AIYEP1516 Newsletter 03
Hai teman-teman (Hi Guys!), fantastic days have been through by AIYEP delegates
from Indonesia during city phase in Canberra. 3 weeks of staying with host-families
and having a chance to works in some schools and offices are really valuable for us.
Not only we upgraded our knowledge and cultural understanding, but also we could
share about Indonesia with our families and friends there.
We also did culture performances in some schools here every Monday. Almost all
of the school has Indonesia language as one of their subjects. They were really enthusiastic especially when we did Saman Dance.
AIYEP IS HELD AS THE COOPERATION
BETWEEN AUSTRALIA INDONESIA
INSTITUTE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF
FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE OF
AUSTRALIA AND THE MINISTRY OF
YOUTH AND SPORTS OF INDONESIA
Even though there are eighteen of us, we experienced Canberra in different ways.
Here are our stories guys!
In This Issue
Picnic with Host-Families
Canberra Hot Spot
Culture Performance 13
Ika , from West Java, had a great opportunity to meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Senator the Hon Richard
Colbeck, and many other important people of Australia! Because Ika’s host-
mother, Viona, works in Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). So
did Ayu, from Bali, she stayed with De Meyer Family, whom her host-mother,
Jenny also works in the same department as Viona. They got invitation to
attend -Hadi Soesatro Prize in Australia Award Scholarship– so Ayu and Ika were
We started to
stay with host families in Canberra on
Saturday 17th of
October until 8th of November. Three
weeks that we spent with them added up
our awareness on how Australian life
style is. Every delegates run out different
activities with their host families.
They were having fun while staying
with the families like doing home stuffs
together such as cooking and have an opportunity to join the party that they made
also traveled around Canberra with them.
asked to join too. Isn’t it amazing?!
The other story come from Fita (Central Kalimantan), who stayed with Matthews
family. She said that they are the truly true travelers who love arts and culinary tour.
They brought her to some popular places in Canberra, like war memorial and also
galleries, where sometimes Sueanne, fita’s host-mother, bought some paints. She also
tasted many variation of foods from different restaurant. Weekend was like a traveling zone for Fita.
“They really love traveling, what amazed me a lot is when Sueanne told me that they
watched Harry Potter in different countries for each movies from one to eight” said
Tari from West Sulawesi and Her HostFamily
Interesting experience also happened to Mbarep from South Sumatera, where he
lived with Matt and Zan that both of them are vegetarian. They teach two of their
kids to be vegan too. He then adapted to the daily menu in the house, and started
enjoying healthy foods. He who used to be a carnivore (ups! Hahaha) who can’t
live without meat turned into a man who love vegetables.
Ade from Jambi lived with Stobbe’s Family. Her
host-mother, Kirsten, is a teacher in Alfred Deakin
High School, where she teaches Indonesia language.
Andrew, Kirsten’s husband is a public servant. Both
of them are the alumnae of AIYEP in 1993. Dinner
time was always became a flashback moment where
they shared their experienced and funny stories
when joining AIYEP. They also told her about living
in Jakarta for two years when their oldest kids was
about two years old. Max is aged 8 now.
They sang Indonesia song together at home. One
of Kirsten favorite is from Dewa 19 - Separuh
Nafasku. Kirsten brought her to old house in Canberra, tasted fish and chips beside a lake, and watched
a cool performances conducted by her students in
Canberra university theater.
Daus and Richard with their Host-Family
Pri (East Kalimantan), lived with Louise Talbot
and her three sons. “She is a cool mother” Said Pri.
She drove her sons and Pri to Sydney by herself and
always be cheerful. Pri was the first one among other delegates who went to Sydney. She also held a Halloween Party– where all delegates were invited,
but since some of us had other activity with our host
-family, only a few who could attend it.
Mandra from West Nusa Tenggara had a great
time with his host—family too. They brought him
to Australia National Zoo, Arboretum and Dairy
Pri had dinner with his Host-Family
Daus (Riau Island) is the only delegate who experienced having two host-families in city phase. His
former host-family had to go overseas for working
and took care of family relatives who was sick. He
then stayed with Richard’s (East Nusa Tenggara)
host family, Susan, Mr. Matthew and their two kids.
They then decided to cook Indonesian food together, first, they shopped with
the hostfamily and bought all ingredients they
needed. They got 9.5 as the
Wow!. Their host-family liked
they made which are Soto and Fried Rice.
Single mother with one son and one daughter, Jane Lombard was the
host-mother of Rianti from Gorontalo.
“Jane had many references about cooking food, and she cooked
different foods from all over the worlds such as, Mexico foods, Japan
food, American food, Italian food, Australian food, and etc.
Tasted all these foods that she made for dinner, of course, was such a
nice experience for me. I could learn how to eat the food, what the menu
loved by Australian, I finally already knew the recipy and enjoyed all
Sometimes, I imagined it likes I was eating food in many different
restaurants. I tasted pancakes, beef or chicken meat and chips, lasagna,
onion soup, sushi, and many more” Said Rianti.
The other delegates who stayed with Lombard family is Yandhi from
South Kalimantan. His host-mother, Brigid Lombard is Jane’s sister.
Yandhi said that she is a lovely mother who teaches her kids to be
independent. Her husband, Nicholas, discussed and shared to Yandhi
about how important to give attention and care about Education. This
family taught him healthy life style, like eating fresh vegetables and
biking to work.
“She always invite me to go to the market with her, she then informed
me about vegetables and fruits there” said Yandhi.
All delegates felt so lucky to had a new family after following AIYEP. When the city phase finished and the delegates had to continue the
program in rural phase. All host-families drove us to the meeting place.
Tear embellished our farewell there. Such a precious experience and
moment we shared with the host-families won’t missing from our
Ayum (Jakarta) and her host-family
Ria (Lampung) looks like real sibling to her host-mother’s daughters
ADI AND HALIM WITH THEIR HOST-FATHER
AYU ON TRIP WITH HER HOST—FAMILY
FITA SPENDING TIME WITH HER HOST-FAMILY
MANDRA AND HIS LOVELY HOST-FAMILY
YANDHI’S HOST-FAMILY ALSO
SUPPORT ‘SAVE BEKANTAN’ MOVEMENT
G’Day Mates! God Dag!
Staying with host families is one of the most precious
chances for AIYEP participants. It was all started from the
City Phase in Canberra (ACT). When it was the day we
finally met our first host families, I was so contented
when I was told that I would spend 3 weeks staying in an
Australian-Swedish family. It’s definitely something that I
had not expected to happen before, but it did happen!
Extra exposure to Swedish culture! Yay!
It’s the Harrysson family, a modest family consisting
of Matthew and Susanne with their children, Tom (12)
and Sara (9). Matthew is an Australian man who really
likes making everybody laughs with his
jokes while Susanne
is a tough Swedish
woman who is really
smart and caring.
The family had
been living in Stockholm, Sweden, for
more than 10 years
before they decided
to move to Canberra
a few months ago.
Frankly speaking, it
felt like in Sweden
since the Harrisons themselves use both Swedish and
English for their daily communication.
I was pretty startled with the fact that Sara doesn’t
really speak English because the family just moved from
Sweden a few months ago so she still need times to learn
more. Almost every single thing in the house is from Sweden whereas the family was also startled by me when on
the first day I was in their house I tried to speak some
Swedish words, I talked about Malmo which is the southernmost city of Sweden, the Northern Lights, Melodifestivalen, the biggest annual singing festival of Sweden and I
also sang 4 Swedish songs titled Framling, Groupie,
Manboy, and Euphoria for them. I also found that the family is also a big fan of Eurovision like me which really
made me feel more comfortable.
I personally believe that it was not a mere coincidence
that I met the family and got to know their culture because I
must have been destined to meet them. I felt so lucky to be
part of their family as every day; the family would give me a
short lesson on bike riding in the afternoon and Swedish
language lesson after dinner.
“What a Surprise! You are the
first Indonesian person that we
met who knows many things
about Sweden!” Susanne
We also often played some Swedish games, read
some books written in Swedish, and watched Swedish television channels together. On the weekend,
we usually went for a Kangaroo walk in Canberra
Nature Park to see hundreds of kangaroos. In addition, the family really helped me with my English improvement
and my cooking skill as I did not only get to know how to cook
certain Swedish and Australian cuisines but also other countries’
cuisines. It was good wasn’t it?
In leisure time, we had intense and fruitful
discussions together on various topics. The family,
especially Susanne and Mathew always had different topics and stories about what they’ve experienced and been through in their lifetime. Susanne often came up to give
explanation about traditions and customs in Sweden while Matthew would try to also explain about Australian traditions
and custom. So it was definitely a double cultural exposure to me. They’re also so curious about Indonesia that they always asked me about Indonesian culture. To me, spending quality time with them has broadened my insights not only
about the differences of Australian and Swedish people’s culture as the family still retains both Swedish and Australian
cultures. I’ve learnt such valuable life lessons from the stories and experience they shared. It was such priceless moments we’ve had together. I really miss them all and I look forward to meeting them again. Hejdå !!! Tack!!! (By: Ricardus Williams Djee Wau. East Nusa Tenggara)
When I was in Canberra, I stayed with host family who are a very young couple
and they have one son. Bolton‟s family consists of father named Damian, mother
named Eloise and one child named Sebastian who‟s still 3 years old. Damian work as
an Indonesian teacher while Eloise works as the public servant. Damian knows much
about Indonesia, beside he has visited Indonesia, he has joint in students‟ exchange
with Malaysia and he stayed there for one year. They have got married for 5 years
and they have travelled to Auckland, New Zealand. There are many travels and adventure that they have done!
Sebastian is the cutest boy I have ever seen in my life. He really likes playing
trucks, digging, and gardening. Every seven am he gets up and watches the children
programs that educate him much. Now I know Australians always note and watch
their children education as well. Eloise and Damian also give Sebastian swimming lesson.
Damian take a job just for 3 days per week and so does Eloise, sometimes Eloise
parents (Don and Fiona) or Eloise‟s sister come to the their home just for taking
care of Sebastian.
On weekend, Damian always asked me to go to new place that I have not ever
been visited before for example like arboretum, national zoo and aquarium, national
park in Tidbinbilla, playing cricket and many more. Damian taught me everything
about culture in Australia and he is really talented in cooking especially nasi goreng,
and Eloise really like baking cake. Both of them have a big chance to build a restaurant I think. We always have dinner together and I always help Damian and Eloise
prepare everything for dinner. In this moment I can feel the warm of this family.
After dinner time there is sharing session about what the happiest think that we
face in that day. That‟s why I really love Bolton‟s family because they have their own
The amazing moment is when Eloise birth day party held in her home. All family
were invited include friends and relatives. Don and Fiona came to the party. Don is
Eloise‟s father and he is really funny. He is a singer and musician. That‟s why when I
sing he will sing too because he had joint in the choir. So he knows much about vocal,
tone and music. He is a traveler too; he had visited Indonesia
and other countries in Asia. Fiona is Eloise‟s mother and she
now is taking doctoral degree in ANU in social major.
They are very lovely and happy family. I am lucky having
host family like them. That‟s why although I separate from
them, I still love them and miss them so much because there
are many experiences that I have there.
By: Lalu Mandra Maya (West Nusa Tenggara)
Get to Know more
about AIYEP 2015:
We were so lucky that the Supervisor of AIYEP 2015 already arranged us, the
delegates‟, to had work-placement which fitted in with our major of study and
Since most of us took English Education as our major in pursuing Bachelor and
Master Degree, we were placed in schools in Canberra. Far before our departure,
we already filled the form of „Working With Vulnerable People‟.
The delegates who had internship in schools are:
Ayu (Bali) in Rosary Primary School
Halim (West Sumatera) in Melrose High School
Richard (East Nusa Tenggara) in Telopea Park School
Yandhi (South Kalimantan) and Daus (Riau Island) in Alfred Deakin High
Fita (Central Kalimantan) and Mandra (West Nusa Tenggara) in St. Claire of
Jovia (Banten) and Pri (East Kalimantan) in Gold Creek Primary School
Ade (Jambi) in Garran Primary School
Mbarep (South Sumatera) in Lyneham High School
Rianti (Gorontalo) in Chapman Primary School and Curtin Primary School
Ria (Lampung) in Palmerton Primary School
The other delegates also had great opportunity to work in :
Ika (West Java) in Parliament House and Indonesia Embassy
Daus (Riau Island) in National Portrait of Australia
Fita and Mandra in Street Theatre
Roni (East Java) in Questacon
Ayum (Jakarta) in East Asia Forum
Tari (West Sulawesi) in Australia National University
Adi (North Sumatera) in ABC News
As you notice, some of delegates were lucky enough to had more that one workplacement.
Here is what Richard said about his workplacement;
“Upon doing my internship at Telopea Park School in
Canberra for three weeks, I‟ve made friends with
many people there, such as, the staffs, teachers as
well as the students. Since the school is a FrenchAustralian School (French in an official language spoken there) and I was assigned in Language Department,
got full exposure to French Language and some other
languages like Japanese and Spanish. I was so lucky
that I was trusted to teach Bahasa Indonesia for year
7,8,9 and 10 classes whilst I could share various infor-
Mbarep, who also worked in school, which is
Lyneham High School said that he taught
Indonesian language class too, for year 9 which
called 'Garuda Ranger' and year 8 'Sumatron'.
During his teaching periods, he was always
accompanied by his Singaporean supervisor,
Nor Idris who always observed the teaching
provided feedbacks after he finished.
enthusiasm in learning was very high and they
were very active in the class.
mation about Indonesia and started to build cross cul-
“The last day of my work-placement, Nor and I
tural communication with students. I also went to ESL
had a very serious conversation about our
class, from which I‟ve learnt a lot about English teach-
profession as a teacher. She shared her
ing methods and approaches. Such an amazing once in a
experience when the first time she started
lifetime experience for me”
teaching and how disrespect the students to
her. At the end, she addressed a powerful
message to me. A message that I believe would
be very valuable for me and my teaching
career. To be a teacher, you do not just
transfer the information to the students. You
also need to help your students ready to face
the real life in terms of their intellectual and
behavior aspects. Being a teacher is about
loving what you do, and loving the students;
those whom you share most of your time with.
In the morning exactly at 08:00 AM when the atmosphere was
still very cold, I arrived in front of Hedley Bull Building. With the
abysmally feeling and little bit misgivings, I took my phone and sent a
message to the phone number of a man who was on a piece of paper
which I was holding at that time. His name is Greg Fealy. He is the Head
of the Department in Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. I was
immediately picked up by him and talked with him while walking straight
into the building, and apparently he's quite able to speak Bahasa Indonesia.
After a few minutes talking with Greg, I was immediately ushered into SuAnn Tan room who would be my supervisor during three weeks work there. She
is very attractive, good, agile and smart. That's why she became Outreach and
Communication coordinator if you ask me.
The time has come
with Su-Ann about
three weeks ahead,
to make a profile
to had a chat
what I would do
i n c l u d i n g
of their work.
I also took
pictures to be
post on the Instagram
O f f i c i a l
account of Coral Bell
Asia Pacific Affairs, and
check a list
of employees on the website
whether they already completed their data or not. I also got the chance to help Greg
in the his research process, which helped him find some articles on the internet.
Our room in the office was not so big but it was very comfortable in it. In the team
that coordinated by Su-Ann there were Luke Hambly, Kerrie Hogan, and I as an
apprentice employee. Kerrie and Luke was the Senior Outreach and Communications
I was very pleased to have the opportunity to work with them.
On the first day, Su-Ann just told me to go around the Australian
National University (ANU) in order to get used to the environment around me. There
was one interesting thing that I got in the office, Su-Ann, Luke and Kerrie had a
special habit when in office. Each 12:30 PM they gathered and evaluated on their job.
They call it Daily Stand Up. Stand up and answer these questions : “What did you do
yesterday?”, “What will do today?”, and “Are there any impediments in your way?”. If
there‟s any impediments, they will provide and share solutions one another. For I was part of the team then I also
participated in that activity. After that, I back to my room and made some interview questions to be discussed again
with Su-Ann in the next day.
Got a chance to work at ANU made me feel very lucky. Some of my friends who are also participants of AIYEP
wanted the same opportunity as mine because ANU is one of the best universities in Australia.
By: Elizabeth Tari Pairunan (West Sulawesi)
GUESSING GAME TIME! WHAT IS THE NAME OF EVERY PLACES IN THE PICTURE?
A. LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN
B. BLUNDER’S COTTAGE
C. CANBERRA NATIONAL MUSEUM
D. WAR MEMORIAL
E. GLEBE PARK
F. COCKINGTON GREEN GARDEN
G. PARLIAMENT HOUSE
Answer; 1G/ 2D/ 3 F/ 4A/ 5E/ 6B/ 7C
CP or Culture Performance is one of main
activity that the delegates should do during
AIYEP. The performances was done every
Monday in the school. Usually, we did two times
performances in each Monday. Since we stayed in
Canberra for 3 Weeks, we had three Monday to
To see more and watch our performances,
check out on Youtube official account of AIYEP;
Here are the
List of School we had our performance in:
Garran Primary School
Alfred Deakin High School
Melrose High School
Canberra Grammar School
Lyneham High School
Gold Creek Primary School
~ Hiduplah Bangsaku, Hiduplah Negriku, Hiduplah
Rakyatku Semuanya ~
The youth of Indonesia, some of them work hard
to be able to involve in developing Indonesia. One
among many ways is by studying abroad to learn more
about the major they take, which is, when they come
back to Indonesia, they hope the knowledge they get
can be useful here.
Not only Indonesian who love Indonesia, people from
other countries too. In this case, Australia.
When AIYEP delegates still in the city phase. Australia Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) invited them
to join in celebrating Indonesia Day by making workshops about Indonesia. We felt so honoured to take
part in this event because we found another way to
contribute in representing and promoting Indonesia
After our culture performance finished in Melrose
High School, the AIYA team, Shailey and Kirrilly with
the AIYEP delegates had a brief meeting about what
kind of workshops that we will do and how much
times we have. The location is in Canberra Grammar
School on Monday 26th of October 2015.
We finally decide that there will be six workshop
about Indonesia’s Drama, Traditional Costumes, Indonesia’s Heritage, Tourism Places, Indonesia’s Food and
Popular Slank Words in Indonesia.
AIYA Organized the places and schedule for
schools who was joined in this event. The students
divided into some groups since the workshop
was done in two sessions, the teachers from each
school also accompanied them.
Traditional Food Workshop
“Traditional Tale: Bawang Merah
Students tried traditional
clothes in the workshop
Popular Slang Words of
Tourism Places in Indonesia
MEDIA AND DOCUMENTATION COORDINATOR
AND ALL DELEGATES WHO BEING INTERVIEWED
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING!
HOPEFULLY WHAT WE’VE SHARED ARE USEFUL!