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Lessons from AIYEP

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Friday, February 10, 2017

One of the things I like to do is to ask people, ‘What have you learned today?’. As the days go past and AIYEP draws to an end, it has proven apt to ask myself the very same question. Lessons learned from our time in Tana Beru and Makassar have been many - from creating libraries, teaching AFL and navigating local politics, all the way to trapping pigs, and becoming a trainee addiction counsellor (all the while possessing a particularly impressive moustache)!  Read more...

Developing new ideas

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Thursday, February 09, 2017

Community development is a big part of what I do. Melbourne is the base for a lot of my work but Indonesia has twice been a temporary base. The first time I was in Yogyakarta for the UGM KKN program with ACICIS. This time AIYEP has placed me in the scenic Tanah Beru, South Sulawesi. Both times I have learnt lots and experienced more.  Read more...

Creating connections through sport

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Wednesday, February 08, 2017

For the majority of my time on AIYEP I have been focusing on thinking about how sport can play a role in cultivating friendships and relationships between Australian participants in AIYEP and the wider communities we have been involved in. This initial focus stemmed from helping run the football program as part of our community development projects. What I've come to notice is that sport is a very organic medium for people to come together and learn about each other’s cultures.   Read more...

Unity in diversity

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Wednesday, February 08, 2017

AIYEP has undeniably been eye opening to the diversity of Indonesian culture.  From seeing enormous Pinisi boats built by hand in in our neighbourhoods in Tanah Beru, to “hidden camera” news reporting while interning at TV stations in Makassar, to learning to tolerate the pain in our knees in order to perfect Saman dance and being in a constant state of confusion and bemusement.  But for me, personally, the most eye opening aspect of AIYEP has been getting to know the Indonesian counterparts.   Read more...

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