The IndoAustay Northbound Exchange Program, and the IndoAustay Immersion Course, give students completing Year 10 or Year 11 in any Australian state or territory the opportunity to experience Indonesia firsthand through a homestay placement and engaging study programs in Bandung and Yogyakarta respectively.
The Two Week Student Immersion Course in Yogyakarta, Central Java, is limited to a small group of six students who undertake a combination of classroom study and field activities aligned to Australian curriculum (VCE, HSC and IB). Classes are held from Monday to Friday from 9am until 3:30pm, with students spending time with their host families on the weekends.
The Six Week Northbound Exchange Program administered from Bandung, West Java, does not involve formal instruction in Indonesian language, but instead focusses on immersing students in everyday life in Indonesia through placement at a regular high school and staying with a local host family. Through this, students will have a unique cultural experience and an opportunity to improve their Indonesian language through everyday use.
Students need at least rudimentary competence in Indonesian language in order to fully benefit from attending school and living with an Indonesian family, so applicants will generally be those currently studying Indonesian at school.
IndoAustay also facilitate the Two Week Adult Immersion Course that runs concurrently with the Student Immersion Course in Jogyakarta.
‘I found that immersion into the Indonesian way of life was totally less confronting than what I was expecting, and the experience enabled me to rapidly improve my fluency in Bahasa Indonesia’
Two Week Immersion Course - Yogyakarta
Often called “Jogja”, for short, Yogyakarta is considered the soul of Java due to its longhistory of preserving Javanese culture and cultivating the arts, such as gamelan music, traditional dance, batik textile making, and wayang kulit shadow puppetry. The city is a short distance from such historic icons as Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist burial monument, and Prambanan, a Hindu temple complex that rivals Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat.
Although steeped in history, Yogyakarta is also a very international city – much like Germany’s Heidelberg or Barcelona in Spain – that attracts students and academics from all over the world to its many universities. The Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria has for years run an intensive Indonesian language study program for adults in Yogyakarta.
Six Week Northbound Exchange Program - Bandung
Known as the “Paris of Java”, Bandung is the vibrant capital of
West Java. This cosmopolitan city is about two hours from
Jakarta, the nation’s bustling capital, and a focal point for the
rich Sundanese culture of the area, including angklung music,
wayang golek puppetry and pencak silat martial arts. Bandung
played an important role in Indonesia’s history, particularly in the
post-independence era, and is currently the economic centre for
its massive textiles industry and an important player in
developing geothermal energy. Set amongst the leafy hills of
Java’s hinterland, the city has a cooler climate than most of
tropical Indonesia. In Bandung IndoAustay works with
Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, a teaching university that has adopted the Exchange Program as
part of its social mission.
‘This program is run at a perfect time for students to attend classes at their delegated host school and discover what drives their passion for the Indonesian culture’
All program participants will be placed in homestay accommodation and live as a member of the family to which each is billeted. Placed with an Indonesian family that has a child of the same gender and of similar age, each student will be given their own bedroom, furnished with a bed, table and fan. Individual homestay is regarded as an essential element of the program’s language and cultural experience, giving participants the opportunity to get involved in the daily activities of the family. Owing to this close host-student relationship, participants are subject to the rules of the household (and school at which they are placed) and not allowed to leave the immediate neighbourhood without host family permission or on an approved group or school excursion with proper adult supervision. An information manual detailing all travel, schooling and homestay issues will be supplied to program participants ahead of a cross-cultural information afternoon in November. This session, held in Melbourne, is compulsory for Victorian participants. Alternative arrangements will be made to brief interstate exchangees and immersion students.
Due its size and geographic proximity, Indonesia is perhaps Australia’s most important neighbour in the region. With a burgeoning economy set to eclipse Australia’s by 2030, Indonesia is also a large part of Australia’s future. Being able to speak Indonesian, therefore, will play an important part in the bilateral relationship going forward in this era of globalisation. Uncomplicated by the tonal distinctions of other Asian languages, and written in the Roman alphabet, Indonesian is one of the most accessible languages in the region. With phonetic spelling and a polysyllabic structure like English, it’s alsoa relatively uncomplicated language for Australian students to learn. By taking up an extended in-country experience, Northbound participants are gaining a unique advantage in their language development and a valuable insight into an Asian culture at an influential stage of their scholastic and civic development. The program is also designed to serve as a huge incentive for participants to further their Indonesian language studies beyond high school.