, surf the internet and correspond with people.
But my favourite hobby is photography. I like to take many pictures of nature and animals. Sometimes I go
to the mountains and beaches. I like travelling and that influences me and it helps me be more creative in
Of course there are always stories behind the photos too.
By Keyko in Semarang
My Absolute Favourite Leisure Activity!
I have travelled
since I was a child. I used to live in Cirebon and my grandmother was in Bandung, so my family often visited
her once a week or at weekends. Then on holidays we sometimes went to Jakarta to visit some relatives or relaxed
on the beach of Parangtritis, or walked along Malioboro Street in Jogja or even as far as Bali. I'm so interested
in travelling, not only because I can learn about culture, but also because I have the chance to make new
friends and go shopping for souvenirs.
From Kurniati Evalinde Saptarina in Bandung
Listening To The Radio
I listen to radio stations all over the world like Radio Singapore International, Voice of Germany and many
others. I always write letters to the radio stations and the programs. Through these letters I have made
friends in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Pakistan and Iran. We exchange information, stamps and books.
From Yunizar in Belakang Padang in Batam
Foundation provides opportunities for students who are currently in the 3rd year of High School to apply for
Sampoerna Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships. Forty 4-year full-scholarships are available to study in
Economics and Applied Science majors at UI, UNPAD, UNAIR, UGM, ITB and ITS. In addition, Sampoerna Foundation
also provides scholarships for students who would like to become student teachers to study at UPI and UNNES.
The application period will start in July 2006. For more detailed information, please visit the Sampoerna
website or call them.
Phone: 021 - 577 2340
My Music Passion
My favourite hobby is playing music, especially the guitar. I chose music for my hobby because music is part
of art and art is something that's beautiful and peaceful. Besides, music is universal. My family supports
my hobby. They think I have talent in music so they ask me to practice seriously. But my academic study is
still number one. For me, music is a way out when we have a problem - it keeps sadness away. My friends and
I have formed a band and we practice in a studio twice a week. We also entered a music competition and we
won a trophy and a certificate. Now we often play in festivals and we can even make money. That money helps
me with my study. Sometimes I can't believe I can earn money from my hobby!
By Adi Darmawan in Banyuwangi
We are now living in the modern age and everything has become instant. From instant noodles to instant messages.
From conventional commerce to e-commerce. We can
do everything in just a second. The mobile phone is not new. But everywhere we go we can see young people
gripping this thing. You can see their fingers playing with it and you can hear this gadget ringing with
beautiful songs called ringtones.
Email from Mamix Asrory
KGRE Note: Thanks for your email Mamix. Mobile phones are a big part of youth culture these days. However
we are saving the rest of your great email for our June 2006 magazine. The theme for that magazine will be
Science and Technology and gadgets. And Mamix, be sure to enter our KGRE 2006 Writing Competition - it is
all about gadgets!
Children Urged To Get Active
Remember in the last magazine
KGRE gave some information about obesity in Australia. Obesity (kegemukan) is a real issue for young Australians.
In February 2006, the Australian Government began a series of television commercials promoting physical activity,
especially in children. The advertisements encourage children to be physically active for at least an hour a
day. The basic theme of the promotion 'Get Off the Couch and Do Something Physical' (bangunlah
dari sofa dan lakukan kegiatan fisik). The $6 million advertising campaign also urges parents to be better role
models for their children. Activity fights obesity.
Hello guys. It's lovely to be here again reading all your fantastic letters. We received so many incredible
letters from young people here in Indonesia about their lives and youth culture. I'm really sorry we haven't
got enough room to include all of them here. But remember we do read them all, okay? The next fantastic KGRE
magazine will be in June and the topic will be Science and Technology, so start writing now. Send your essays
and letters before 15th April 2006.
Hello KGRE. My name is Mamik Dwi Utami - a student of Senior High School 1 Magetan. My hobby is adventuring and
I join with ANDALAS (Anak Indonesia Lintas Semesta), a nature lover's club in my town. My activities include
climbing, running and other adventures. Moreover, the thing that makes me happy is that I can make many friends
from many cities in Java. I have a dream to be a presenter as Riyani Djangkaru in Jejak Petualang - TV 7. I
also dream to be a tourism representative. That's why I want to study English.
Mamik Dwi Utami
Magetan - EAST JAVA
Well, well Utami that was a fantastic letter. It sounds like your hobby is really valuable for the community
and also a lot of fun. We are delighted to learn about your dreams and aspirations and I am absolutely sure you
can achieve them. Your English is already really excellent and you are obviously determined.
Readers, why not start an adventuring club like the one Utami describes? But why not make it an English Adventuring
Club! So when you go climbing and walking you have to speak only in English - good practice! Don't forget to
join the Kang Guru Connection network too!
TRAVELLING & PHOTOGRAPHY
I very much like photography. If I go anywhere I will bring the camera. I will take a picture about every place
I visit. I send the photographs to the editor of magazine or newspaper. If
they publish them I will be happy. I went to Hong Kong. It's one of the main shopping centres in Asia. There
are many tourist attractions there too. One of them is Snoopy's World playground. Here's my photograph.
Tjen Sui Fung
Jakarta - DKI JAYA
WALTZING MATILDA SONG
My name is Ari Parwati. I wrote a letter about me a few months ago and I received your magazine twice, thank
you. In this letter I would like to give you my ideas.
1. I heard that 'Waltzing Matilda' is one of the most popular songs in Australia. How about if you play this
song on the radio so everybody in Indonesia knows it as well?
2. I have read many writings about Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Queensland in Australia, but I seldom hear about
Kuta - BALI
Hi Ari, thanks for your fantastic letter. 'Waltzing Matilda' certainly is a very well known song in Australia.
KGRE has played it on the radio program many times in the past. Ari. Listen carefully to the KGRE program in
April and May this year and you'll hear it. Listen out for some information about Adelaide too!! Did you know
that 'Waltzing Matilda' is in the new KGRE SMP Classroom Teacher Package?
I heard about KGRE and then I tried to find information about it. Then finally I got it by my friend Pak Sangaji.
Now I listen to KGRE on Radio Republik Indonesia in Sorong. I am very interested in the show on radio. Actually
I could not speak English well so I try to learn English by everything - radio, cassette, movies and sometimes
I try to speak to foreigners in Sorong. Thank God that there is KGRE in Sorong so I can learn English as often
as possible. KGRE has been good and has helped me learn how to speak English free as we wanted to speak. Thanks
to KGRE and God Bless.
Sorong - PAPUA
Thanks for your great letter Ajib. We are absolutely delighted that you discovered KGRE and that it helps
you practice your English. KGRE will be in Sorong in early May to conduct a Teacher Workshop, and a Listeners'
Meeting at RRI Sorong.
STUDYING AND SPEAKING
I'm Lucky Maya Christina. I live in Bojonegoro. I'm a student of SMP N 1and I like reading KGRE magazine. It
is very interesting and helps me add to my knowledge. I have an English teacher. Every time I meet my English
teacher my heart always palpitates because I can't speak English fluently. I want to know how to study English
easily. I want KGRE to give advice the way to study successfully.
Lucky Maya Christina
Bojonegoro - EAST JAVA
Well my dear Lucky, that was a really wonderful letter. I can't believe you are still an SMP student. Don't
you realise that your English is already excellent! Just be more confident about your ability. When your teacher
speaks to you in English just take a deep breath and do your best - don't worry about making mistakes. Don't
forget that we often have tips and advice for students here in the magazine, on the radio program and on the
website. But here's one tip for all our readers - learn five new words every day. Then be sure to use them immediately
so you don't forget them.
KGRE Note: How about starting off today dear readers with that great word Christina used, 'palpitate'.
JUST ASK FOR IT!
First of all I want to introduce myself. My name is Ryan. I am from Padang. I am a senior high school student
at SMU 6 majoring in social class. I heard about the Kang Guru magazine from my English teacher. She told me
Kang Guru magazines are very good. We can learn everything from it and reading it will broaden our knowledge
as a student. I am very interested to get Kang Guru magazines regularly.
Padang - WEST SUMATERA
Hi Ryan, it's very nice to hear from you. We are happy to put your name on our KGRE magazine reader's database.
Don't forget to tell all your friends and classmates to write and ask for the magazine too. All they have to
do is write and tell KGRE a little bit about themselves, and ask for the magazine. This year there are four free
magazines with many thanks to AusAID!
Relationship and Dating Idioms
To go on a date means to go to dinner or to meet someone you like and maybe it will
develop into a romantic relationship.
"What're you doing tonight Carol? Would you like to come over to my house?"
"I can't. I've got a date! I'm going out to dinner with a guy from work."
To date someone or to see someone means to have
a relationship like a boyfriend or a girlfriend.
"Are you dating anyone at the moment?"
"Yes, I've been seeing a guy from work for a couple of months now."
To be crazy about someone means to have strong feelings for someone/think that another
person is wonderful.
"John is crazy about that girl in his science class."
"Yeah I know. He talks about her all the time."
ask someone out means to ask someone to go on a date with you.
"John is crazy about that girl in his science class."
"Yeah, I know. He talks about her all the time, but he's too shy to ask her out."
break someone's heart means to cause someone emotional pain.
"Did you hear that Whiz and Wanda broke up?"
"Yeah. She's really heart-broken."
Young people, the youth of a nation, are undoubtedly very important in all countries. Young people are the future
of both Indonesia and Australia. In Indonesia there are millions and millions of people in the youth segment of
the population. In Australia the youth sector also comprises a significant part of the population. KGRE is happy
to introduce you to several young Australians. They are Stephen from New South Wales, Diana from Queensland, Evan
and Ricky from Darwin and Kerry from Perth. They are here to talk a little about their own lives, and to some extent,
about the lives of their friends. Take note of several issues - many Aussie teenagers work hard to earn money to
buy things for themselves, to go on holidays, to enjoy themselves and to buy a car. It isn't easy for them but
they are determined. Their comments highlight differences but also illustrate similarities between the youth of
Indonesia and the youth of Australia.
Philby is 16 years old. What's life like for him in Stuart Point, a beachside community half way between Sydney
and Brisbane? Stephen told KGRE that if the surf is good then he and his friends surf around three hours every
weekend but rarely after school. They have a lot of homework to do. But if the surf's good they get up really
early in the morning and go for a surf before they go to school. They also surf after school when the waves are
good. That all adds up to around 12 to 15 hours in the water a week. What about jobs and work in their spare
time? "...because where we live it's (a) small regional country area, there's very few jobs. It's very
hard to get a job so I don't have a job. School really takes up most of the time because you have to get on the
bus (at) 8 o'clock for twetny minutes and then school starts at ten to nine until twenty past three."
the evening, Stephen and his friends generally do their homework and/or watch television. They usually 'hit the
sack' between 9.30 and 11pm. Okay, what about on weekends? Parties are very big in Stuart Point on most Friday
and Saturday nights. Parties can be at somebody's house, at the beach, or if the weather is good, in parks. Cars
are important. Most teenagers begin driving when they are 16 or 17. Owning a car is quite important to teenagers
in Australia. "Yeah, it's pretty important you have a car because especially where we live everything
is so far away. You have to drive to your friend's place you know, 20 minutes drive, that kind of thing. Yeah,
the majority of people would have to buy their car, save up and ya know, buy a really cruddy one, second hand
Many Indonesian teenagers love to go shopping and walking around shopping malls. Stephen says
Aussie teenagers are just the same, especially girls.
Bailey is 19 and lives in Perth. Kerry has completed one year at university and is now taking a year or so off
from her studies. Why has Kerry 'put her studies on hold'? "I had to save money to pay off my car and
I can't work enough when I'm studying as well, and also I wanted to save for my trip to Bali. It was difficult
to study without the car, to get to university and to get home and to work so I needed to pay off my car. I think
I'll go back more motivated and more wanting to study after twelve years at school."
Kerry, like many Aussie teenagers, borrowed money from her parents to buy her first car. First cars are very
important to Aussie teenagers, just like motorbikes are here in Indonesia. She has to pay her parents back though.
She works in a hotel. Just like Ngaire (see back page), Kerry has also been a volunteer too. She was a volunteer
announcer at a community radio station called 'Groove - 101.7'. The station, and its 14 - 24 year old group
of announcers, aimed many of its programs at the youth of Perth. The experience actually taught Kerry that radio
announcing was NOT for her. Volunteering is quite popular in Australia - lifesaving, radio announcing, the Red
Cross and second hand clothing shops are just a few of the popular places to 'work voluntarily'. Kerry also
commented that the Asian tsunami in late 2004 made many Aussie teenagers become involved in these volunteer
activities. "Yeah, it's very popular and especially now with all the unrest in other countries it makes
us realise that Australia's very lucky and lots of people want to do stuff to help."
"The students in our valley are not very rich. Some of these students have been saving for 4 years to pay
for their trip to Indonesia. They have studied Indonesian during three years at school and saved their money
from after school jobs and work on the weekends. Some of the jobs they do are just like over here. They wash
dishes in a restaurant at night. They also work in supermarkets where they unload boxes, unpack the boxes and
put the food onto the shelves. Other jobs they do - they work in the video store for renting out DVDs and they
also baby-sit for younger children. They wash cars as well and work in cake shops. Many, many jobs, the same
as teenagers in Bali".
Lee Gilliland - Teacher at Macksville High School, New South Wales,
Guru first met Evan Parker in Darwin at a reception at the Indonesian Consulate
on August 17th, 2004. Evan finished Year 12, his final high school year, at Darwin High School last December.
He is now 18. He then came to Bali for a holiday and spoke with Kevin about life in Darwin for teenagers. Darwin
is a remote city in Australia. It has a population of 160,000 people. The area around Darwin provides a very
interesting place to live and play. "Darwin's quite remote compared to the rest of Australia. The youth
in Darwin would be probably be a bit more adventurous than the kids down south. We tend to go camping, hunting
out in the bush. We can hunt pigs, buffaloes, geese, they're a big favourite. We'd usually drive preferably with
the four wheeldrive because it's more accessible to remote areas" Evan does admit though that many
of the girls of his age would prefer to go shopping.
Football, rugby league, cricket, volley ball and beach volley ball are popular sports. Sports are even 'studied'
in school. However, there are also more unusual physical activities such as rock climbing and sailing in the
Outdoor Education classes. Students are marked on their competency to perform these tasks, or sports. Surfing
or ocean activities are not popular in Darwin because of crocodiles and box-jelly fish. As for daily life in
Darwin for teenagers, Evan and Ricky regularly enjoy barbecues and parties with their friends
Evan's mate and attended Casuarina Senior College in Darwin. Whereas Evan is going directly from his high school
studies to his tertiary studies, Ricky is taking a year off this year. He wants to have a break before he resumes
his tertiary studies. Ricky plans to eventually study a double degree in economics and finance. Ricky explained
that many Aussie students take a year off either do nothing or maybe get a small job. Many of Ricky's friends
work in large shops and supermarkets. On the other hand Evan is ready to continue with his studies. He has been
accepted into the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. He will be doing a Bachelor of Science and studying
to be soldier at the same time. According to Evan and Ricky, young Aussies are generally outgoing and fairly
adventurous. The idea of failing is something that they do not worry about. As Evan says, "Oh that's
not really a problem, I mean if you give it a shot and you've given it your best you don't have to be ashamed
of anything you know, as long as you given it a shot. ...we'll probably laugh at you more if you don't give it
a go, you know, tease you a bit, call you wimp ..."
Diana Gullifer is 14 years old and lives in Noosaville, Queensland. In December
2006, Diana told KGRE that she is like many other Aussie teenagers, she wears braces. Braces are used by dentists
to straighten teeth. They are made up of wires and small pieces of metal and are attached to the teeth. Diana
has chosen pink colours for her braces but she can have this changed if she wants. They are checked every month
by the dentist and adjusted if necessary. After wearing braces for possibly several years, Diana's teeth will
be straight and look fantastic. "Braces are metal that dentists put on your teeth over a period of time
to make your teeth straighter. I go to once a month or (every)six weeks to see the dentist so he can check my
braces. Mostly everyone has braces these days".
Diana told KGRE that many of her friends in Australia wear braces - both boys and girls.
The Weird and Wonderful Kangaroo - Facts about the Roo
Did You Know?
Baby kangaroos are called joeys.
of kangaroos is called a mob. (A disorderly crowd of people is also called a mob!)
Kangaroos can run, or bounce, at 50 kilometres an hour - now that's fast!
Male kangaroos have boxing matches. Sometimes they box for fun but sometimes to become the leader of the mob.
Female kangaroos are pregnant ALL THE TIME! They will have an embryo in their body, a very young joey in their
pouch and an older joey bouncing around but still feeding from her milk. As the joeys move from one stage to the
next, another joey takes its place. So as soon as a joey is born, or moves into the pouch, a new embryo appears.
weird - aneh, bounce - melompat, pregnant - bunting, appear - muncul,
feeding - menyusu, disorderly - kacau, boxing – beradu
Australia Indonesia Partnership for Reconstruction and Development (AIPRD)
Restoring Health and Hospital Services
The Asian earthquake and tsunami had a very bad affect on Aceh’s health system. Many health workers and students
and staff at health training schools lost their lives, families or homes. The tsunami destroyed (memusnahkan) or
seriously damaged six hospitals, 41 primary health centres and 57 secondary health centres. The province’s
main hospital, Zainoel Abidin, was very badly damaged too and much of its equipment was destroyed. Despite the damage,
Zainoel Abidin was the main hospital treating the injured after the tsunami. Immediately after the disaster AIPRD
gave AUD $10 million to repair the hospital.
The good news is that all the hospital buildings have been fully rebuilt and all hospital services are working again.
The pharmacy and the pharmacy warehouse have been rebuilt, a three story emergency building has been restored and
the water, sanitation and drainage system has been rebuilt. Also, all hospital administration systems are functioning
completely and over 350 staff did new training or professional development. Furthermore, tuition fees have been
paid for over 1,450 nursing students to enable them to continue their training.
Mapping in Aceh
land (pengukuran tanah masyarakat) is very important in Aceh these days. That is because the tsunami destroyed many
villages and left very big areas of empty land. Before the tsunami there were hundreds or even thousands of homes
on this empty land. Who owns the land is a very important question. That is why mapping has to be done - to identify
and make documents of land boundaries and divisions. Up to February 2006, AIPRD had recruited 135 young people between
the age of 20 and 35. These young people have been given training in community land mapping,
social skills, problem solving and managing the expectations of the survivors. Most of these new mapmakers are recent
graduates from university and some of them are still in university. The mappers work with people in the community,
collect information and make verifications of land ownership (kepemilikan). To verify the land ownership they get
signatures from landlords, neighbours, other witnesses and from the head of the village. This mapping is essential
before people start to rebuild their homes to make sure there are no problems about ownership in the future. So
far, their mapping has identified 13,000 divisions of land in three sub-districts and 172 villages.
Azwar Hasan, Deputy Team Leader, LOGICA-AIPRD, Aceh
The Eastern Indonesia Knowledge Exchange (BaKTI)
BaKTI (Bursa Pengetahuan Kawasan Timur Indonesia) was set up by the Support Office for Eastern Indonesia (SOfEI).
SOfEI is a multi-donor initiative from the World Bank, and with assistance from AusAID. BaKTI was created as a
“knowledge exchange” for sharing information between development agents, government personnel, non-government
organisations, community groups, the private sector and BaKTI’s donors in Eastern Indonesia. BaKTI gives individuals
and organisations the opportunity to exchange this knowledge through personal contact or through books, reports,
profiles, case studies, manuals and other materials. By 2009, BaKTI will be a financially independent centre.
BaKTI makes an information newsletter for development agencies in Eastern Indonesia. It contains relevant development
news and experiences, and it profiles organisations and individuals doing development work in the region. For more
information about BaKTI and its products and services, please contact:
The Eastern Indonesia Knowledge Exchange (BaKTI)
Jl. Dr. Sutomo No.26, Makassar - 90113, Sulawesi Selatan
Phone: 0411 - 3650320 / 328249 Fax: 0411 - 322049
Website: http://www.bakti.org E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BaKTI has set up
a wonderful resource center too in Makassar. The center holds a collection of books and other printed materials
as well as electronic data, which can be accessed through computers in the library. These computers also provide
free Internet access. Wireless Internet connection is also available. The library is open on working days from 8.30am
to 5pm. The BaKTI Document Database was launched in December 2005. This online database provides access to these
documents via the internet on www.bakti.org BaKTI provides national and international
NGOs as well as local forums with temporary office facilities. In addition to this, BaKTI Meeting Rooms (for 20-25
persons) and Outdoor Area (seating for 40-50 persons) are both available for development-related events. Their equipment
includes an LCD projector, sound system, white board and flip charts. The BaKTI Cafe is as an informal place for
reading and discussion. It can also provide catering services for seminars and workshops held at BaKTI.
Young Indonesians Building A Better World
On January 31st KGRE visited the Bali Rehabilitation Fund (BRF) photo exhibition in Denpasar Bali. The BRF is a
fund of AUD$1.5 million. This money is used as grants and loans for people and organisations that lost income because
of the Bali bombs. The BRF works with local partners such as government and non-government organisations who distribute
the grants. The project is closing now but in the last three years BRF’s grants have funded 70 projects in
every Kabupaten in Bali and some in Lombok. An estimated 4,500 people have benefited from funding and around 60%
of those are women. BRF manager Donna Holden said, “I guess the main thing is that Bali was hit with
a major challenge following the bombings and I have been impressed by the resilience of people and the willingness
of NGO’s, government and communities alike to work in different ways and look at new strategies to diversify
its economy. BRF has supported numerous initiatives, but it is important that with the closure of BRF that these
strategies continue. The exhibition was our way to share these strategies and initiatives with others so that they
may learn from our experience.”
At the exhibition KGRE met two fantastic projects organized by, and for, young people in Bali.
Twenty two year old Nicholas Alfendro is a Drug Program Co-ordinator for the Matahati Foundation. Nicholas explained
to KGRE about the work of Matahati and how BRF funding has helped. “The Matahati Foundation is a HIV/AIDS
NGO in Bali. Matahati trains HIV/AIDS counsellors, who assist, advise and comfort patients. Many of these counsellors
are young people. Some of them are in their teens. Matahati also has a vocational program for training HIV positive
young people and former IDUs (injecting drug users). On this training program young people learn skills such
as computer skills, security and massage. The average age of participants is 25 years of age. BRF provided three
grants to a total of AUD $81,740 or approximately Rp 603 million. These grants built, equipped and trained 11
staff for the Matahati Centre and paid for establishment
of a computer-training centre and training modules that has trained 14 young people so far.”
Kerja Kebon Kaja is a sewing cooperative in Gianyar in Bali. There are twenty members, all teenagers and young
adults, including four young men. The eldest is 22. This informal organisa-tion was set up by Ibu Wendyl, an
American woman living in Indonesia, and Ibu Jero, the village’s religious leader and healer. This village
is a very poor farming community that can barely make enough money to survive. Before the 2002 Bali Bomb, a few
people from this village worked as woodcarvers, a couple as silversmiths and a few worked in Kuta and sent money
home. The sewing co-operative started with a few young women living and training on a couple of donated machines,
by sewing newspapers! A Sydney woman called Adele Baker collected money and the group was able to make school
uniforms for poor children. After that they started making men’s clothes to sell overseas. Two grants from
BRF funded extensive skills training and a “train the trainer” program and training manual. They
have built a new workshop, doubled the number of workers and started a women’s clothing line.
Three Indonesian young people who spend their free time committed to their country
and improving the environment.
My full name is I Dewa Putu Adika Happy Putra. My friends call me Happy. I'm 13 years old. In my free time I
play basketball. At the weekend I watch some TV and play computer games. I like surfing and chatting on the
Net too. During school holidays I sometimes go and hang out at the mall with my friends or go to their houses.
Before I go to sleep every night I like to listen to a little pop music. I also have some activities with my
environment club in my school. That's about two times a month. But I spend most of my free time at Tunas Hijau.
I go there at least two or three times a week. And when I am at home I often work on Tunas Hijau projects. Last
July my Tunas Hijau friends and I went to Japan. We went for the 2005 Children's World Summit for the Environment
(see picture right). There were 65 countries there and more than 600 children. At the summit we were put into
groups of ten people from different countries. Each day we discussed
different topics about the day's theme. For example, the theme of the first day was 'air', so all that day we
talked about air problem and how to find solutions for air pollution. The second theme was 'water', after that
it was 'the forests' and then 'recycling' and finally 'energy'. At the end of five days all the groups came
together and we made a petition and commitment to what we would do when we returned to our countries:
First, saving energy and using renewable energy resources.
Second, planting ten native trees every month and boycotting all endangered products
Third, learning and sharing innovative ways to collect, conserve and use water wisely.
Finally, using environmentally friendly bags and separating all kinds of waste for recycling and processing
to ensure minimisation of all land fill waste.
For more information about Tunas Hijau look at their website on www.tunashijau.org
or look at the KGRE website on KGRE Travel Pages.
Hi, my name's Andi Kusmianto. I'm 20 and I'm from Surabaya. I study at the Graphic
Design Institute in Surabaya.
In my free time I like learning about computers, playing computer games, reading,
listening to music and hanging out with my friends.
I'm also an active member of Tunas Hijau. I designed their characters and I've
painted lots of murals about the environment.
I want to paint more murals around the city to make people aware of the importance
of the environment.
Hi. My name's Marisa. I'm the Princess for the Environment for 2005. Last June we went to Perth in Australia
to visit Millennium Kids. That's a big youth environment project - a non-profit and non-government organisation.
It was set up and is run by Aussie kids who want to have a say about their environment and their world. We went
there to share ideas and get experience so we can use that experience back here in Indonesia. That's me on the
right. I'm drinking water from a tap on the street in Australia.
While in Australia we ...
visited lots of great environment places including a city farm, a zoo, a dam, lots of parks and an animal hospital.
gave a demonstration and campaigned about "Don't Throw Away Your Cigarette Butts".
were involved in Travel Smart - a campaign about using public transport as much as possible.
planted lots of trees.
went camping in a really beautiful place and slept in a log cabin.
Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP)
Katerine Reitzenstein or Kate, as she is called, is from Perth. Kate's association
with Indonesia is strong and goes back a long way. Kate came to Indonesia in 1992. She has been coming back ever
since and has maintained strong contacts with her AIYEP alumni from over 14 years ago. During January 2006, Kate
returned to Indonesia and this time as an exchange teacher from WILTA - Westralian Indonesian Teacher Assocaiation.
exchange program is in cooperation with IALF Bali and has been running for five years. Kate was an AIYEP participant
in 1992/1993, living first in Surabaya then in a remote village called Parang, in the district of Magetan for
one month and then a further month in the city of Madiun. As an Aussie participant in 1992 (see right), Kate
had an Indonesian counterpart. Her name was Oka, and Kate remembers Oka as being the most important memory of
her time in East Java. They have kept in contact and visit each other regularly.
Communities in Southeast Sulawesi have been buzzing lately with the arrival of Australian and Indonesian students
on exchange with AIYEP. The Aussies have flown in from Australia to join their AIYEP counterparts. These counterparts
are from all over Indonesia so Southeast Sulawesi was
a new experience for them too. A total of 25 AIYEP students have been working together helping local communities
in Pasarwajo and in the city of Kendari. They have been renovating houses, carrying out environmental projects
along with sporting and English language activities. By working together the students have developed strong
bonds with each other and with their 'home communities'. After their first month in Pasarwajo, the students
moved onto Kendari where KGRE caught up with them for interviews. AIYEP is funded by the Australia Indonesia
Juniardi Saktiawan, known as Iwan is an AIYEP alumni. He was a part of the Australia
Indonesia Youth Exchange Program in 1998. He went to Australia and lived there for two months with Australian
host families. His first host family location was Darwin and then the second location was Canberra in the Australian
Capital Territory. Iwan had a wonderful time and he learnt a lot about Australia, and Australians. He has fond
memories of his time in Oz. He especially remembers quite a deal about his mates in Australia. Iwan now lives
in Pontianak with his wife and young son. He works in the travel industry and often uses his English language
skills, all with an Aussie flavor of course.
Muslim Exchange Program 2006
In January 2006, five Australians visited Indonesia. They were participants in the Muslim Exchange Program from
the Australian Indonesia Institute (AII). This program has been running for many years and has proved very successful.
It basically allows Muslims in Indonesia and Australia to visit each other's country. Participants have the
wonderful opportunity to experience the Muslim way of life in a new country. The differences and the similarities
are important to understand and appreciate.
This year's participants were:
Rowan Gould, Chief Executive Officer of the Islamic Council of Victoria
Marwa Khalaf, an Environmental Officer with the Victorian Government
Brynna Rafferty-Brown, Project Officer with Asialink
Irfan Yusuf, a Sydney based lawyer
Maha Sukkar, a policewoman from Victoria
Sukkar is a police constable in the southern Australian state of Victoria. Actually she is quite well known in Victoria
as she is the only member of the Victorian Police Force who wears a jilbab 'on the job'. Maha is originally from
Lebanon but moved to Australia many years ago. She gives motivational talks in communities and schools where there
is a majority of Muslim students. Maha visits Islamic organisations and mosques to educate Muslim communities about
their rights and obligations in relation to the law. One of her roles with her fellow police officers is to instruct
on culturally appropriate behaviour when working with Islamic communities and individuals. Maha told KGRE that coming
to Indonesia was a fantastic opportunity for her. She was particularly keen to see the role of women in the Indonesian
police force and to learn more about the police response to the tsunami in 2004.
You can find more information about the Muslim Exchange Program on - www.dfat.gov.au/aii/
Kang Guru Fans English Club
Caroline and Denise from IALF Bali went to Kupang in January 2006. While in Kupang for IELTS testing, they met
with the members of the Kang Guru Fans English Club - KGCC #012 (see right). They spoke with Gusti, Pauline,
Jackson, Melanie and Theresia about the club. The club has 15 active members. Check out their Club Profile on
the KGRE website.
Here's Gusti - "It has been running for five years and I have been joining this for almost three years
now, every Saturday at 9 o'clock. We have also some irregular meeting when we have some western people come,
we contact all the members to come. We have, you know, some discussion, some talking yeah. You know the idea
of this club is come from that magazine and well, that's how this club start. It helps us improve for English,
for me actually the speaking. I also help some outside Kupang activity for example in Rote, the last two years
Winner of KGRE Writing Competition 2005
Uning Musthofiyah was very brave when she entered the KGRE 2005 Writing Competition. She, like so many other
previous winners, never thought she would win BUT she did. Together with her sister, she visited Bali in November
2005 as a part of her prize. Here are just two excerpts from
her Travel Report. The whole story can be read on the KGRE website's Story Page. KGRE wishes Uning all the best
in the future and thanks once again for being brave enough to try!
"On second day Mbak Tjok and Mas Alwi (bottom right) picked us up from hotel. We had plan a tour around
Bali. First place we visited was Kintamani. We saw mountain and lake. Those were beautiful scenery. The temperature
was so unique. We could feel cool and dry air all at once. On third day at 2.30pm we were picked up by Pak Danu
to IALF. Before I got interview we had a tour around IALF's new building. After getting interview with Mr Kevin
we went to Matahari Mall. We were accompanied by Mbak Ogi. The Matahari Mall here was different to Matahari Surabaya.
It is bigger and very nice for sightseeing and shopping. Then we got an early dinner."
KGRE's 2006 Writing Competition
It is time once again for the annual Writing Competition from KGRE. Don't be shy about entering this year, okay?
Write a maximum of 250 words and send your entry to KGRE before April 15th. Don't delay, okay? Entries will
be judged on originality, interest and your opinions. Grammar and structure ARE NOT the most important factors.The
June 2006 magazine will have a Science and Technology theme running through it, so your entry and ideas could
be used in that magazine for everyone to read.
The topic for your 2006 KGRE Essay?
"What do you think is the most wonderful and exciting piece of modern technology available today
for people in Indonesia?"
Exploring Our Classrooms Through Action Research
Anne Burns, Macquarie University, Sydney
Ms Yasmin worked in a high school situation familiar to many Indonesian teachers. Her students were poor achievers
and some did not attend regularly. Learning was slow, many seemed lazy and unmotivated, and there were discipline
problems. Ms Yasmin wanted to change the situation: "...there are so many things I would like to solve
and improve. But I feel powerless."
Things changed when she joined an action research group working with a facilitator (Rochstantiningsih, 2004).
She started exploring new teaching approaches. First, she talked to her students about the problems. She asked
for ideas about teaching and learning in her class. Next, she distributed questionnaires asking about activities.
The students wanted her to vary the teaching materials more often, the way they were presented, and where the
class was held. They agreed to use different locations and keep to class rules about being on time and not disturbing
others. The teachers would continue to choose materials but involve the students more. Ms Yasmin noticed an
immediate change - students voiced opinions and looked excited - "the good atmosphere in my class was inspiring."
In the next lesson they worked in groups under the trees, discussing vocabulary and answering questions. Still,
some students were restless. She reminded them about the rules for the next lesson in the library. There, she
taught the students a song. They kept the rules and were very involved. Even five students who were often absent
came to class. The atmosphere and dynamics were becoming more positive and cooperative.
Ms. Yasmin's story illustrates how action research can change teaching and improve an unsatisfactory situation.
A teacher can pose and solve classroom problems, using a reflective research cycle of planning, action, observation
Plan - identify a teaching area that presents a 'puzzle' problem or question (Ms Yasmin was unhappy with students'
Act - decide what to do about this situation (she asked students for their ideas).
Observe - collect information about what happens when the plan is put into action (she gave students a questionnaire
about what activities they wanted).
Reflect - analyse what the information says about your teaching (she realised she needed to vary her approach
and tried different activities).
Plan new action - act again as necessary (based on what happened in the lesson under the trees, she planned
new activities for the library lesson).
Ms. Yasmin learned that negotiating the lessons with the students means involving them as members of a team.
And this means giving them trust and responsibility as well.
Rochstantiningsih, D. (2004) Enhanching Professional Development of Indonesian High School Teachers Through Action
Research. PhD Thesis, Macquarie University.
Kevin met Nicholas in a bookstore in Kemang, Jakarta. He is very interested in books. Checking out books, especially
about architecture, is one of his favourite pastimes. Nicholas Saputra is well-known and is one of the most
talented young actors in Indonesia. He has made several movies including 'Gie' for which he won the prestigious
Piala Citra Award in 2005 for Best Actor. Nicholas's portrayal of the 1960s activist has been hailed by critics
and also by the people who actually knew Gie himself. Nicholas certainly has a wonderful career ahead of him.
But Nicholas is also a fulltime student. He had a dream to be a doctor but changed his mind and decided to study
architecture. "I'm studying architecture in University of Indonesia. This is my third year. I just
finished my third year and one more year to go. In architecture you can still mix it with another things like
playing in a movie, stuff like that. And so I think architecture will be fit to my other world."
KGRE asked Nicholas how he manages to fit the two ‘careers’
together. He was quite clear about this situation. His studies are the most important at the moment and his film
career must fit
in with his studies. "I'm trying to not to put it together. I only wanna do shooting film when it's
on holiday. So the preparation I can do after studying time and yeah when filming it's on holiday fully."
Learning to act takes time. Nicholas has never followed an acting course but he has learnt a lot from storylines,
fellow actors and directors. "When I'm doing 'Gie', it was so like out of my world. I learn about all
things from Gie's character like what books he read. I mean like the books that I haven't read before about
politics, about social, and about everything, social situations back in 1960s and even before to understand
that." Making movies is not always easy. For instance, Nicholas had to lose 12 kilograms to play the part
Nicholas found English language studies interesting at school but he also told KGRE that watching movies has
taught him a lot. His parents speak English so naturally that has had a huge influence. English is very important
for his acting career. Recent trips to Sydney and Vancouver meant that he had to use English to talk about his
films and for general communication. "I felt how English is important when I went to festivals so I can
communicate with people like when I went to Vancouver, Korea, Sydney and another countries, it really helps.
I mean like I can't imagine that I can't speak English or I cannot communicate with them I mean like sharing
future for Nicholas Saputra? Will it be acting or architecture? "I still have one more year to think
about that. To think about what I'm gonna do after this. Because you know the priority is like sometimes film's
bigger than architecture but the next time maybe architecture's bigger than movies."
Yuliana attends Santo Petrus Pontianak. She is 17 years old and is finishing high school this year. For Yuliana
and her friends shopping is a favorite activity in shopping malls. Yuliana loves buying mini
books. She is also very keen on the arts - dance and art competitions and exhibitions. She loves music, especially
dangdut, pop and rock. Faris is 16 and attends SMA 3 Pontianak. Along with 75 other students, he attended a KGRE
Listener’s Meeting at RRI Pontianak last January. Faris loves music and in Pontianak music festivals are
very popular. According to Faris, talent contests are very popular for discovering new talent. Talent quests
for individuals and competitions for bands are frequent events in the West Kalimantan capital.
The singing careers
of Delon, Mike and Lucky really 'took off' when they appeared on a talent quest -'Indonesian Idol'. This talent
quest has helped many artists to get their lucky break into show business. Kevin spoke with Mike, Delon and Lucky
in late 2005 about their blossoming careers. You can hear them on KGRE radio in the first half of 2006. Piyu
from PADI is also be on the radio program talking about his new career - as a music producer. Of course
Piyu is still a a member of PADI but he knows, just like the Indonesian Idol artists, that hard work is essential
if they are to continue in that hectic industry. Listen to Piyu talk about his ever-changing career - it is really
very interesting. He certainly likes to try new things - guitarist, songwriter and producer.
On Sunday the 15th of January, the Jakarta Post featured a full page interview with Agnes
Monika. Agnes is a little like Nicholas Saputra. She is studying at university while at the same time
developing her career in the entertainment business. As far as studying goes, Agnes says that she loves it and
that if her performing career wasn’t growing so fast she would love to study all the time. Agnes also strives
to be totally professional in her music career. And guess what Agnes loves to do in her free time? She loves
to hang out with friends and perhaps go to the movies – just like Nicholas and YOU!
When Metro TV reporter Dian Khrisna went to study in Australia she was surprised to find out that students go
to pubs and that's not considered improper. In fact she said, "I like to go to pubs. Here in Indonesia,
people associate pubs with, you always have to drink and get drunk. No, pub is actually where I talk to my fellow
students about, 'Oh what thesis are you doing?' you know or sometimes I catch my Professor there having a drink
also and I say, 'Hey I didn't see you at class today', 'Oh yeah, I was also I was grading this, these papers'.
So we actually ended up talking in a pub you know, of all places you know so yeah. It's a place where you
could actually could do good things not just getting drunk and you know pick up women, you know, no, no."
Renata Sajan was the group leader for the AIYEP program (see page 11 for more information about AIYEP). She lived
in Brisbane and Roma in Queensland for two months late last year. This is what she noticed about young people
in Australia, “It was really interesting to see that the youth in Australia, they have part time jobs
and they’re really independent and doing things on their own, and it was really interesting to talk to
them and getting to know them at the schools because we went also to schools and explain to them also what Indonesia
is like, but they’re really independent. They learn their responsibilities from a younger age. Different
from in Indonesia even though we’ve grown up we’re still sponsored by our parents financially and
we still live with them. But in Australia the young kids have their own part time jobs, they live on their own,
not all but some of them we met. At least they learn their responsibilities from a very young age”.
Lydia Kurniawan from Jakarta was a student in Australia and like so many Australian students she had a part time
job, "I worked at McDonalds for several months and I worked at a Chinese, two Chinese restaurants,
yeah ... The money was not that small - I got around 11 dollars at McDonalds. But I can say it was hard work
because more of the physical work, with the McDonalds I did the clean up and then the cashier as well. But it
was an interesting experience ... You know my vocabulary was very limited when I first arrived there. I didn't
understand the meaning of beetroot, like a sort of vegetable. So one morning when I was working, this customer,
an Australian guy, came to me and said, "I want that burger, I want that burger but I don't want any beetroot".
I asked him several times, "What? I'm sorry, I beg your pardon", until I actually called an Australian
who were working with me and asked her to serve him because I didn't understand what he was saying. Yeah, and
that was an experience for me, like he kind of lost his patience on me."
Hendi (AIYEP) is from Semarang. In Roma he was involved with the leisure activities of his 'mates'. He spent
some of his free time 'hanging out' with his host family’s
sons, "So things that they did when they’ve got leisure time is like going to the mall, going
to KFC or something like restaurants and movies, a cinema, then I join them and going to the gym. Yes, they
think it’s important because some of the youth I met there they’re really afraid of obesity so they
really like sport to reduce their risk of obesity.”
Have you heard Willy yet on KGRE? If you
haven't then perhaps you are not listening to KGRE as often as you should be. Willy is an Aussie. He isn't a teenager
anymore but still in his 'younger years'. Willy is in his late 20s and you know what? He loves to ask WH.... questions.
In fact, that's just about all he does, He asks so many WH... questions that it almost drives Kevin crazy. Why is
this? Where is that? Who are you? Which one is it? On the other hand though, Willy does ask some great questions.
Willy has just written a travel guide book called 'Willy's World Wide Wonders'. In that book he visits different
places and asks questions. He meets people and ask questions. He thinks about problems and asks questions. He's
good at asking questions. Be sure to listen for Willy all through 2006 on KGRE on a station near you. And guess
what he will be doing on KGRE? That's right, asking WH...... questions!
The beach is possibly the most popular place for young people in Australia. Swimming,
surfing, diving, relaxing and having parties are all activities which are perfect to do at the beach. The weather
is generally good, especially from November until May. Australians are also very careful about
the sun. They generally wear sun protection so that their skin doesn't get burnt. Many Aussies love to get tanned,
or have brown skin but Slip Slop Slap is practised everywhere.
Ngaire Paszek is 17 years old and lives in the coastal town of Noosa, south-east Queensland. Ngaire has just
finished her first year at university. KGRE spoke to her in late December 2005 as she was enjoying a two-and-a-half
month holiday break from her studies. She is a volunteer lifesaver and gives up her time on the weekends and
public holidays to patrol the surf beaches. She helps to make sure that swimmers who may get into trouble in
the water are helped or even rescued. Ngaire is on patrol at the beach perhaps twice a month. Why does Ngaire
do this? What's in it for her? "I love the beach. I love being a member of the surf club. It's just
great to come down here and spend some time and it's great when people on the beach come up to you and actually
thank you for what you're doing." As a part of her training Ngaire has learnt basic
First Aid such as giving oxygen, CPR, treating injuries and actually rescuing people from the surf. The Surf
Club not only provides training and a rescue service but it provides social activities for its members. Ngaire
told KGRE that members of her club range from young children, called Nippers right up to people in their 50s
or even 60s.
Faris Mustapa, Marinko Joldzic and Armin Bacevac all come from different countries but, like most teenage boys,
they all love the beach. They are among 120 young people who have been learning lifesaving under a joint program
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club in Victoria, and the Victorian State Government. The scheme encourages people
to learn beach safety. Faris, 16, who came to Australia from Singapore as a baby, says he is excited at the
thought of saving lives. "We're going to primary schools and talking to them about lifesaving ... so
they will be more familiar with the beach and the hazards." Fourteen-year-old Marinko, from Serbia,
enjoyed the training so much that he encouraged his Bosnian friend Armin, 13, to join the program. The co-ordinator
of the program is Bruce Ward, their teacher at North Geelong Secondary College and Surf Life Saving Australia's
Volunteer of the Year. Sandridge Life Saving Club has used a $5000 grant to attract 24 people from Kuwait, Lebanon,
Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sudan to do lifesaver training.
Australians are well known throughout the world for their sailing skills. Around
75 % of the Australian population lives on the coast, therefore ocean and water sports are very high on the list
of leisure activities.
Rhynehart lives in Darwin and is a keen sailor. Ruth owns a 11 meter yacht. She has sailed between Australia
and Indonesia many times. Nothing gives Ruth more satisfaction than sailing the high seas and visiting places
such as Ambon, Flores and Bali. Ruth told KGRE that sailing for so many young Australians is also a passion.
With annual events such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race as motivation, many young Aussies are setting their
sights on the glorious world of sailing.
"Everywhere you go in Australia you'll find yacht marinas and you'll find sailing clubs. You'll find children
as young as 3, 4, and 5 sailing their own boat. They can learn it in a school or maybe their parents will buy them
a little boat and teach them. And there's special little training boats for young children to learn in." said